Car­son in­vokes Lu­cifer in GOP Con­ven­tion speech

Cecil Whig - - OPINION - By JULIE GAL­LAGHER

CLEVE­LAND

Cap­i­tal News Ser­vice

— It was the job he wanted: pres­i­dent of the United States. But Tues­day night, Dr. Ben Car­son took the stage at Quicken Loans Arena in sup­port of his one-time com­peti­tor, Don­ald Trump, as he be­came the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee for that very job.

The mes­sage from the re­tired neu­ro­sur­geon was star­tling — by elect­ing pre­sump­tive Demo­cratic nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton, the United States would be choos­ing a per­son “who has as their role model some­body who ac­knowl­edges Lu­cifer.”

Car­son ap­par­ently was re­fer­ring to Saul Alin­sky, an ac­tivist who is con­sid­ered the founder of com­mu­nity or­ga­niz­ing. In his book “Rules for Rad­i­cals,” Alin­sky writes of “the very first rad­i­cal known to man who re­belled against the es­tab­lish­ment and did it so ef­fec­tively that he at least won his own king­dom — Lu­cifer.”

“Now,” Car­son told the del­e­gates, “we must also be wary of the nar­ra­tive that’s be­ing ad­vanced by some in our own party, the no­tion that a Hil­lary Clin­ton ad­min­is­tra­tion wouldn’t be that bad, the ef­fects would only be tem­po­rary, you know, that it would only last for four and at most eight years.”

Car­son added Amer­ica “may never re­cover” from the pol­icy de­ci­sions and ap­point­ments Clin­ton would make in of­fice.

Car­son then of­fered his sup­port to Trump, whom he called an “ex­tra­or­di­nary busi­ness­man” and “the right leader for a time such as this.”

Don­ald Trump “un­der­stands that the bless­ings of this na­tion come with the re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that they are avail­able to all, not just the priv­i­leged few,” Car­son said. He ap­plauded Trump’s will­ing­ness to “take on the es­tab­lish­ment.”

Tues­day’s con­ven­tion fes­tiv­i­ties tied into the theme “Make Amer­ica Work Again.” Car­son’s per­sonal story fit the evening’s theme, as he came from humble be­gin­nings, which even­tu­ally led to him be­com­ing a world-renowned sur­geon at The Johns Hop­kins Hos­pi­tal in Bal­ti­more.

“Ben Car­son grew up in a poor sin­gle­par­ent house­hold in Detroit, Michi­gan,” ac­cord­ing to the con­ven­tion speaker in­tro­duc­tions pre­pared by the GOP. “Be­tween his de­grees, Car­son worked as an X-ray tech­ni­cian, a bank teller, a school bus driver, a su­per­vi­sor for high­way cleanup crews, and a crane op­er­a­tor in a steel fac­tory.”

Car­son, 64, served as direc­tor of pe­di­atric neu­ro­surgery at Johns Hop­kins from 1984 un­til his re­tire­ment in 2013. His award-win­ning ex­cel­lence as a sur­geon gave him a voice that cat­a­pulted him into the pub­lic eye, first as a speaker and an author and later as a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.

That same voice grabbed the at­ten­tion of many peo­ple across the coun­try, in­clud­ing Mary­lan­ders.

“He’s just a role model, not only for me but for mil­lions of peo­ple,” Mary­land at­large del­e­gate Kory Boone, from Up­per Marl­boro, said. “He’s def­i­nitely an honor­able man that I look up to.”

Boone, who ini­tially sup­ported Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said that, al­though Mary­lan­ders may have sup­ported other can­di­dates through­out the elec­tion, he felt that there is a gen­eral re­spect for Car­son in the state.

“Peo­ple in Mary­land def­i­nitely re­spect him, even just for his work that he was do­ing,” Boone said. “I’m not sure about po­lit­i­cally, but he def­i­nitely has suc­cess in Mary­land.”

Car­son’s cam­paign ad­vo­cated for the re­moval of fed­eral ed­u­ca­tion stan­dards, the pro­mo­tion of “fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity,” the elim­i­na­tion of the In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice, and cre­ation of a guest worker pro­gram for un­doc­u­mented in­di­vid­u­als in the United States. Car­son has also said he dis­agreed with same-sex mar­riage, but ac­cepted it as law.

De­spite some early de­bate suc­cesses and promis­ing poll re­sults, Car­son sus­pended his pres­i­den­tial cam­paign in early March, after his poor Su­per Tues­day show­ing proved it would be math­e­mat­i­cally im­pos­si­ble for the re­tired sur­geon to se­cure the nom­i­na­tion.

Kyle Kondik, man­ag­ing ed­i­tor of Sa­bato’s Crys­tal Ball, a po­lit­i­cal anal­y­sis web­site at the Univer­sity of Vir­ginia’s Cen­ter for Pol­i­tics, said he does not think Car­son will be a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date in the fu­ture, “or at least a cred­i­ble can­di­date.”

Kondik ar­gued that was be­cause Car­son was “a po­lit­i­cal novice who wasn’t re­ally ready for prime­time this year.”

Sev­eral days after Car­son sus­pended his cam­paign, he of­fi­cially of­fered his en­dorse­ment of Trump. The foe-turned­friend re­la­tion­ship be­tween Car­son and the busi­ness mogul con­tin­ued to de­velop as Car­son briefly headed a com­mit­tee to help Trump cre­ate a shortlist of vice pres­i­den­tial picks.

“Trump said some very nasty things about Car­son, but they seem­ingly rec­on­ciled,” Kondik said of the in­ter­est­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two. “No­tably, it seemed like Car­son might play a big role in this cam­paign, but Trump moved away from him as an ad­viser.”

CAP­I­TAL NEWS FILE PHOTO

Ben Car­son speaks at the Con­ser­va­tive Po­lit­i­cal Ac­tion Con­fer­ence in Na­tional Har­bor, Md., where he an­nounced the end to his pres­i­den­tial cam­paign in March.

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