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.'”

Since my primary was over, I had resigned myself to let the primaries and convention play out and watch old westerns on TV much more often than so called political “news” reports where pundits talk about what is going to happen and what they think needs to happen more than what has happened.

CPAC – Campaign Suspended

Among the things Ben Carson said on March 4th at CPAC was,

“I will still continually be heavily involved in trying to save our nation.”

I was glad to hear that because his goals ever since he entered the political arena have been to save America for future generations and return the control of government to We the People. I was glad to hear he wasn’t giving up that fight.

Then, the endorsement happened

When I first saw reports of Ben Carson endorsing Donald Trump I did not want to believe it. I decided, as I have learned during this campaign, to wait to hear from Dr. Carson and, if this was true to listen to his explanation.

One of the reasons I support Dr. Carson is I believe the combination of  his experience, knowledge and judgement far exceeds that of any other candidate and he has the courage to speak the truth that many Americans do not want to hear. This endorsement was the first real test of whether I really believed what I said I believed.

Don’t get the wrong impression here. I don’t blindly follow anyone but there are people who I do trust. Ben Carson is one of those people, so, after this endorsement I had a choice to make.

A time for choosing for me

Should I just cast that belief aside and jump to a conclusion because he has made a decision I do not understand and, at first glance, do not agree with?

OR

Should I trust that he has more information than I have and give his judgement (that I say I trust) the benefit of the doubt here?

What to make of all this?

After listening to what Dr. Carson had to say and sleeping on it a couple of days I am now clear on where I stand today. I have decided to give Dr. Carson the benefit of the doubt and trust his judgement is sound in this endorsement. For more on how I came to this decision, keep reading.

Donald Trump – Not a Fan

Just so you will know where I am coming from, I am not a fan of Donald Trump. I do appreciate the excitement and conversations his campaign has generated. He has made both Republicans and Democrats discuss topics they would rather have just swept under the rug, as politicians often do with most difficult issues, such as illegal immigration. I do agree with some of the things he has said but often don’t agree with how he says them. I don’t believe his history matches and supports many of the things he is saying now and, therefore, have questions about whether he would follow through if elected. One of the claims many have made against him is he was painting in broad strokes and light on policy details.

What did Ben Carson do?

Ben Carson called Donald Trump and said, “Donald we need to talk.” Donald Trump replied, “Absolutely” and the doctor made a house call, a Trump house call. The meeting was actually at a resort restaurant but house call sounds better than resort restaurant call so I am going with that.

The Doctor makes a House Call
The Doctor makes a House Call

Dr. Carson asked questions to diagnose the sincerity and knowledge of the important issues facing America and how he planned to address them if elected. He said if those answers had not measured up to his standards he would have been out of there. I think you will agree doctors are adept at asking questions and evaluating the answers as they do this every day with every patient they see. This experience and judgement was important in this interview for Dr. Carson. According to Dr. Carson,

“I needed to know that he could listen to other people, that he could change his opinions, and that some of the more outlandish things that he’s said, that he didn’t really believe those things.” 

He must have learned something significant he was not expecting. Otherwise he would not have broken his commitment to not endorse a specific individual.

What did he ask for?

The obvious question is did they discuss possible positions in a Trump administration, cabinet member or even Vice President? They did not. The only stipulation Dr. Carson had was that he would be helping to formulate policy details. Remember that criticism of Trump being light on policy details? Dr. Carson has detailed plans and this is his best chance to have any of them implemented. The two areas discussed at their press conference were health care and education. They may have discussed others as well. Ben Carson will be working on formulating policy for Donald Trump’s campaign, and if he is elected, his administration. That will be good for America.

The Carson Factor

With Ben Carson now supporting Donald Trump that can help ensure the GOP nominee is chosen by We the People, not the political class. If his endorsement helps Donald Trump secure the 1,237 delegates he needs during the primaries then the backroom deals by the political class at the convention can be avoided. That will be good for America.

Ben Carson is THE candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democrats fear the most. His support for Donald Trump and credibility that comes with that support will help defeat the Democratic candidate in November. That will be good for America.

What if seeking counsel from Ben Carson and his association with him over the next 7+ months opens Donald Trump’s eyes to what a personal relationship with Jesus Christ really looks like? What if this collaboration even leads him to either begin or improve his own personal relationship with Jesus Christ? That is the absolute best thing that could happen for Donald Trump and, if he is elected President, will also be good for America.

