At this point in time I would welcome Ben Carson to the fold for seeking the nomination. I would like to hear more of what he has to say and where he stands on key issues. He is the neurosurgeon that made remarks at the Prayer Breakfast attended by President Obama. Some interpreted his comments as critical of the President. If so, it was more the president’s thin skin than the doctor’s sharp tongue.
Dr. Carson wrote an article that I read in the Washington Time National Weekly. You can find it on line at their website.
Most of what he had to say was good, in my opinion. He spoke about the poor reporting done on the Ferguson situation. He talked about the tension between liberty and law. He gave the statistics of black on black crime. He addressed the lack of fathers in the home and the breakdown of society. Good stuff that puts him on my short list for president, if he decides to run.
What makes me pause is a later paragraph where he is writing about solutions to one of the problems: unwed mothers and single parent homes.
“Once we get the most powerful economic engine the world has ever seen back on track with sensible economic policies, we should devote some of the tax revenues generated to child care facilities, which will allow many of those unwed mothers to get their General Education Development or higher degree and become self-supporting. There are also a number of programs across the nation that offer free classes...”I am troubled by his suggestion that the answer involves better government programs. Since I have heard enough of his story to know he comes out of poverty and learned about hard work and personal responsibility, I am willing to keep listening.
We need to listen carefully to different candidates or potential candidates. We need to hear what they have to say and not assume. We have important elections coming up and we can’t sit them out.
So check out Dr. Ben Carson. Put him on your radar. See what you think.
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