U.S. STILL DREAMS OF ‘PRES­I­DENT’ BEN CARSON

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY JENNIFER HARPER

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.

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