Generals Washington and Eisenhower both distinguished themselves during two different bitter struggles as persons of intelligence, wisdom, fortitude, grit and courage, able to sustain momentum and clear thinking under great stress. They each attained a successful presidency without prior political experience. I would argue that Dr. Carson has demonstrated all these virtues during his extraordinary career. He also embodies Conservative thinking on virtually all issues. He knows this country is facing unparalleled existential crises and may yet fail. He is considering the call to TRY to fix it, only because none of the GOP prospects are truly galvanizing the voters.
The American people are disgusted with politicians on both sides of the aisle because they are not delivering solutions. They want a man who values his honor before his tenure; who is not beholden to special interests or easily swayed from avowed principles. They would expect Dr. Carson to implement the policies he runs on because he has proven he’s a man who can work tirelessly and who doesn’t swoon when confronted by the PC Police. I marvel at his unflappable courage under fire, always able to present a logical, cogent argument while being respectful of all listeners.
I think his attributes will deeply resonate with all Conservatives if we do our part to get his name out there, and he’ll pull in some tired Liberals as well who just want some action. I pray he’ll run.
The man is smarter than any president we have had in 25 years or so. I don't agree with him on everything, especially his stance on the second amendment, but he's leading the current bunch of potential candidates.
I really like Ben Carson and would love to see him run for President! But, I am concerned about his statement made that if he was to run he would run as an Independent! This is too dangerous! This would split the Republican votes and result in the Democrats winning the election (Hillary). If Ben will run as a Republican he has my vote, but he really needs to realize the damage he could do by running as a Independent.
Merrifield, Va.—July 15, 2014—The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, announced today that it raised more than $3.3 million in the second quarter of 2014, including more than $1 million in the month of May alone.
“The American people are continuing to show their overwhelming desire for Dr. Carson to run for the GOP nomination in the 2016 presidential election,” said Vernon Robinson, the Committee’s campaign director. “We’ve had tens of thousands of people contribute and hundreds of thousands have signed the petition to get Dr. Carson to run, because people want a principled leader in the highest office in the land. They want a president who can heal the bitter divides that are tearing our nation apart.”
Since its inception in August 2013, the Committee has raised more than $7.2 million, with more than 95,000 individual donors giving an average contribution of around $48. The committee now has more than 17,000 volunteers nationwide.
Hundreds of thousands of people have signed petitions encouraging Dr. Carson to enter the race for the presidential nomination. The Committee delivers roughly 6,000 of these petitions to Dr. Carson each week.
“The campaign to draft Dr. Carson into the race for president continues to enjoy incredible success,” said John Philip Sousa IV, national chairman of the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee. “As we move into the third quarter we will increase our efforts to spread the word about Dr. Carson’s merits and all he has to offer the American people. The tremendous outpouring of donations and words of support clearly shows that people are clamoring for a principled, unifying leader like Dr. Carson in the White House. We will continue to do all we can to encourage him to run for president.”
Distrust the two current parties
So much money greed and hubris
They no longer represent the people!
George Washington's resignation from the presidency says it all - he warned even back in the infancy of our government that the people should not trust the parties - they are out for their own interests and power as organizations
I want Bento start a "do over party"
A movement to encourage all citizens to vote against all incombant candidates in every level of government - just
To show both parties they mean nothing unless they listen to all of US!
It would take two elections to make all of the corrupt leaders be gone
But after the first round you bet the parties would take notice
And the do over party would have no cost or overhead
Just citizens taking back their rights and using social media
Elections cost too much money for us to get such bad candidates and elected officials in the end
Ben - start the "do over" party now!
"However combinations or associations of the above description [factions or today what we call a political party] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people, and to usurp for themselves the reins of government; destroying afterwards the very engines, which have lifted them to unjust dominion."
George Washington, Farewell Address 1796
Read that quote by George Washington closely. Now answer me if his concerns are valid compared to today’s political environment?
With a Facebook post I shared on one of Dr. Ben Carson’s group pages dealing with Dr. Carson answering if he was a Republican, I received a very cleaver question regarding the subject. “So would you run on a Democan or Republicrat ticket, or maybe a Redemopendant one?” It led me to graciously answer the thought provoking query, which I expand upon here.
An interesting and clever question Joe. Thanks. Are Americans Engish, Indeses or Chinaxicans? Of course the answer is all of these but none these. It makes the point that we are all an odd mixture and can extend it to our philosophies rooted in our experiences.
What I love about Ben Carson is that he was once a liberal Democrat, changed to a Republican but now realizes neither party fully represents his ideas because each party has such a wide range within the platforms. That is just inherent in our party systems. Today, the two main parties have slid further away from their proverbial centers so it polarizes our politics, revealing the extremes from our foundation. The liberal progressives are the more extreme and off base, far that is from outside of the American form of republic this nation was founded on. But the far right can be as misleading if allowed driving to the excessive. Ben Carson will say that conservative Republican come closes to his belief but he is willing to keep common sense in the formula so labels himself politically as Independent.
