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Nonpolitician like Dr. Carson should run for president in ’16

Published: Wed, June 18, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Nonpolitician like Dr. Carson should run for president in ’16

Many long-time voters have become disillusioned with America’s wayward political, economic and moral direction. Revelations of how federal departments have failed to perform their basic functions illustrate bureaucratic decay (Justice Department, Veterans Affairs, Internal Revenue Service, Health and Human Services, for example).

The most obvious failure has been the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act and executive orders to implement the law. The alleged analogy between 1965’s Medicare and the ACA is far more complicated: its cost, its effect on the federal debt limit, the need for major tax reform and entitlement reform (Social Security).

Consider these options:

1) A third party is not a viable option (Ross Perot).

2) Many hoped that Sen. Barack Obama might transfer his rhetoric into reality. Enough said? ... (I voted for him in the 2008 Democratic primary).

3) A nonpolitician, independent thinker would step forward now as a candidate for president in 2016, most likely from the GOP.

This is not a call for a “Draft Ben Carson for President,” but a “grass-root” effort in which Dr. Carson would enter into the full 2016 primary campaign, engaging in dialogue and debate.

Re: (“Ben Carson is a GOP pawn (Vindicator, June 4).”

“We would do well to draft Dr. Ben Carson for President” (Vindicator, June 9).

Robert H. Parrish, Columbiana


1steivo(540 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Mr. Parrish,
Great letter to the editor. With a Ben Carson - Condoleeza Rice ticket, we could go from the worst POTUS we have ever seen or will see to one of the best.

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2redeye1(4994 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I'd vote for Carson

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3billdog1(3160 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Yawn. How many times will we see this same letter?

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4jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

As many times as possible, billdog. We must pound that into your head until that guy in DC, who is in over his head, and has wrecked the USA is gone.

He said in 2008 that he wanted to transform America, and he has done a great job of doing that. Infact, it's pretty obvious that we may never recover being great again.

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5lajoci(539 comments)posted 11 months, 1 week ago

There are probably 10,000 arm-chair QB's in this country who could function quite well as the president.

But the trick is to be able to not only make the arm-chair decisions, but to forge the political connections necessary to make the fed gov function.

Let Ben Carson (or anyone else, for that matter)do the really difficult work of laying the political foundation for leadership, and then we will take him seriously.

Otherwise, quit fantasizing about whatever flavor-of-the-month would make a good pres -- there are 1000's out there, but precious few who could flourish within the process.

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6steivo(540 comments)posted 11 months, 1 week ago

There is no way Ben Carson or any of the other 10,000 could be worse than what we have right now.

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7lajoci(539 comments)posted 11 months, 1 week ago

You ever gonna quit being a hater?

You bagger-haters would sell America down the river if it meant that Obama was thwarted as a result.

When you start with your twisted bagger premise, i.e., "I hate Obama!", everything is up for grabs -- ain't dat right?

(The failure of public education to educate the population about the importance of civic responsibility in a democracy has resulted in the establishment of a permanent contrarian class, also known as the Baggers. The highest priority of these baggers, as we all know, is to defeat Obama. Their motto:" Extremism in opposition to Obama is no vice; diligence in the promotion of civic health is no virtue." Bag on, baggers!)

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8steivo(540 comments)posted 11 months, 1 week ago

I am not a tea bagger and I don't know even 1 person who is a tea bagger, but anything the Liar is for I am against and anything the Liar is against I am for. If we were considered about "civic responsibility" it should have started back when George Bush was POTUS.

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9redeye1(4994 comments)posted 11 months, 1 week ago

@oldwench there you go with all the liberturd logic. Blame BUSH for all the wrongs that your man has done. Did you forget that all of the liberturds in congress agree with Bush on invading Iraq. Or do you have short selective memory. Obammy and Hiliary both voted to go there. And its your buddy Obammy who told the world when we were leaving, not BUSH. Secondly it might just be a coincidence that shorlty after he let go 5 of the worst terrorist enemies of the US of A go They have an uprising in IRAQ. I don't think so!!!!!!!!! One other thing as least BUSH told to congress before doing anything unlike the arsehole in the WH now.

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10jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 11 months, 1 week ago

I'm going to write this just one more time, theoldwrench, and I hope it sinks in.Let's examine the facts.
Obama acted by executive decision in secrecy without notifying Congress as required by law. Bush acted lawfully. He obtained the "Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002," a joint resolution passed by Congress in October 2002 as Public Law No. 107-243.


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