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Cacy: Ben Carson and America’s rediscovery of common sense

Written By | Feb 1, 2016

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2016 – There is a town somewhere in America where common sense is spoken.

In this town, people are taken as they are, not as they were programmed to be. People speak frankly, although with sincerity and heart. Here, where common sense abides, no one is overly impressed by Cadillac educations. What counts is the ability to take a group of facts and arrive at an opinion, independent of outside manipulation and influence.

‘We the People’ matter most to Ben Carson

Of course, unless you are well over 60 years old, you’ve never been to this town. It existed in the ’50s. Christian songs were sung in public schools, the Pledge of Allegiance was repeated with reverence, and the news was, by and large, actually the news.

common-senseOne could count on the American way. And not just count on it, but love it in the measure.

Our parents were generally right, even when they weren’t.

Teachers were to be respected, because they commanded respect.

Enter Dr. Ben Carson, an individual with tons of common sense. If he sees something, he says something. He uses his considerable intellect to solve problems. He calls balls and strikes without regard to political correctness or the recent assaults on free speech.

For these qualities, he is vilified by the media, comedians and talk show hosts. For those of us who recall the town of common sense, we know how he feels. We have been wandering in the politically correctness wilderness these past years and yes, it’s been very lonely.

Ben Carson and the Court of St. James

Now, at last, we have a friend, a fellow American undeterred by the naysayers and others who would fundamentally change America. It’s a new era.

A children’s neurosurgeon is leading us back to our selves. That feels good.

We are no longer alone and lonely in an America that’s rediscovering the value of good old-fashioned common sense.

Those who seek a return to an America led by common sense welcome the concept of a new leadership — the Citizen President. And our best for that hope that is Ben Carson. But with or without the doctor at the helm, his influence will last long past this presidential election.

Because politics as we know it has changed forever.

Common sense is back. And for that we have Dr. Ben Carson to thank.


Karen Hagestad Cacy

Karen Hagestad Cacy, of Colorado Springs, is a former Washington speechwriter and transportation lobbyist. Raised in Portland, Oregon, she holds a BA degree in Russian and Middle East Studies from Portland State University (and American University in Cairo.) Her four novels are available on She is also the author of two plays.