Our founding fathers warned against “factions”, what we call political parties, because they could be so dividing for our republic (if you want to know more about factions, click here). But they also came to comprehend that it was almost unavoidable so continually pointed back to our founding documents to anchor the process.
This is what Dr. Carson has come to understand and strives to embrace using the common sense approach that our republic works best under; the American republic foundation with Biblical values. The founding fathers used republican thoughts (little r here, not the party) embracing the idea of the common good, which expressed itself within different “factions” (parties today). They wanted what was best for all using Christian values as the gauge. Not so in much in today's environment and actually opposing those values. That is not to mean every American has to be a Christian, but rather the republic uses that value system. That is why modern America is heading in the wrong direction and needs correction.
Dr. Ben Carson could be an ideologue who represents what America is all about and get us back on track if we were to convince to him run for President.
“On a candid examination of history, we shall find that turbulence, violence, and abuse of power, by the majority, trampling on the rights of the minority, have produced factions and commotions which, in republics, have, more frequently than any other.”
James Madison 1788
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
“The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity.”
DrCarson and Dr. Condoleezza Rice In 2016.
“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
2nd Amendment, US Constitution
All the US Amendments are crucial to our Republic and the 2nd one gives us a focus to understand our founder’s intentions. Let’s take a look at it.
Short, concise and to the point. When written there seemed to be little discussion, probably because the founders lived the reality of the peoples’ fate, if the simple truth of the statement was ignored. Today we feel generally safe from our neighboring countries and we have armed civil servants who can come to our aide when called. We have been lulled into a false sense of security, unlike that of the first generations in this nation. It is easy for us to believe that our founders needed something that we no longer need the same way today.
It would be a huge mistake to suppose such and make that assumption. The founding fathers had plenty to say about the reasons for this amendment, which we can gleam to make a common sense analysis.
"I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."
George Mason - Co-author of the Second Amendment 1788
"Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence … from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable … the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that's good."
"Those who hammer their guns into plowshares will plow for those who do not."
It was obvious to these men that the right to bear arms was to protect ourselves from anyone, within or without, who would overreach to take or limit our liberties as defined in the Declaration of Independence and Bill of rights, whether invaded from outside our borders or somehow by the newly tri-partite government with a bi-cameral legislature if it failed us.
As I alluded to above, sometimes we forget our founding fathers took time to consider all these facts and wrote our founding documents, rules and government framework with a vision that includes thoughts for future generations. We can miss it when current events “seem” too elaborate and conclude our current governance is deficient for solutions. But that thinking only leads to arrogant, convoluted, ill-placed conclusions in direction opposition to the intent of our nation’s founding. Common sense will direct us, teach us and support our founders’ intentions if we apply it.
Dr. Ben Carson is a good example that supports this conclusion. He is recognized as a man with unpretentious common sense. Bought up in the ghettos’ of Detroit definitely gave him a sense to the dangers of violent groups who demonstrated weapons as power to control communities and disregard the liberties of others in contrast to their rights of liberty. I assume he had no other context growing up for the purpose of guns other than the negative example he witnessed. He knew if the wrong people had guns it could be a disaster for the community. Until his famous speak given at a prayer breakfast in front of president Obama in 2013, he had no reason to seriously consider the 2nd amendment until asked about it by Glen Beck in February 2013. Many radical right wing conservatives hailed his answer inadequate for a presidential run based only on this before Ben considered other opinions about the issue. I understand the concern but have seen Dr. Carson seriously consider other opinions and weighed them against the intentions our founders had for the second amendment. He has recently published some of these thoughts as an opinion piece in the Washington Times, April 22nd 2014. I’ll let you read it, but Dr. Carson has shown he is capable of understanding others viewpoints and consider them against our founding fathers objectives. This common sense approached is outlined in his book, One Nation, which you need to read. He has decided that the 2nd amendment, drafted by our founders, is critical to keeping our republic stable and safe.
“The Second Amendment was crafted by wise citizens who recognized how quickly an enemy invasion could occur or how our own government could be deceived into thinking it had the right to dominate the people.”
Dr. Ben Carson, 4/22/2014
For those, who at one time, considered Dr. Ben Carson might fail us on the second amendment, rest assured that he will up hold our constitution wholly and completely (in contrast to our current president) if we convince him to run for president in 2016.
"The great object is that every man be armed." and "Everyone who is able may have a gun."
We need your leadership, this generations George Washington.
This country is desperate for your leadership.
