Ben Carson ~ My Voting Evolution

Ben Carson

USA -(Ammoland.com)- I grew up in Detroit, in an environment where one was supposed to be Democrat and where people constantly told me that Republicans were evil and racist people.

As I entered my teenage years, I did not have the exposure to the political world that is more easily afforded young people via technology today.

I did not develop my own train of thought regarding political parties and what politicians could help accomplish for myself, my family and my community.

The first presidential election in which I could vote was in 1972, which saw George McGovern face off against Richard Nixon. As a student of Yale University, I found it comforting to follow my classmates and vote Democrat. While McGovern fell dramatically to Nixon, I still identified with Democrats and voted for Jimmy Carter in 1976 as he battled Gerald Ford. I decided to vote for Carter again in 1980, as he seemed like a decent person. However, he would lose in a landslide to Ronald Reagan.

During Reagan's first term, I had just begun my neurosurgery residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. I had exposure to many patients with unfulfilled lives because they were becoming dependent on government programs, and it struck me as the wrong way to go.  Almost all of my patients were on some kind of medical assistance and social welfare programs, and their lives were in shambles.

Simultaneously, I listened to President Reagan's speeches and he did not seem evil and racist, as portrayed by the Democrats. In fact, I viewed him as a decent, trustworthy man who was a true leader.

Thus, in 1984, I voted for Reagan. This was a pivotal moment in my life, as I allowed myself to make a decision based on who the candidate was and his capabilities. This was contrary to voting based solely on party affiliation, which I had been conditioned to do my entire young adulthood.

Fast forward to 1988 and 1992. I voted for George H.W. Bush, who seemed very pro-American and preached the importance of caring for everyone.

My ways of voting Republican continued in 1996 because of Bob Dole's strong military and war record (U.S. Army second lieutenant during World War II), a man who appeared compassionate, was a strong leader, and who thrived as Senate majority leader for eight years.

Although Dole did not win, I still believed strongly in my conservative values and realized that the more you build in your life and in your career, and the more you raise children, the more conservative and the less liberal you become.

When George W. Bush campaigned in 2000, his policies and general philosophy appeared more in line with my beliefs. The same held true in 2004, and I was intent on him seeing through what he had started in Iraq and other parts of the world. The country had been exposed to dangerous forces that threatened our way of life, and President Bush was adamant about protecting our nation.

2008 was monumental for the United States, with Barack Obama becoming the first African-American with a legitimate chance of winning the presidency. I was torn by history, being an African-American myself and understanding the tribulations that my race had endured over time. Nevertheless, I understood that Obama did not represent me as an American. Instead, Senator John McCain's principles and military experience earned him my vote.

The financial crisis that devastated our economy would prove to be an important factor in the next election, and I believed we needed someone with sound business acumen and an ability to lead the nation towards prosperity. With the risk of a growing national debt and frivolous spending, it was clear to me that the man I voted for, Mitt Romney, would be a more able candidate in uplifting the economy.

Voting is critical to holding our elected officials accountable for their actions and inactions. Continue to exercise that amazing privilege and vote the leadership that is necessary to move our great nation forward.

Ben S. Carson is professor emeritus of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University and author of the new book “One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America's Future” (Sentinel).

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    Jerry Hutchison

    Cavscout is making a big mistake if he unsubscribes from this newsletter. We need to know all we can about the people running for any political office, what their views are, how they agree, or disagree, with ours, and how they speak to the important issues. Only listening to the ones we agree with is childish, you might as well hide under the bed! Granted many, if not all, politicians will pander for your vote and tell you what you want to hear, but you need to listen so you can separate the chaff from the wheat. Carlson is not… Read more »

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    Those of you who claim that Dr. Carson is NOT pro 2nd Amendment are simply wrong and need to update your information. The fastest way for you to do that would be to watch Dr. Carson’s April 10, 2015 address at the annual meeting of the NRA. Here it is, for your convenience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0w1ZJXIjTAo If the link doesn’t work for you, simply Google “Ben Carson NRA YouTube”. If this address doesn’t convince you, and given Dr. Carson’s life long record of honesty and forthrightness, I don’t know what else the good Dr. can do. I hope you can find your… Read more »

    Bob Shell
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    Bob Shell

    Good man but not pro-gun so I can’t support

    Bill
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    Bill

    Mr Carson is not pro-gun, therefore I can not support him for president!
    i feel the same way about Rubio

    Dr. Strangelove
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    Dr. Strangelove

    Dr. Carson is a decent and honest man, but he needs to “evolve” on the second amendment. Such an intelligent and educated man should be able to grasp the concept of “…shall not be infringed.”

    Steve K
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    Steve K

    I like Mr. Carson, but he’s NOT pro Second Amendment.

    Joe Michael
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    Joe Michael

    Dr. Carson is absolutely second amendment, and believes no one can change the constitution of the United States of America, in fact when a president is sworn in that is the one thing he is sworn to uphold. Dr. Carson believes this because of his conservative values, Barak does not because he is not conservative. Dr. Carson some years ago told Glen Beck that he was CONCERNED about people who were mentally ill having such easy access to guns, case in point the shooting at the church last week. This does not make him anti-second amendment! It makes him concerned… Read more »

    john Carr
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    john Carr

    Dr. Ben is a good honest man without a snowball chance in hell.

    JOE NERZ
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    JOE NERZ

    MR CARSON APPEARS TO BE A GOOD CANIDATE , I LIKE HIM , BUT HE IS NOT A PRO GUN GUN AT ALL , HE JUST MADE A COMMENT THAT WE SHOULD HAVE GUN RIGHT LOCALLY [ GUNS IN COUNTY NO GUNS IN THE CITY BASICILY . NOT GOOD ON SEMI’S AUTO , I DO LIKE HIS OPINIONS, BUT LOST IT ON FIREARMS, SORRY, HE IS A NO VOTE, WHY IS HE ON THIS SITE ANYWAY ? HE IS NOT TALKING ABOUT GUNS ? LET’S GET BACK TO WHY WHERE HERE ?

    Vanns40
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    Vanns40

    First and foremost, please learn not to “speak in all caps” it denotes yelling and you should have learned that by now.

    Mr. Carson’s comments are not new. He made them some time ago and has “tried” to walk them back. The problem is that so far he seems unwilling to have any in depth discussion on the matter.

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    Semperfi1983

    There are two reasons his article is posted on Ammoland. First, his political views are very much in line with conservative views. For the most part, pro-gun supporters are conservatives in nature vs the liberal views. Dr. Carson is very much a conservative, albeit with questionable views on 2nd Amendment. As others said, he seems like a good man with no chance of getting elected. Plus contrary to some beliefs, pro-gunners also have other interests/concerns that are intertwined with 2nd Amend: 1st Amend., 4th Amend, etc. The single most important factor that drives policy is the POTUS. So although some… Read more »

    CavScout
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    CavScout

    Ben Carson is anti-2A rights. Even if he championed the push back on Affordable Healthcare Act (ObamaCare), he is not presidential material and being ANTI-2A should not be getting this type of attention here. This is unacceptable… I’m unsubscribing from these emails.

    John J. Jones
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    John J. Jones

    Why are you here?