Imagine you are watching a Presidential debate sometime in the late spring of 2016. What readily comes to your mind is surely the faces of Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie...perhaps Marco Rubio..and even perhaps Mitt Romney again.
Now imagine there's one more candidate up there on the dais. Note the contrast between him and the other candidates. As each one of the well known politicos accuse each other of everything from being a big spender, or soft on immigration, or molesting his children, there is one who speaks softly, without rancor, among that bunch.
Imagine someone who was born in a Detroit ghetto, who was abandoned by his father at eight years old, who was raised by a single mom, who knows poverty, knows what it's like growing up among gang-bangers up on that debate podium.
Imagine further, a man who carried such anger that he tried to stab a fellow student who was harassing him, then retreating to the boys restroom and crying out to God for a narrow escape from a life of misery. Imagine that young boy turning to God and allowing God to re-direct his life to one of supreme worth...a God that would usher him to excel in academics even as his fellows called him dumb and ignorant.
Imagine that young boy going further. Imagine him majoring in pre-med in college, then on to medical school. Imagine this soft talking man becoming the world's pre imminent neurosurgeon, pioneering surgical procedures and saving lives that no one doctor had ever achieved before.
Now imagine that soft talking fella standing not ten feet away from President Obama at a National Prayer Breakfast and having the courage to criticize Obamacare as a program doomed to failure due to its socialist and bullying nature.
Imagine a fellow whose sense of self worth, whose sense of self dignity is such that he can withstand the violent onslaught of the obligatory label of "Uncle Tom"...and return only love and respect in kind to his accusers.
Imagine a man who believes in God and believes God has blessed our nation and that it's not a good idea to piss God off. Imagine a Black man in the Oval Office who might REALLY be a role model for Black America....and might well bind up the wounds of racial warfare.
Imagine a man who has healed and given comfort to thousands....a man who might heal America as well, if given a chance.
And he hasn't much of a chance. He doesn't speak loud enough, he doesn't yell, he doesn't pontificate. Not enough razz ma tazz in his delivery. And he's Black, and the bigots will never vote for a Black, and even some of the good people are fearful of being bamboozled into believing a Black can speak to and for all of America....fooled once with Obama, they are reluctant to ride that train again.
And, really, do we deserve Dr. Ben Carson? Is America so far gone down the slippery slope that we are no longer willing to elect an ethical man? ....a man who won't promise us the moon?
Or will we Americans have the courage and good sense to reach for the brass ring just one more time..and finally save ourselves? Time will tell. The political pundits are giving Dr. Carson a one in a hundred chance of winning the nomination and the Presidency, for many of the reasons already cited.
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God, could we use more "God" and less rancor and less hate....and lots more of "speaking softly."