Skip to comments.Dr. Ben Carson really doesn’t want to be president
Posted on 07/06/2014 6:41:22 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
I attend a fair number of political shindigs, and for the rest of you who do also, you’re probably familiar with the sight of various groups pushing to Draft Ben Carson as a potential 2016 GOP nominee. I saw them out in force at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference this year, and they’ve been making the rounds at all the other usual confabs. But what about Dr. Carson himself? Does he really want to take the big chair? Rare conducted an interview with him this week and lobbed the usual question. The answer may prove enlightening.
Kurt Wallace: I know a lot of people have asked you are you going to run for president my question to you is do you want to run for president? Do you want to be the president?
Ben Carson: Well, the second question is very easy the answer is no. Why would any sane person want to do that. I mean have you noticed that everybody who goes in that office after about three years looks like theyve been there 20 years.
Kurt Wallace: As a doctor you wouldnt recommend things like that?
Ben Carson: It certainly was not my intention to move into the political realm. I found myself thrust there after the national prayer breakfast speech. But you know my preference would be for someone to come along who really wants to do that and understands the constitution. And understands personal freedom, responsibility. The place of the government versus the place of the people. The place of the states versus the place of the federal government. Understands business and how to get moving by deregulating in terms of the excessive regulations not the ones that are necessary. And knows how to get things done.
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He isn’t ready. I would love to see him as a Senator, though. He could bring a lot to the table when it comes to health care—and getting government out of the market.
I like him, I admire him, but I do not want Dr. Carson to run for President.
He does not have enough political experience to run for president. (I really want a governor) But there is a Maryland senate seat coping up for grabs, and I think he could do a good job as a senator.
He was used to working with 'actors" and comedians !!
I respect the intent of your comment, but have a somewhat different view. IMHO, pretty much anyone who cares about the US and who has a modest amount of common sense could be a good President. Without the slightest question. On the other hand, you could take a bunch of ‘geniuses’ and have disasters in that office. It's not that you are asked to do high level theoretical physics. You are asked to pick trustable and competent advisors, and weigh their advice in making common sense decisions that are in the best interest of the country.
Carson may not be ready, but it would be because he hasn't learned to be exactly what we don't want in a President - a dishonest manipulative political operative.
I think the good doctor is a perceptive man. We live in absurd times. Presidential politics as we know it today is a whole other level of absurdity. If whatever enthusiasm you might have for the job, whatever willingness and desire you might have to serve your country in that position, isn’t mixed with at least some trepidation about that, you are not sane enough to be allowed in it.
“Dr. Ben Carson really doesn’t want to be president”
How about Surgeon General of the US?
Has a nice ring to it. . . .
Well the chief dangers seem to be
(1) You will age quickly
(2) You might get shot
That’s about it. People of good will (in the Lord) ought to consider such a sacrifice.
That would explode lefty heads.
The fact that he doesn’t want the job makes him a better choice for the presidency.
IMO, anyone who would actively seek the presidency is immediately suspect...the pay isn’t all that great and the anal exam required to run is painful.
Anyone who wants the presidency for the power the position grants is likely to be an evil sonofabitch.
My point is the best Presidents in modern times are executive branch men....governors to be specific.
Carson has much to contribute, I like him very much.
Generally, an ex-governor will be a more skilled president.
Certainly there could be room for Carson in a presidential cabinet.
I understand, and I absolutely appreciate your perspective. I guess I'm just so sick of the press propping up Obama as a genius. From my perspective Carson is so much more qualified.
Big Dawg excepted, right? :)
(I am not comparing Ben Carson to George Washington.)
Interesting timing. I just finished watching Gifted hands 2 minutes ago. Great film
RE: I would love to see him as a Senator, though
How about Secretary of Health and Human Services?
I agree, a state governor has the requisite experience.
As an ex governor Jeb Bush has the experience... but I sure hope he is not the nominee.
