Dr. Ben Carson is one of the top award winning neurosurgeons in the United States and perhaps the world. In 1987, Carson along with a large surgical team became the first doctor to successfully separate a set of twins that were attached at the back of the head. He became the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Because of his fame and notoriety, Carson was a highly sought after speaker, especially for graduation commencements. Last year, Carson was asked to speak at the graduation of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. You would have thought that the student body would be honored to have their own famed neurosurgeon speak, but that was not the case.
The Health and Human Rights Student Group at Johns Hopkins quickly went into an uproar and began protesting. This launched a firestorm of criticism against Carson from not only the students, but from other faculty as well.
They were protesting Carson’s Christian views against evolution, homosexuality and same-sex marriage. In the end, Carson retired. Since his retirement, he has been highly critical of the Obama administration and Obamacare. In fact, Carson focused his 27 minute speech at the National Prayer Breakfast last year at Obama and Obamacare. What made the speech so compelling was not just the facts that Carson shared, but that President Obama was sitting about 10 feet away at the time.
Many conservatives quickly turned their attention to Carson as a possible GOP presidential candidate to run against Hillary Clinton in 2016. By the end of the year, Carson responded to the presidential attention by saying that he would only run if he felt that God was leading him to do so and so far, he didn’t feel so led.
In his recently released book One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future, Carson wrote:
“Over the years, there have been many attempts to get me to throw my hat in the political arena.”
“I have been offered support from around the country and tremendous financial resources if I decide to run for national office. But I have not felt the call to run. If I felt called by God to officially enter the world of politics, I would certainly not hesitate to do so.”
In December, Carson told Newsmax:
“As far as my running for public office, that was never my intention. I thought when I retired I was going to play golf and learn how to play an organ. But, obviously, the good Lord had a different plan for me. I will obviously listen, but that is not what I really had intended to do.”
Whether he is now being led by God or by strong public support, Dr. Ben Carson seems to be re-thinking the call to run for office. In an interview with The Weekly Standard, Carson said:
“[He’s] starting to feel it. Because every place I go, it’s unbelievable.”
“[One woman] really touched me the other night … She just kept clinging to my hand and said, ‘You have to run. You have to run.’ And so many people tell me that, and so I think I’m starting to hear something.”
Adding that the idea of running for office would be daunting, Carson said:
“I know how vehemently the left will come after you, try to destroy you, try to destroy your family. But at the same time I recognize that people like Nathan Hale – he said, ‘My only regret is I have but one life to give to my country’ … And if everybody runs for the hills because they’re afraid that somebody is going to attack them or their family, then [the left] will have won.”
Perhaps Carson is exactly what America needs in the White House. He’s not a career politician. He is more concerned about America and what’s happening to it than he is about foreign affairs or pushing some liberal socialist agenda. He’s not afraid to share his stand against the godless religion of evolution or the sins of homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Carson wants to restore America to its conservative Christian foundation.
Add that to the fact that Carson is black, I believe that he would have one of the best chances of defeating Hillary Clinton in 2016. It’s a possibility worth following.