Professor Harold Hill was persuaded by a small group of citizens to give Iowa—or “I-a-way”—a try. On Monday, February 1st, Iowans ought to give Ben Carson a try.
The increasing rumblings of the political primary season reminds me of Hugh Nibley’s candor:
“Modern men and women feel they are too busy for the rigors of serious discussion necessary for genuine politics. … How could it be otherwise? Politics by its very nature is superficial: the practitioner can never go into depth because too many things have to be considered.”
Many Americans are overwhelmed at the complicated structure and workings of government. We don’t want to consider serious issues. This carelessness and frustration on our part, leads easily to accepting image driven opportunists and television personalities. Trump’s political standing, in my opinion, is a reflection that American’s are watching to much television.
Notwithstanding, Nibley left us with this charge and inquiry regarding political involvement: “Let us by all means retain the drive and dedication of politics, but do we still need the placards and the bands, the serpentine parades, funny hats, confetti, squabbling committees, canned speeches, shopworn clichés, patriotic exhibitionism, Madison Avenue slogans, to say nothing of the…poisonous rhetoric, the dirty tricks and shady deals, payoffs, betrayals, the blighted loyalties, the scheming young men on the make…the manipulated ovations?”
Genuine politics of course comes from genuine candidates. This is very difficult in the current presidential political process. It’s plastic. It’s artificial.
Which brings me back to Ben Carson. Collectively considering the debates he has reflected the genuineness and seriousness this country needs. He doesn’t take himself too seriously as some on the stage do. And he surely doesn’t’ have a craving to draw attention to himself. He has plenty of experience beyond the narrow halls and shallow rooms that lifetime politicians have been trapped in.
We don’t need a career politician looking for the next big stage. Consider this exchange from the Iowa debate a few days ago:
WALLACE: Dr. Carson, I want to pick up on that with you. Governor Kasich likes to say he knows how to land the plane. You’ve landed a lot of planes in the O.R. But what about the idea of running for president with no experience in government at all?
CARSON: Well, I will gladly confess that I’m the only one on this stage with no political title. You’re not going to hear a lot of polished political speech from me, but you will hear the truth. And I don’t think you have to be a politician to tell the truth. In fact, sometimes it’s not that way…
… and I’ve had more two a.m. phone calls than everybody here put together, making life and death decisions, put together very complex teams to accomplish things that have never been done before. And we are in a situation right now in our country that we have never been in before. We need people who think out of the box and can solve problems; can utilize the resources around them; very smart people, to focus on the problem and solve the problem.
The American people are terrified. That’s why we have this abnormal situation going on right now. We don’t need more of the same solutions. We need different solutions to solve the problems and to save our nation.”
Our frustration with the plastic political process can only be shattered by a genuine course correction. We need genuine candidates and a genuine electorate. Ben Carson seems to best reflect the genuineness, logic, and judgment we need.
America is good. People in this blessed land are generous and kind. We at times seem to be distracted and selfish for materialistic gain and positions of prominence, but deep down we want to help our family and our neighbors. We know that social issues destructive to mankind can only be fixed by mankind, not government. Government should honor the agency of man, not force him to compliance.
Before disembarking on sacred soil, Plymouth colonizers began the Mayflower Compact with these words: “In the name of God, Amen.” They agreed to “covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic, for our better ordering and preservation . . . which we promise all due submission and obedience.” It seems we need to revisit this covenant in our day. It seems to me we ought to elect someone who understands the covenant. We need to elect someone who genuinely has the welfare of our souls in his best interest.
Iowans ought to give Ben Carson a try. Americans ought to give Ben Carson a try.