Why I support Dr. Carson for President

The Presidential Election of 2016 is close and the Presidential Primaries are even closer. As a nation, a myriad of problems face our future generations: the debt, the stability of society, the integrity of our military, regaining the trust of our nation’s allies, placing fear back into the hearts of our adversaries, and eradicating Racial Islamic Terrorism. 

Choosing the right candidate will be the responsibility of every dutiful, engaged, and patriotic American. I’ve made my choice. I believe that not only can Dr. Benjamin Carson secure the Republican Nomination, but the Presidency as well.

I’d like to ask you, the reader, some questions:

Do you trust politicians?

(Naturally, no)

Do you trust your doctor?

(Sure)

What’s the difference between a lawyer and a doctor?

A lawyer’s primary goal is winning over the jury, even if their client murderd a dozen women and children in cold blood. 

A doctor, brain surgeon in Dr. Carson’s case, is given a situation in which the primary objective is solving the problem. Saving the patient. Any monetary gain or social acclaim is merely a bonus for saving a life. 

Dr. Carson has been a servant to his fellow man in one of the most remarkable capacities. 

A President is just as much a moral leader as he or she is a military leader. During the 1970’s, the American people were told they were in a malaise—our best years were behind us. The Generation that stormed the beaches of Normandy and revived the hope of freedom for free people all around the world were to believe they could not over come a “crisis of confidence.”

And along came a former movie star from the West. A poor boy from Dixon, Illinois who rose above the strife of the Great Depression as a sports caster. 

Today, a former neurosurgeon from the ruins of Detriot, Michigan who, in a single parent household, took charge of his education and overcame the certainty of poverty to become the utmost authority on pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. 

We need more than just experience in the Oval Office, General Washington did not spend his whole career in the House of Burgesses nor did Abraham Lincoln in Congress. Life experience matters. Life experience builds character. This White House desperately needs a man or woman with character. We need a President who say what he means and means what he says. 

That is why we now have a Syrian refuge crisis on our hands. 

Dr. Carson has a wealth of life experience that has made him a levelheaded, calm, clear, reserved, and precise leader. As a surgeon, every decision he makes on the operating table is imperative to the success of the operation. The same holds true to executive work. When it comes time for military action, Dr. Carson will have the most experienced voices in Defense, Security, and Intelligence to brief him and allow him to make a well thought out decision. If there’s anyone who can process information and act on an educated understanding of a subject it’s Dr. Ben Carson. 

My Voice: Making a Difference

As a Teenage Republican I’ve been often told by my friends, “What’s the point of being in politics at this age? You can’t even vote, your voice doesn’t even count.” It doesn’t dishearten me. But it allows for a very teachable opportunity. What makes a republic so incredible, is that anyone from any walk of life can make a difference. Can make a positive difference. Even a teenager. 

In 2012, I was a volunteer on the Presidential Campaign for Governor Mitt Romney. I spent about 100 hours of my summer vacation going into my freshman year of high school at the Republican Head Quarters. I called voters, sold t-shirts and bumper stickers, put together signs, and went door to door. I was recognized for that work. I was afforded the opportunity to have breakfast with our Governor, Rick Scott, then with the opportunity to serve as a Messanger in the the State House of Representatives, and then to serve as Political Director for the Florida Federation of Teenage Republicans. Over seeing PR and club services for the largest youth auxiliary for a political party- in the nation. Going on radio shows to spout off about TARs and our work to educate, insipire, and involve young people in this American Expiriment of ours.

In 2014, a special election was held for Florida’s 13th district for the U.S. House of Representatives between Republican, David Jolly, Democrat and Former Gubernatorial Candidate, Alex Sink, and Libertarian, Lucas Overby. The race was on to keep the seat Republican and it was close. So my dad and I drove to Pinellas Country and we went door to door convincing the township why their participation in the special election was imperative to their daily lives. That if they didn’t participate and then things don’t go the way they’d like in Washington, they’d only have themselves to blame because they let someone else decide the future of our nation for them. 

And that is not what this republic is based upon. That is not what our founders died for, that is not why we defended the union in the Civil War, that is not why we defended our allies in the two world wars, that is not why our young men and women defend the promise of America when they’re sworn into the United States Military. It is our civic duty to be involved in any way and every way possible. We owe it to ourselves. We owe it to our neighbors. We owe it to our families. We owe it to those who protect us everyday at home and abroad. We owe it to our future generations. We owe to those who aren’t alive yet, but will feel the effects of what we did. 

