Ben Carson: America the Beautiful, II

Ben Carson is strong on economics, history and education. He also has good sense regarding the constitution and foreign policy. These five strengths place him a head above any other candidate. He was also in the ROTC, and knows Colin Powell- the only eligible man who might be more qualified for the presidency. His candidacy is indeed the real thing, as may soon emerge, hope for a genuine restoration in the face of many national problems. We of course like that he is the centrist candidate, as he describes the political right and left as the two wings of the bald eagle. The Centrist Libertarian Constitutionalist party is emerging out of the conglomeration of independents left in the center. Carson knows by common sense that these divisions in politics are like the mean in Aristotle’s Ethics. But Like Churchill, he knows this without having read Aristotle’s Ethics.

Ben Carson is rather weaker regarding philosophy, psychology and political philosophy, and sometimes on points of law (p. 170, what is entrapment?). University of Michigan psychiatry may excuse his weakness here, though we see why he did not complete his studies in this direction. He has a tendency to get stuck on shadow-type squabbles, even as he criticizes the partisanship of the parties. He is usually right about his issues, but we say “the president cannot do this.” As he himself says elsewhere, such time is spent at the expense of something else. His theology is strong in that he has a reading of Proverbs and Psalms, again placing him a head above any other candidate, and has read the rest of the book a couple times. But how can he be silent on the best parts? We wonder if the Bush-Obama view of Islam is not more correct, that mainstream or traditional Islam can, though radical Islam cannot, coexist as neighbors with Jews and Christians. Abraham is the source of the belief of all in one God, in contrast with both polytheism and the Atheism of the communist world. We hope Carson and Obama can work together too on health care, which will cause a crisis when people receive the bill, in the next presidency.

His weakness in philosophy allows him to say things like “knowledge is power,” though his innocence excuses him. We all know what he means, and the narrow sense in which this is true. While he takes up many of my issues, he avoids mentioning Martin Luther King Jr, prescription drug abuse, Internet integrity. But he is behind Tort reform, cutting waste and fraud to make food stamps possible, opposing corruption and reforming campaign finance, barreling over special interests to solve problems like complexity in tax forms and incentives to earn no money when on assistance.

His book rises through many topics to a beautiful crescendo, where there is quite an inspirational conclusion. Here we find stories familiar from the book One Nation, which we got hold of prior: The Bird, the Star Spangled Banner, The Bald Eagle, the meaning of the Red, White and Blue, etc. But most of all, Ben Carson understands the particular danger to the constitutional government in our age, and holds a Jeffersonian understanding of the rights of others as the limit of liberty and of government (p. 174):

We must…find a way to control excessive and inappropriate government intrusion into the lives of innocent, law abiding citizens who currently have little or no defense against a bully that is supposed to protect us.

With that, it is clear that Ben is the only candidate, the only man we can safely entrust with the near unlimited powers of the U. S. executive.


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