If anyone’s life reflects the rags-to-riches story that is the very fabric of the American ideal it is Dr. Ben Carson. Carson spent his early life on the mean streets of Detroit, raised by a poor single mother who had little education and, in fact, could not read. Young Ben Carson had every excuse to become a bitter, frustrated, angry young man; a kid who like so many others in his circumstances chose gangbanging, drugs, and a life of economic and moral privation. But this is not what happened. In spite of her own limited education, Carson’s mother insisted that young Ben and his brother take their education seriously, avoid destructive influences, and work hard to better their lives. Both of them did.

As the world now knows, that young kid from the mean streets of Detroit eventually became Dr. Ben Carson, the renowned neurosurgeon who not only bettered his own life but bettered the lives of hundreds of patients from all over the world with his gifted hands. Now all these years later he is a viable candidate for the presidency of the United States. What a story. Horatio Alger could not have written it better. The only way this story could end any better is for America to elect Carson as President of the United States, and ending that is entirely possible.

I recently received a booklet in the mail from the organization that is trying to generate enough support to convince Dr. Carson to run for president. The PAC calls itself “Run Ben Run!” and its booklet is titled, Ben Carson for President 2016. I usually send unsolicited political material directly to the circular file, but this particular booklet caught my eye because on the back cover it lists three good reasons why Ben Carson should be America’s next president. They are substantial reasons worth considering: 1) Carson is the only candidate who can heal and unite America, 2) Carson is the only candidate who can defeat Hillary Clinton, and 3) Carson is a genuine Ronald Reagan conservative with common sense solutions for America.

How can Ben Carson heal and unite America? The answer to this question is simple. He can do what Barack Obama promised to do then didn’t. America has not been so racially divided since the bad old days of Jim Crow, and the reason can be summed up in two words: Barack Obama. He promised to help Americans of all stripes bridge the racial divide that has festered for so long in this country, but, once elected, did just the opposite. Rather than use his bully pulpit as a tool for bringing the races together, Obama has used it as a weapon for keeping them apart. In every situation that had racial overtones—the police incident in Cambridge, the Trayvon Martin affair, and the Michael Brown shooting—Barack Obama responded in the manner of his race hustling buddy, Al Sharpton. Ben Carson, on the other hand responds to race in the manner espoused by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To Carson, people of all races are children of God and equal in the Father’s eyes. He judges people according to the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. To Carson, race is neither an impediment nor an excuse.

Concerning running against the most likely Democratic candidate in 2016—Hillary Clinton—Carson is the conservative candidate most likely to defeat her. In poll after poll, Hillary edges out all of the various known Republican candidates. But this is not the case with Ben Carson. Carson’s unique qualities appeal to voters: black and white, Asian and Hispanic, rich and poor, blue-collar and white-collar, Republican and Democrat, Libertarian and independent. Carson is the 2016 version of Ronald Reagan while Hillary is just the Democratic Party’s latest descendant of Jimmy Carter. While all of the known Republican candidates fare well on policy issues, none of them have the personal appeal of Ben Carson—that little something extra that made Reagan so popular with Americans of all stripes. Think of how hard it will be for Hillary to attack Carson. He rose up from poverty to become a world-renowned success story, spent his life helping others, and has the benefit of being a man of color who can appeal to a minority voting bloc the Democrats have come to take for granted.

When it comes to policy issues, Ben Carson is the political reincarnation of Ronald Reagan. The booklet distributed by Run Ben Run! contains quotes from Carson that show where he stands on such issues as the national debt, Obamacare, taxes, marriage, abortion, illegal immigration, values, the redistribution of income, prosperity, welfare, political correctness, the Second Amendment, the war on religion, and prayer. If you are a conservative and a patriot, he stands in exactly the right place on all of these issues. A few representative examples illustrate why Dr. Carson is the conservative best suited to be America’s next president (Quotes are from the booklet Ben Carson for President 2016):

  • National debt. Carson recommends cutting government spending by 10 percent per year until the budget is balanced. Here is what he says about the out-of-control national debt: “To saddle the next generation with unimaginable debt is not only callous, it is morally reprehensible.”
  • Dr. Carson recommends repealing and replacing Obamacare. Here is what he says about the misnamed Affordable Care Act: “Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery…it is slavery in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government, and it was never about health care. It was about control.”
  • Dr. Carson recommends a flat tax system that everyone participates in. His comments on this subject include the following: “…fair taxation means that everyone contributes proportionately…a Wall Street mogul who made $10 billion would be required to give $1 billion and a Harlem schoolteacher who made $50,000 would be required to give $5,000.”
  • One of Dr. Carson’s comments on this subject summarizes his position on same-sex marriage: “Marriage is between a man and a woman and…no group has the right to change the definition of marriage to suit their needs.”
  • Dr. Carson believes that abortion contributes to the growing culture of death in American society. He comments that, “…life begins at conception rather than at the time of delivery or at some arbitrary point during gestation.”
  • Dr. Carson views welfare as a self-destructive trap that dehumanizes those caught up in it. His comments on this subject are instructive: “A truly moral nation enacts policies that encourage personal responsibility and discourage self-destructive behavior by not subsidizing people who live irresponsibly and make poor choices.” He goes on to say that this comment “…may seem a bit harsh to many bleeding heart do-gooders, but I submit that what is harsh is continuing to encourage irresponsible behavior and generating a permanent underclass.”
  • Dr. Carson believes that Judeo Christian values “…are the values that…led us to the pinnacle position in the world faster than any nation in history.”

It is refreshing to hear the beliefs of a potential presidential candidate who actually loves America and believes in God, and who is open, straight-forward, and honest about it. I don’t know if Dr. Ben Carson is going to run for president, but I hope he does. If he chooses to throw his hat into the ring, he certainly has my support. After Barack Obama and when compared with Hillary Clinton or Elizabeth Warren, Dr. Carson is a breath of fresh air just as Ronald Reagan was when compared with Jimmy Carter. Let’s just hope the Republicans have the good sense to nominate Carson.