Ominous Clouds

350px-boll_weevil_monumentIt is heating up in Enterprise

After all it is July in South Alabama. However the weather is not the only thing heating up. Election season is in full swing and is heating up as well. I suspect the bullying and intimidation I wrote about in The Silenced Majority has only intensified as the prospect that some are losing their grip on the reins of Enterprise has become a real possibility.

Ominous Clouds

Those ominous clouds of intimidation that have existed in Enterprise for years can be rolled away if the people of Enterprise are ready to make that happen. Continue reading Ominous Clouds

Talked with the Mayor

350px-boll_weevil_monumentI had a conversation with the Mayor the other night. It was an informative conversation, at least for me. It was an honor to talk with a true patriot who has served our country admirably for many years and is now serving our community. Enterprise is fortunate to have a man of his caliber willing and motivated to be a servant leader with the best interests of all its citizens at heart. If that surprises you, keep reading… Continue reading Talked with the Mayor

Will You Stand Up?

350px-boll_weevil_monumentWe have a tradition at our house of watching The Patriot on the 4th of July every year because it is one of my favorite movies and to remind us of what we are celebrating on Independence Day. Even though it is historical fiction it does remind us of the sacrifices made 240 years ago that afford us the freedoms we enjoy as Americans today.

While watching it this year I noticed a truth that can be applied to us here in Enterprise. Continue reading Will You Stand Up?

America in Name Only?

I hope the title got your attention. That was the intent. I know those who follow politics are aware of Republicans in Name Only or RINOs as they are less than affectionately called. This is not that but it IS related, sort of. They both end the same way – In Name Only.

I just finished reading If You Can Keep It, the latest book by Eric Metaxas. Continue reading America in Name Only?

Enterprise incumbent council remains

350px-boll_weevil_monumentThat is the title of the story in the Southeast Sun on September 5, 2012. The story is about the city elections held a week earlier on 8/28/12. You can see the full story here, Enterprise incumbent council remains.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

In case you were unaware or had just forgotten in the midst of all the graduation events, dance recitals, spring fever and life as you know it, there will be another city election in a little over 3 months, on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Whether the news reports will have the same title this year is a choice the citizens of Enterprise will make, either by participation or lack thereof.

2012 Observations

A couple of things stand out to me when looking at the results from 2012. Continue reading Enterprise incumbent council remains

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.'” Continue reading The Doctor makes a Trump House Call

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. Continue reading Open Letter to Primary Voters

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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My Vote Matters

If you are following the news this political season at all you have seen many instances of someone telling voters, “Vote for me if you want your vote to count. If you vote for (insert your candidate here) your vote will be wasted because (insert your candidate here) cannot win.” That is just one of the many lies you will hear politicians playing the politics as usual game, using lies and half-truths and deception to get your vote.

I am not buying what they are trying to sell.

Whether you let the establishment of either major party or the news media (all news media) tell you who can win and therefore who you should or should not vote for is your choice. I hope you don’t fall for the lies they are telling either.

If anyone reads this and does decide to take their vote seriously, do their own research and vote for the candidate that most closely matches their values and beliefs then it will have been well worth my time.

The primaries are where we get to express our opinion by voting for the candidate of our choice. Until the votes are cast it is all just a lot of hot air (other words or phrases work well here too). Voters have the best chance to make changes during the primaries as there are more choices making it more likely you can find one to support enthusiastically and vote FOR instead of voting AGAINST or SETTLING for the lesser of two evils in the general election.

I have written before

I have written before about why Independents Do Not Decide Elections and why maybe you should not vote in Maybe You Shouldn’t VoteI hope you are not a robot voter, low-information voter or single social issue voter as described in these previous posts. I hope if you do vote you will make yourself an educated and informed voter before you head to your polling place.

 

Fish lures are often shiny objects and when the fish take the bait it doesn’t end well for them.

