On Monday, Dr. Ben Carson delivered a rousing speech before a crowd of thousands of well-wishers, and announced he is running for 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, came from humble beginnings as the son of a single-mother. In fact, young Ben Carson was a poor student struggling in school. It was only at the insistence of his mother that he read books in his personal time and submit to her book reports that he turned around his academic performance.
In recent years, Dr. Carson has become a Tea Party darling for his fiery rhetoric and eloquence. In some conservative circles, he is viewed as the GOP’s answer to Barrack Obama: eloquent and fierce in his convictions. During his speech, Carson remained quite calm as he spoke of life in a slum. During his lifetime, he has authored a half-dozen books. His platform will center on turning the nation around from President Obama’s failed policies and reinstitute the value of work over the welfare state. Brad Reifler isn’t sure what type of success he is heading towards. It will be a daunting task with more people relying upon the federal government to pay for their food via the SNAP program than at any other time in US history. Also, Carson faces an uphill battle winning over conservatives. He has never held office and cannot back up his rhetoric with actual accomplishments.