Chris Christie Falls, Ben Carson Rises

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Jan. 21 2014 3:58 PM

Chris Christie Falls, Ben Carson Rises

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Dr. Keith Goh, left, adjusts the frame on conjoined twins Ladan and Laleh Bijani as Dr. Ben Carson observes the start of neurosurgery proceedings on July 6, 2003, in Singapore.

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Jonathan Capehart reports on the origins of mysterious billboards, placed in Des Moines and Baltimore, that urge Dr. Ben Carson to run for president. Surprise: They're paid for by the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, the Virginia-based campaign to turn the once nonideological medical celebrity (Gifted Hands has passed through the hands of many a schoolkid) into a conservative savior. Carson started it, really, with his 2013 National Prayer Breakfast speech and subsequent appearances at CPAC and the Values Voter Summit. The student backlash to Carson's speeches denied him a role at the last John Hopkins graduation, so he's got more than enough martyr-points to be a serious candidate.

I haven't seen the billboard, but I subscribe to enough mailing lists to get the Committee's fundraising letters. Below, I share the latest, which argues that if the doctor can score 17 percent of black votes "it becomes mathematically impossible for Hillary Clinton or any Democrat to win the White House." Democrats actually expect Clinton to win marginally less of the black vote than Barack Obama, and to make up the loss with greater numbers of white votes, but I'm wasting time and distracting from the reading.

Concerned Patriot,

I’m writing to you because...

I have an urgent request. Won’t you please send Ben Carson a message today?

You can do that by signing the petition urging him to run for President.

As you know, Dr. Ben Carson is the man who spoke boldly to President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast last March, telling him and the nation that Obamacare is an unworkable, dangerous scheme that will hurt all Americans.

Now we know that Dr. Carson was right.

So, won’t you please send a message directly to Dr. Carson, telling him that he should run for President in 2016?

Dr. Carson needs to hear from you today!

Five reasons why Dr. Carson is our best choice for 2016...

  • He is the only candidate that makes it mathematically impossible for Hillary Clinton to win!
  • He is the only candidate who, like Ronald Reagan, can explain the fallacy of liberal schemes in terms the average American can understand.
  • He is the only candidate who can heal and unite America.
  • He is the only candidate who is a citizen statesman, the type of candidate who our Founders envisioned would lead our nation.
  • He is the one candidate who you can trust to stick to his conservative values, and to govern according to the United States Constitution.

Reason #1: Ben Carson is sure to win!

If a Republican candidate for President receives just 17% of the black vote, Hillary Clinton loses every single swing state. Did you know that in 2012 Presidential candidate Herman Cain was polling more than 40% of the black vote? Herman Cain was liked by the black community, but Dr. BenCarson is a revered figure in the African American community.

Dr. Carson is an icon in the African American community.

If businessman Herman Cain could receive 40% of the black vote, Dr. Benjamin Carson would likely receive far greater support from African Americans.

But, if he only receives 17% of the black vote, it becomes mathematically impossible for Hillary Clinton or any Democrat to win the White House in 2016.

Reason #2: Ben Carson has the communication skills of Ronald Reagan!

The Republican Party has lots of great conservatives, several of whom, in my opinion, would make a great President. They are very good people.

However, not one of these prospective candidates has the wit, wisdom, and persuasive eloquence of Ronald Reagan that Dr. Ben Carson possesses.

It was Ronald Reagan’s power to persuade that made it possible for him to win two landslide elections to the White House. He had the amazing ability to take a complex issue and explain it in simple, commonsense terms that the average voter could understand.

Dr. Carson is blessed with those same skills. In fact, he is the first candidate since Ronald Reagan who has the necessary communication skills to be elected President of the United States.

There is just no one else on the scene comparable to Dr.Carson.

Reason #3: Dr. Carson is the only candidate who can heal our nation.

Sadly, for the first time in American history, the President of the United States has not tried to unify our nation, instead he has made every effort to divide our nation by setting one group against another.

Barack Obama has encouraged racial strife. He has encouraged the poor to hate the successful. He has worked to create anger against men by women. He has set workers against employers.  He has worked to set the young against the old. In every way possible, following the dictates of his radical idol, Saul Alinsky, he has gone about dividing Americans and creating disunity.

In fact, America is more divided today than it has been since the Civil War.

President Ben Carson will bring our nation together. He will work to heal our wounds, and bring about reconciliation.

As a Christian, Dr. Carson rejects envy and jealously as twin evils.

As an African American and a leader, and one who is respected in the black community, he will bring healing and reconciliation to our land.

Ben Carson has been a healer his entire life. He will seek solutions to America’s most pressing problems, and he will do it in a way that unifies and heals, not divides and creates disunity.

Reason #4: Ben Carson is a citizen statesman, not a politician.

It was politicians, both Democrat and Republican, that created the current mess we are in. We don’t need another politician, we need a citizen statesman.

Ronald Reagan was disdained as an actor when he ran for Governor of California. They said he didn’t have the skill or experience needed to run what was the 7th largest government in the world. But, relying on commonsense and Godly wisdom, Ronald Reagan turned California around and then saved the United States from economic collapse.

The last non-politician that was elected President of the United States was Dwight Eisenhower, who united our nation and faced down the Soviet Union. And, by the way, Eisenhower received 39% of the African American vote.

Dr. Carson is a man of great intellect, great courage, and vast commonsense. The one book he reads every day is the Book of Proverbs where he soaks in Godly wisdom.

Ben Carson has far more life experience than Barack Obama had when he was elected President as a newly minted, junior Senator from Illinois.

