The Doctor makes a Trump House Call

Like many Ben Carson supporters I have had a lot to digest over the past week, from the suspension of his campaign, to My Faith Votes, to his recent endorsement of Donald Trump.

A lot for my simple mind to digest

After the suspension of his campaign and beginning his new role as chairman of My Faith Votes I did not expect him to endorse anyone during the primaries. I did not expect it because that is what he said on March 4th,

“I have committed to not endorse a specific individual, but rather ‘We the People.'”

Since my primary was over, I had resigned myself to let the primaries and convention play out and watch old westerns on TV much more often than so called political “news” reports where pundits talk about what is going to happen and what they think needs to happen more than what has happened.

CPAC – Campaign Suspended

Among the things Ben Carson said on March 4th at CPAC was,

“I will still continually be heavily involved in trying to save our nation.”

I was glad to hear that because his goals ever since he entered the political arena have been to save America for future generations and return the control of government to We the People. I was glad to hear he wasn’t giving up that fight.

Then, the endorsement happened

When I first saw reports of Ben Carson endorsing Donald Trump I did not want to believe it. I decided, as I have learned during this campaign, to wait to hear from Dr. Carson and, if this was true to listen to his explanation.

One of the reasons I support Dr. Carson is I believe the combination of  his experience, knowledge and judgement far exceeds that of any other candidate and he has the courage to speak the truth that many Americans do not want to hear. This endorsement was the first real test of whether I really believed what I said I believed.

Don’t get the wrong impression here. I don’t blindly follow anyone but there are people who I do trust. Ben Carson is one of those people, so, after this endorsement I had a choice to make.

A time for choosing for me

Should I just cast that belief aside and jump to a conclusion because he has made a decision I do not understand and, at first glance, do not agree with?

OR

Should I trust that he has more information than I have and give his judgement (that I say I trust) the benefit of the doubt here?

What to make of all this?

After listening to what Dr. Carson had to say and sleeping on it a couple of days I am now clear on where I stand today. I have decided to give Dr. Carson the benefit of the doubt and trust his judgement is sound in this endorsement. For more on how I came to this decision, keep reading.

Donald Trump – Not a Fan

Just so you will know where I am coming from, I am not a fan of Donald Trump. I do appreciate the excitement and conversations his campaign has generated. He has made both Republicans and Democrats discuss topics they would rather have just swept under the rug, as politicians often do with most difficult issues, such as illegal immigration. I do agree with some of the things he has said but often don’t agree with how he says them. I don’t believe his history matches and supports many of the things he is saying now and, therefore, have questions about whether he would follow through if elected. One of the claims many have made against him is he was painting in broad strokes and light on policy details.

What did Ben Carson do?

Ben Carson called Donald Trump and said, “Donald we need to talk.” Donald Trump replied, “Absolutely” and the doctor made a house call, a Trump house call. The meeting was actually at a resort restaurant but house call sounds better than resort restaurant call so I am going with that.

The Doctor makes a House Call
The Doctor makes a House Call

Dr. Carson asked questions to diagnose the sincerity and knowledge of the important issues facing America and how he planned to address them if elected. He said if those answers had not measured up to his standards he would have been out of there. I think you will agree doctors are adept at asking questions and evaluating the answers as they do this every day with every patient they see. This experience and judgement was important in this interview for Dr. Carson. According to Dr. Carson,

“I needed to know that he could listen to other people, that he could change his opinions, and that some of the more outlandish things that he’s said, that he didn’t really believe those things.” 

He must have learned something significant he was not expecting. Otherwise he would not have broken his commitment to not endorse a specific individual.

What did he ask for?

The obvious question is did they discuss possible positions in a Trump administration, cabinet member or even Vice President? They did not. The only stipulation Dr. Carson had was that he would be helping to formulate policy details. Remember that criticism of Trump being light on policy details? Dr. Carson has detailed plans and this is his best chance to have any of them implemented. The two areas discussed at their press conference were health care and education. They may have discussed others as well. Ben Carson will be working on formulating policy for Donald Trump’s campaign, and if he is elected, his administration. That will be good for America.

The Carson Factor

With Ben Carson now supporting Donald Trump that can help ensure the GOP nominee is chosen by We the People, not the political class. If his endorsement helps Donald Trump secure the 1,237 delegates he needs during the primaries then the backroom deals by the political class at the convention can be avoided. That will be good for America.

