From the GOP Convention: Ben Carson, Lucifer, Saul Alinsky, and Hillary Clinton

Dr. Ben Carson (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Saul Alinsky remains the man the right most perennially loves to hate. Somewhere in Heaven — or Hell — Alinsky’s surely enjoying a fine laugh.

Dr. Ben Carson, in his speech before the GOP Convention, departed from his prepared remarks. He extemporaneously added a riff on Saul Alinsky. He debuted this right wing crowd-pleaser in his keynote speech at the Faith And Freedom Coalition Gala, a speech which I critiqued at length in an essay at ThePulse2016, Ben Carson, Hillary Clinton, Saul Alinsky, and Donald Trump). Here’s how it goes:

Now, one of the things that I have learned about Hillary Clinton is that one of her heroes, her mentors was Saul Alinsky. And, her senior thesis was about Saul Alinsky. This was someone that she greatly admired and that affected all of her philosophies subsequently.

Now, interestingly enough, let me tell you something about Saul Alinsky. He wrote a book called, “Rules for Radicals.” On the dedication page it acknowledges Lucifer, the original radical who gained his own kingdom.

Now, think about that, this is a nation where our founding document, the Declaration of Independence talked about certain inalienable rights that come from our creator. This is a nation where our Pledge of Allegiance says we are one nation under God.


This is a nation.


This is a nation where every coin in our pocket, and every bill in our wallet says, “In God We Trust.” So, are we willing to elect someone as president who has as their role model somebody who acknowledges Lucifer?

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Ben Carson, Hillary Clinton, Saul Alinsky, And Donald Trump

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (photo credit: Marc Nozell via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

Townhall‘s Cortney O’Brien provides an interesting report on Dr. Ben Carson’s keynote address to the recent Faith and Freedom Coalition gala. It is headlined “Carson: We Need To Inform People About Hillary Clinton’s Radical Hero.” Therein she reports:

A good introductory lesson, he noted, would be by magnifying presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s radical history.

“We need to inform people about Hillary Clinton’s hero – Saul Alinsky.”

Alinsky, a 1970s community organizer, wrote the book Rules for Radicals. It became a field guide for progressives regarding how to organize people to pursue liberal causes. As you open the book, Carson noted, you read that Alinsky “dedicated” it to Lucifer.

Clinton was on a “first name basis” with the author in college, Carson explained. What’s more, the Washington Free Beacon discovered previously unpublished correspondence between the two, revealing just how smitten Clinton was with his radical social agenda.

Clinton’s progressive hero can help explain her dangerously far left plans for the country.

Saul Alinsky, of whom I have written many times, including here, is a much misunderstood figure. We agree with Dr. Carson.

We need to inform people about Saul Alinsky. Just … not for the reasons he suggests.

First, note the quotation marks that Ms. O’Brien very appropriately put around the word “dedicated” as to Lucifer.  Rules for Radicals in fact (you could look it up) was dedicated To Irene, his wife. Continue Reading

How Ben Carson Quietly Helped Trump Dominate New York

Dr. Ben Carson (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Despite officially suspending his campaign at CPAC in March, Ben Carson had a major impact on Tuesday’s New York primary. Even after his endorsement of Donald Trump, Carson has recently made statements that some have interpreted as pro-Cruz sentiments. However, after Tuesday’s primary, Carson has effectively laid to rest any doubts about his loyalty to Trump.

New York’s system of awarding delegates hinges on gaining a majority in each of its 27 congressional districts, as well as statewide. Thus, having fewer candidates in the race makes it significantly easier for a single candidate to win all of the delegates at stake. If no candidate receives 50 percent in a district, the delegates are proportionally awarded to candidates who received over 20 percent. For Trump, it was crucial that he win as many of the 95 delegates at stake as he possibly could, and with a little help from Ben Carson, Trump exceeded expectations.

Heading into Tuesday’s primary, four candidates were slated to appear on New York’s GOP ballot: Donald Trump, John Kasich, Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson. Carson had missed the deadline to have his name stricken from the ballot. However, Carson sent a last minute letter to the N.Y. Board of Elections requesting that his votes not be counted toward his campaign. The request was granted by the Board of Elections, and all of the votes for Carson were voided.

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Carson: There Are Two Donald Trumps

Dr. Ben Carson (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Dr. Ben Carson, the most dignified of candidates, endorses Donald Trump, the least dignified man on the national stage:

“He’s actually a very intelligent man who cares deeply about America,” Carson said at a press conference at the Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Forida. “There’s two different Donald Trumps. There’s the one you see on stage and the one that’s very cerebral, sits there and considers things very carefully.”

Dr. Carson promised we would start seeing more of that second Donald Trump, the one who doesn’t say disgusting things.

Here’s the thing, Dr. Carson: If Hillary and the Democrats attack Trump, I have a pretty strong feeling the first Trump will be back on the stage. He’s the one our children see, Dr. Carson.

You’ve disappointed a lot of admirers today.

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project. Continue Reading

Donald Trump Just Got an Incredible Endorsement…

Former GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson has endorsed Donald Trump.

CNN Politics has more:

So who’s endorsed who? Here’s a list of which former 2016 presidential candidates have endorsed which current 2016 presidential candidates.

