Dr. Ben Carson's Prescription for America: Courage

Thursday, February 27, 2014

After attending an event in Sikeston, MO, featuring Dr. Ben Carson, I wrote the following article, published originally on Breitbart News Network:
SIKESTON, Missouri—Dr. Ben Carson, who garnered popularity and support from American conservatives when he criticized President Obama during a 2013 National Prayer Breakfast speech, spoke to a packed house in Southeast Missouri on February 22nd. Though he discussed a challenging childhood, an even more challenging career, a dishonest media, and a corrupt Washington, D.C., his rallying cry was for unity and courage in America.

Dr. Carson’s own courage was obvious during that prayer breakfast speech over a year ago, and it was on display once again at Sikeston Field House on Saturday evening. He began by warning the crowd that he was likely to offend some. “I am not politically correct. I don’t buy into the politically correct dogma,” he said. “The last time I checked, this is America,” he added, praising the First Amendment. Applause erupted for the neurosurgeon many are already hoping will run for President of the United States. In fact, the first question during the question and answer session was about that very topic. His answer: “I have no intention of running for public office. However, I leave everything in the hands of God. If He wants me to run, I will.”

Clearly, the doctor’s faith—both in God and in American exceptionalism—were evident as he spoke to the crowd about the foundation of the nation and the possibilities America yet possesses, despite obstacles yet to overcome.

And he knows about possibilities and obstacles. Raised mostly by a single mom in a Detroit ghetto filled with violence, murders, roaches, and rats, he began to contemplate his future when a sunbeam made its way through his window. He had never expected to live past 25, as that was life as he knew it; that’s all he saw. The difference for him was a mother who worked ungodly hours to overcome the odds—a mom who refused to go on welfare because, she said, everyone she saw who got on welfare never got off. So instead of being dependent on government, she was thrifty. She would offer to pick beans for people on their land: “I’ll pick three for you and one for us.” Noting that the government could learn a lot from his mother, Carson stated, “I suspect if my mother was the Secretary of the Treasury, we wouldn’t be in the shape that we’re in.”

Of all that’s ailing America, including the decline of education, Obamacare, politicians run amok, and government spending, the doctor offered various prescriptions. The Founders, he said, knew that the country relied on an informed populace. We must not be misled by “slick politicians and a dishonest media.” If we will “spend a half hour learning something new every single day … [we] become a formidable friend of truth and a formidable enemy of deception.”

Citing numerous examples of the country’s exceptionalism, he declared, “Don’t tell me America is not an exceptional nation!” Thus, he said, America must take her place and lead. If we don’t lead, he said, we will cease to be the pinnacle, and someone else will fill the void. To lead, we must recognize that our young people are “our most precious resource,” and we simply “can’t afford to waste those resources.”

Dr. Carson expressed a passion for the profession to which he gave himself. “To be able to take the most important thing a person has—their health—and give it back to them in an enhanced form” is priceless. He spoke boldly about the disaster that is Obamacare and the immorality of making something as important as health a political issue. Carson detailed his own healthcare plan, one aspect of which is an HSA--a Health Savings Account. An HSA would provide every American $2,000 every year, wouldn’t expire, and could be shifted within a family.

The problem we have when it comes to health care, education, gay marriage, or the other issues we face as a country is a lack of unity and courage, said Carson. People allow politics to get in the way of communication, which reflects Saul Alinsky’s first rule in Rules for Radicals. According to Carson, Alinsky said, “Make the masses of the populace think what they think is outdated and the way you think is the only way to think.” He added, “And [when] you involve the media, that’s how political corruption happens.” This formula shuts down communication because people are afraid of the backlash.

Instead of succumbing to this form of control, he said, we must be willing to do what’s best for all people. “Health care for the American people,” for example, “should not be politics. It should be taking care of the American people.” He implored the crowd not to “let the few turn us into enemies.” To avoid that, dialogue is essential. Alinsky knew the power of unifying and having meaningful dialogue, which is why he said never have a conversation with your enemy because in so doing you humanize him, “and your job is to demonize him.”