But, far more important, we need less Washington, D.C., political experience and more real world experience, Godly wisdom, and commonsense in our next President if America is to survive.

Reason #5: Ben Carson is a trustworthy conservative.

He proved that he would not compromise his values when he courageously spoke directly to President Barack Obama about the danger of Obamacare at the National Prayer Breakfast.  BenCarson also didn’t mince any words about the President’s wrongheaded redistribution of income policies when he said...

“When I pick up my Bible, you know what I see? I see the fairest individual in the Universe, God, and he's given us a system. It's called tithe. Now we don't necessarily have to [make] it 10%, but it's [the] principle. He didn't say, if your crops fail, don't give me any tithes. He didn't say, if you have a bumper crop, give me triple tithes. So there must be something inherently fair about proportionality.”

Any American can understand exactly what Dr. Carson was talking about. How could Hillary Clinton possibly respond to such clarity and wisdom?

Ben Carson is the kind of candidate we must have if we are going to elect a solid conservative to the White House in 2016.

And, if you have any doubts whatsoever about Dr. Carson’s conservative values, just look at this brief list of where he stands on today’s important issues...

  • National Debt. Cut government spending by 10% each year, across the board, until the budget is balanced! That’s what you and I do when things are tight, and it’s what the government must do.
  • Obamacare. Repeal it! Replace it with a free market health savings account program that begins at birth and that is owned by each citizen.
  • Taxes. Follow the Biblical example and make it flat and make sure that everyone has skin in the game. Everyone pays.
  • Abortion. End it now! It is barbaric, and it is not protected by the Constitution. It contributes to a growing culture of death in our society.
  • Illegal Immigration. Listen to the American people, secure our borders. End it.
  • Redistribution of Income. Stop it. It’s un-American and it causes universal misery as socialism always does.
  • Welfare. It not only encourages self-destructive behavior, it is a trap that dehumanizes those caught in it. Replace it with a truly compassionate, approach that works through churches and other nonprofit groups, enabling those on welfare to share in the American dream.
  • Judges. Appoint judges committed to the U.S. Constitution.
  • Political Correctness. It is dangerous. It hinders progress and divides our nation. It keeps us from solving problems and healing America.
  • Right to Keep & Bear Arms. It’s a vital part of our Bill of Rights! End of story! We will not stop criminals by disarming Americans.
  • Democrats and Republicans. Both have been part of the problem. They see themselves as masters instead of public servants. America first!
  • Freedom of Religion. Freedom of religion does not mean freedom from religion. As the Founders repeatedly said, without public virtue, freedom cannot survive.

There’s only one remaining question...

Will Ben Carson Choose to Run for President?

The answer he gives each time he is asked this question is yes, but only if he is called by the American people and if God gives him the direction to do so.

This is what Dr. Carson said to Newsmax reporter Bill Hoffmann on January 7, 2014...

“If circumstances presented themselves in such a way that there were a lot of people clamoring for me to do that [run for President]... I would certainly have to give it consideration.”

In other words, Dr. Carson believes that public office is not something to be grasped, but rather something that one must be called to by his fellow citizens. Dr. Carson has repeatedly made it clear that he will run only if the American people “clamor” for him to run. That means...

It’s up to you and me to “clamor” for Dr. Carson to run for President.

And, of course, that’s what the National Draft BenCarson for President Committee is all about. We have already clamored for Dr. Carson to run for President by collecting more than 200,000 signatures of Americans on petitions urging him to run.

In addition, we are running huge, electronic billboards in Baltimore (right), near Dr. Carson’s office, and in Iowa (below) during the midterm caucuses. We are also building powerful grassroots organizations in the early caucus and primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida. It won’t do any good to convince Dr. Carsonto run if there is not an organization in place to secure the nomination for him.

The truth is, we have modeled our effort after the successful Obama campaign of 2012, building a sophisticated software platform that links donors, volunteers and paid staff together in one seamless program.

We will need to get every Carson voter out in the Iowa Caucuses and in New Hampshire, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Florida. We already have 3,100 active working volunteers circulating petitions and manning Carson booths at Republican and Tea Party events.

This effort has come a long way, but in truth, we have just begun.

And, in spite of our success thus far, money is very, very tight.

Dollars are needed for office rent, for travel, for salaries, for advertising on national talk radio programs, and to expand our campaign team.

If you believe in Dr. Carson as I do, then I urge you to do two things...

Early dollars made it possible for Barack Obama, a freshman Senator, to snatch the Democratic nomination away from Hillary Clinton. Those early dollars paid for a sophisticated software platform that built a powerful grassroots organization that delivered the votes in the primaries and in the general election.

Your early dollars will do the same thing for Dr. Ben Carson We have a sophisticated software platform and we are rapidly growing our grassroots organization, especially in the early caucus and primary states.

So, won’t you please help today with a gift of at least $35?

Your $35 gift today is worth double that amount a year from now.

Early money is absolutely essential to the success of this national effort.

This is your opportunity to nominate and elect a citizen statesman, Dr. Ben Carson, a man of principle and courage, as the next President of the United States.

Please send $35, $50, $100, $500, $1,000 or even more today.

Remember, Dr. Ben Carson may be our last hope of saving America. Please help today.

Sincerely,

John Philip Sousa, IV 
National Chairman

P.S. My great grandfather, John Philip Sousa, composed the stirring march Stars and Stripes Forever, because he loved this nation dearly. I can’t help but believe that he would have been one of the first signers on the enclosed petition if he were alive today. Won’t you please join in this great cause by signing this petition and by donating at least $35 today? Thank you and God Bless America.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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