Kanye, Ben, Me and You

Kanye West

You are about to read two words I never thought would ever appear in anything I ever wrote or signed my name to – Kanye West. I am not a Kanye West fan and don’t expect I ever will be. I don’t like the rap genre or the explicit language that requires the EXPLICIT Warning label. I will not buy anything with that warning. See Adult Language if you want to see my perspective on that.

There is nothing I know about Kanye West as of this writing that would make me a fan or buy anything he produces or creates or vote for him for President in 2020 if he really does run. If Kanye West is named as part of it, I normally change the channel. That has not changed. I have lived long enough to never say never but, so far, nothing resonates with me.

That recently changed (sort of)

Recently, I saw a news teaser about who Kanye West was “supporting” for President in 2016. I didn’t really care (see above if confused) but decided to let the show run because I did have a hunch of who it might be. As it turns out I don’t believe Kanye has endorsed Dr. Ben Carson for President but he has had some good things to say about him as in the comment below,

“As soon as I heard [Ben] Carson speak, I tried for three weeks to get on the phone with him. I was like this is the most brilliant guy,” Kanye said in his interview with Vanity Fair. You can read more about this here

KANYE WEST RAPS TO BEN CARSON ON PHONE DURING 30 MINUTE CONVERSATION

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Dr. Ben Carson

I have been an admirer of Dr. Ben Carson ever since I saw his Prayer Breakfast Speech from February 7, 2013. He spoke truth to power in a way not often seen in the politically correct world we live in today. That took courage and conviction. If you have not seen that speech it is worth your time to go to the link below and watch it. No EXPLICIT warning is necessary but a Common Sense warning might be appropriate. Watch it with your entire family.

Dr. Benjamin Carson’s Amazing Speech at the National Prayer Breakfast with Obama Present

After seeing this speech I was curious to know more about this man so I did a little research. I have read America The Beautiful, One Vote, Make Your Voice HeardOne Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future, watched Gifted Hands, the 2009 movie about his life starring Cuba Gooding Jr., and am looking forward to his new book A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties, due to release on October 6th.

Before it was cool

My research has only increased my admiration of Dr. Carson. I knew if he did decide to run for office I would support him. I just wasn’t sure if I would get that opportunity.  I knew it was a long shot but held out hope he would decide to run for office. If you have been paying attention at all you are aware he did make that decision and is doing very well. What he has done and said so far does resonate with me and I don’t expect that to change. However, the never say never reality also applies here because we are all human.

Me

I am a white, southern, conservative, just to the right of Rush Limbaugh, Christian who believes it is my civic duty as a citizen to be an informed participant in government by not neglecting my voting privilege. I am probably one of the few who can say they have voted for both Bill Clinton and Jeb Bush for Governor. I did learn after that Clinton vote and did not make that mistake again. He attended the same church we did in Little Rock and so I was giving him the benefit of the doubt before my eyes were opened to his true character. In my defense, I was much younger then and did not do my research before that vote – lesson learned.

It is not much of a stretch for someone such as myself to embrace the message of Dr. Ben Carson. He reminds me of the first President I was eligible to and did vote for, Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan always believed in the strength and ingenuity of the American people as does Dr. Carson. The success of his presidency was due, in large part, to the American people being involved by calling and writing their representatives to express their opinion and desires. This is how many of his initiatives were moved through Congress, bypassing the filter of the mainstream media. From what I have seen and read from Dr. Carson, he plans to do the same thing when he is elected President.

Mobiles the American People

Dr. Carson recently went to Harlem and spoke truth to those there as few have ever done but the most significant thing he said and I paraphrase here is

 

Have you heard that from any elected official or candidate lately? Refreshing, isn’t it.

Kanye, Ben & Me

Dr. Ben Carson has said repeatedly he plans to bring the American people together, not divide them as most politicians choose to do. Since he is not a career politician I believe he has a good chance to pull this off. I am writing today to show proof of concept for this goal. He has already done it at least once or you would not be reading this post. If his fans are curious enough to take a closer look, unfiltered by “news” media, at Dr. Ben Carson that could be a game changer in the upcoming election. I believe that closer look will result in many more who will admire Ben Carson and will choose to support him as I do.

You

All I am advocating here is for YOU to be an informed voter, learn about the candidates and vote for the one who best matches your beliefs and values. Don’t rely on news media to tell you who they want you to vote for. Do keep in mind there is no perfect candidate, even Dr. Ben Carson. Don’t let your quest for the mythical perfect candidate deter you from determining who the best candidate is and supporting that choice.

Specifically, I am advocating YOU take a close look at Dr. Ben Carson. You can get any of the books or the movie mentioned above or just Like his Facebook page as over 4 million already have. He normally answers questions sent in by anyone who has one to ask. YOU could even write and ask him your own questions. I look forward to this post every night myself and continue to learn more with each one. I don’t know of any other candidate doing this.

Here is a link to his web site at BenCarson.com where you can learn more too.

So, as I think I have made clear here I am not a Kanye West fan and expect he would not be a fan of mine if he even knew who I was. We are very different. We do have one thing in common though, a respect and admiration for Dr. Ben Carson. I gladly welcome Kanye to the team called We The People.