His influence now instead of after the nominee is decided will have more weight and afford him the opportunity to wield more influence, both inside the Trump campaign and in the upcoming primaries. After the nomination is locked up there will be many more endorsements and people “wanting to help.” I believed Dr. Carson’s ideas would be good for America when he was a candidate and that has not changed. Getting some of Dr. Carson’s policies implemented instead of none will be good for America.

What are the downsides to this endorsement?

For Dr. Carson many of his supporters will immediately abandon him, saying he has sold out and become a politician – something he said he would never do. It is a given his detractors will push this narrative. Some will see this as a loss of credibility for Ben Carson instead of a gain in credibility for Donald Trump. Many will say he broke his commitment to not endorse a specific individual. He did, but at the same time this was also an endorsement for We the People as his comments below explain.

“The key thing for me was recognizing that the political establishment was pulling out all the stops to try to stop Trump. It seems to me that’s thwarting the will of the people. The people are the ones who are supposed to make the decision.”

There are no downsides for Donald Trump or America.

The only downsides I see fall directly on Dr. Ben Carson.

As Ben Carson said when he endorsed Donald Trump,

Watch, read and listen for yourself

If you haven’t yet and do want to see Dr. Carson’s thoughts on this decision his interview with Neil Cavuto (about 12 minutes) will provide some of those. You can see that here

Dr. Ben Carson explains why he is backing Donald Trump

Ben Carson Endorses Donald Trump FULL Press Conference (3-11-16)

How Carson Arrived at Trump provides a little more backstory on their relationship.

UPDATE: 3/19/16 – The interview/explanation below is the best I have seen to date on this endorsement from Dr. Carson. Highly recommended reading. It includes this prayer from Dr. Carson.

BenCarson_Prayer_United States

Interview: Ben Carson Explains Decision to Support Trump

So where does that leave me?

After digesting the events of the past few days for myself I still do not see myself being an active and vocal Donald Trump supporter. I don’t consider myself a Trump supporter at all. However, after this endorsement I do have hope Dr. Carson will have a positive influence on Donald Trump and his campaign and that is something I did not have before this endorsement. That is “yuge.”

I will be watching to see evidence of this influence and hope it will be easy to recognize. If it is evident it would help me make a FOR vote in November instead of an AGAINST vote. I am still a Ben Carson supporter. However, I still plan to watch more old westerns than political “news” going forward, keeping in mind,

It’s not about me. It’s not about you. It’s about America.

If We the People can all evaluate and make decisions over the next few weeks and months through this prism, America will be better off and maybe even “Great Again.”

Until next time…

Originally posted on Peculiar Perspective on 03/14/2016

 

 

10 thoughts on “The Doctor makes a Trump House Call”

  1. I identify with much of what you wrote here. I sensed before Dr. Carson endorsed that he would eventually come to that choice. As I attempted to make sense of WHY Trump was drawing such large crowds and gaining more and more votes, I just did NOT want to face that people could NOT SEE the truth of the incredible potential and value in Dr. Carson being the nominee. BUT I have been greatly comforted by this endorsement because, like you, I know that Dr. Carson will have influence with Trump and I’m convinced that many of Dr. Carson’s plans and ideas will be adopted into Trump’s policies. In fact, it’s very likely that Trump is comforted as well because Dr. Carson is SO SMART and knows how to seek the right information and how to handle details and specifics. That is not Trump’s strength. I agree that this will be an opportunity of a lifetime for Trump as he sees Christ flowing forth from Dr. Carson’s life and actions. When I met Dr. Carson in person, I was totally amazed at how his presence just pours forth a spirit of goodness and genuineness. I have never been affected by someone’s presence like that! I would have to say that I imagine if I had been alive when Christ walked this earth and if I’d had the wonderful chance to meet him personally, I would have sensed that same spirit of goodness and deep genuineness that I sensed that day I met Dr. Carson. So, it’s very possible that Trump may have that same sense when he comes near Dr. Carson. It’s a remarkable feeling. So, maybe Trump will indeed be drawn to Jesus through his association with Dr. Carson. I was thinking about that during church yesterday as my pastor taught on how salvation occurs. One of my strong prayer partners and I prayed for Trump on Saturday—-that he would become aware of the true Christian way and that he would saved as it seems to us both that he does not know Christ and nor does he study God’s Word.

    I believe that Trump will become the nominee. And I believe that Dr. Carson was prompted by God to discern that timing is important in what path he (Dr. C) chooses. I think he has chosen the path that is good for America and We the People. It’s so wonderful that Dr. Carson’s humbleness opened up that understanding!

  2. Bravo…took the words right off of my keypad!

    You have articulated just about every thought and emotion I’ve felt since Dr. Carson suspended his campaign.

