SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 7, 2016 – Last Saturday’s GOP debate was ostensibly designed to help voters to appraise the seven remaining GOP candidates. It did not. While most of the candidates on the stage were provided ample opportunity to speak and answer questions, there was one obvious exception: the only black candidate on the stage, Dr. Benjamin Carson.
An intelligent voter would think that, when the questions regarding race relations in the United States was raised, an obvious choice to consult for an intelligent answer would be the only black candidate on the stage – at least that one question could have been directed his way.
Instead, the question was referred to Donald Trump. Why? Was it because Trump is viewed as a big proponent of healing the racial inequality in America? No, it was more likely because Trump and the rest of the GOP can be painted as bigots. Yet, one must carefully consider that it is the Democrats who are running ancient white candidates while the Republican contenders are a mixed bunch, with Dr. Carson being a true representative of an ethnic minority who has expressed his concerns over the racial divisions in America for a long time. He also has a “rags to riches” story that is the real thing. It is dangerous to go there for the mainstream media.
It is blatantly obvious that the anemic amount of time allotted to Carson on the debate stage, not just in New Hampshire, but in previous debates, demonstrates that the mainstream media and the GOP National Committee are willing to relegate him to the “back of the bus.”
The effort of the ABC staff to include (but not in a significant or relevant way) Dr. Carson in the debate (eight plus minutes) came off more as a token gesture than anything else and did not take on a level of serious inquiry with the good doctor as demonstrated with the other six candidates.
In defense of ABC, they did give Carson an opportunity to speak about “Cruzgate” at the beginning of the debate. But, the offer to have him speak seemed more to the point of sparking a “blood feud” within the GOP ranks, rather than a more comprehensive investigation into the wrong doing. Cruz easily dismissed his staff’s “mistakes,” and was willing to apologize publicly, but the damage had been done. Carson has too much class to go gladiator on everyone.
Ben Carson is indeed an anomaly in politics, and many people have a hard time figuring him out, but those politicos who do understand Carson are either very respectful of the good doctor, or they are afraid of him. The debate stage is currently not the property of the American people. It is still the property of the media and the GOP Committee, and it shows up when someone representing so many millions of Americans had to beg for time to be heard. That is absolutely ridiculous!
It is equally ridiculous that Carly Fiorina was excluded from the more recent debates since her poll numbers were higher than some of the men on the stage in New Hampshire and since she won more votes in Iowa than John Kasich and Chris Christie, and at least she received one delegate for all her hard work in Iowa. Christie did not receive any delegates in Iowa and finished after Huckabee, who dropped out of the race after Iowa. Fiorina has now “disappeared” for all practical purposes from the public eye and rendered invisible by the coalition of the GOP National Committee and ABC News – establishment Republicans and mainstream media. In the great irony of it all, if Carson and Fiorina were not passionate about American values and the conservative cause, and if they were Democrats, they would have blown away Bernie and Hillary.
Not only did the debate render Fiorina physically invisible, it rendered Carson as the invisible man on stage. The debate may have been set to seemingly include Dr. Carson as an equal, but just “not so equal.” ABC may have their corporate reasons for priming moderators and providing their debate questions. However, a recent video clip reveals that, when a Carson supporter directly asked the moderators at the New Hampshire debate why Dr. Carson was not receiving more questions, even though he was fourth in the Iowa caucuses, the debate moderators ignored the woman. Why was ABC so obvious in relegating Dr. Carson to “invisible man” status?
One wonders why it had to be so overtly obvious in relegating Dr. Carson to an “invisible man” status? Was it done out of respect? Was the news report from CNN on the night of the Iowa caucuses performed out of respect?
The truth is slowly emerging about “Cruzgate” in Iowa. Testimonies of Iowa voters who were confused by the reckless (or was it?) manner in Cruz operatives went into each caucus site and spread an unverified report that Carson was dropping out of the race. It is too late to change the outcome of Iowa voting, but one should ask, Were the outrageous antics by the Cruz staff in Iowa done out of respect? Was it showing respect to those hardworking members of Carson’s staff to deceptively treat them with so much disdain that they were manipulated in order to win the election? Was it showing any kind of respect to the memory of the young man who died on Iowa’s icy roads while working so hard for a worthy cause?
Such outright lying and disrespect can be easily dismissed as “politics as usual,” but it is being perpetrated by a candidate who portrays himself to the Evangelical community as a genuine Christian and who is condemning those Washington “insiders” as deceitful, manipulative, and unresponsive to the voice of the people. The big gamble of the Cruz campaign was that Iowa would be forgotten by the New Hampshire primary or at least swept under the rug or dismissed until after the votes are cast in the Granite State. But the voice of Carson’s supporters still cries out from Iowa and beyond!
Ben Carson must be the most dangerous candidate on the platform, if the media are so afraid of him. Obviously, he does not seem too scary, so why would he be dangerous? The truth is that he is a conservative and a religious black man running for POTUS. He has a firm resolve resembling those who stood up to the oppressive system of white southern segregation and restrictions of the rights of blacks to simply vote as normal citizens. Those in the Civil Rights Movement did not go away when they were peacefully demonstrating for their rights to simply to be treated with respect, and when they were marching in their nonviolent fight to be able to vote in an election and to fulfill the dream that “all men were created equal.”
One can seriously ask: if Dr. Carson had zero chance of making a difference in the 2016 presidential campaign, why have such attempts been made to derail the momentum of support for him.