After David Jolly’s victory, I interned on Governor Rick Scott’s Re-Election Campaign and did the very same work. Knocking on hundreds of doors, if not 1,000+, and having that same understanding. Will my countrymen and women elect a candidate who works everyday with the people of Florida in mind? Or will they elect a career politician, only interested in reclaiming power? How could I make a difference? I went out door to door getting people registered to vote, getting them to the polls, and getting them educated on the candidates in the race and the issues of the day. In my county, Polk County, we carried Governor Scott by 20,000 votes. The Gubernatorial election was carried by just 70,000 votes. 30% of the Scott victory can certainly be acredited to our efforts. I’m proud of that and I didn’t even get to cast a ballot. But I was apart of the process and I made a difference.

Recently, a young man named CJ Pearson has been making national headlines for being an outspoken young man. He reminds me of… well, me when I was in middle school. I’m equally impressed and proud that young conservatives around the nation have paved the way for youngsters like CJ to become national talking heads. Although he won’t be able to vote in a Presidential election until 2020 or even 2024, he’s an influential person among his peers and elders. 

(Addition: As of December of 2015, JC Pearson has seen fit to follow a different course. Pearson has left the Republican Party, endorsing Senator Bernie Sanders for President. Pearson believes Senator Sanders better addresses the concerns of the African-American Community than the current Republican Field, including the only African-American candidate—Dr. Ben Carson. Bique no longer admires Mr. Pearson as a leader of the Generation and is saddened by Mr. Pearson’s change of heart. But with further study and a better understanding of basic economics, CJ will return to the party of Lincoln and Reagan.)

This is an exciting time to be a Republican. This is an exciting time to be a Conservative. This is an exciting time to be a lover of Liberty. This is an exciting time to be a fighter for freedom and free enterprise. This is an exciting time to be an American. 

And this is my voice. I am ready to take back this great land. I’m ready for revolution. Not a revolution of arms and bloodshed, but a revolution of men, women, and ideals. Ideals that made this country a shinning city upon a hill. Ideals that made America the great nation ever erected by man. 

The Case for Rubio

A big thank you to my dear friend, Ryan Quintero for submitting this piece to me.

Marco Rubio, the “American son,” is considered by many to be the party’s most electable conservative, and here is why. Rubio’s background separates him from the rest of the rumored GOP candidates. Being the son of a bartender and maid allows Rubio to understand the struggle and also the opportunity that America has to offer. Upon arriving here from Cuba in 1957, his parents took whatever jobs they could find. As a young boy, Rubio lived through seeing his parents lack the opportunity that he was fortunate enough to have just by being born in this country. In retrospect, it isn’t hard see how a boy from Miami was able to rise through the political echelons in the Republic. It is, simply, the American Dream- rooted in persistence and diligence.

And with that respect, the Republican base will need to adapt to the changing make up of our countrymen, especially the Hispanic community. In 2000 and 2004, George W. Bush was elected president for two terms, receiving an impressive 40% of the Hispanic vote. Unfortunately for Republicans, Senator John McCain and Governor Mitt Romney failed to reach such a mark. 

There’s no doubt that from 2004 to 2016 the Hispanic number of voters have risen tremendously. If the Republicans want to win back the White House in 2016, they will have to win a greater percentage of the Hispanic vote and Senator Rubio could potentially tap into that. If the GOP further embraces cultural diversity, our country will be able to realize the ideals of Ronald Reagan’s “Shining City Upon a Hill” once again.

If Rubio becomes the nominee, he will be able to connect with the Spanish-speaking population of the U.S. via his Spanish linguistic background. During the presidential debate on Univision, the democrat will be asked a question in Spanish by the audience and will need a translator while Rubio would answer the question directly himself.

Senator Rubio’s greatest asset is his articulation and as the Republican debates near, showcasing this talent will help him stand out from the crowded republican line up. This election, like every election, is imperative to the survival of the republic; this election is imperative to the endurance of the founders’ ideals; this election is imperative so that we may abide by the Constitution and never abandon her wisdom. 

Reflecting on D.C.

This past week, I was lucky enough to have spent three days in our nation’s capital on a Chorus trip and it was everything that I had hoped for. We visited the Holocaust Museum, the Smithsonian, Arlington Cemetery, the Lincoln Memorial, the War Memorials, and the MLK jr. Monument. We did not get to visit the Capitol Building or the White House, but I enjoyed our trip nevertheless.