    Wow….and thanks for the validation, whether you meant to provide it or not. I’m very grateful for it.

    I think I’ll check out the Hallmark Channel…and vote for whatever non-Democrat America sees fit to put in front of me in November. Here’s hoping Conservative America will manage to get themselves to the polls and manage not to mess things up again in the General.

  3. Thank you~I have printed this one out so that I can read it over the phone to friends/family! Perfect analysis of the roller coaster of the last ? 11 days.

  4. Thank you for a thoughtful and thought-provoking article. You expressed the very things that had been circling around and around in my mind and my husband’s.
    I never expected to say this, but I will vote for Trump in our primary today. My husband already has.
    One thing that is clear in studying the Holy Bible is how important is is to keep an open mind all the time. Maybe the Lord allowed this turn of events to make us all really pay attention to Him and seek His guidance more carefully.

  5. Donald Trump is a showman. He understands TV and soundbites. He is successful businessman. And to be that he has not an isolationist. His appeal is that he is not a career politician, he says exactly what you are thinking. His religious beliefs really shouldn’t matter because this is a country built on religious freedoms and separation of church and state. And from what I am reading on these posts, you must agree.
    Divorced. Years ago that wouldn’t have flown for the religious right. He supports Planned Parenthood which means that he supports a woman’s right to make their own decisions about her body, not you. Build a wall to stop immigration. Really? What drug are you smoking? Trump is a moderate touting to be a conservative which means he might actually be able to get something accomplished.
    I am a registered Democrat. Trump and Clinton is a perfect match up for November.

    1. Just wondering how you justify Hillary’s irresponsible behavior with regard to Benghazi. An ambassador directly under her care and supervision repeated asked for help. She is responsible for denying that help and therefore as I see it, she is responsible for the deaths of 4 brave Americans!

  6. Lets be real. We got into a mess after 911 where tens of THOUSANDS of men and women have died or have been physically and mentally maimed. And we all know it was lies that got us there. Revenge war. Sorry. You are barking up the wrong tree. Hopefully those of you who think prayer will make a difference need to look closely at people who wave the bible at rallies but have been the recipients of big Wall street money. Cruz……liar liar. People who can reach across the aisle and make compromises are the ones that can get things done. That’s what the rest of us out here do. This extreme right government has done NOTHING and until we pass term limits for ALL elected officials and limit their ability to work as lobbyists afterward, it’s a life long job with great benefits courtesy of the taxpayers.
    So what I plan to do is show up at town hall meetings and ask those very questions from everyone running for elected office. And I plan to work with bi- partisan groups on local and state levels that can implement these changes.

    1. So close yet so far, Martha. I agree with you 100% about the corrupt, career politicians and the interests that fatten them up. But I disagree with you about the right wing. There is no real right and left wing in Washington, DC. Not on the one issue that all REALLY care about – the money.

      The overall direction of our country changes little from one administration to the next. The issues that are important to the people are used to divide us and win elections. The parties, just like lawyers in court, care more about winning and staying in power than they do about the issues used to persuade us to vote for them.

      Both parties are giving us candidates that are wrapped up in the money game. Even Mr. Trump, who brags that he can’t be bought, brags about being the buyer. Just another player in the same corrupt game.

      The ‘extreme right’ has not had control of our nation so it’s agenda cannot be criticized. The same smoke and mirrors has created groups as dissimilar as the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street. Like you and I, they see the same corruption but see it differently. If the extreme right wing was actually in charge, we’d see the reach of the federal government dramatically restrained. When has that happened in our lifetime?

      On the war in Iraq: it was about something a lot more important than revenge. It was about something more important than oil. It was about preserving the United States economy. I didn’t recognize it until I read about the petro-dollar system. If the system/scheme collapses, so does our artificially supported economy.

  7. Like so many others have indicated here, Stan, we’re seeing Dr. Carson’s involvement in this election process similarly.

    I’ve been pointing people to Nebuchadnezzar – a king who was VERY much proud of himself and his glorious wealth and achievements. Trump has a similar attitude, I believe; stamping “Trump” on his monuments.

    Daniel, when he was told of the dream that explained Nebuchadnezzar’s demise, was troubled. He obviously cared for the king – who was not a God-fearing man. Still, God placed Daniel in Babylon to play the important role as a counselor of the king. Daniel 4:34-7, to me, contains one of the most beautiful declarations in The Holy Bible.

    I pray that Donald Trump comes to accept the authority of The Most High without first putting us through the fiery furnace test.

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