To move forward in this critical state in which we find ourselves, we must be willing to have the difficult conversations, to go to people who may not have voted in twenty years, encourage them to tune in to the issues, get them informed and registered to vote—so we can vote out those who put politics over people. “I am not a registered Democrat or Republican,” he revealed; he’s an independent. But if he had to register, though, it would be with the Logical Party. Simply stated, he advised, “Let’s do the things that make sense.”

Ultimately, Carson concluded, we must think about what those who came before us fought for, allowing that to give us courage today to do the right things—which usually are the hard things. Women went to work in factories vacated by fighting men. George Washington fought alongside his men. They did this not so we could have manufactured wars on women, age, and class. They did what they did so we could have “a free nation of, for, and by the people.” They demonstrated bravery, and we must do the same, he implored, for the sake of those who will come after us.

Sharing the story of the poet Francis Scott Key who was overjoyed upon realizing after much worry “that our flag was still there,” Carson said that at the base of that flag, bodies of Americans who took turns holding up the flag were strewn. There was a price paid. Key’s revered words exult, “O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” However, Dr. Carson stated before taking his seat, “We must remember that we cannot be free if we are not brave.”


Gov. Palin Endorses Katrina Pierson and Greg Abbott of Texas

Thursday, February 20, 2014

(Above photo by Shealah Craighead)

Governor Palin endorses Katrina Pierson and Greg Abbott from the state of Texas. Pierson is running for U.S. Congress and Abbott for governor.

Via Facebook:
Texas, it starts with you!

2014 is here. The choices are becoming clearer, and the battle lines are being drawn. The GOP Beltway crowd has convinced itself that the way to maintain or retake the majority is through compromise and capitulation on important issues like amnesty, Obamacare, and the ever-increasing federal debt. They think that by making deals with a deeply unpopular and divisive incumbent president on issues that Americans oppose, they’ll somehow endear themselves to voters.

Enough is enough. The permanent political class in D.C. won’t listen. So, let’s start putting our efforts behind good new candidates who will go to Washington not to line their own pockets, but to help restore our country. It’s time to put inspiration, ingenuity, and integrity over incumbency in the GOP.

Let’s start in Texas. The lines couldn’t be clearer. Katrina Pierson is an emerging leader and important voice for the future of the grassroots conservative movement. Her life’s story is full of hardships she has fought to overcome, which taught her firsthand the importance of self-reliance, hard work, and the blessings of liberty.

A feisty fighter for freedom, Katrina is taking on a powerful incumbent who has so lost touch with the people of his district that he’s not even bothering to spend much time in Texas anymore. It’s not only his district he’s lost touch with, but also the issues important to the voters there. He used his powerful position to oppose the movement to defund Obamacare, has voted to raise the debt ceiling, and has been an advocate for the NSA intrusion into our freedoms. When asked about Katrina’s primary challenge, he said, “these things happen.” Yes, they do. We all know what happens when we come together to support a good candidate like Katrina – the permanent political class loses and We the People win! We win by electing a fighter we can depend on like Katrina Pierson. Ted Cruz calls Katrina “an utterly fearless principled conservative.” He should know. Katrina was among the conservative grassroots warriors in Texas who worked tirelessly to elect Senator Cruz.

Early voting started yesterday, Texas. Get out now and vote for Katrina. Send a message to the GOP elites on behalf of Katrina, just like you did for Ted Cruz in 2012.

And while you are out there voting for Katrina, check the box for another good conservative – Greg Abbott for Governor of Texas. Like Katrina, Greg has overcome many personal obstacles and challenges, which have made him a believer in the power of liberty and the need to defend our freedoms from the overreach of an out-of-control federal government. If he is good enough for Ted Nugent, he is good enough for me!

You can learn more about Katrina Pierson at: www.katrinaforcongress.com
and more about Greg Abbott at: www.gregabbott.com

God bless you and God bless America.