Walking through the holocaust museum was probably the most solemn experiences- reliving the horrors of man’s inhumanity to man. What saddens me most is the silence of the United States, during a time when anti-immigration, anti-Catholicism, and anti-semitism was rampant with the 1928 Presidential Election of Herbert Hoover versus New York Governor, Al Smith and the refusal to port the SS Saint Louis. 

For many, on their minds was the cruelty of Hitler’s policies but I was taken back by our ability to make a difference and our failure to do so until the end of the war because we had such isolationist policies in which I find selfish and disgusting. I firmly believe that America can be a force for good and when it has an opportunity to be it should be at every opportunity. As our communities become more globally minded, I think we should look to share our values with our global community. So when dictators rise, their demise is just as quick as their rise.

The Smithsonian American History Museum was rather lackluster and disappointing for me. I was really looking for an in-depth history of our political process and the progression of political thought in our nation which just wasn’t there. The Natural History Museum was fine and well if Science is your cup of tea. I was just not overall impressed with the museums I visited. 

  

My favorite part of the my time was visiting Arlington Cemetery. Such a reverent ground. Throughout the duration of our tour, I felt a great sense of humility and gratitude remembering the men who gave their last full measure of devotion to ensure that this nation not perish from the Earth. That this American Experiment of self government might continue for generations. That their children might live in a freer world- in a safer world. That their children would inherit the Liberty they had come to enjoy. That their children would not have to fear oppressive governments. 

  

I’ll admit it was rather chilly with great gusts of wind, but as I said to several of my friends, “I’ve got no right to complain about the cold, when what I’m feeling is equivalent to a minute iota of what these men gave that our nation might live.” I firmly believe that and I didn’t feel bad for putting them on the spot like that as we were there to remember and meditate upon their sacrifices. Certainly not to wallow in our own discomfort. 

Nor was I ashamed to question, to myself this time, President Kennedy’s place there as I have a problem with his Presidency in general- concerning his affiliation with the mafias, his severe medical conditions and addiction to strong medications that could have impaired his judgement as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, along side his extramarital affairs that speak to his poor integrity and character as a leader. 

We were fortunate enough to witness the changing of the guards at the tomb of the unknown soldier. What speaks volumes for me is that we honor all our dead, even those who we will never know by name. We let every foe know that our men and women are of the highest tier, of quality, of courage. What a way to honor our dead indeed. 

 Visiting the Lincoln Memorial certainly was not as powerful but its grandeur was certainly awesome. From the Great Emancipator to Tyrant, I’ve heard it all about President Lincoln, and in such a trying time there was no guidebook, no clause in the constitution to prevent the secession of states and I am thankful President Lincoln took all necessary actions to hold our Republic together at all costs. A United America created a safer world for generations to come thanks to Abraham Lincoln. 

  

I also took a moment to stand where Reverend King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. Thinking about the powerful image of a civil rights leader standing before the memorial of the President who emancipated the slaves. Now make no mistake, emancipation was never intended to inspire social equality for blacks. You can see that clearly in speeches given by Lincoln on the issue of social equality but he recognized as many did, the degradation of slavery which was the first step towards social equality for the races. 

  

We then walked to the Vietnam Memorial Wall that recognizes all the lives lost in the was we’ve fought over the years. It was emotional to see the overwhelming amount of names that just didn’t seem to end. To think that these men died so there may be peace someday, that freedom might carry on- humbled me and filled me with great gratitude.

  

Our last visit during our trip was to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial where once again I was personally awe inspired by the monument. Despite his personal struggles with infidelity, Dr. King inspired love and citizenship into the hearts of millions who encount him, walked with him, and who still carry his dream today. I’m not sure if we are any closer that that scene he described at the end of his speech with the children holding hands singing that old negro spiritual but I’d like to think that we’re closer. As I’ve said before, long term progress is more desirable than short term success. 

  

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in the DC area in the fellowship of my classmates and our choirs received the highest marks at the music festival we competed in and I’m glad that we got to experience the majesty and reverence of such a historic city that has been a shinning city upon a hill as John Winthrop called our great nation, as President Reagan called it.    

My Next Step

On Thursday, March 12th, the Junior Class at Harrison School for the Arts will be voting for a representative to go to Washington, D.C. for week as a part of a program called, ‘Congressional Classroom.’ This is sponsored by The Randy Roberts Foundation.

