The more I’ve looked at the candidates, the more I like Carson.
The turning point for me was a show, clearly filmed long before any presidential ambitions, documenting his successful separation of twins conjoined at the head. You get to see the man “doing what he does” and discussion of why he does it.
He flew to Africa (after some persuasion) to do the operation. It ran for something like 20 hours. At one point, they had a ‘pause’ when they ran into an issue of shared blood supply and how to partition it between two open brains… A lunch break, A prayer to God, and several hours later, it was a success. A rather touching scene of nurses doing a typically African Oh Yeah! dance down the hospital corridor. The humility of Dr. Carson saying ~’it was up to God to direct me’ and the triumph of something NEVER done ‘in the west’ or ‘by white doctors’ was palpable even if never voiced in the video. To some extent, the fact that it WAS done in Africa, and by a substantially black surgical team (the anesthesiologist was an Italian surname IIRC) yet that was NEVER brought up at all in the ‘show’ was in many ways refreshing. Here was a very modest hero simply saying that it isn’t about me…
Frankly, given that I’d be willing to trust my kids brains to this man, how can I not trust a bit of surgery on Washington D.C. to him?
The Other Point
Dr. Carson is soft spoken. So am I. I pains me a bit to say this as it is also true of me. Many times folks mistake polite and soft spoken for weak. I “had my doubts” that he was “up to the task” of being in the grill of a Putin or Soros.
Turns out that in an earlier phase of life, at about 14 years old, IIRC, he had been pissed off by “a friend” and pulled a knife and stabbed the guy.
Now two things. First off, I have a similar story (but I will never share it as there is no statute of limitations on it). It is a Very Grave Mistake to mistake polite and quite for weak. Yet I fell into that trap. His story let me see that.
Second, he stated it clearly, openly, without reservation. I’m quite certain he will NOT be going on an “Apology Tour” about it. He clearly understands the importance of honesty and the power of truth.
BTW, his knife broke on the guy’s very large belt buckle which is why nothing ever came of it. I doubt it is in any police record or that he had any ‘requirement’ to cop to it. It was just a truth. And the truth just is.
What it said to me was pretty simple. This guy is honest to a fault and not a wimp. Do not mistake educated, smart, and polite / quiet for wimp. Strange that of all people I would have to be reminded of that… I’m almost always on the other side of that issue…
I’d be happy to stand back to back with him in any dark alley against any comers. I’d be equally happy to be in a ‘discussion on our exit’ from any ‘Aw Shit’ country / circumstance as I think his negotiations and ‘talk talk’ are as good as his knife skills.
In short, I fundamentally and without reservation trust the man.
I like Rubio. A bit impulsive and not fully seasoned. Has a Kennedy aura around him. I’d be happy with him as president.
But in that dark alley, I suspect he would be much more focused on “how did I end up here?” than on ‘thrust and parry’…
I like Jeb Bush. But he is Establishment. A great governor, but in the alley he would not have a clue. If you think the world is not one giant F-off And Die alley, do a web search on The Great Game…
I like Cruz, in a sort of overly polished trying too hard to be President way.
I like Carly, largely as I would love to watch the Carly / Hillary cat fight ;-) Hey, a fella can dream ;-)
I really like Mike Huckabee – in a nice guy Uncle kind of way.
The list goes on. The Republicans have deep bench and I’d be OK with just about any of them. Rand Paul the champion of Libertarian Ideals. Jindal for being a clear thinker with a clue. Ted Cruz for being very competent and methodical. Right down the line not one of them is bad.
Compare Shrill Hillary of the “I have a vagina elect me! even if I lie a lot” vs the Socialist. And not much else on their bench…
FWIW, as a staunch Independent who only really wants government out of all our lives ( I really don’t want them telling me what to do with my body parts, what plants I can use, what to do with my money, archiving all my email and web searches, or to BOHICA to big businesses… ) it really pains me to be endorsing Carson instead of Paul… but, well, I like the man.
(Sidebar: If you do not know, BOHICA stands for Bend Over Here It Comes Again. I’d seen it for years before finding a translation. Then again, that was marginally pre-internet…)
That’s basically it. I don’t really care if it is:
Carson / Carly – let the two ladies have a cat fight
Carson / Cruz – let the Cubano bring Hispanics and inside the beltway understanding
Carson / Rubio – let the Cubano bring some spice to the whole process and some clue on policy direction while being very fresh in a cultural way
Carson / Bush – Hey, the King Makers want their guy on deck just in case
Carson / whatever – you have 10 scenarios to work through…
What I want in a President is competence, courage, honesty, and humanity. Dr. Carson has all of those. And, I can trust him.
Feel free to advocate for your POV. Lord knows I’m not perfect in these things…