COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Feb. 19, 2016 – Echoing the mainstream media, “What if Dr. Ben Carson throws in the towel, gives up the race? What GOP presidential candidate can replace him? Where will his delegates wind up? Will there be a soap opera drama as he turns on his staff and those who did not support his candidacy? Will he launch a law suit against those who wronged him?”
The answers, in order: No. Who knows? No. And, no.
But those are the wrong questions to ask about a man of Dr. Ben Carson’s caliber and record as a soft-spoken and cogent candidate. The real question we should begin to ask ourselves is “Why can’t we appreciate a man of such integrity, honor and vast intelligence? What does our choice say about us?”
As the common relationship break-up lingo goes, “It’s not you, it’s me.”
The arrogance of such a convenient, canned response to “Why?” is disturbing. Introspection’s not the order of the day. Sound bites, Twitter reposts and inattention to the nation’s governance are. All one has to do is to tune in to any number of TV shows where the “man in the street” is asked questions about current affairs. There is little knowledge of basic geography, much less the country’s governmental structure or leadership. Instead, what the interviewer gets are reiterations of small notions taken out of context or meaning.
We no longer read books. We don’t even take the time to read the newspapers. Instead, we rely on quick and dirty, and I do mean dirty, synopses of what haphazardly passes for the news. We are content with accepting whatever the media dishes out, as a child would accept his morning Pablum.
Before the one true candidate fades from view, take a moment to listen to his speech before the Feb. 7, 2013, National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. There, the doctor appeared for the first time on the nation’s radar screen.
Finally, we witnessed a real man, someone strong enough in his core beliefs to speak truth to power. With the president and first lady seated just steps away, he laid into the Obama Health Care Plan. The doctor spoke from experience and integrity. A short summary, in case you’ve been under a rock, is he thinks the president’s socialist-light plan is, and will continue to be, a disaster for all involved, especially patients.
But why take one person’s word for it? Why not take the time to dial up Carson’s various speeches yourself? No, not the stupid GOP debates wherein he’s thrown a crumb of several seconds in which to respond, often to some media-invented criticism of another Republican candidate. Instead, go to his web site. Read his positions. Listen to his reasoned solutions. Believe that a man of soft speech and quiet manners is tough enough to lead us.
The nation’s future is at stake. It’s up to each and every one of us to question authority. Research the candidates. And refuse the gruel of convenient sound bite instant analysis that would hand us another disastrous four years.