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6/12/2013 6:00:00 AM
COLUMN: I'm watching Ben
Bob Weete

I am doing some thinking about what I am going to do in the next Presidential election. There are several persons out there who are clearly thinking about it, too. I'm trying to look beyond the "promises" that we have gotten used to, and am praying that people have learned, too, that a good-sounding promise is only that - a good-sounding promise.

They sound good, because they are specifically designed to do just that. Frankly, I don't know why the President is spending so much of his time performing for fund-raising. He won't be running. Or will he? It would be my guess that he will be turning the cash over to his recruit - Hillary Clinton.

With the kind of job she has been doing, I would imagine she just might have some difficulty in raising the cash herself. The President will put his skills to work to create the magic that she will "make history" in much the same fashion as he did. "Making history" is not just a social thing.

"Making history" means doing some spring cleaning of all the "buddy system", the agenda promoters, the lawlessness and the "political correctness" which sucks the life out of the real America.

Actually, I think it is time we really made some history of our own. We have seen enough "history" being made, and we have seen our nation taking a nose-dive in world respect, in financial and military strength, in self-confidence, and in moral values. You name it.

These eight years have been noted by severe divisions among our own people; it wasn't brought upon us by anyone from outside America. It was foisted upon us by our politicians in Washington, with a very capable anti-Constitutional President.

Yes, he has definitely "made history". He was the first black President. Whoop-de-do. Unfortunately, he also represented himself as a truly caring American, but his actions have not very effectively demonstrated that characteristic. He was - and is - a master of folderol. And Americans were ripe to be deceived by it.

The minute it was found that his records were all "unavailable", it became clear that he was not a man of character. We thought Nixon was bad. He has been outdone.

So, at this time, I am watching a man we should have had as the first black President. He has popped onto the scene and very impressively so. If you have not yet heard about Dr. Benjamin Carson, start checking him out. He is not a politician; he is not a lawyer. That already makes him a great candidate.

He has already had a very successful career, his credentials are in order, his speeches are intelligent, they are reasonable, they are not driven by emotion, but pure common sense. He realizes how important history is to the present. Some things need to be remembered in order to avoid repeating them; others need to be remembered in order to hold on to them.

"At this critical time in our nation's history, we must remember that 'a house divided against itself cannot stand'. If we learn from the past, we can stand tall in the future." Our current house has been deliberately divided in order to weaken us. We need a leader who believes in the power of unity of all.

Many of his statements are reminiscent of the kinds of ideas our founders had. They formed America then, and we need men and women like those wise leaders. With these kinds of beliefs for our President, they would undoubtedly find their way into our classrooms throughout the land.

The following statement, if it were to sift into the general philosophy of schools and parental guidance, would do wonders to create students who see the value of hard work. "Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next."

Yes, Dr. Benjamin Carson, I will be watching you, and I believe a lot of others will be, too. Please don't disappoint us, as President Obama has. We desperately need the kind of wisdom you have been demonstrating to us so far to be the reality that will be the example for all the leaders in our country.

A leader, in whatever position, whether the leader of a country, a mayor of a small town, or even a board member, by his/her attitudes and philosophy, will empower those below to act the same way.

I must admit that I am also watching others, like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul. I am not thinking of "making history" again, by even considering the woman, Hillary Clinton. Not because I am anti-female candidates, but I have seen her work, and I cringe whenever I'm reminded of her screaming, "What difference does it make?"

By the way, for those who have said I am prejudiced because I did not vote for Barack Obama because he was black, be advised that Dr. Benjamin Carson is also black. Same color of skin; different man.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, June 14, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

So the question is. Is Obama qualified to be President. Look at all of the scandals that are going on. If you were a parent to a group of kids and they all did wrong. Would you not be held accountable for their actions? It would be you that would be taken to the woodshed, and the kids would also be punished in a court of law. Yes Obama is not the real daddy of these people. But he is the Father of this Country. At least until his term is up. OK, then lets say he is the president of a corporation and his employees were running amok, would he not be fired? Either you have to blind, deaf, dumb, or plain dead. Not to know the answer. So which one is it? Let me give you a hint. He is not the man to represent this country. His excuse is, I did not know. So ask yourself. What does he know? I can go on and on with examples like this. But deep down you know the truth. It hurt's.

Posted: Friday, June 14, 2013
Article comment by: THOUGHT THE SAME THING

I also thought you were talking about the birther issue. You have talked about it extensively in the past. On your May 28, 2013 piece you stated in the second paragraph "..whether he was qualified - even eligible -to be the President....". Please be Smart stated "credentials" which signifies to me his college degree, etc. Bill Clinton was a Rhodes Scholar, Obama was President of Harvard Law Review. Bush went to Yale, Reagan to Eureka College (but his credentials were mainly in the acting field). Can you clarify your earlier article about eligibility and explain what you mean by "qualified."

