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Gotta Stick Up for Dr. Carson on West Point!

I find the issue of the informal “invitation” given to Dr. Carson to attend the US Military Academy at West Point to be an opportunity to reminisce a bit:  Something similar to that happened to me.

I don’t talk about it because I do not want to even hint an issue involving those who serve our nation.  I am sorry I didn’t serve.  But a near relative suggested when I was a teen that I attend West Point.  They give you a full ride and even pay you to go (it’s a small stipend) and when the teenage Sandy Sanders said:  You can’t get me in – you’re not a congressman or senator – this close relative said – I can pull strings.  For you see, this close relative knew a powerful congressman and he (the relative not the congressman who I never met and has passed away years ago) said this powerful congressman – he owes me a favor or two – you’ll almost certainly get in – you’ll get on a congressman’s list if not this congressman’s list to go to West Point.

Just so happens I was a finalist in a regional science fair when I was in Germany and part of my win was a trip back to the USA – West Point in fact!  (It was the only time girls wanted to stow away with me – after the trip I turned back into a dork!)  The close relative said at the time:  Check it out and let me know.

I did see the campus and was impressed with the intellectual heft and the history of the United States Military Academy.  But I was intimidated a bit by the athletic rigor and the hazing that occurs to the first years.  So I said no.  Sometimes I wish I had not done that.  Always wondered what would happen.

Now I would never tell this story except for the fact that informal offers to places like West Point occur from time to time and there is no reason not to say the incident could not have happened to Ben Carson.  He did after all go to Yale.  I probably would have said it differently than he did but this is not an integrity issue.  Yes, I am still for Gilmore until he drops out or wins.  And Jim Gilmore would make a great VP for anyone, including President Ben Carson.


About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

2 Responses to “Gotta Stick Up for Dr. Carson on West Point!”

  1. Sorry Sandy but I really don’t think you truly see and understand the Republican establishment. I’m sure you get your news from credible sources but I can not believe you have been involved at the party level. Are you an active member of the Republican Party, a Tea Party group, the Oath Keepers or any other group that is in the day to day fight. I don’t think you are. I may be wrong. The war in the Republican Party is happening at progressives every level and it is vicious. The conflict can be explained in very simple terms. The group that I support are the conservatives and we firmly believe that words matter. If a politician runs on the Republican creed then we expect him/her to govern the same way. If not he should be voted out example Cantor/Brat. The progressives have one loyalty and that is the party. The R will save us and the Democrats do the same. It is like a high school sorority, a popularity contest. I don’ think it is any secret that, Jeb Bush, Cantor, Reid and the rest of the establishment are working hard to remove the conservatives. Now take that one step further. We have many currently running for office or are already elected, that fully support those working to rid the party of this large part of the citizenry. Bryce Reeves is one locally and yes Gilmore was and is a supporter of Cantor and the rest of this progressive group. I have spoken to many who represent the progressive part of the Party including members of the Republican Women’s Club and not a single one will even discuss the ideological divide. They can not support their views and thereby they become silent. I don’t see how the two sides can ever come together it is an oxymoron to join the two views. If you haven’t been in the trenches come join us. How about asking Gilmore his take on the ongoing division in the party. I will be surprised if you can get any answer.

    • I do appreciate the civil tone you have for me, David and I am glad you came and read the post. I actually agree with you for a fair amount of your analysis but I select a candidate based on my own thoughts, ideas and even prayer. I am afraid I do not always ask God first before I commit to a candidate and that has gotten me in trouble (No I am not giving any examples!) sometimes. We need people like you to help bring back constitutional government to the US. And I suspect it will not be successful. But giving up is not an option. But I will not deliberately hurt a constitutional candidate. If Gov. Gilmore retires from the race, I am leaning toward Ted Cruz. Thanks again, David Jackson for coming by and commenting.



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