Is Ben Carson a spoiler?

Or is the good doctor a healer?

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SAN JOSE, February 24, 2016 —Nevadans sent a message to the rest of the country with their Republican primary:they are mad as hell, their anger is extreme, and they voted their rage by choosing the most “out-rage-ous” candidate, Donald Trump, who won a serious majority over the other four GOP candidates.

Again, Ted Cruz came in third. And now that the GOP’s main man, Jeb Bush, is out of the running, Marco Rubio is the next candidate to receive “favored status” as the Establishment GOP is consolidating money upon him.

At the same time, one learns that loyal John Kasich is being thrown under the bus. Sad.

The Establishment GOP want to clear the field now, and Dr. Ben Carson is being urged to drop out. They say he has no hope of winning. Many are accusing Dr. Carson of being selfish and egotistical, and suggest that by remaining in the race, Carson is preventing Ted Cruz from defeating Donald Trump. This is ironic, because Cruz needed more than Carson’s vote count in Nevada to defeat Donald Trump.

There are those in the GOP who refuse to recognize Ben Carson as one who could “win” in November. Of course, this must be because only the “true experts” can pick the “real” winners.

Is Ben Carson truly the “spoiler” as some are portraying him, or does he have a right to run for public office?

Actually, one of the most ridiculous things perpetrated by his opponents that Carson is a “spoiler” allowing Trump to win. It seems Trump knows how to win without any help from Dr. Carson, as shown in the Nevada voting.

In reality, it is not that Dr. Carson is the spoiler. Dr. Carson was not the one who tolerated people on his staff lying about a reported premature withdrawal from an important initial caucus. Someone else in the GOP race is the true spoiler. It was that candidate who spoiled the votes of novice hopefuls by manipulating perceptions, just as there are those who are now trying to manipulate perceptions by saying Carson is the spoiler.

Ignoring Dr. Ben Carson – Et tu, Fox News?

It is quite interesting that Ted Cruz recently fired his communications director, Rick Tyler, for pushing out a video that made false claims against Sen. Rubio. The truth has a way of eventually coming out about Iowa, as light dispels the shadows.

The good doctor did no harm, as most good doctors are taught.

The Cruz-Rubio incident is telling, and there are some who see the firing of Tyler as a sacrificial offering to stop anyone from further questioning the integrity of the Texas senator. No similar action was taken by Cruz when Dr. Carson specifically asked him earnestly to discipline his staff, if Cruz knew nothing about the “mistakes” made by his staffers in Iowa as he claimed.

Yet Carson is illogically considered the spoiler.

Ben Carson is an absolute anomaly in this year of the race of the outsiders running for POTUS. A novice, many did not give Carson (and still do not) any chance of receiving the GOP nomination.

The second man to be drafted by a genuine effort of the American people, Dr. Carson is running because thousands upon thousands of people do not see Trump as one who can heal this nation, nor do they accept the personality cult of the Cruz worshipers, and do not view Cruz as one who can unite the GOP, let alone America. Yet opponents disparage all of Carson’s supporters as members of a personality cult.

The main reason that Carson supporters have wavered is that they are novices too, and they are too new to the predatory process existing within the political arena, and are easy prey for those who know how to make “mistakes” and “false claims.”

“See to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ” (Col2.8)

While it is quite true that Ben Carson entered the political arena at his own peril, and knew full well what he would have to face in that arena, it is also true that he has not stooped to the level of the hard core politicos and their minions. He may not have personally desired to run this race, but he responded to the call of hundreds of thousands of Americans who were sincerely impressed with his courage, his faith, and his service to the many children and families in America and across the world. Dr. Carson has attracted supporters from a wide spectrum of American voters, like Donald Trump’s attraction has drawn support from all levels of American society.

Ben Carson and Donald Trump reflect America’s anger

Yet, it is Dr. Ben Carson’s honesty and integrity that speaks for itself via his life testimony, which has drawn Americans to Carson. Dr. Carson’s supporters come from the ranks of humble and common people, as well as educated people who are quite aware of the rapid decline in American values. Dr. Carson’s supporters are people from all walks of life who appreciate his sincere commitment to Christian values and to the principles within the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.

On the other hand, it is rage and a desire for revenge that has attracted Trump supporters to the real estate mogul.

It seems that many Americans are drawn to support their candidate of choicer because they were told he was “the only one who could win.”

While some candidates are willing to discard their values or forsake their faith to win, in several recent interviews, Dr. Carson reaffirmed his own commitment. On a recent talk show, when discussing Hillary Clinton’s lies and her claims that she has not lied, Ben Carson candidly told a talk show host he would “rather lose than lie.” When pressed by Neil Cavuto of FOX Business News, Ben Carson explained that he would not compromise his principles and his biblical values and asked a familiar question: What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and lose his own soul?

What Americans are witnessing with Ben Carson is an incredibly noble man who is showing Americans and their children and their children’s children what this nation values most at this moment in history. He is also demonstrating how an election can be conducted – by honest and reasonable and intelligent men and women. Americans are not ready for such a reality, except for those who understand what he is doing.

Even if Ben Carson is beaten, he will win, because he ran the race his way, not the “normal” and ruthless way. Carson is a cut above those mere politicians who seek control for their own self-centered and power hungry objectives.

“We the People” have taken up the cause, and as light is shed on the political process, what Americans begin to see is exactly what Dr. Carson has revealed: that our political structure is riddled with filth and evil men and women who will stop at nothing to maintain or to gain their personal or political power.

They will lie. Carson will not.

They will take bribes. Carson will not.

They will cheat others out of their votes by manipulation and distortion of the truth. Carson will not.

They will play on people’s fears and intimidate the voters. Carson will not.

They will push and shove, and attack opponents without mercy. Carson will not.

Carson may lose the election. But then, so will America, because our beloved nation will have shown to the world that its people have lost their souls.

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Dennis Jamison reinvented his life after working for a multi-billion dollar division of Johnson & Johnson for several years. Now semi-retired, he is an adjunct faculty member at West Valley College in California. He currently writes a column on US history and one on American freedom for the Communities Digital News, as well as writing for other online publications. During the 2016 presidential primaries, he worked as the leader of a network of writers, bloggers, and editors who promoted the candidacy of Dr. Ben Carson. He founded the “We the People” Network of writers and the Citizen Sentinels Project to pro-actively promote the values and principles established at the founding of the United States, and to discover and support more morally centered citizen-candidates who sincerely seek election as public servants, not politicians.