U.S. STILL DREAMS OF ‘PRESIDENT’ BEN CARSON
There’s something about Ben Carson that gives many Americans great pause. Perhaps it is his plainspoken logic and calm demeanor that resonates with those who wish the former pediatric neurosurgeon and best-selling author would run for president. They are willing to put their money where their thoughts are. In less than a year, the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee has raised $7.2 million; Dr. Carson is not involved with this new political action committee, which now boasts 95,000 individual donors and 17,000 volunteers.
“The tremendous outpouring of donations and words of support clearly shows that people are clamoring for a principled, unifying leader like Dr. Carson in the White House,” observes John Philip Sousa IV, great-grandson of the iconic military bandleader, and national chairman of the organization.
The campaign paraphernalia has been around for more than a year. There are bumper stickers that say “Paging Dr. Carson, we need you. STAT” ; and “Carsonomics: It’s not brain surgery.” But what of Dr. Carson himself?
“The way I look at it, I want to see how the country wants to move. We’ll find out a lot in November. If most people are satisfied with ever-increasing government, I would just back off. But if people indicate they would like more about personal responsibility, willingness to work hard, and sacrifice, I would stay involved at whatever level is necessary,” he told Parade this week.
The potential candidate likely got much mileage from the short interview. Parade — yes, the cheerful magazine tucked into 700 Sunday newspapers — is the most widely read publication in America, with a readership of 54 million. 74 percent in Africa, 66 percent in Western Europe, 66 percent in Asia, 65 percent in Latin America — but just 30 percent in the Middle East.” Yeah, well. On the flip side comes these findings: “The Middle East is the sole region where antiAmericanism is both deep and widespread. Eighty-five percent of Egyptians and Jordanians and 73 percent of Turks voice a negative opinion of the United States. Only 10 percent of Egyptians, 12 percent of Jordanians and 19 percent of Turks have a favorable view,” the study says. “Israelis are the only public in the region where a majority (84 percent) holds a favorable opinion of America. And they are the second-biggest U.S. fans among the nations surveyed, trailing only the Filipinos.” are taking full advantage and “playing on America’s humanitarianism.” The rancher recommends sealing the border. Now.
“The border is on fire, and Washington is sending us gasoline,” Mr. Davis said.