Carson would be shred into pieces.... a nice man, precisely why does not belong with the sharks. We need a FIGHTER who can fight fire with fire. Ted Cruz is one. Palin is another, although I question whether or not Palin can tolerate the venomous heat. She certainly could not while she was a governor. If Perry was not so retarded, he could have been FORMIDABLE!
Same here. He's a great man. I'd hate to see him lowering himself. If I see him go to Iowa and endorse ethanol or Miami and support sugar subsidies, it'll be sick.
The greatest statesmen are still just politicians.
The nominee has to get through the primaries—there is no way that Jeb Bush will win the nomination. In the old days, he could have, when the nomination was decided at the convention by the party insiders. Even if the party insiders wanted him in 2016, it won’t matter. He might win the Florida primary but I can’t picture him coming in first or second anywhere else.
I recall some freepers here who refused to take ‘Hell NO’ as an answer from Jim DeMint in 2011.
(I saw this on Cavuto’s show)
He said hell no because he meant it.
I very much agree with that position.
I agree with you. People who don’t think Dr. Carson is “ready” are unwittingly playing into the professional politician game. The Founding Fathers never intended our government to be a career where the people we voted to represent us fall into line, wait for their turn, try to play nice for committee appointments, etc.
Far better would be to eliminate the HHS department and all the rest, including but not limited to: EPA, HEW, NLRB, OSHA, FDA, NOAA, USDA...and many, many, many more. They're all run by a bunch of pointy-headed, pencil-necked geeks successful only in placing constraints on freedom.
I don’t think one need be “an insider” to be a good President. I believe Allen West would be an excellent President, for example.
Perhaps NOT being your normal politician is exactly what is needed to rescue the country.
I don’t think Carson, Cruz, or West are politicians. I think they are passionate American patriots.
Cruz/Carson or Cruz/West would do a fine job of returning your nation to its people, and to its former great standing in the world.
A lot of scam artists are making money “consulting” off of this “Draft Ben Carson PAC”. I’m real sick and tired of those “donate to me” emails, especially by groups that waste money meant for campaigns.
3. Your family is under a microscope.
4. You have no private life.
If he doesn’t want to be President, IMHO that makes him perfect for the job.
I love this man. He is a great spokesman for our cause. He is naive on many issues that are essential. Illegal immigration and his 2nd Amendment positions are not what we need at this time.
Are YOU willing to put yourself out there and make that sacrifice? I don't mean that as an attack, but it's a lot to ask. Personally, I think I'd make a great president. But would I want everything (real or perceived) I've done wrong in my life out there? No. And I've never been arrested, been accused of a crime, etc.
It is a LOT to ask, at least of decent people who are not perfect and know that their personal destruction will be order #1.
You mean being an honest, God fearing American doesn’t qualify him? I am sick to death of those with long resumes. Including the current Dictator in Chief
He seems like a decent and generally impressive man. But he’s pro-amnesty and he lacks political experience and a voting record. I wish he wouldn’t talk about or consider running at all.
“I just finished watching Gifted hands 2 minutes ago.”
It is a great film, and you know what...? If he does decided to run for president, the libs will spin him as being an idiot and do everything they can to bring him down. It’s our crazy (end) times. They call Obama, who doesn’t know how many states are in the U.S., a genius, and will somehow make people believe that Carson is stupid.
BTW, my BIL was managing a major healthcare project in the private sector, and Dr. Carson was involved in some of the meetings. BIL didn’t know exactly who he was, and was surprised to learn later that this very humble and unassuming man was a national treasure and a “rock star” of sorts.
Not to put the good doctor in the same category, but neither did George Washington want the job.
Guess you forgot what brought him to national prominence. Carson was doing the shredding!
He is totally ready...probably more ready than anyone in recent memory. I don’t know how much more ready you can be than being as well informed and admired as anyone in recent memory...not to mention no destructive skeletons or foibles to overcome. And he’s a person of color. What better contrast than with the most incompetent, unprepared man to ever sit in the Oval Office?
He’s ready, and so is America.