The Slow Man

I just watched a video that I thought was very good and wondered how I’d missed it. I watch quite a bit of his videos but they are few and far between, unfortunately. 

Back during the campaign for the 2016 presidential election, I picked my guy. It wasn’t Donald Trump – not originally. I liked Mike Huckabee first; he was unabashedly Christian (he would never say like Obama did, that America is NOT a Christian country), he had experience in government, he was a smart guy, and he had a good personality. But I did some research on another man, Ben Carson. My thinking was, “Well, ok – we’ve just had a terrible black president, maybe this guy could be the best black president.” He still wasn’t ‘my guy’ but I was really curious about him and was really excited to see him in the first public debate.

 

We live in a world of instant gratification – we expect everything instantly. Remember when faxes were ‘so fast’? Instant coffee, scratch-off tickets instant pay-off, instant connection to the world via the internet. The people we tend to listen to and pay attention to, speak quickly and articulately and we like speed. Faster and faster – that’s how Americans like it; we don’t have time to sit around and wait for an answer or a reveal or a thought to reach its maturity. We want everything now – and if you can do it faster than that, we’d appreciate it.

So the first public debate aired – popcorn and soda time; this was going to be good. And it was. I thought Huckabee did well. I thought all the candidates did well. Except for Carson; too slow, not ‘quick on his feet’, so slow it made me wonder about his ‘soundness of mind’. Scratched him off my ‘maybe’ list. We tend to think speed = smart. Not necessarily. But who knew? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Republican_Party_presidential_debates_and_forums

We all know how the election turned out and I’m proud I voted for then candidate Trump. I’m proud of what he’s accomplished and will continue to accomplish if the ‘usual suspects’ will get out of his way. But every once in a while, I have to admit to wondering about Mr. Carson. Maybe slow and steady does win races.

One of the sad things about that equation, speed = smart, is that we don’t get a lot of opportunities to hear from Mr. Carson. You rarely see him interviewed on the networks – because he speaks so slowly. He’s worth listening to, he’s a solid conservative and has a deliberate way about him and carries a sort of dignity within himself. I think he’s an admirable person and I do listen when he speaks – regardless of how slow that may be.

11 Responses to The Slow Man

  1. Scoop says:

    I like Dr. Ben Carson a lot but for my money the Republican Party missed 3 chances to combat the corruption in this country when they didn’t support the 1996, 2000 and 2008 candidate, Alan Keyes. He was a black man and a constitutional scholar and a brilliant man. I wrote his name in on my ballot 3 times. I do wonder what the world we live in would look like if he had gained the reigns of the presidency for 8 years when we had the chance to elect him.

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  2. the unit says:

    We lost a lot of chances.

    You gotta remember, so little research necessary. But some fun youtubes 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

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