Ben Carson is THE candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democrats fear the most. His support for Donald Trump and credibility that comes with that support will help defeat the Democratic candidate in November. That will be good for America.

What if seeking counsel from Ben Carson and his association with him over the next 7+ months opens Donald Trump’s eyes to what a personal relationship with Jesus Christ really looks like? What if this collaboration even leads him to either begin or improve his own personal relationship with Jesus Christ? That is the absolute best thing that could happen for Donald Trump and, if he is elected President, will also be good for America.

His influence now instead of after the nominee is decided will have more weight and afford him the opportunity to wield more influence, both inside the Trump campaign and in the upcoming primaries. After the nomination is locked up there will be many more endorsements and people “wanting to help.” I believed Dr. Carson’s ideas would be good for America when he was a candidate and that has not changed. Getting some of Dr. Carson’s policies implemented instead of none will be good for America.

What are the downsides to this endorsement?

For Dr. Carson many of his supporters will immediately abandon him, saying he has sold out and become a politician – something he said he would never do. It is a given his detractors will push this narrative. Some will see this as a loss of credibility for Ben Carson instead of a gain in credibility for Donald Trump. Many will say he broke his commitment to not endorse a specific individual. He did, but at the same time this was also an endorsement for We the People as his comments below explain.

“The key thing for me was recognizing that the political establishment was pulling out all the stops to try to stop Trump. It seems to me that’s thwarting the will of the people. The people are the ones who are supposed to make the decision.”

There are no downsides for Donald Trump or America.

The only downsides I see fall directly on Dr. Ben Carson.

As Ben Carson said when he endorsed Donald Trump,

Watch, read and listen for yourself

If you haven’t yet and do want to see Dr. Carson’s thoughts on this decision his interview with Neil Cavuto (about 12 minutes) will provide some of those. You can see that here

Dr. Ben Carson explains why he is backing Donald Trump

Ben Carson Endorses Donald Trump FULL Press Conference (3-11-16)

How Carson Arrived at Trump provides a little more backstory on their relationship.

UPDATE: 3/19/16 – The interview/explanation below is the best I have seen to date on this endorsement from Dr. Carson. Highly recommended reading. It includes this prayer from Dr. Carson.

BenCarson_Prayer_United States

Interview: Ben Carson Explains Decision to Support Trump

So where does that leave me?

After digesting the events of the past few days for myself I still do not see myself being an active and vocal Donald Trump supporter. I don’t consider myself a Trump supporter at all. However, after this endorsement I do have hope Dr. Carson will have a positive influence on Donald Trump and his campaign and that is something I did not have before this endorsement. That is “yuge.”

I will be watching to see evidence of this influence and hope it will be easy to recognize. If it is evident it would help me make a FOR vote in November instead of an AGAINST vote. I am still a Ben Carson supporter. However, I still plan to watch more old westerns than political “news” going forward, keeping in mind,

It’s not about me. It’s not about you. It’s about America.

If We the People can all evaluate and make decisions over the next few weeks and months through this prism, America will be better off and maybe even “Great Again.”

Until next time…

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Open Letter to Primary Voters

I have had several folks ask me both in person and on social media if a vote for the candidate I support for President would be a wasted vote as many in the media and so-called “expert” pundits would like folks to believe. Have you ever noticed many of these pundits are from failed campaigns, experienced in losing? Some might have had success once but their predictions since that one time have been wrong much more often than right.

Do you trust your vote with what they are telling you? I don’t.

This is my plea for you to consider joining me in making your own decision on who you will vote FOR in the presidential primary when it comes time for you to vote in your state. The primaries are the only place We The People have a chance to vote FOR the person we think would make the best president. We usually have more choices. Once the two major parties have selected their nominee we are down to voting for the lesser of two evils or against the other party’s candidate, or, as many have chosen the past few years, not voting at all.

The only chance we have to affect our choices in November is to make our voices heard during the primaries.

That means voting for the candidate you think will make the best president and the one you would be proud representing you, as an American, on the world stage. Vote for the candidate you think has the most critical decision making experience and the judgement to make the best decisions with the information available at the time.

Don’t allow the media, pundits, and even candidate themselves to tell you how to vote or that a vote for another candidate is wasted. If we listen to those saying, “If you don’t vote for candidate X your vote does not matter” that is backwards. Vote what your heart and conscience tells you. You tell them who you want to be president by your vote. Then, when all the votes are counted, the will of the people will be clear, not the will of the media and pundits. That is how it should work.

