GREENVILLE — Dr. Ben Carson and his team gathered at the Hilton Embassy Suites in Greenville last Saturday shortly after the South Carolina Republican primary results were announced.
The results showed Donald Trump the winner taking 33 percent, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz tied with 22 percent, Jeb Bush and John Kasich had 8 percent and Dr. Ben Carson had 7 percent.
Carson said the media was probably disappointed that he wasn’t giving a speech to drop out.
Even though Carson was low man in the South Carolina race, he said his campaign has just begun. Carson was proud that he was still in the race, reminding everyone that there were originally 17 candidates for the Republican nomination for president. Only five candidates remained on last Saturday’s ballot.
The surgeon, writer and philosopher reiterated his viewpoint by repeating his mantra – We the People. Often quoting Thomas Jefferson, he reminded the audience that the United States was originally built on the statement — we the people govern the land.
Carson said that he was hesitant at first on entering the presidential race. He was looking forward to retirement and spending more time with his family. However, many citizens talked to him about bringing his freedom, anti-government views and equal rights philosophy to the people in a big way by running for the most influence office in America. He accepted the challenge.
Carson also said he was a good candidate because he was not corrupted by the government and political arena. Carson said his campaign funds were only from citizens and not from lobbyists or big businesses. He believes working with the citizens, one person at time, if necessary, is the answer.
Carson said some of our problems lie in society’s acceptance of what is the new norm. Our military is one of the few volunteer military forces in the world but Carson said only 20 percent of the military applicants are accepted due to obesity and the lack of education.
Many cannot pass the initial academic and physical examinations, he said.
Carson believes that education is the answer and our country has “dummied down” in expectations. The GED is no longer enough to enter the service and now the accepted applicants are required to have at least one semester of college.
The inequity of the justice system is an other issue, resulting in the United States having the highest incarceration rate in the world. Education and rehabilitation are among his top platforms for reform.
“We cannot waste any of our people,” Carson stated.
“Our principals are worth preserving,” Carson continued. “We all come together as Americans, stop fighting each other and have rational conversations putting aside our differences.”
Carson defined true compassion as helping each other climb out of the hole to a better place. One way to do this, he said, is to strengthen our faith.
“We are one nation under God. We cannot remove God from our lives. I will fight for this until the last breath in my body,” Carson said. “God is in charge and I am not finished yet.”
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