“This program allows a representative from our school to go on an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to receive a first-hand look at internal workings of the United States government. Students will participate in tours, meet with members of the Cabinet, House of Representatives, Senate and other policy makers, participate in a mock Congress and be hosted by local Congressmen.”

I am to proud to offer myself a candidate for this prestigious trip. I’d like to outline why my peers in the class of 2016 should vote for me:

Since the tender age of five, I’ve had a deep love of politics and government. This love has blossomed and matured as I’ve gotten older. My dad exposed me to the process when he volunteered on President George W. Bush’s Re-Election Campaign in 2004 and then Congressman, Adam Putnam’s campaign and again by taking me to McCain-Palin Rallies in 2008.

By the time 2012 came around, I was ready to get my first whiff of action, volunteering the duration of my summer going into Freshman Year of HS at the Lake Wales Republican Headquarters; where I made phone calls, talked to perspective voters, made rally signs, put together yard signs, made more phone calls, and waved signs on Hwy 60 for the duration of summer on to the election. It was election night 2012 I went to my first “Victory Dinner” yet by 10pm we had left optimistic. Then as me and my old Marine buddy from church, Jerry, drove home, state after state fell to Barack Obama and by the time he dropped me off at home, I was a broken man.

Fast forward 3 months.

Then Polk County Republican Party Chairman, Jimmy Nelson, gave me the opportunity of a life time, to serve as a messenger (delivering mail, notes, and other things) in the Florida House of Representatives 2013 spring session for a week. And when that time came, I was over whelmed with joy and responsibility. Waking up every morning getting the morning paper, a cup of coffee and walking two blocks to the capital was probably the most thrilling experience.

Fast forward to Election Night 2014.

As the evening went on, more people left and just those of us who had put hours of sweat and tears into Governor Rick Scott’s Re-Election Campaign crowded around the computer, listening to Fox News Live stream and keeping tabs on the election statistics. I had dedicated over 250 hours to this campaign – primarily going door to door, talking to voters, giving the them the tools they needed to participate in our great Representative Democracy, getting out the vote aka promoting political efficacy. – Again, just as two years ago, it is 10pm with Governor Scott titer-tottering for 48% against Charlie Crist. But when AP called the election in our favor, a sense of relief and pride overcame me. To know my work made a difference. 

Friends, I’ve dedicated most of my life to politics. The study and participation of politics. Many of you know I intend to make public policy and public service my life’s work. Because I believe in this American Experiment. I believe in man’s ability to self-government. I believe in liberty and free-trade. I believe in our countrymen and their resilience to pull themselves up by the bootstraps when things get tough. And I believe in our volunteer military, one of the most noble professions in protecting thy brother. Being your brothers keeper. These things are what make our Republic 238 years strong.

Send me to Washington, D.C.
Let Mr. Bique go to Washington.

Why I Consider Myself a ‘Reaganite’

If you know me at all, you’ll soon find our that I have a deep appreciation of President Reagan. On Instagram, I’m known as @ReaganRevolution and I’d make it my twitter handle too, but it’s too many characters. I was recently accused of not knowing what a ‘Reaganite’ means because of my age. And in the words of President Reagan, “There you go again.”

So, the question is, What Makes Nicholas Bique a Reaganite?

I’ve got a stack of books in my room on the President for Christmas and I haven’t finished them all, but I can tell you why I have them. President Reagan had it right. Big Government is the enemy of liberty. Good intentions don’t mean anything if they have adverse results. I wish government could find the solutions to the woes of our society.

But it can’t.

Government can’t even deliver the mail properly; yet, leading politicians think it can provide Health Insurance to the millions uninsured. Government’s first job is to protect the people, not run their lives. It is by that principal that I believe in small government.

Being a ‘Reaganite’ means working with those across the aisle. President Reagan and Tipp O’Neil became good friends working on tax reform. President Reagan didn’t always get what he wanted, like a balanced budget amendment, but they managed to take off the financial burden off the tax payers.

The key to being a ‘Reaganite’ is optimism. I believe in our cause. This American cause. The cause of peace and freedom around the world. It can only be secured if we keep our chins up in solving the problems our nation faces and will face. President Reagan loved America. He loved the opportunities she offered because her golden gates stood tall, proud, and open to anyone willing to work hard and pull their weight.

I do not believe President Obama loves our country in this same way. He sees an America that is mean and too strong and too wealthy for it’s own good. He doesn’t see the best in our countrymen. He assumes the worst. He isn’t brave enough to call ISIS what President Reagan called Soviet Russia, an Evil Empire.” Former NYC Mayor and 2008 Presidential Candidate, Rudy Giuliani was absolutely right in his assertion towards the President. And I am convinced that no one else but Mayor Giuliani and President W. Bush could’ve seen our nation through 9/11. No one else.

