If you are following the political news you are aware there is a story this week that has been identified, reported, hijacked and distorted. I wrote about it in my last blog post Cruz – Big Winner or Big Loser? (UPDATE). I am not going to rehash the facts again here. I do find many of the reactions to the story concerning as many in America have chosen settling for the status quo over aspiring to be the best we can be.
After hearing some of the commentary by many this week I think I have the gist of their suggestions and solutions.
Dr. Ben Carson’s campaign should have just lied or refused to answer the question when asked what his plans were immediately after the Iowa Caucus.
That is what I get from the likes of Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, Erick Erickson and others. I am just passing along what they said, similar to what the Cruz campaign says they were doing with the CNN story of Ben Carson going home to Florida after the Iowa Caucus.
This whole incident could have been avoided
You see, if the Carson campaign had just lied or refused to answer, as most in politics would have done there would be no confusion and no story. Apparently the ethics of the Carson campaign are in line with Dr. Carson.
In case you haven’t been following the presidential campaigns, Dr. Carson is in this race to fight against and change the status quo that is now considered by many as “politics as usual” or “Washington ethics.” It seems the truth confuses both the media and politicians. The fact that Dr. Carson continues to use this strange tactic is something they don’t know how to deal with or respond to. It also validates his oft repeated statement that he is not a politician and never plans to be one.
The entire Cruz-Carson Iowa Caucus story from Dr. Carson’s perspective is about right and wrong, also a troubling and often foreign subject for most in politics and news media.
It never was about him winning the Caucus if the Cruz campaign had not aggressively pushed their narrative about part of a CNN story. That aspect is what was hijacked by Donald Trump and distorted and then picked up by news media and pundits. They created this 25,000 vote straw man and attacked the straw man saying Dr. Carson would not have won if this had not been done and for that reason it doesn’t matter. He should just “man up” or “grow up” or “suck it up” and accept this as, again, “politics as usual.”
It never was about whether what the Cruz campaign did was legal or illegal.
If, as a leader, you condone unethical actions performed by those you lead that says something about your ethics and your leadership. Ted Cruz told Dr. Carson when they spoke he did not know about and did not agree with these kinds of actions. However, his decision, after that phone call, to defend his team’s actions indicate otherwise. Actions do speak louder than words. Apparently the ethics of the Cruz campaign are in line with Ted Cruz.
I cannot interpret this incident for you and would never presume to. For me it is clear and brings up another question. If he is willing to go this far to try to win the Iowa Caucus how far will he go when more, much more, is at stake? You will have to answer that one for yourself.
If Dr. Carson or his campaign by proxy had just chosen to act like a politician and lie when asked about his post Iowa plans then, in theory anyway, this story would not exist. They chose not to. That makes him stand out from all other choices you have in this presidential election.
You do have an alternative to politics as usual
If you want someone who is a politician and practices “politics as usual” then you have several to choose from.
If, on the other hand, you want someone to lead our country who is not a politician, with a lifetime of achievements outside of politics, whose integrity is the cornerstone of his life and his campaign, and has real solutions to the problems facing our country in (you can go to BenCarson.com and read them) then I believe you have only one choice – Dr. Ben Carson.
Until next time…
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