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RETRACTION: Ben Carson America’s physician

Towards the end of January, Scroll ran a special election edition of the paper. In that issue, I wrote a column stating why I thought Dr. Ben Carson was the best candidate for the presidency. I would like to fully and 100 percent retract those statements.

I, like many of you, was saddened to see Dr. Carson drop out of the presidential race. I wholeheartedly believed he was a man of honor and integrity. His integrity is what he and his campaign prided themselves on and is one of the biggest reasons many of his supporters trusted him to be the best man for the job. He then went on to completely and utterly betray that trust.

Shortly after suspending his campaign, Carson threw this support behind the narcissistic business man Donald Trump.

Trump is the very embodiment of everything Carson claimed to be against. Trump is a liar and a cheat. He has run a filthy, mudslinging campaign that has no qualms about making false, disgusting accusations against Trumps opponents, including Carson himself.

On CNN, Trump compared Carson to a child molester. This is the man Carson chose to endorse? I could hardly believe it. However, just recently I learned the truth. Carson proved that his so-called integrity means absolutely nothing. He proved that he has only ever been in this for the power.

Carson said in an interview that Trump promised him an advisory position for backing him. Does that sound like a man of integrity? It most certainly does not. The man sold out for personal gain and in the process betrayed the trust of countless Americans.

Dr. Carson is not a man of integrity. He, like Trump, is simply in it for the power and fame. I refuse to support any such person. It is for these reasons that I have retracted my support for Dr. Ben Carson, the man who sold us out.

'RETRACTION: Ben Carson America’s physician' have 6 comments

  1. March 24, 2016 @ 2:09 am Jesus Follower

    I too am disappointed. Though I would not vote for him, I admired his success and Christian walk. Sad.


  2. March 24, 2016 @ 5:19 am Ann Caroline Polansky

    I still respect Dr. Carson. He has not shown that his only interest was power, but support for the will of the American people. For some reason, so many people wish to listen to media distortions of both what Dr. Carson said when he was running, and now, what he says when he has given his support to the popular candidate. While you may think that you are seeing a change, it was what Dr. Carson said he wanted all along. He wants America to be united and he wants to be a part of that. And that united state does not come with name calling, belittling the Americans who are making their choice, even if it does not suit the current political elites’ agenda. Belittling political opponents has been a part of American politics since the beginning, so get over that one. One of the biggest disappointments I have had in all this, is that each time I hear either Dr. Carson or Donald Trump quoted in the news, the political essence of what was said is lost to distortion and hyperbole. Sometimes, the exact opposite of what was said is published as truth. The lies are in print, not out of the mouths of the candidates. That is why so many Americans are seeing through the lies. So, I still agree with Dr. Carson. America is lucky to have such a supporter. I, too, preferred the soft spoken Dr. Carson to the brash, loud Donald Trump, but until America wakes up to what Trump is saying and not how he is saying it, many won’t understand the attraction. A large segment of the American population has been alienated over the last 10 years and evidence shows that they have lost hope. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/reading-between-the-headlines/201305/white-middle-age-suicide-in-america-skyrockets Whether through accident or design, I don’t know, but Donald Trump has given hope to millions. Those millions are not the only ones who might benefit from a strong America. Every area of life, and every race could be more prosperous if Americans are united and not divided fighting each other, controlled by the will of the people and not those ensconced in power, and giving more money to rebuild America’s infrastructure than to control the world without any thought of repayment. No other candidate, democratic or republican, is calling for a united, strong, protected America. So please, don’t be so hard on yourself. You were not wrong!


    • March 24, 2016 @ 11:30 pm Jeremy

      Anna, you NAILED it.

      Seriously, this is one of the better commentaries on Carson/Trump. Nicely done.


  3. March 24, 2016 @ 7:16 am Maks

    Anne Carolyn Polanski – So you see Trump as bringing Americans together? You must mean only the white, middle-aged, racist, poorly-educated, male Americans, because Trump has denigrated all the rest. How could you allow yourself to be that deluded? And Mike Price – that’s great you perceive Carson’s duplicity now, but you should have detected it from the beginning as it was quite evident. The many lies about his upbringing were revealed to the public very early on. Do you suppose Jesus would have been so easily fooled by a hypocrite spouting Christian aphorisms?


  4. March 24, 2016 @ 9:08 am Matt Uber

    *** Here is Carson explaining his thinking (3-23-2016)


  5. April 5, 2016 @ 7:20 pm Ian

    Great job Mike! I came across your well-written description of conservatarianism online and was pleasantly surprised to see that you attend BYU-Idaho, where I graduated from in 2012. Props for having the resolution to rescind your former support of Carson based on unchanging principles, explaining conservatarian philosophy, and inviting others to become involved.


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