Donald Trump

  • Gov. Chris Christie
  • Dr. Ben Carson

Ted Cruz

  • Carly Fiorina
  • Former Gov. Rick Perry

Marco Rubio

  • Former Gov. Bobby Jindal
  • Former Sen. Rick Santorum
  • Former Gov. George Pataki

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Ben Carson Bows Out of GOP Race

Dr. Ben Carson (photo credit: John Pemble via Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0)

This evening at CPAC, Dr. Ben Carson officially suspended his — now quixotic — quest for the presidency, stating that he would be “leaving the campaign trail.” Despite leading several national polls earlier in the cycle, Dr. Carson was unable to seize on his grassroots momentum and turned in a number of lackluster showings in the early voting states.

However, in spite these poor performances, Dr. Carson had time and time again committed to continuing his campaign. It would seem that a key aspect of his decision to finally bow out of the race is his new job. Carson will serve as the national chairman for My Faith Votes, a self-described non-partisan organization that “exists to inspire and motivate Jesus followers to vote.”

With Carson’s announcement, the field is down to just four candidates: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, and Marco Rubio.

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Three Key Takeaways from Super Tuesday

From left: Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

Eleven states voted and pledged delegates last night. While the mainstream media continues to peddle the false idea that Donald Trump dominated, we’re here to give you three key takeaways from the results:

1.) #NeverTrump worked.

It really did. Finally, the candidates took aim at Donald Trump, and he lost votes because of it. Trump only won 7 states last night — far fewer than the 9 or 10 he was expected to win. He repeatedly underperformed the polls, winning squeakers over Marco Rubio in Virginia and John Kasich in Vermont, losing Oklahoma (when polling had him ahead prior to Super Tuesday), and getting absolutely blown out in Texas.

Donald Trump looked beatable last night for the first time since the Iowa Caucus.

2.) Ted Cruz had a great night.

And Trump looked beatable because of Ted Cruz. Several campaigns have blamed a large field for not being able to beat Donald Trump so far, arguing that they’ll win once the field narrows. The Cruz campaign has made no excuses and has now won in four separate states, as well as coming close in several more.

Cruz is winning a ton of DELEGATES, and that’s what actually matters. “Winning” states is only important for media narratives. According to The New York Times, Trump won 241 delegates yesterday, and Cruz won 222. Cruz is within striking distance of Trump. This race is hardly the foregone conclusion that’s being portrayed in the media. Continue Reading

Who Would Be the Most Biblical President? Group of Pastors Rate Remaining Candidates

From left: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Donald Trump, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)

Last week, a group of Alabama clergy released a set of ratings measuring the remaining presidential candidates — both Republican and Democrat — on their adherence to biblical standards for contemporary social issues that challenge people of faith. The group, called the Gate Keepers Association of Alabama and consisting of 19 to 25 pastors, has been meeting twice monthly since August to discuss political candidates and how they rate on a biblical worldview.

“We have dealt with abortion, same-sex marriage,” said Bishop Jim Lowe, Pastor of Guiding Light Church in Birmingham, Ala. “As gatekeepers, it our responsibility to not only teach congregations but protect congregations from the outside intrusion of government deciding what is right and what is wrong. We want to inform congregations of those threats that come against the church. We’re like watchmen on the wall.”

So how did the candidates rate? has the breakdown:

“Based upon our 0-5 Star rating system, with five being the HIGHEST probability that a candidate will exemplify a Biblical world view if elected President of the United States, our collective average rating evaluations for each Presidential candidate are as follows:”


Hillary Clinton, 1.88 Stars

Bernie Sanders, 1.71 Stars


Ted Cruz, 3.22 Stars

Ben Carson, 3.15 Stars

Marco Rubio, 3.03 Stars

John Kasich, 2.41 Stars

Donald Trump, 0.88 Stars

Brittany Klein is the co-author of Jephthah’s Daughters: Innocent Casualties in the War for Family ‘Equality’ and serves on the board and academic council of the International Children’s Rights Institute. Continue Reading

After South Carolina, It’s a Three-Way GOP Race

From left: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Donald Trump, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)

I shared some post-South Carolina Primary thoughts on Facebook Saturday night, but I wanted to expand on that here. This is a three-way race between Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Currently Donald Trump is in the driver’s seat.

Finally after South Carolina pollsters can finally pat themselves on the back because the polling finally reflected the primary results.

The RealClearPolitics average of South Carolina polls showed:

  1. Donald Trump – 31.8%
  2. Marco Rubio – 18.8%
  3. Ted Cruz – 18.5%
  4. Jeb Bush – 10.7%
  5. John Kasich – 9.0%
  6. Ben Carson – 6.8%

With the South Carolina Primary results, the order was right and the close race for second was correct. Trump, Cruz, Rubio and Carson all slightly out-performed their polling. Bush and Kasich under-performed. The final results:

  1. Donald Trump – 32.5%
  2. Marco Rubio – 22.5%
  3. Ted Cruz – 22.3%
  4. Jeb Bush – 7.8%
  5. John Kasich – 7.6%
  6. Ben Carson – 6.8%

You don’t get it much closer than that.

Some thoughts on the primary:

  • Those who claim that Ted Cruz underperformed haven’t been paying attention to polling. Polling consistently had Trump leading this race by a wide margin. The highest that Cruz ever polled was at 23 percent, and the most recent polling had him under 20 percent, so I’m not sure how one can say he underperformed. Did they hope to do better here? Sure, but this is hardly a surprise.
  • Rubio to his credit recovered from the disappointment in New Hampshire.
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