Big Ben in the White House


Dr. Ben Carson is enjoying time with his granddaughter before a debate.

By Michael Wright, Staff Writer

The world’s top neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson, is making a ruckus in the world of politics. The soft-spoken doctor has been verbally attacked multiple times but is still running a close race in the polls.

Carson is a Republican presidential candidate who holds strong Christian-conservative views. He has been outspoken about his beliefs on many of the key issues in the upcoming presidential election.

One of the big concerns he has addressed is the Islamic idea of jihad (holy war) and sharia law (all laws should be based on the Quran) being allowed into the United States.

“If it’s inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter,” he said on Sept. 20 with NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”

Muslim advocates have condemned him for his strong views. Muslims from the non-profit organization The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) have even commented that Carson should leave the world of politics. The president of CAIR, Nihad Awad, had addressed Carson’s views in a press conference on Monday Sept. 21.

“We ask Mr. Ben Carson to withdraw from the presidential race, because he is unfit to lead,” Awad said.

Even after being stigmatized as a bigot, Carson still held true to his values. In fact, he decided to go on the offensive against this organization on Oct. 3, according to Breibart online news site, by claiming it had broken the law.

“Here’s the catch — CAIR is a tax-exempt nonprofit, and the IRS rules explicitly prohibit such groups from intervening in political campaigns on behalf of — or in opposition to — a candidate,” Carson wrote in an email to supporters.

The Syrian refugee crisis is another issue that Carson chose to focus on. He feels that it would be incredibly dangerous for us as to allow potential jihadists into the nation. He has claimed it would be impossible to vet any of these refugees since there is no paper trail to use as a basis for a profile analysis.

“We must balance safety against just being a humanitarian,” he stated in a campaign rally on Nov. 19.” For instance, if there’s a rabid dog running around in your neighborhood, then you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog and you’re probably going to put your children out of the way. It doesn’t mean that you hate all dogs, by any stretch of the imagination, but you’re putting your intellect into motion and you’re thinking how do I protect my children.”

Carson has boldly made comments that many would call offensive or politically incorrect. The people have seen his steadfast courage to defend the values of this nation and have elevated him in the polls. In fact, his strong values have resonated with Americans. He was the front-runner for the Republicans until the recent “Saturday Night Live” appearance of presidential candidate Donald Trump. Now, Carson is in second at 14 percent to Trump at 36 percent according to a poll by Reuters on Nov. 17. The primary election isn’t until February though, which is an eternity in politics.

Regardless of his current polling numbers, Carson is still my top pick. He is by far the most morally competent person in this race. He understands that morality is imparted to man at birth through God. Because he is a Christian man of faith, he has a far greater understanding of these God-given values. Therefore, he would be the candidate who is the most capable on leading the nation down a path that is morally good.