Ben Carson, Trojan horse.

Retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson is a 2016 Republican presidential nominee candidate. Against all odds, he became an influential American who is admired by many.  For that reason, he was invited to the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast where the he was expected to share encouraging words of faith, give thanks and inspire listeners to live full Christian lives.carson4prez

Mr. Obama was also invited. Against all odds he became the 44th president of the United States and inspired a multitude of minorities and non-minorities alike.

In the spirit of the prayer breakfast, it was a great opportunity for Dr. Carson to assert that it was no longer anomalous for minorities to become ambassadors and sources of inspiration.carson

Instead, he paid no courtesy to this historic  figure sitting next to him that was the unlikely president who had given him an opportunity to engage a huge audience.

Dr. Carson could have differences in philosophy and may not have agreed with Obama’s political views but the time for expressing this sentiment was not at this venue!

As an invitee that chose instead to deride his hosts and elevate himself by using that speech to practically launch his presidential campaign, Dr. Carson behaved like a “Trojan horse.”
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After ‘the speech’  he ran straight into the arms of the awaiting ultraconservative talk show hosts and giddily answered all their  ‘Atta boy’ softball questions. Their premature revelry was akin to the Prodigal Son’s as he spent the inopportune proceedings from ‘his’ share of the daddy’s estate. Carson was oblivious to the transient nature of the ‘bliss’ derived from this foolhardy endeavor.

He did not stop to think about all those Americans that could have been offended by his shrewdness and lack of respect for the tradition of the occasion and the historical nature of the man that had thought him worthy of  invitation; his fallibility not withstanding.

If only he’d adopted a gracious tone and started for example by citing Obama’s unlikely but successful bid for the presidency, by applauding the efforts to provide health care for all while simultaneously  curbing the sky-rocketing costs of medical care and by confronting the statistic that over 60% of all bankruptcies in the US are caused by over-inflated healthcare costs!carsfox

Carson could have then declared that even in acknowledging the positives in this scenario, he had personal opinions on healthcare reform, some of which differ sharply from the presidents. There are many voters who would have applauded the doctor for disagreeing in this manner, as this would have been seen to be respectful yet full of tact.

Dr. Carson could have captured the attention of this sizable audience of  politically center-minded folks that’d had pride in him like a son heretofore. In other words, he could have had his cake and eaten it too!

In spite of the loyalty of his core base, he would  need this constituency of voters to put him over the top. He instead chose to jettison and trade them in for a meteoric but skewed launch that was destined for the wrong orbit.

Although Carson is extremely intelligent, he has demonstrated a degree of myopia that has the potential to frustrate his chances.  Now even with a current approval rating of around 10-20%, it’s tempting to surmise that this too has peaked.  A cruel and disheartening disillusionment will hit soon and may have to give up contention for the republican primary nomination.

carson_obamacareAt least the biblical prodigal son did the right thing in the end. Will he?

Carson may be a giant in the operating room but so far has proven to be dwarf on the political stage.

 

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7 Responses to Ben Carson, Trojan horse.

  1. Larry W. Seymour says:

    It’s okay for president Obama to give his state of the Union address and criticize the Supreme Court Justices sitting in the audience, but it is not okay for Dr. Carson, the guest speaker, at the National Prayer Breakfast to criticize the president sitting nearby?
    If there is anything this president needs, it is to be challenged on the issues. No one up until then, or since, has ever had the guts to do it. Congratulations Dr. Carson! Liberals cannot take a direct challenge on the issues without getting into name calling and personal criticism. Things in America are about to change for the better.

  2. Wilson Inagafa says:

    America NEEDS Dr. Ben Carson for US President 2016

  3. Mark Eting says:

    He was told by the organizers before being let out of the gates to avoid divisive language & topics ; he re-assured them he would!

  4. Nyuma K. Mustapha says:

    Ben issued a disclaimer: I do not mean to offend any one “as he normally does in his other public address. If anyone in that gathering felt insecure, that could have been sorted out. Besides, that was not the only time he was invited. If the President felt uneasy, free speech suggests that he indicated so. Do not forget that America is great as long she is good. I f this could not be said in America by an American, where else?

    • Seems to me that the author was not faulting the doctor for being who he is.
      Its absolutely alright to kick somebody when he is laying down as long as you do not expect hugs from his cousins! The Doc even picks Trump over McCain. This should be telling.

      He cant lament or pull his hair out when he fails to gain critical mass just because he chose to alienate a valuable constituency. Cal Thomas agrees. Click on my name above to have a taste of unlikely consensus!

  5. Peter Manyonge says:

    I am a Kenyan writer who has written many books like ‘Return of The Native Son’. I hope Dr. Carson’s experience and knowledge will help him offer good leadership to American. He can get in touch via my cellular phone number +256728124419 bye

  6. William_H says:

    agree

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