President Reagan believed that a bad day in America only meant that we’d see a better tomorrow. He could always see the sun through the storm, it was just about adjusting the sail. Reagan recognized that success was a result of hard work. There is no such thing as luck. Hard work is essential to success and everything else is a result thereof. It used to be nothing was handed to you in this country. Nowadays, everyone gets a ribbon. That sense of competition, entrepreneurship, ingenuity, and pride isn’t there. There is a culture of entitlement.

President Reagan grew up in what seems to have been a simpler time in America. The days of Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover. Live within your means and work hard today so you will not want for tomorrow. Small Towns and Main Street, USA. When everybody knew everybody and the fellas hung around a shop listening to the salesman tell an anecdote. That salesman was Jack Reagan. Everywhere he worked, people wanted to hear what he had to quip. That’s where Reagan got his niche for acting.

As I have made clear in previous articles and posts, I believe President Reagan and I have many similarities. We are from humble christian families, pretty ok actors, student government members, and both our father’s had diseases. Granted, Reagan’s Father suffered from alcoholism, whereas my father has synovial sarcoma (cancer) in the lung which originated for the right foot. But there is very much so an adversity and turn to God and following Christ.

President Reagan had a gift. When he spoke, you left with a deeper sense of pride and hope for America. Many Americans saw themselves in Ron and Nancy. Just a couple of ham actors in the White House, no intention to diminish the office or the Reagans, but it’s true. In 1960, if you had asked then-actor Reagan if he intended on going into politics, he might have quipped a line from Jimmy Stewart’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington or Spencer Tracy’s State of the Union, he might have even said, “Politician? Well, I’ve never even played one!” with a laugh.

It is these traits and these beliefs of limited government and peace through strength that make me a Ronnie Reagan Conservative. A 3rd Generation Reaganite.

The Case for America

We are told that our country is too strong. We are told that our freedoms are indispensable and subjective to the whims of the loud minority. We tell ourselves that this is the way it is. That’s it. Theres no way to turn back the clocks and undo the wrongs. The mistakes.

We forget we are a Representative Democracy. We forget that if we are educated and proactive in the well being of our nation, that we can bring about meaningful change.

I’m one of the few teenagers who gave their volunteer time to state and local political campaigns. 256 volunteer hours confirmed and logged, probably leaving out a few minutes here and there.

Why did I spend my summer going door to door, talking to voters, hearing what the people had to say, getting out the vote, and getting them the tools they needed to participate in our democracy?

Although it wasn’t as exciting as it seems on paper, I gave my time and efforts to this cause of representative democracy because I was raised with a deep sense of pride in my country and engrained with a deeper sense of civic duty from my father and his father, both having served respectively in the Air Force and Navy.

So, I’ve got a stake in the game. In politics. It hits me at home because my father has stage four synovial sarcoma that developed in his foot and then metastasized into his lung. Furthermore, he goes to the VA and Moffit to receive medical treatments.

Floridan Governor Rick Scott is a champion of Cancer Research and honors our Veterans who served our nation and deserve utmost thanks and gratitude from those of us who have not served our countrymen in such a capacity.

When we vote, it must not be based on this week’s fad, but based upon our goals for the next ten years. We don’t save money in order to spend it away tomorrow. We save today for our needs next week; next month; next year.

It is with such diligence and stewardship that our countrymen should vote and participate. For it is often said, “Those who chose not to vote, choose not to have a voice.” No words could be more true.

In the age of partisan media, if you can say there wasn’t partisan before now – In the culture of partisan media that has endured as long as the republic itself, we are told that our only choice is simple. Left or Right.

Friends, I would suggest too, like then actor Ronald Reagan in 1964, we we have a different choice. Up or down. Liberty or death. Economic freedom or slavery to the welfare state. It’s that simple.

We can find the remedies to our social problems without the hand of big government and we can do it even more effectively. We need to be our own brother’s keeper, like the members of my family, my church, and my community have been to my father and our family. 

Our country is waiting—no, thirsting for a revival but we must act on this now. We must open up our hearts and look to our fellow countrymen instead of big government.

I believe in America and I believe in the resilience of her people. When we set our minds to great causes there’s simply no stopping us because there is no cause greater than our cause: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.