SAN JOSE, CA November 4, 2014 — As this year’s electioneering comes to a climax and Americans head to the polling places Tuesday, there are a number of political issues at stake in the nation.
Despite the mainstream media attempts to indicate otherwise, this will be an election that is transitional. President Barack Obama is not supposed to have another term, thus other Democrats will make their efforts to capture the top spot as POTUS. Currently, Hillary Clinton appears to be the frontrunner, but it is way too early to tell what will happen – unless one has an operational crystal ball.
Out on the edge of the political arena there is another black man who is seriously considering a run for the presidency. Ironically, he is not a Democrat – but one who has cast fear into the Democrat Party.
Dr. Benjamin Carson, the renowned neurosurgeon, and Conservative best-selling author, a highly intelligent black professional and scholar whom Leftists and ‘Progressives’ hate, has recently caught the attention of middle America. He entered the political arena via the National Prayer Breakfast in 2013 when he spoke out strongly against the dangers of “political correctness” as he stood just a few feet away President Obama, a grand guru of political correctness.
Carson said, “PC is dangerous because it puts a muzzle on people from discussing important issues while the fabric of this nation is being changed.” Carson’s challenge took courage at the time, but since last year Dr. Carson has become a highly sought after public speaker, especially because he has written two best-selling books.
More importantly, Dr. Carson is now actively promoting Conservative and Republican candidates within this year’s election cycle. Through a political action committee, the USA First PAC, he has initiated action to promote select candidates across the nation from North Carolina to Montana, and the PAC is paying attention to the electorate and what will happen in the upcoming mid-term elections.
On the other end of the spectrum, there has been a national campaign to draft Dr. Carson to run for president since the days he created a sensation across the country at the National Prayer Breakfast. The National Draft Ben Carson campaign (also known as the RunBenRun campaign) has generated $10 million over the three quarters of 2014! There are some serious-minded people who want Dr. Carson to run for president.
Obviously, when such talk surfaces out on the fringe of the political arena, some people paying attention begin to take notice. So far, it is not only the Democrats that Carson has a bit rattled, it is also the major Republican movers and shakers, as well as other potential presidential contenders who are beginning to consider their future possibilities.
Yet, it appears that many of those who are the old experienced politicos (no matter Democrat or Republican) give Dr. Carson no serious chance of “getting out of the gate” and jumping into the fray. Nevertheless, Carson seems to be all over the place, especially as he is promoting his latest hardcover book, One Nation, and as he is promoting candidates in closely contested races such as in North Carolina and Louisiana.
For those who do not realize it, there are several who take Dr. Carson, or what he represents, as a serious threat to politics as usual. For those who doubt the power of intimidation regarding “political correctness,” according to Carson, after he spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast, officials at the White House connected to him and asked him to apologize to the President. Carson explained that he had spoken to President Obama after the event and he did not seem offended. He reasoned that if he had been, he should have taken his concerns up at that time. Carson did not apologize for his words. However later, the IRS came knocking on his door. Apparently much later, a report in The Washington Times revealed Dr. Carson stating that “I had the first encounter with the IRS shortly after the speech.”
Dr. Carson, who has recently published two hardcover books touching on a number of topics, has emerged as one of the leading spokesmen for the preservation of traditional American values and a return to the fundamental founding principles that the Founding Father sought to imbed into the fabric of the U.S. culture. In his more recent book, One Nation, Carson expresses the importance of an accurate understanding of history:
Our nation’s founders felt very strongly that our system of government could only survive with a well-informed and educated populace. They understood that if the populace reached the point of not being able to critically analyze information. It would easily fall prey to slick politicians and unethical news media. All citizens need to arm themselves with a basic knowledge of American history and stay abreast of current events, analyzing them with respect to history. Knowledge is power and at a time when the people are becoming increasingly impotent while government grows larger and larger and more powerful, it is vital that we arm ourselves with knowledge.
He has also recently published an online book, titled One Vote, which deal with the importance of taking one’s voting rights seriously. He relates that a significant percentage of American citizens did not vote in the recent elections. He urges the American people to know how their representatives voted so they do not simply rely on how the candidates for office tell their constituents how they voted because what is told back home to the voters may show up as completely different on the voting records. It seems all so simple, but the things Dr. Carson is talking about make a great deal of sense. Unfortunately, Americans are often distrustful of the political game, or fed up with being told one thing by politicians, and later finding out that they were fed earfuls of lies with little recourse or hope to change “politics as usual.”
This election cycle Dr., Carson is trying to rally Americans to make a positive difference, but he has an uphill battle against the various deeply entrenched political incumbents, primarily Democrats, who have long held the Black voters and Hispanic voters within the realm of their control.
Carson is striving to take the political dialogue to a different level, one of approaching issues from the standpoint of common sense as opposed to Left vs. Right, or Conservative vs. Liberal. He is challenging people to use their brains when they vote as opposed to simply checking off a “D” or an “R” that follows a politicians’ name. He is striving to challenge the status quo of what the elections have been in this country for some time, and his message seems to be resonating with an American public that is sick of politics as usual.
Not surprisingly, there will also be many obstacles that stand in his way if he decides to throw his hat into the political arena in a run for one of the highest political offices in the world. The chances of that may actually hinge on the outcome of today’s elections.
In a message to supporters the other day, he wrote that “This election is our chance to put common sense conservatives in full control of Congress. It will soon be time to replace President Obama. But first, let’s make sure to elect a new team that will begin to stop and replace his agenda… Victory is within our grasp, but only if we vote.”
He just may run for President if he sees a good team ready to help him in Congress, but there will be all those obstacles.
With regard to such obstacles, Dr. Carson has already addressed this a long time ago in his book Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, when he said:
“Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next.”
He may almost be ready for one of the biggest hurdles of his life.