Who is Dr. Ben Carson?

Ben_Carson_by_Gage_Skidmore

Dr. Ben Carson announced his 2016 Presidential Bid this morning from Detroit to a mostly white crowd. He spoke simply and honestly about his upbringing, his understanding of who America is and what the founders envisioned, and what he would do as president.

Early Struggles

Carson first talked about his mother, saying she has always had a fierce desire for education although she never got beyond third grade. His parents married when Carson’s mom was just 13, then later divorced when she discovered her husband was a bigamist. Mom took her two sons and moved in with family members who lived into a Boston tenement. Carson remembers it was a terrible neighborhood where he saw two family members murdered.

Mom worked two or three jobs at a time as a domestic, so she could stay off welfare. He said she wanted to maintain her independence and learned well how to manage money. When she did not know what to do with her sons, who were terrible students, she turned to God and asked for wisdom. She implemented what she heard by turning off the television and requiring her sons to read and write book reports (which Carson says, “She couldn’t read.”)

Not a Politician

The speech was given without a teleprompter. Carson is soft-spoken, which complements his political inexperience. He is a conservative Christian who credits God and his mother for much of his success.

Some quotes:

  • If my mother were secretary of treasury we wouldn’t be in a deficit situation.
  • I have no desire to get rid of safety nets for people who need them, but I have a strong desire to get rid of programs that create dependency in able-bodied people.
  • To the media: you guys have an almost sacred position in a true democracy, please don’t abuse it.

We’ve allowed the purveyors of division to become rampant in our society and create friction and fear.

He claims the real issue behind things like the Baltimore riots is that people are losing hope. They don’t believe life will be good for them, no matter what happens, so they loot. He says they’re not well informed but are loyal to a party or a man. His answer is, “Use your brain to think for yourself. We cannot allow ourselves to be manipulated by kingmakers. We have to get the right people in place—‘we’ is anyone who has common sense who loves this nation and are more concerned about the next generation than the next election.”

Some parts of his platform:

  • We are $18 trillion in debt – we must get the economy moving immediately and fix the deficit
  • Fix regulation so businesses can make money – lower corporate tax rate and do a “stimulus” where we give corporations a tax holiday so they will come back to America

Carson says he has experience solving complex medical problems, and has served on many corporate boards, including Kellogg and Costco. He says, “I am someone who believes in our Constitution and is willing to put it on the top shelf.”

Carson’s Accomplishments 

  • Holds more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees.
  • Became first neurosurgeon to successfully separate twins joined at the back of their heads.
  • Was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian honor, in 2008.

Watch the speech! https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ben+carson+announcement

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