Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush hit he talk show circuit to promote a new book. In the process, he sounded like a presidential candidate and did not discount the possibility of a campaign. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has been all over the airwaves as Chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association. Despite his denials, it is clear he is interested in running for President.
Bush and Jindal were among the speakers at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). In fact, the conference was a who’s who of Republican political heavyweights, minus the biggest heavyweight of them all, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
As usual, a presidential straw poll was conducted and among potential 2016 candidates, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) led with 25%, followed by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) with 23% of the vote. They were followed by former presidential candidate Rick Santorum, Christie, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
In seventh place, ahead of Jindal and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was a political newcomer, Dr. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon from Johns Hopkins University. Until a few weeks ago, Carson was unknown to most political observers. While he was featured in a movie and had written a book, it was his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 7th that catapulted Carson to political fame.
Speaking just a few feet from President Obama, Carson gave an amazing 27 minute keynote address that shocked the political world. In his speech, which has been viewed 2.5 million times on You Tube, Carson called for a flat tax, quoted the Bible, praised Jesus, railed against the debt and political correctness and outlined the problems with the President’s Affordable Care Act.
The healthcare issue resonates with millions of Americans who are concerned about what will happen when the President’s plan is fully implemented. Campaigning against Obamacare worked magnificently for Republicans in the mid-term elections of 2010. It helped the GOP regain control of the House of Republicans and win an impressive total of 72 new seats.
Tragically, in the 2012 election, the Republican Party refused to make Obamacare an issue. The reason was that the GOP nominated former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who instituted a version of socialized medicine in his home state. So, the Republicans could not criticize the President when he introduced on a national level what Romney did in Massachusetts. In the process, they forfeited their best issue and the election.
Although the President won re-election and the Supreme Court ruled that the bill was constitutional, it is an issue that is not going away. Over the next few years, the healthcare industry in this country will deteriorate as Obamacare is implemented. Medical doctors will be leaving the profession, so healthcare will become less accessible. To make matters worse, health insurance premiums will continue to increase, even though the President promised they would decrease.
Who better to make this case against Obamacare to the American people than a doctor, an expert in healthcare? Dr. Ben Carson, 61 years old, can speak from experience about an industry he has worked in for over three decades. Dr. Carson is a certified genius who is the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins. He has served as Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins since the age of 33. Every year, he performs over 300 surgeries on children with cancer.
Carson also epitomizes the Republican philosophy of how anyone can become successful in America. He was raised by a single illiterate mother in inner-city Detroit. He turned away from a life of crime in terrible circumstances to become one of the most impressive figures in our country today and the recipient of the 2008 Presidential Medal of Freedom.
In interviews, he noted that he will be retiring from medicine next year and will keep his options open about politics. Dr. Ben Carson needs to accept the call from millions of his fellow Americans and run for President. He is exactly the breath of fresh air that the Republican Party and our country needs.
With Dr. Carson as the nominee, the party gets a highly accomplished African American who is an expert on the most important issue of the day. He immediately eliminates the charges of racism that the media often directs at Republican candidates. He can also speak with experience about the dangers of the Great Society and how socialism has destroyed the once great city of Detroit.
Republicans need to do something different in the next election. Instead of nominating a lifelong politician, the party should nominate someone who has accomplished great things as a private citizen. Dr. Ben Carson would be an inspirational choice. Let’s hope and pray he decides to throw his hat in the ring.
by Jeff Crouere
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