A True Success Story: Dr. Benjamin Carson and the Politics of Common Sense

It seems that now, more so than any other time in our nation’s history, people in this country are so politically divided that there is no room for compromise and no room for consensus. You’re right or wrong, red, or blue. Out of this tension, however, has risen a glimmer of hope in the form of a man whose life has been driven by success and accomplishment.

In February at the National Prayer Breakfast, Dr. Benjamin Carson, Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, gave the keynote speech in which he outlined his solutions for the nation’s issues, speaking about the national debt, education, and the overwhelming sensitivity that has swept the nation in the form of political correctness.

Dr. Carson’s background is astonishing in itself, a true testament to the American ideal that one can come from an impoverished background and rise to national prominence.

Raised by his single mother, Carson was a failing student in grade school and was called “Dummy” by his classmates. After his mother instilled in him the value of hard work, Carson persevered and went on to graduate high school with honors and attend Yale University and later the University of Michigan School of Medicine.

He has since been one of the most respected physicians in the world, even earning the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 2008.

I am writing this article because I believe that Dr. Carson, with his ability to captivate an audience and inspiring story, has what it takes to lead this nation. I believe that his presence at the Conservative Political Action Conference was not an accident, and his frequent appearances on both Fox News and CNN are telltale signs of a man poised to take the national political stage.

Dr. Carson’s rhetoric is not completely slanted, although many Democratic pundits feel otherwise. They definitely haven’t shied away from bringing the “Uncle Tom” comments to the forefront, going so far as to accuse him of being likeable by conservatives only because he is African American.

He possesses the gift of common sense, a gift that seems lost among lawmakers in Washington today.

The best thing about Dr. Carson is that his speech is filled with a positive tone that is accompanied by common sense principles, principles that both Republicans and Democrats should be able to agree with, such as the need to bring down the national debt, and the ability to be understanding of opposing viewpoints.

As Carson has said, “We must be respectful to those with whom we disagree.”

To me, he is the perfect candidate for president who can reach across the isle and attract both independent voters and moderate democrats, who (I hope) have the ability to put their politics aside and see the bigger picture.

Of course, however, there are those left-leaning talking heads in the news media that jump at the chance to attack a man whose life has been devoted to saving other lives.

To attack him on the basis of his skin color just looks bad for Democratic supporters. I’m not surprised, though, considering where these attacks originate, oftentimes from the likes of MSNBC.

In all seriousness, as your target, you pick one of the most renowned doctors in the world? Talk about childish. This kind of bullying only energizes the point that politics in this country are dysfunctional, devoid of any degree of common sense leadership and/or understanding.

Dr. Carson is a uniter, not a fighter. He is speaking with true conviction and integrity, based off his belief in God, which has guided him throughout his successful life. He is the kind of leader we need in Washington, not bureaucrats looking out for number one.

Dr. Carson, if you ever happen to read this, I hope and pray that you consider announcing your candidacy for president in 2016. It would truly benefit this nation.

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