- Sarah Palin


Todd Palin and Partner Out of 2014 Iron Dog Race

Monday, February 17, 2014

According to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Todd Palin's Iron Dog team, Team 11, scratched and returned to Wasilla. It appears one of the snowmachines suffered mechanical issues:
The two former Iron Dog champs ran into trouble less than 100 miles into the 2,000-mile snowmachine race from Big Lake to Nome to Fairbanks on Sunday and officially pulled out of the race late Monday afternoon.

Huntington, a two-time Iron Dog champ from Fairbanks, and Palin, a four-time winner from Wasilla, evidently had some kind of mechanical problem shortly after leaving the starting line in Big Lake.

Race officials didn't have any details as to what happened, only that Huntington and Palin had scratched from the race because of a problem with one of their Ski-Doos.
The two champions--Todd Palin and Tyler Huntington--deserve much respect for their hard work in preparing for this intense competition and for their commitment to raising money to combat breast cancer. People can still make a donation to Bring Home the Pink here: http://www.gofundme.com/67f7gs.


Starting Ceremonies for Iron Dog 2014

It's that time of year again--the Iron Dog, the world's longest, toughest snowmachine race. The racers hit the snowy trail on Sunday, February 16th. Todd Palin is a 4-time champion, and Governor Palin posted the following on Facebook before the race's start:
Starting ceremonies for the Iron Dog! These pre-race events are held atop frozen Big Lake. Structures are built; all our trucks and trailers are parked; fans, tourists, and racers are all walking on frozen water. We’re takings lots of pics at the starting line because the 2000 mile race is so fast and furious across Alaska that it's rare to get good shots of racers in action on the rugged route. So, snap pics at the starting line while things are rowdy but relatively sane!

You can support Team #11 (Todd & Tyler) and the other Ski-Doo teams' efforts to help fight breast cancer by making a pledge at their "Bring Home the Pink" website here: http://www.gofundme.com/67f7gs

Enjoy following this all-American (albeit cold as heck) hard core adventure at: www.irondog.org

See the pictures Governor Palin posted on Facebook here.


A Case for the Second Amendment: N.C. Dad Victim of Road Rage

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Below is an article I wrote for Breitbart News Network. It was inspired by a road rage incident in which a man found himself at the mercy of 911 while a madman apparently attempted to kill him and his daughter:
A North Carolina father is being hailed as a hero after he acted to save his daughter from a man determined to ram his way into his vehicle.

Christopher Jost was driving with his daughter when Remy Blaisdell Gagon allegedly began pursuing them and followed them into a Whole Foods parking lot. He then began plowing his vehicle into Jost’s car.

The 911 recording reveals their frantic screams and pleas for help.

Jost exclaimed to the dispatcher, “I've got a guy that's following me, and he's rear-ended me and now he's following me again." He added, “He hit us again! Oh my God!” Realizing there was no end to the attack in sight, he said, "Jesus! He's trying to kill us! Please! My God!"

Fearing for his daughter's life, as well as his own, Jost found the right time to prompt his daughter to abandon the car and run into the store, eventually running inside himself. But Gagon’s rage would not be quelled, although “there are no indications the suspect was acquainted with the victims before the incident.” The attack continued inside the store.

As ABC News reported, "After the victim allegedly chased [Jost] around a cash register at the Whole Foods in Wake County, police were able to take him into custody with no indication of a use of force and transfer him to Rex Hospital."

Incidents like this speak to why Second Amendment rights are so vital. The 911 call reveals victims who are at the mercy of a dispatcher in the face of someone who is determined to do damage--or worse. Jost “acted bravely to save his little girl,” but it could have been a completely different outcome. This is why Americans are willing to go all-out to defend the rights of law-abiding citizens to legally carry a firearm to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Too often it does not turn out the way it did for Jost and his daughter. No one wants to have to use a firearm, but no one wants to be a sitting duck, either.

According to police, the accused has been charged with “two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of simple assault, and one count of careless and reckless driving.” There is also an investigation to evaluate if Gagon’s behavior resulted from any substances.