 Vote for the candidate that has the character, integrity (See Integrity Matters), experience (See Experience Matters), judgement and plans for the problems, issues and opportunities facing America in the years ahead, such as appointing Supreme Court Justices.

It is time to support the candidate you can really support and you would like to see leading our country. My vote counts regardless of the pundits and politicians telling me it doesn’t unless I vote for “their” candidate.

If your first choice candidate is no longer in the race I welcome and encourage you to keep reading and consider joining We The People supporting Dr. Ben Carson. We would love to have you!

If your candidate is still in the race and you are open to learning and new ideas that might surprise you, please keep reading.

I don’t presume my writing is persuasive enough to make you change your mind. However, if you do read the ideas and plans Dr. Carson has developed some of those might very well make you come to a new decision based on new information. So read at your own risk.

Dr. Ben Carson is my choice

I have done my research and Dr. Ben Carson is my choice. He is the first candidate I have been really excited about supporting this early in the process since Ronald Reagan. I will support him regardless of all the pundits ignoring him, telling him it can’t be done, other candidates lying to steal his votes in Iowa and now in South Carolina, and my vote is wasted if I vote for him because he “cannot win.” He has my support because I think he is the only candidate who has a realistic chance to bring unity to America again and is the only one willing to look at the problems America faces without the overriding concern of how fixing the problem will affect his re-election.

He IS the alternative to the status quo of politics as usual in America. He IS NOT a politician and has no plans to become one.

Are you tired of politics as usual?

If you are tired of politicians, both Republican and Democrats just “kicking the can down the road” past the next election instead of making the tough decisions needed to solve the problems facing America you should take a closer look at Dr. Ben Carson.

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If you want the status quo of politics as usual to continue vote for a politician. If you are tired of politics as usual you do have an alternative this year and that alternative is Dr. Ben Carson. He is the conservative that can be trusted and will be accountable to We The People, and that is all of us, Republicans, Democrats, Tea Party, Socialists, Libertarians and Independents, and any others I might have missed. He will be beholden to no special interests or large donors as most others will be if they are elected. Dr. Carson stated this well in his closing remarks in the last debate. Watch at the link below.

Ben Carson Closing Statement – GOP Debate Feb. 13, 2016

I hope America can look back on this point in history one day and say “I am glad we did” instead of “I wish we had.”

My vote matters and I will be saying I am glad I did. I invite you to join me. In case my point has been missed,

YOUR vote matters too!

Use it wisely.


Dr. Ben Carson – Unfiltered

Take a look at Dr. Carson’s policies and plans below and decide for yourself. Don’t trust what you have heard through the filter of news media and other politicians. They have their own agenda.

Meet Ben Carson

Meet Candy Carson

Ben Carson on the Issues

A Strategy to Eliminate the Threat from Radical Islamic Terrorism

Prescription for Winning the 21st Century Cyberspace Race

5 Principles to Restore American Exceptionalism in Our Schools

Prescription for a Stronger, Safer America

Reforming Washington for ‘We the People’

We Must Repeal and Replace Obamacare

We Must Investigate CAIR Now

A Simple, Transparent and Fair Tax System for All Americans

A Commonsense Plan to Secure the Border, Reform Immigration and Restore the Rule of Law

 

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Integrity Matters

Integrity is defined as the quality of being honest and fair. Synonyms include character, decency, goodness, honesty and morality. A further discussion of integrity by Webster’s says integrity implies trustworthiness and incorruptibility to a degree that one is incapable of being false to a trust, responsibility, or pledge.

One who has integrity is also honest and trustworthy.

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Once Essential

Integrity is what I look for in the person I would want as President. I may be a radical and old-fashioned but integrity is the starting point for any candidate in my evaluation. At one time this was a characteristic most Americans considered desirable and even essential for the person chosen to lead the country as President.