Just wanted dr. Carson to know with my meager but heartfelt donation's I have "skin in the game" : )
In our country today, there is more than ample reason to feel like you are being sucked under by overpowering undercurrents of cynicism and pessimism. The strength, courage, and optimism that once defined us as a country seem to have been lost. In fact, the political and media elite imply that we were never as great as we once believed and, if you are buying into their propaganda, you probably are not intelligent enough to even have an opinion. It is true of many members of both political parties and it indisputable when looking at our “unbiased” media. They all seek to influence opinions and votes with 30 second sound bites and prestaged photo-ops while both sides seek to drive wedges of dissension between groups, silence opposition, and, at the end of the day, want to make our decisions for us.
Suddenly, like a breath of fresh air, there is another face in the world of politics and he may well be our last hope if we hope to even partially return to our past greatness. Dr. Ben Carson is quickly emerging as a force to be reckoned with among the full slate of better known Republican presidential candidates. I just finished my second book authored by Dr. Carson, “One Nation” and I became more impressed with each page I read. Those favorable impressions have been reinforced every opportunity I have had to see a speech or an appearance by Dr. Carson on one of the many news programs.
As a conservative, I am very aligned with Dr. Carson’s core political philosophies but what truly inspires me is how he is able to speak to his own conscience, not allowing himself to become beholden to outside interest groups or party affiliation. He also is proving that it is possible to stand on your convictions without demonizing those who believe differently. In his latest book, he challenges the reader (on many occasions) to educate themselves and to apply old-fashioned common sense to many of our biggest challenges. While he has a philosophy and his own convictions, he does not expect everyone to blindly fall in line with his thinking or to even pretend that he has all of the answers (a stark contrast to our current President who seems to believe that he alone has all of the solutions). Finally, Dr. Carson reminds the reader often that compromise can happen with the surrender of convictions and, in fact, compromise is the only way that our political system can function at all.
Many politicians have written books telling their stories and outlining their agendas, but very few have done it with the humility that Dr. Carson shows. In our modern world of self-promotion and chest-thumping, it is so refreshing to read the words of this humble but successful man! He is unafraid to admit mistakes, to embrace the role of God in his life, and to reluctantly accept the responsibility to step to the forefront in such a critical time for our country. In a time where everyone seems to be content to recycle old ideas and echo historic arguments, Dr. Carson also shows that he can look outside of the “canned” ideas and submit fresh perspectives and alternatives. He also has the courage to point out the flaws in both parties and in many institutions that seek to monopolize or dictate the important conversations of the day.
Finally, Ben Carson is a successful doctor and not a lawyer. In my opinion, we need many more doctors and businessmen in Washington and a greatly reduced number of professional politicians, neighborhood activists, and especially attorneys – none of whom seem to have the propensity to work for the common good or even to act or speak in a responsible manner. Friends, if we don’t change the cast of characters in Washington and begin to assert ourselves into the process, we are witnessing the slow demise of our country and cementing a legacy of debt to our children and grand-children. Dr. Ben Carson does not have all of the answers but has shown me that he has the demeanor and wisdom to lead and pull people together based on commonalities and common-sense versus dividing us with the fringe issues and the character assassination.
I urge you to get a copy of “One Nation” at your local book store or library and read about Dr. Carson’s vision for our country. At the end of every chapter, he has a set of action items for the reader action steps geared toward introspection and action. You will be enriched If you do nothing but review those action steps, to ponder their meaning, and to begin applying some of them to your life. Whether or not you jump on the Dr. Ben Carson Express or not, our country will be bettered by your independent thinking and true participation in our democratic process.
“The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People (emphasis added), in a great Measure, than they have it now. They may change their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty.”
John Adams: letter to Zabdiel Adams, June 21, 1776
“Do we agree with the vision of the founding fathers? Or have we become much wiser than they were and feel the need to adopt a different vision?”
Dr. Ben Carson Facebook March 6, 2013
Dr. Ben Carson asks the question of the century. One that hasn’t been asked nearly as often or vocal as needed. But that is about to change. “We the People”, collectively, are waking up with the help of the Tea Party and people like Ben Carson. And it is scaring the pants off the progressive liberals. You want proof? Check out an opinion piece by progressive Nick Rudnik in Valdosta Today titled “VALDOSTA STATE UNIVERSITY SHOULD CANCEL THEIR ‘EVENING WITH DR. BEN CARSON” published June 11, 2014. Go ahead and read it to notice the fear through veiled partisan prejudice. But please scroll down to the bottom and read the over hundred comments on his piece. Most of them are a searing rejection of his stand and support Ben Carson.
