Requiem for Ben Carson’s campaign

Ben Carson brought civility, integrity and kindness to the 2016 presidential campaign. Now, that is gone.

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SAN JOSE, Ca., March 5, 2016 – Now that it is official that Dr. Benjamin Carson has terminated his valiant effort to gain the Republican Party’s approval to run for President of the United States, there needs to be some truth or clarity offered amidst the myriad of thinly disguised attempts to disparage the phenomenon of the distinguished doctor’s campaign.

Sadly, it is extremely ironic that Dr. Ben Carson announced his campaign on May 4, 2015 in his home town of Detroit, Michigan; yet on March 3, 2016, the GOP debate on FOX held in Detroit, did not include the good doctor because he had concluded there was no longer any “political path forward” under the Republican nomination extravaganza. During this political process, the mainstream media orchestrated a political “Hunger Games” in which each GOP candidate was expected to “kill off” political opponents.

However, that didn’t happen to Carson.

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Ben Carson refused to dance like a clown in a media circus to improve their ratings. While the media outlets found it easy to pit the candidates against one another, Carson refused to go gladiator.

Carson entered the race to help turn America away from the failed policies of the Democrats, and mistakenly assumed that the nomination events were designed to genuinely assist Republican and other American voters get closer to a realistic decision concerning who would be the best possible candidate to run for POTUS for the Republican Party in 2016.

Even more egregious than refusing to be a media puppet, Carson made the serious mistake of calling out the media more than once. He started his campaign by challenging big media when he explained to his Detroit audience that the media was the only corporate business protected under the Constitution, and that in that role, the media should look out for the people and protect them from big government. His words were forceful, and anyone paying attention could calculate the implications of such a strong statement. Certainly, the media moguls and political propagandists took note.

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From his opening verbal volley as he announced his intent to obtain the GOP nomination for POTUS until he ended that campaign, his message was consistent. However, the media wanted to play a game of “gotcha” with the inexperienced candidate, which essentially proved Carson’s point that the mainstream media were not on the side of the American people.  The doctor learned from painful lessons, yet he persevered. Most American politicos, both on  the Left and on the Right, did not truly expect the novice to last long so in the political arena. The contemporary political world is not that congenial a place for people of faith, and not that comfortable for many people of faith.

Yet, Carson initially thrived.

Despite his persistence, within the emotionally charged and cynically secular atmosphere of the United States, Ben Carson’s common sense solutions, internal strength, and deep faith was not enough to win over angry Americans in the early voting states. In reflection, it was truly not the mainstream media that deterred Ben Carson, with on-again, off-again personal attacks, or with the eventual treatment as an “Invisible Man” in the arena; it was the people and their lack of courage to cast a vote for this humble, intelligent, man of faith.

Dr. Carson was able to weather the onslaught and the biased treatment of the MSM, which was on display for all Americans watching the debates. What the good doctor could not move past was his poor vote tallies in the Super Tuesday elections.

What made Ben Carson different from the other candidates is that he consistently spoke about “We” and not “Me.” This extraordinary individual accepted the call of ordinary citizens to stand up and enter one of the dirtiest and most cutthroat realms in the world: the American political arena. He did this for “We the People.” It represents one of the most unselfish acts that any citizen can offer, yet with the MSM alternately attacking and ignoring him, the greater majority of the American people were not able to make a genuine connection with him or his campaign. His consistent opposition to the corrupt system of political elitist power did not synchronize with what the people wanted: loud, brash, tough talking, gutter-mouth politicians who say they have all the answers – or they will change them to suit the moment.

It seems apparent that following Super Tuesday, Dr. Carson no longer felt he could represent the will of the people if the majority of the votes rewarded those who have been already tainted by the corrupt system of political wheeling and dealing in Washington.

Despite not wanting to vote for politicians with self-centered and selfish goals, many of the common folks out in the heartland are in awe of how to do anything else. They do not seem to be able to change the “business as usual” realities that exist in the U.S. today. Tough guys or brawlers, despite looking much like Washington insiders, seem to be in high demand in 2016. The mood of most of the GOP contenders has been incited by a mainstream media that is highly supportive of the Democrats, and it seems like the nomination circus will continue to mainly display the weaknesses of the GOP.

While it is true that Dr. Carson entered the political arena as a genuine underdog, and at his own peril, he knew, or could imagine, what he would have to face in the arena. Yet, it is also true that he did not stoop to the level of hard core politicos and their minions.

It is Carson’s honesty and integrity that people witnessed in his campaign.

Confronted with the leviathan of a political system riddled with moral decadence and selfish men and women who would stop at nothing to gain or maintain their personal or political power, Carson retained his values. Candidates would lie – Carson would not; contenders took money (bribes) from the power brokers – Carson would not; opponents would cheat others out of their votes by manipulation and distortion of the truth – Carson did not; they would play upon people’s fears and intimidated voters – Carson did not; they did push and shove, and attacked opponents without mercy – Carson did not.

Ironically, Dr. Carson was a prophet of his own doom in the political arena. In his book, One Nation, Carson expresses an important key to a successful electoral process:

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.

The hallmark of Dr. Ben Carson’s candidacy will be missed

Yet, knowledge is not what emerges from a brawl deemed a debate. Knowledge, or its higher form, truth, does not seem to hold much value for many Republicans in 2016. But, that is likely prevalent in the entire American culture. How so? Consider that when Richard Nixon lied to the American people about his involvement in Watergate, many citizens were shocked and felt betrayed by the president. But when one witnesses GOP candidates lying to voters about their records in Congress, or about what they truly believed or understood at a given point in time, voters forgive that candidate if it is their “candidate of choice.”

Adherence to lofty principles and values that originate from the Bible do not seem to matter much to the majority of GOP voters in 2016. Ben Carson was the most honest of the entire crew of candidates, and the contender of deepest faith, but these qualities of character seem to have lost genuine dignity within the United States of the twenty first century.

Also ironic is that in several interviews, Dr. Carson reaffirmed his commitment to his principles. Regarding one question about Hillary Clinton’s lying and her claims that she has never lied, Ben Carson candidly told talk show hosts he would “rather lose than lie.” When pressed by Neil Cavuto of FOX Business News, Carson explained his biblically-based reasoning: What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?

Benjamin Solomon Carson did not appear to be a winner to many, and did not win any states, but for a political novice, in his first year of running a political campaign, he did much better than senators and governors who had far more political experience and savvy.  And, while some may claim they figured out the Carson campaign, much of the “news” is simply trash from hacks who never understood. Others may claim that all Ben Carson did was lose. It is more to the point that Carson only lost the opportunity to run as the GOP candidate against a Democrat.

Nevertheless, the Ben Carson campaign has revealed to the world that Americans have lost – lost their own 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.