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Article comment by: M R

@ You don't Have to be Prejudice

Nowhere in Mr. Weete's column does he mention Christianity. Straw man arguments should have no place here. Stick to the subjects Mr. Weete speaks of, and quit adding words that aren't there.

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Weete @PLEASE BE SMART

Surely you jest! Please help me out, since you are a noble Republican. When and where have I talked as a "birther"? To my knowledge, it hasn't been mentioned here or in any recent column of mine. I would suggest that it is YOU who is giving Republicans a bad name by showing the difficulty you have in reading English. You were clearly looking for something to find fault. I'm still looking, but nothing is there - EXCEPT your determination. YOU chose to interpret my statement about "record" as referring to a birth certificate I actually was referring to the "unavailability" of mane records of his alleged life. You know, his college records at Columbia, Harvard, and all the other things that a Republican candidate/President would be obliged to produce.

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Article comment by: You don't Have to be prejudice

You don't have to be prejudiced to "hate" and spread the seeds of hate. You only need to be disenfranchised, angry, disillusioned, or misinformed combined with an avenue like your column to spread more garbage. It's a big country. Not all citizens are going to fit your definition of what an American should be, think, feel, or believe. And you won't fit theirs. But you express such an intolerance of anyone who isn't American enough or Christian enough or in the presidents case black enough for the black community, that it simply feeds the hate that is growing everywhere, especially in this town. God bless you for trying to make a difference, but ask yourself what kind of difference are you really making. Do you ever get out of this sad struggling town to really see the great diversity of this country and all the wonders it holds for all of us? Or is it just easier to blame government and continue to be miserable.

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Article comment by: PLEASE BE SMART

Mr. Weete: you are killing us and our agenda. I am a Republican, voted Republican and always will. But your attitude is what will not get a Republican voted in in the near future. You keep bringing up the birther premise and it alienates everyone! Obama played us on that because he knows that people would rally around him! Any smart person knows that a candidate chosen out of 300 million Americans would have his credentials. All the top-ranking Republicans have publicly acknowledged his eligibility. If I were running a campaign against him I would have stated that he is a white man (because he is-50 pct at least) who has the WRONG policy. When Hillary runs, because she will, are you going to say that she scorned mothers when she stated "I dont stay home and bake cookies?"Stay on the policies, Weete. You and Trump give us Republicans a bad rap and make us look like idiots!

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Article comment by: sully goodman

How many times do I have to say this? Obama is not Black. Obama is a Half-Breed, half White, half Black and we Republicans don't like Obama's White-Half any more than we like his Black-Half. If Herman Cain, a black man ran against Obama, Republicans would vote for Herman Cain and he's blacker than Obama.

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@ Crazy Town. Hey I thought you were a smart cookie. Look at your man in the White House. All those day's of Bush bashing, Then he becomes the President. He then blames it all on Bush. So Behind the back of all of the Americans. He continues Bush's agenda. But he does not stop there. He go's into Dictator mode. You know that it's bad when Russia lectures him, and Germany say's it's worse than the Gestapo. In that case why not just move to North Korea, you should feel at home there. Send me some kimchi. lol

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Article comment by: @Crazy town

How would YOU recognize "smart"?

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Article comment by: Crazy Town

Carson is a token, and a terrible one at that. I hope he runs. He's gonna make Akin seem like a viable candidate before he's done.

Keep watching Fox "News" Weete, you get smarter every year.

I hope none of your family members are gay, that would be heartbreaking not being able to be themselves around you. It's very sad.

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Article comment by: Favor Flave

Mr. Bend,
What in the heck are you talking about?
Evolution and pedophiles? Surely you can state your point better than that. Everything you said is jibberish.

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@Ben Dover. If you read what you wrote. He did not compare them. Much less lump them into one group. He just named groups of people.

Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Article comment by: Ben Dover

From Wikipedia:

"In a debate with Richard Dawkins, Francis Collins, and Daniel Dennett, Carson stated he doesn't believe in evolution."

"In March 2013, Carson described his opposition to same-sex marriage on Hannity, saying: 'Marriage is between a man and a woman. No group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality, it doesn't matter what they are. They don't get to change the definition.'"

A doctor who compares gays to pedophiles and bestiality practitioners and who doesn't believe in evolution. What a disgrace. Nice pick, Weete.

Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

No matter if ole Ben has his affairs in order and has never done any wrong. In today's political arena, all is fair. Sooner later someone will introduce a mysterious lady claiming to have had an affair with him. The list can go on and on.

Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Article comment by: Court Jester

If Dr. Carson throws his hat into the ring, I would be surprised. Who in his right mind, would want to clean up the mess this administration leaves. Fast & Furious, Benghazi, Wire Taps, IRS etc. It would seem nobody knows anything. Barry, I'm sorry, Borack Sortero has flipped-flopped on just about everything he promised before being elected. Definitely a man of merit.

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