Benjamin Carson Personality

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Dr. Benjamin S. Carson has overcome countless challenges in his life. From his childhood days in the projects of Detroit, to the opposition he faced in his career, he has been forced to learn to deal with problems calmly and effectively. It is this quality and a multitude of others that make him an excellent candidate for President of the United States. Born on September 18, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Carson was raised by his single mother, who struggled to provide for her family. However, Sonya Carson was determined that Ben, as well as his brother Curtis would be successful, and believed that would happen through education. Dr. Carson attended Higgins Elementary, a school that was “predominantly White” (Carson 29). He was soon considered …show more content…
Carson has a strong character that has been forged through his experiences as a young man. One such character trait that has formed is a calm temper. Dr. Carson’s temper was changed through an encounter he had as a teenager. While listening to music, Dr. Carson’s friend changed the station sending Dr. Carson into “instant, blind anger-pathological anger” and he writes, “grabbing the camping knife…I snapped it open and lunged…” (Carson 56). Luckily, the blade struck a belt buckle and did not cause any harm. Dr. Carson fled home and begged God to “free me forever from this personality trait” (Carson 58). God answered his prayer and to this day Dr. Carson states “I have never had a problem with my temper” (Carson 59). The ability to control one’s temper is an important trait that the future president must have and Dr. Carson has achieved this from a young age. He would be able to deal with problems rationally, and would be able to keep a cool head at all times. America desperately needs someone like Dr. Carson who stays collected, even in the midst of conflict. Dr. Carson’s character also leads him to make well informed public policy decisions, some of which are discussed below. On the issue of the sanctity of life, Dr. Carson is staunchly pro-life. He states, “As a former pediatric neurosurgeon. I have dedicated my life to saving and improving the lives of children. I am committed to protecting innocent lives, especially when they are most vulnerable. The sanctity of life …show more content…
Carson’s views on education include supporting teachers more, helping expand educational opportunities for everyone, and lowering the cost of education. He believes that “teachers are the greatest resources in our educational system”, that “a student’s zip code or race should not determine their success”, and that “we must take affirmative steps that lead to a reduction in tuition costs and student loan debt” (Ben). Dr. Carson is associated with the Republican Party for the presidential election. However, he did grow up Democratic, only switching parties after hearing Reagan speak in the 1980’s. He disclosed that, “Like most Democrats who were black I was told most Republicans were evil, racist people. But then I started listening to Ronald Reagan and I thought God it just makes so much sense” (Solomon). Carson’s views on important policy matters now align closely with the Republican party and he believes that, “I clearly would not be welcome in the Democratic Party”

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