The People

The fact Dr. Carson has brought two such diverse individuals as me and Kanye West together on the same team gives me hope for the future of our great country. Just imagine what could happen if this scenario is repeated over and over again between now and November 8, 2016. We will be waking up to a new day in America with a positive, optimistic future ahead.

God Bless America!

Until next time…

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9-15-01

I still get mad every year when I am reminded of 9-11-01 and what the coward Muslim terrorists did to America. I pray for all those families directly affected by this act of cowardice. If you were alive at that time and live in America you were affected too, maybe not directly by having a family member or friend or someone you know killed or hurt, but you were affected.

Often Reminded – Will NEVER FORGET

I am reminded of this event every time I go through a security line at the airport, which, at that time in my life I was doing rather often. I was working as a consultant, living in Tallahassee and flying to St. Louis every week. I would normally fly up on Monday morning and home on Friday afternoon. I had flown to St. Louis on Monday, 9-10-01, as normal. On that Tuesday just before I walked out the door of my apartment they were reporting a plane had hit the first tower. I heard about the plane hitting the second tower, the Pentagon and Flight 93 later at work. My purpose here is not to recount these events that occurred on 9-11-01. Never Forget_911That has been done and, hopefully, will be done in the future so we, and those who follow us, will Never Forget. I do hope this will be taught truthfully and not through the revisionist filter most history is taught today but know that is probably an unrealistic hope in today’s world.

Meanwhile, back at home

Sharin, as normal, was taking care of things on the home front, which included our four kids AND working as a substitute teacher at the time. On Tuesday, 9-11-01 she was substituting in a first grade class at North Florida Christian School. Three of our children were there but Sarah was at Chiles High School which became an issue when a state of emergency was declared in Florida by Governor Jeb Bush after the attacks. Parents were coming to pick up their children but she could not leave to go get Sarah because of her responsibilities at NFCS. She did ultimately get them all home.

Flights

As you probably know, all air traffic was grounded that Tuesday and did not resume until Friday. I had decided I was going to go home and flying was how I planned to get there and was able to get a Saturday flight scheduled. My thinking was flying was probably the safest way to travel as the likelihood of another terrorist attack via airlines was very slim. I remember we did have to wait for our flight crew on Saturday because some flight crews were just not showing up, some due to the previous days of canceled flights and some because they did not want to fly again yet. I believe the airlines were giving them that option at the time, understandably. There was plenty of room on the planes as I remember too.

Routine and not so routine

 

I did get home that Saturday and gave my family great big hugs. Sarah, Amy, Rachel and Thomas were 14, 11, 7 and 5 respectively at the time. We probably went to Sonny’s for supper that night as that was one of our favorite places to eat and, on Saturday night, kids ate free, so that was our normal routine.

It was also our normal routine when getting the kids to bed to have them say their prayers and pray with them and that is where this story gets good for me. While putting Thomas to bed we talked about what had happened that week and if I was scared by it. I told him I was more angry than scared but everyone also had a right to be scared because what just happened four days earlier was unprecedented and scary. I probably used smaller words at the time but he was pretty fluent in the language for a 5 year old. He had started having conversations and coffee, as he called it, with his PawPaw when he was three. He would often surprise and amaze us with some of the “big” words he would use and use them correctly in conversation.

Anyway, he said he had been thinking a lot lately and a lot this week especially about asking Jesus into his heart to be his savior. He knew what sin was and that he had sinned and he needed a savior and he wanted to get this settled. This was not unexpected since he had been in church since he was an infant. We talked a little more and then he prayed and asked Jesus to come into and live in his heart. This was an exciting time for us and I know the angels in heaven were rejoicing too. I told him from that moment on he did not have to worry about where he would spend eternity. He would be spending it with his sisters, parents, grandparents and all others who have made this decision to accept the gift of eternal life that Jesus offers. Our parents and grandparents are all there waiting for us now.

To God Be the Glory

Thomas was the last of our children to make this decision. He IS the youngest so that was really not unexpected either. Our primary goal as parents was to see our children come to know the Lord and then see them walking in the truth. This event fulfilled that first goal for us. That second goal is a daily work in progress for all of us. I am proud all our children are walking the walk usually much better than I do. I learn as much, probably more, from them as they do from me. We knew from that moment on, regardless of when any of us are called home to Heaven, we will all be reunited there one day and that is an amazing truth we all cherish. It was not an accomplishment we achieved but one He achieved and I still thank Him for that every day.

Thomas went forward that Sunday morning to make his profession of faith public. We met with Pastor Ray that afternoon and he was baptized that night. He did not want to wait but wanted to get it done and get it done that day.00400834297020110427134028999 (2)

9-11-01 – 9-15-01

So, when 9-11 comes around every year I do remember what happened on 9-11-01 and I get mad all over again and pray for all the families whose lives were changed forever that day; but then my thoughts turn to 9-15-01 when Thomas made a decision that would change his life forever and that makes me happy.

Until next time…

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“You Can’t Please Everyone”

Community Forum

Take Back Enterprise held a community forum on Monday night, 8/24/15, attended by over 100 folks where the vision and purpose of the organization was shared and questions were asked and answered. Since the meeting was pretty well covered by local news media from Dothan and Enterprise I had not planned on writing about it. Continue reading “You Can’t Please Everyone”