Imagine a president with strong intellect who has the courage to say what he thinks – things like Obamacare is worse than slavery. Whoa! You’re pipin’ dude. The media would be so all over that they would miss the start of world war 3. Expressed in the finest racially gripping prose would be the question, what does he know about healthcare of poor people and how dare he speak of slavery.
Unless, of course, that imaginary president happened to be black; happened to have been raised in the deepest ghetto poverty of Detroit and happened to be a doctor. Ben Carson is such a potential candidate for the oval office.
Dr. Carson brings the strongest intellect and record of personal accomplishment to his candidacy of any presidential possibility in memory and he has made such a statement comparing Obamacare to slavery. Born in 1951, he started from the humblest beginnings to become director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins at the age of 33, the youngest doctor to ever head a major division at that facility.
He drew international attention in 1987 heading a team of 70 nurses and doctors that separated twins conjoined at the head. They survived, making it a first of a kind feat. Dr. Carson continued to lead teams performing similar surgeries for the next 15 years.
When viewed as one of a field of often mentioned likely presidential candidates for the Republicans nomination, how does he stack up? First of all, he comes from the “Tea Party” wing of the party which has not had a lot of electoral success in recent years.
A glance at the field:
• Jeb Bush – a moderate who supports immigration reform, an unpopular primary position.
• Mitt Romney – another who listens to the siren song of the press about virtues of being a moderate to little success. Massachusetts’ “Romneycare” cuts the legs out from any critique of Obamacare
• Rand Paul – a niche appeal to passionate Libertarians.
• Governor Rick Perry – does anyone get over being gaffe prone?
• Senator Ted Cruz – an outspoken conservative favorite who conjures up memories of Barry Goldwater’s race in 1964 when he said “extremism in defense of liberty is no vice” which the Johnson campaign tattooed on his forehead.
• A couple of dozen other possible candidates, none of whom have established a juggernaut position for the nomination.
In early November, Ben Carson said he is “starting to think about it”, a little more positive than his previous wait and see pronouncements about an active candidacy. A “Run Ben Run” petition invites signatures which reads:
Petition to Dr. Ben Carson:
Democrats will not have a strong record of performance to run on in 2016 and will be in attack mode. A Carson run undercuts their favorite themes built on race and poverty. Being a doctor is a plus when the subject is healthcare.
A word of caution to all would be candidates; anything in your closet that resembles a bone will quickly become a skeleton.