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Sarah Palin Talks Presidential Run, Chris Christie with Inside Edition

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

On February 11th, I published an article on Breitbart News Network that details an interview Governor Palin did with Inside Edition:
According to Inside Edition, in celebration of her 50th birthday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin discussed with their own Jim Moret, in an exclusive interview set to air February 11th, such things as considering a presidential run and the Chris Christie BridgeGate scandal.

Palin, self-described on Facebook as “your half-century old friend,” shared the thoughts that come to mind on such a landmark birthday. As it begins to settle in, she said, she begins to contemplate the things that she has yet to do, explaining, "It mostly revolves around family. Making sure everybody is happy and healthy and relatively well adjusted, successful, hard-working. I want to make sure that my kids and grandkids follow suit. There's still so much to do for the country."

Palin’s thoughts about seeking the highest office in the land come down to the faith of the people and the wishes of family.

“If enough people have that faith in you that you’re willing and able to put your country on the right path,” she told Moret, “I think that person should absolutely consider it and make sure it’s good with family.”

When it comes to Chris Christie, the former Republican vice presidential candidate is not buying his assertions that he knew nothing about the George Washington Bridge lane closures.

She stated, “When I was Mayor and manager of [Wasilla], and then Governor of the state, certainly you know what your top aides are up to.”

The interview [aired] on Tuesday evening.


ShePAC Video: Happy 50th Birthday, Governor Palin

Monday, February 10, 2014

On February 11th, Governor Palin turns 50 years old. To celebrate and honor her, ShePAC posted a video wishing her a Happy Birthday. What a touching tribute. After all the mess she has endured because of her love for this country, it's good to see people--establishment, tea party, and otherwise--acknowledge her sacrifice, endorsements, influence, and service. Happy Birthday, Gov. Palin.


President Obama Fumbles Super Bowl Interview with Bill O'Reilly

Monday, February 3, 2014

President Obama allowed Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly to interview him before the Super Bowl. Here's my take, as reported by Breitbart News Network:
On Super Bowl Sunday, President Obama sat down for an interview with Bill O'Reilly. As expected, among other things, the interview included questions about Benghazi and Obamacare. And, as expected, Obama offered no answers.

O'Reilly did his part to try to get the President on record about whether or not then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told him within minutes that the Libya attack was a "terrorist" act, and Obama's response was to hem and haw--clearly unwilling to be forthright, focusing instead on calling Benghazi a "dangerous place."

In addition, President Obama refused to answer why Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius still has a job after the disastrous Obamacare rollout--and whether the terminal illness of his presidency was his "if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan" promise, which, of course, was not true.

No doubt accustomed to more softball questions from the media, Obama seemed perturbed at times by O'Reilly's queries, and he blamed Bill and Fox News for the distrust Americans have for him--odd since he could have taken advantage of this opportunity to clarify his positions by actually answering the questions. He chose, instead, to deflect.

The interview found the president uncomfortable from the outset, although O'Reilly toed the line between forcefully asking the right questions and showing respect for the president of the United States. It grew increasingly painful, and even embarrassing, when Bill read a question from a woman who asked why Obama found it necessary to "fundamentally transform" the nation. As Breitbart News reported, his response suggested that he was not even aware that he had made such a statement, and O'Reilly reminded him that those were his own words.

Obama provided no answers to any of the questions engaged Americans have. He wouldn't even answer the one softball question Bill O'Reilly threw him: who would win the Super Bowl.

Perhaps the one good thing that came out of this interview was that, most assuredly, among those tuned in to the network for the Super Bowl pre-game show were people who are not rabid political enthusiasts, people who have only heard the mainstream media's accusations that those mean right-wingers are unfairly criticizing Obama. In this interview, many saw for the first time President Obama's handling of questions about the issues that have long been on the table for discussion. Considering it only took about one minute to recognize that he was not there to provide clear, honest answers, maybe some people have now seen the light. At least one can hope.


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