For me, the choice in this election is clear and simple.

I voted for Dr. Ben Carson in my state’s primary. It was the proudest vote I have cast for a president since the one I cast for Ronald Reagan in 1980. If all of us who say we like or love Ben Carson vote for him the vote totals will astound the media and so-called experts. If my state had not voted yet I would still vote for Dr. Carson. He is the only one I could really vote FOR. He will still be on the ballot.

Ben Carson_Anything is Possible

If you are one of the “I like Ben Carson but...” voters and believe the media and vote for someone else you are allowing them to tell you who to vote for. Don’t do it! Don’t let them manipulate you to help make their forecasts come true. I urge you to join me and be an, “I like Ben Carson and I voted for him in the primary” voter.

Even if your choice is not Dr. Ben Carson, if you listen to your heart and vote for the candidate you really want to win then you will walk away from the polling place with a clear conscience knowing you did what you could do with your vote to elect the candidate of your choice. To me, anything other than that is a wasted vote.

Until next time…

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And then there were five

And then there were five, regardless of what Kasich, Rubio, Cruz, pundits and the media want you to believe. Ben’s not done yet. As he said Saturday night, he is just getting started.

“When this thing started there were 17 candidates. There are only 6 now and I’m still one of them. And… I’m not going anywhere.” Ben Carson from his “Just The Beginning” speech after the South Carolina Primary. Shortly after this statement there were only 5 as Jeb Bush suspended his campaign.

Against the odds nothing new for Ben Carson

Ben Carson has been beating the odds his entire life. This campaign is just the latest chapter in a lifetime of beating the odds, doing what has never been done, doing what others said can’t be done. Almost all pundits agree this has been an unconventional campaign and yet, after each primary they want to predict the winner based on conventional wisdom. That just doesn’t seem logical to me.

I think this picture describes the current situation very well,

It is the title of The Ben Carson Story. Keep your head up and keep moving forward Team Carson! Stay positive and reach out to Bush supporters after tonight and invite them to take a look at Ben’s issue papers at BenCarson.com and join us. It’s a long and winding road to Cleveland and beyond. Next up Nevada, then Super Tuesday!

Ben Carson_Anything is Possible

 

South Carolina Primary Results Disappointing but…

Depending on your perspective Dr. Carson finished 6th, effectively tied for 4th (the last 3 were within .6% of each other at 7.2, 7.6 and 7.8%) or tied for 2nd if you look at the delegate count. The delegate count is what matters and is how the nominee for the party will be selected. Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush and John Kasich all tied for 2nd in that category with zero.

Same song different verse

And so the tired old refrain starts up again by the pundits, news media and other candidates. Why is he still in the race? Why doesn’t he get out for the good of the party? He can’t win so a vote for him is wasted. This is nothing new and has been repeated ever since Dr. Carson entered the race. The answers are still the same.

He is still in the race because he wants to give We The People an opportunity for their voices and votes to be heard. If he gets out now then he will have allowed Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina to speak for and represent the entire country. That is not what We The People want and are expressing by our continued support for Dr. Carson to stay in the race. How would getting out now, after just three states have voted, be any different than just listening to the pundits and news media who think they “know best”?

He is not in this race for the good of the party. He is in the race for the good of America and that includes all political parties and all races. What is in the best interest of any political party is often not in the best interest of America, especially in the divisive climate that exists today.

There are 595 delegates up for grabs in 12 states in the Super Tuesday or SEC Primaries (24 percent of the 2,472 total delegates throughout the country) and these all award their delegates proportionately, rather than via the winner-take-all method as South Carolina did. Specifically, those states are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and Wyoming. 1,237 delegates are needed to win the GOP nomination. If he keeps moving forward as he is planning to do and picking up delegates it becomes more likely there will be a brokered convention. If that happens then anyone can win. It is not out of the realm of possibility that Dr. Carson could be the only candidate the majority could agree on.

And then there was one!

Any of the candidates in the Republican race would do some good things and would definitely be better than anything the other party has to offer. However, only one candidate can really make America great again, to borrow a phrase. Others can make America better but don’t possess all the qualities necessary to make America great again. When you look at the accomplishments of the candidates, their character, integrity and judgement the best choice is clear.

Vote for the only true outsider and citizen statesman who can best unify and lead America, Dr. Ben Carson.

Until next time…

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