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Deace to Ben Carson: Time to Rethink Your Campaign

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Iowa’s Steve Deace, one of America’s top conservative talk radio hosts known best for his incisive commentary on politics from the cultural conservative perspective, posted on Townhall an excellent column about Dr. Ben Carson’s nascent presidential campaign.

In the column “Ben Carson Claims He and Al Sharpton ‘Have the Same Goal’” (link at the end of this column) Deace takes Dr. Carson to task for several recent policy and communications blunders, but especially his appearance and a subsequent op-ed Carson wrote about the national convention of an organization Al Sharpton founded, the National Action Network.

Part of The Reverend Sharpton’s race-baiting shakedown network, the National Action Network promises to “promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality or gender.”

We share Steve Deace’s reaction to Dr. Ben’s embrace of Sharpton:

Is it just me or are “justice” and “decency” not exactly the words that come to mind whenever Sharpton enters a room. More like the smell of sulfur. And that is exactly why Carson writing this – “Sharpton and I have the same goal: to build a brighter, stronger America that provides equal opportunities and access to the underserved and forgotten” – makes my head want to explode and my heart break

Conservatives love it when we enter the world of our ideological enemies and speak truth to power without fear, so simply attending the Sharpton event was no sin. But that’s as long as a ‘too smart by a half’ distinction isn’t attempted concerning the difference between Sharpton’s methods and his goals.

In short, they both reek. Sharpton, despite being a so-called “reverend,” is a cultural Marxist revolutionary and not a patriot. He is not on the side of true liberty in any way, shape or form. Unless “liberty” is now defined by the disintegration of Ferguson.

Deace’s take – again one with which we agree – is that Dr. Carson’s primary blind spot in many matters seems to be in assuming good will when none exists.

Steve Deace wraps-up his commentary by pointing out that Sharpton’s bottom line – Marxism – will tolerate Carson only so long as he is not viewed as any sort of GOP standard bearer for defeating it. But if Carson were to ever find his footing again, is there any real doubt about how quickly the label “Uncle Tom” would be slapped on him by Sharpton?

Dr. Carson, as Steve Deace put it so well, has had a bad April, and that’s not a very promising lead-up to the expected May 4 announcement of his presidential campaign.

We love Ben Carson’s big message of being an outsider who is above the pettiness of inside-the-Beltway politics, but at some point Dr. Carson must recognize that the romance of voting for an outsider in straw polls will wear off and Republican primary voters will start looking at the candidate’s formal positions, stated policy goals and public statements.

And comparing yourself to Al Sharpton, embracing his “goal” and shaking hands with that proven liar, charlatan, tax cheat, race-baiter, and riot inciter will not be a big selling point in any GOP primary. Dr. Carson would have been miles ahead by “talking truth to power” and taking Sharpton to task to his face, as he did President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast.

“Carson is a healer, and a great one at that. But what this nation really needs is a wartime president, capable of defeating our enemies both foreign and domestic,” said Deace. We agree and think between now and May 4 Dr. Carson needs to give some serious thought to exactly why he is running for president and what he is communicating by comparing himself to Al Sharpton, because in CHQ Chairman Richard Viguerie’s “fool proof test of whether a candidate is a conservative” who you walk with tells us who you are.

Click the link to go to Steve Deace’s column “Ben Carson Claims He and Al Sharpton ‘Have the Same Goal’.”

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