Why Ben Carson WOULD have been the best candidate.

Written by: Lucas Ivy-O’Donnell

 

Ben Carson is someone that everyone can strive to be like. A man who came from a poor environment and rose above many challenges in order to become an image of the American dream. While he might not be the next president of the United States he was the president we deserve.

Ben Carson began his life in a small home in the projects of Detroit Michigan. He was raised by a single, hardworking mother and had the ideology that hard work is the00b84afb414acd9427939def06033f3a stimulant for all things good ingrained in his mind from a very young age. After
overcoming many challenges he worked his way up and through college until he had eventually found his calling as a neurosurgeon at one of the most prestigious hospital in the country and the world.

Unlike Donald Trump and many of the other candidates he was not afforded the chance to take short cuts through life like a $1 million loan. America has become complacent. So many times people are willing to live off the hard work of someone else instead of going out and making something  of themselves.

Ben Carson may not be the most experienced candidate by any means but he does have some very good policies that, because he doesn’t get much airtime, people don’t really understand. His stance on healthcare is coming from a viewpoint that can only come from a hardworking citizen and a doctor. He plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act(Obamacare) and replace it with a more family and community oriented system. He wants to give every person basically a little trust-fund that goes towards healthcare. The money is interchangeable between family members. This would allow you to reallocate funds based on need.maxresdefault

He also wants to bring America back to its roots. In an interview Ben talked about how America used to be a community of helpers and doers. How if a farmer in a town broke his leg the rest of the town helped him with his crops. How if a man was killed the rest of the town would help the family. America does not succeed when the government must be relied on for things like this. America needs to be a place where you pay your own way and gain the respect of those around you. That is how we make America great again.

One negative of Doctor Carson however is that his knowledge of foreign policy is close to none. While I agree with him that more needs to be done about ISIS that is really all I have learned from him. Even his chief adviser for foreign policy left him because he said he could not formulate a single intelligent word on the subject. Isn’t this what advisers are for though? Would it not be good to have someone not so hell bent on doing things? Having little knowledge just means there is opportunity to learn. Contrary to popular belief you can teach an old dog new tricks..

While I do not believe Dr. Carson can win this election due to him being to soft spoken ,which didn’t resonate with many people, I do believe that his policies and values would have helped us get back to the way we were  and that we would have been better off with him in office. I would like to close on a quote by him that I believe responds directly to the people that say a leader of this great nation needs experience. “You are absolutely right — I have no political experience. The current Members of Congress have a combined 8,700 years of political experience. Are we sure political experience is what we need. Every signer of the Declaration of Independence had no elected office experience.” We are a country built by innovators and  rebels. We should be a little more open minded about having one in charge.

 

Lucas Ivy-O’Donnell

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We are students in Dr. Ostroff's sections of U.S. Government at All Saints' Episcopal School in Fort Worth, Texas. (www.aseschool.org).

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