Sadly, in 2016, this is no longer the case. The leaders in the polls for both major political parties are also the least honest and trustworthy of all the candidates. To me that is sad and that just doesn’t make any sense, common or otherwise to me. A majority believe the front runners are the least honest or trustworthy and yet, they are still the front runners.

If America elects a President the majority of people consider dishonest and untrustworthy how can they trust any of the promises they are making in their campaign speeches, debates and policy papers?

Who is most trustworthy?

The candidate who consistently ranks highest in the honest and trustworthy category is Dr. Ben Carson. This makes perfect sense to me. Consider his career prior to retirement and being drafted into this presidential election. Think about it. He is a retired neurosurgeon who has been trusted by thousands of patients over many years. That kind of track record can reasonably predict his future actions will follow the same pattern.

Do you trust your doctor?

The doctor patient relationship is one of the most private, guarded and trusted relationships most people have outside of their spouse and family. Thousands of patients and their families have trusted Dr. Carson over his career to be honest with them about the diagnosis and possible solutions and expected outcomes of brain surgery. It takes a considerable amount of trust when your child’s life hangs in the balance.

That trust is a large part of why Dr. Carson is the most trusted candidate in the Presidential race this year and probably one of the most trusted ever.

Integrity does matter

Think about how that career and trust can be applied to the problems facing America. Dr. Carson would assemble the teams necessary to analyze and diagnose the root cause of the issues. Solutions would then be developed to solve the problems. He would then be honest with America, just as he was with his patients, providing the diagnosis of the problem and the plan to solve the problem. Making wise decisions and being honest with the American people are two traits any successful President of the United States of America must possess.

Accomplishments Unmatched

Dr. Ben Carson’s accomplishments are unmatched.

  • He has received 67 honorary degrees.
  • He received America’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • CNN and Time reported he was one of America’s top 20 scientists
  • The Library of Congress named him one of 89 “Living Legends.”

Yet, even with all these awards and honors he has maintained his humility. Don’t mistake humility and his calm measured demeanor as weakness. Have you ever thought about the resolve and nerves and inner strength required to be on your feet for hours performing intricate surgeries in which the slightest mistake or twitch could be fatal? If not think about it now. He has repeated this thousands of times during his career.

This article I recently read describes Dr. Carson’s strength very well.

When being calm displays all of the power you need

A Unique Opportunity for America

I still hope the American people will recognize this unique opportunity before it is too late. Dr. Ben Carson is a man whose

  • Life story is inspiring
  • Life accomplishments are unmatched
  • Character and integrity are exemplary
  • Critical life and death decision making experience is second to none (See Experience Matters for more on this)
  • And is willing to serve America at a time when America needs a leader who can change the direction of the country and unite Americans once again.

How confident are you?

How confident are you that your candidate, if you have one, will actually follow through with their campaign promises? If you are basing your confidence on anything other than historical evidence you will be disappointed after the election.

Consider Dr. Carson’s experience during his career analyzing cases, determining best options, communicating this to the patient and family,  leading the teams essential for a successful surgery, and only then performing his role as surgeon. In other words, he has done what he said he would over and over again.

Take a look at Dr. Ben Carson’s position on issues facing America here – Ben Carson on the Issues . In addition to his issue positions consider the integrity, honesty and trustworthiness of this man before you make your final decision on who to support for President in 2016.

and hope you will too. He is not looking for endorsements from politicians, political parties, lobbyists, special interest groups or news media. His closing statement at the first GOP Debate shows it is the endorsement and support from We The People he is seeking.

“In the 2 hours of this debate, 5 people have died from drug-related deaths, $100,000,000 has been added to our national debt, 200 babies have been killed by abortionists, and 2 veterans have taken their lives out of despair. This is a narrative that we can change – Not we the Democrats, not we the Republicans, but We The People of America because there is something special about this nation and we must embrace it and be proud of it and never give it away for the sake of political correctness.”

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I invite you to join We The People and be part of the solution to help change this narrative by endorsing Dr. Ben Carson for President in 2016.

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