You may not agree with every point Ben Carson makes but the thing that scares the progressives most is that Ben’s position is not one of just Democrat or Republican but rather either can have a good idea and both can work together to advancement of American values. And those values will be determined by our founding documents and all parties working to find those meanings. I love what Ben once said, “Why is it that the eagle is able to fly high, forward, because it has two wings; a left wing and a right wing.” This is the kind of people we need running our country. That is why others like Nick Rudnik don’t like someone like Ben, because it means socialistic ideas are in trouble. But if we want our nation to be as our founding father envisioned it then we must come back to the foundations.
I believe Ben Carson should run for president because he is a healer, a realist who knows American politics without being a politician (as our recent history has defined it) and shares the vision of our founding fathers. If you investigate and agree please go to RunBenRun.org and sign the petition to convince Ben “We the People” want him.
“The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.” — Benjamin Franklin
“It’s not tyranny we desire; it’s a just, limited, federal government.” — Alexander Hamilton
“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” - Abraham Lincoln
Dr. Ben Carson
has effectively outlined the path Americans need to take to preserve the United State of America as the nation in which every individual is free to peruse liberty and happiness to the enrichment of self and our fellow man. It is the goal of our founding fathers. Every American should read his work, One Nation
, and know how we can all work together to bring this country back to the mission our founders envisioned.
If anyone other than my Lord Jesus has entered my mind, read my thoughts and then said what I believe our great nation needs to get back on track, it is Ben Carson. And I know I’m not alone. There is millions of other who have the same vision and now it has been thoroughly defined. I would hope that all my other posts in this blog would only emulate the same passion and position as Ben has effectively outlined. I’m not shy to proclaim that if Dr. Ben Carson feels led to run for President
of this nation, I and millions of others would vote for and support such a bold and arduous commitment.
I will not belabor the point with lengthy verbal quotes from Ben Carson but will encourage and if I had the power (but no one does, thankfully), command you to read the heart and vision of Ben Carson through his written work, One Nation
and other works penned by him
. You will find his vision, the vision most Americans want to or do hold as our founding fathers did. Not necessarily that this is a nation for Christian only, but rather a nation based on Christian values so anyone and everyone is free to pursue life as they find it good and beneficial for all people. A republic such as this great experiment known as the USA can only survive when we all work together, not always agreeing but deciding the best path directed by our constitution, bill of rights and declaration of independence.
“Can the liberties of a nation be sure when we remove their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people, that these liberties are a gift from God?” - Thomas Jefferson
“This is a Christian nation” - United States Supreme Court Decision in Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, 1892
“The Scriptures tell us righteousness exalteth a Nation.” - Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams
“This nation under God” - Abraham Lincoln, Gettysberg Address and inscribed on Lincoln Memorial
“[The Bible] is the rock on which our Republic rests.” - Andrew Jackson
“The only foundation for . . . a republic is to be laid in Religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.”
Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence
Top three contestants to receive Silver iPad AirTM or a Microsoft SurfaceTM
Merrifield, Va.—June 10, 2014—The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, today announced the three winners of its video contest to spread the word about why Dr. Carson should run for the 2016 Republican nomination. The winning videos were chosen based on the number of Facebook “likes” each received, and the video creators will receive their choice of a Silver iPad AirTM or a Microsoft SurfaceTM.
“The American people want Dr. Carson to run for president, and the results of this video contest show definitively that they are clamoring for his leadership,” said Vernon Robinson, the Committee’s campaign director. “There is no other candidate who has what it takes to win the election and heal our nation. Ben Carson is the best hope for America.”
Participants’ videos were uploaded to the Campaign’s Facebook page, where contestants gathered as many “likes” as they could by spreading the word to family, friends and other concerned citizens. All entries were submitted by midnight on Saturday, May 31.
Chris Adkins of Wayne, West Virginia came in first. Notified that his video won, Chris stated, “I don’t feel like I deserve an iPad, I was just speaking from the heart.”
Nicholas Zientarski of Grand Haven, Michigan placed second. Stephen Carson of San Diego, California, was a close third. He said, “It has been difficult to watch the decline of my country, and to see that someone is there who can stand for the values that make me proud to be an American is very meaningful to me. I have never stepped out for a campaign, but for this man I will do whatever I need to do.”
More than a quarter of a million people have signed petitions encouraging Dr. Carson to enter the race for the presidential nomination. The Committee delivers roughly 6,000 of these petitions to Dr. Carson each week.
Dr. Carson continues to prove he is a strong contender for the GOP nomination, consistently placing in the top three in poll after poll. Most recently, Ben Carson finished second in the Texas GOP State Convention’s straw poll, successfully defeating Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), considered a presidential frontrunner, and Gov. Rick Perry, Texas’ longest serving governor. Dr. Carson also took a close second to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at the National Republican Leadership Conference, missing the top spot by less than 1 percentage point.
Since its inception in August 2013, the committee has raised more than $6 million from more than 85,000 individual contributors. The average contribution amount was $45, with many donors contributing more than once.