And then there were five

And then there were five, regardless of what Kasich, Rubio, Cruz, pundits and the media want you to believe. Ben’s not done yet. As he said Saturday night, he is just getting started.

“When this thing started there were 17 candidates. There are only 6 now and I’m still one of them. And… I’m not going anywhere.” Ben Carson from his “Just The Beginning” speech after the South Carolina Primary. Shortly after this statement there were only 5 as Jeb Bush suspended his campaign.

Against the odds nothing new for Ben Carson

Ben Carson has been beating the odds his entire life. This campaign is just the latest chapter in a lifetime of beating the odds, doing what has never been done, doing what others said can’t be done. Almost all pundits agree this has been an unconventional campaign and yet, after each primary they want to predict the winner based on conventional wisdom. That just doesn’t seem logical to me.

I think this picture describes the current situation very well,

It is the title of The Ben Carson Story. Keep your head up and keep moving forward Team Carson! Stay positive and reach out to Bush supporters after tonight and invite them to take a look at Ben’s issue papers at BenCarson.com and join us. It’s a long and winding road to Cleveland and beyond. Next up Nevada, then Super Tuesday!

Ben Carson_Anything is Possible

 

South Carolina Primary Results Disappointing but…

Depending on your perspective Dr. Carson finished 6th, effectively tied for 4th (the last 3 were within .6% of each other at 7.2, 7.6 and 7.8%) or tied for 2nd if you look at the delegate count. The delegate count is what matters and is how the nominee for the party will be selected. Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush and John Kasich all tied for 2nd in that category with zero.

Same song different verse

And so the tired old refrain starts up again by the pundits, news media and other candidates. Why is he still in the race? Why doesn’t he get out for the good of the party? He can’t win so a vote for him is wasted. This is nothing new and has been repeated ever since Dr. Carson entered the race. The answers are still the same.

He is still in the race because he wants to give We The People an opportunity for their voices and votes to be heard. If he gets out now then he will have allowed Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina to speak for and represent the entire country. That is not what We The People want and are expressing by our continued support for Dr. Carson to stay in the race. How would getting out now, after just three states have voted, be any different than just listening to the pundits and news media who think they “know best”?

He is not in this race for the good of the party. He is in the race for the good of America and that includes all political parties and all races. What is in the best interest of any political party is often not in the best interest of America, especially in the divisive climate that exists today.

There are 595 delegates up for grabs in 12 states in the Super Tuesday or SEC Primaries (24 percent of the 2,472 total delegates throughout the country) and these all award their delegates proportionately, rather than via the winner-take-all method as South Carolina did. Specifically, those states are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and Wyoming. 1,237 delegates are needed to win the GOP nomination. If he keeps moving forward as he is planning to do and picking up delegates it becomes more likely there will be a brokered convention. If that happens then anyone can win. It is not out of the realm of possibility that Dr. Carson could be the only candidate the majority could agree on.

And then there was one!

Any of the candidates in the Republican race would do some good things and would definitely be better than anything the other party has to offer. However, only one candidate can really make America great again, to borrow a phrase. Others can make America better but don’t possess all the qualities necessary to make America great again. When you look at the accomplishments of the candidates, their character, integrity and judgement the best choice is clear.

Vote for the only true outsider and citizen statesman who can best unify and lead America, Dr. Ben Carson.

Until next time…

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Kanye, Ben, Me and You

Kanye West

You are about to read two words I never thought would ever appear in anything I ever wrote or signed my name to – Kanye West. I am not a Kanye West fan and don’t expect I ever will be. I don’t like the rap genre or the explicit language that requires the EXPLICIT Warning label. I will not buy anything with that warning. See Adult Language if you want to see my perspective on that.

There is nothing I know about Kanye West as of this writing that would make me a fan or buy anything he produces or creates or vote for him for President in 2020 if he really does run. If Kanye West is named as part of it, I normally change the channel. That has not changed. I have lived long enough to never say never but, so far, nothing resonates with me.

