By Tom Quiner
I love the Ben Carson story.
I am dubious of his credentials to be president. I’m not sure he’s got a broad enough grasp of complex issues, simply because he’s never served in government.
The nation’s Founders wrote the Constitution in a way to limit the size and scope of the federal government. Their best efforts failed. The federal government far exceeds what the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution ever imagined.
Even more, foreign policy is complex, murky, inscrutable. The Obama/Clinton foreign policy legacy will haunt future administrations for generations. I’m concerned about a new president with no previous government experience jumping into the middle of roiling international crises.
Granted, Dr. Carson is a brilliant man. If any outsider could get a grasp on the complexities of domestic and foreign affairs, it is he.
Having said that, Ben Carson has touched a nerve. He is the classic American success story: a self-made man who came from nothing; a Horatio Alger story if there ever was one; a man who could have easily been aborted had he been born a generation later.
His life makes a dramatic case against human abortion.
Last night, Dr. Carson was Dr. Carson in the Republican debate. He clearly doesn’t grasp policy as well as the “insider” candidates. He has flip-flopped on issues several times. He is feeling his way on others.
But then Ben demonstrated why normal people love him. In his closing remarks, he identified the disease eating away at this great country:
“In the two hours of this debate, five people have died from drug-related deaths, $100 million has been added to our national debt, 200 babies have been killed by abortionists, and two veterans have taken their lives out of despair.”
And then he tapped into the themes of his brilliant campaign slogan with his solution:
“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.”
The real disease facing America is political correctness.
PC is un-American in its fervor to silence moral and political opposition to the ascendant progressive value system. Dr. Carson stands squarely in the path of this leftward lurch that embraces dependence and impotence; and increasingly opposes free enterprise economics and Judeo-Christian ethics.
His personal narrative makes the case for independence and self-empowerment.
The Doctor is clear: he is out to eradicate the disease destroying this country: political correctness. His campaign slogan lays out his mission with concision:
“Heal. Inspire. Revive.”
On this basis alone, his candidacy has merit.