That recently changed (sort of)

Recently, I saw a news teaser about who Kanye West was “supporting” for President in 2016. I didn’t really care (see above if confused) but decided to let the show run because I did have a hunch of who it might be. As it turns out I don’t believe Kanye has endorsed Dr. Ben Carson for President but he has had some good things to say about him as in the comment below,

“As soon as I heard [Ben] Carson speak, I tried for three weeks to get on the phone with him. I was like this is the most brilliant guy,” Kanye said in his interview with Vanity Fair. You can read more about this here

KANYE WEST RAPS TO BEN CARSON ON PHONE DURING 30 MINUTE CONVERSATION

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Photo Credit – Getty Images

Dr. Ben Carson

I have been an admirer of Dr. Ben Carson ever since I saw his Prayer Breakfast Speech from February 7, 2013. He spoke truth to power in a way not often seen in the politically correct world we live in today. That took courage and conviction. If you have not seen that speech it is worth your time to go to the link below and watch it. No EXPLICIT warning is necessary but a Common Sense warning might be appropriate. Watch it with your entire family.

Dr. Benjamin Carson’s Amazing Speech at the National Prayer Breakfast with Obama Present

After seeing this speech I was curious to know more about this man so I did a little research. I have read America The Beautiful, One Vote, Make Your Voice HeardOne Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future, watched Gifted Hands, the 2009 movie about his life starring Cuba Gooding Jr., and am looking forward to his new book A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties, due to release on October 6th.

Before it was cool

My research has only increased my admiration of Dr. Carson. I knew if he did decide to run for office I would support him. I just wasn’t sure if I would get that opportunity.  I knew it was a long shot but held out hope he would decide to run for office. If you have been paying attention at all you are aware he did make that decision and is doing very well. What he has done and said so far does resonate with me and I don’t expect that to change. However, the never say never reality also applies here because we are all human.

Me

I am a white, southern, conservative, just to the right of Rush Limbaugh, Christian who believes it is my civic duty as a citizen to be an informed participant in government by not neglecting my voting privilege. I am probably one of the few who can say they have voted for both Bill Clinton and Jeb Bush for Governor. I did learn after that Clinton vote and did not make that mistake again. He attended the same church we did in Little Rock and so I was giving him the benefit of the doubt before my eyes were opened to his true character. In my defense, I was much younger then and did not do my research before that vote – lesson learned.

It is not much of a stretch for someone such as myself to embrace the message of Dr. Ben Carson. He reminds me of the first President I was eligible to and did vote for, Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan always believed in the strength and ingenuity of the American people as does Dr. Carson. The success of his presidency was due, in large part, to the American people being involved by calling and writing their representatives to express their opinion and desires. This is how many of his initiatives were moved through Congress, bypassing the filter of the mainstream media. From what I have seen and read from Dr. Carson, he plans to do the same thing when he is elected President.

Mobiles the American People

Dr. Carson recently went to Harlem and spoke truth to those there as few have ever done but the most significant thing he said and I paraphrase here is

 

Have you heard that from any elected official or candidate lately? Refreshing, isn’t it.

Kanye, Ben & Me

Dr. Ben Carson has said repeatedly he plans to bring the American people together, not divide them as most politicians choose to do. Since he is not a career politician I believe he has a good chance to pull this off. I am writing today to show proof of concept for this goal. He has already done it at least once or you would not be reading this post. If his fans are curious enough to take a closer look, unfiltered by “news” media, at Dr. Ben Carson that could be a game changer in the upcoming election. I believe that closer look will result in many more who will admire Ben Carson and will choose to support him as I do.

You

All I am advocating here is for YOU to be an informed voter, learn about the candidates and vote for the one who best matches your beliefs and values. Don’t rely on news media to tell you who they want you to vote for. Do keep in mind there is no perfect candidate, even Dr. Ben Carson. Don’t let your quest for the mythical perfect candidate deter you from determining who the best candidate is and supporting that choice.

Specifically, I am advocating YOU take a close look at Dr. Ben Carson. You can get any of the books or the movie mentioned above or just Like his Facebook page as over 4 million already have. He normally answers questions sent in by anyone who has one to ask. YOU could even write and ask him your own questions. I look forward to this post every night myself and continue to learn more with each one. I don’t know of any other candidate doing this.

So, as I think I have made clear here I am not a Kanye West fan and expect he would not be a fan of mine if he even knew who I was. We are very different. We do have one thing in common though, a respect and admiration for Dr. Ben Carson. I gladly welcome Kanye to the team called We The People.

The People

The fact Dr. Carson has brought two such diverse individuals as me and Kanye West together on the same team gives me hope for the future of our great country. Just imagine what could happen if this scenario is repeated over and over again between now and November 8, 2016. We will be waking up to a new day in America with a positive, optimistic future ahead.

God Bless America!

Until next time…

Originally published on Peculiar Perspective on 9/27/2015