Saturday afternoon in Fayetteville was the setting for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson to speak in front of of the Fayette County Republican Party headquarters at North Glynn and Lafayette Avenue.
Carson was accompanied at the rally by White House Political Director and Fayette County native Brian Jack.
The grounds of the party headquarters were filled with Trump supporters, signs and banners and a large group of animated voters.
Carson, in his soft-spoken manner, explained that for the opposition to succeed in the goal of changing America, three things have to occur.
The first two, controlling education and the media, have already occurred. The final component, controlling the land’s highest court, was supposed to occur with the election of Hillary Clinton, who would have put more Supreme Court judges on the bench, said Carson.
“They have the first two, and they thought Hillary would win, and would have the third thing through appointments to the Supreme Court,” said Carson.
Broadening his comments to America, Carson said the presidential race “is not about Republicans and Democrats. It’s about the people who believe in America, the idea of America.”
Commenting on immigration, which continues to draw people from around the world to the U.S., Carson noted that, “If we’re all that racist and evil, why are people coming in caravans?”
When it comes to the political divide in America and setting his sights on the Democratic Party, Carson said, “They don’t care if they undermine our system to get what they want. (And) they want your dependency to be on a government, not on God.”
Carson is a neurosurgeon who has received more than 60 honorary doctorates and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Speaking prior to Carson, Jack shared the story of a time nearly 35 years ago when businessman Donald Trump stepped-in to help a Waynesboro, Georgia woman and her family in need.
Trump and his wife learned of the plight of Burke County resident Annabelle Hill, whose husband, farmer L.D. Hill, committed suicide just before their family farm was to be foreclosed. The year was 1986. It was the time of the farm crisis in America that, today, seems so long ago.
Trump stopped the auction by gifting $20,000 to Annabelle Hill, then worked with others to raise the money needed to save the family farm.
According to the Associated Press in a Sept. 3, 1986 article, “I’ve seen what’s happened to farmers,” Trump told the Atlanta Constitution on Tuesday in an interview from New York, “but I was particularly interested in a lovely woman I saw, Annabelle Hill.”
Listening to Jack’s remarks, the story of L.D. and Annabelle and their family was personal. For years, Annabelle and L.D. were close friends with my parents — and with us kids during visits running around playing together in our respective back yards.
Even decades later, Annabelle and my mom remained close friends. The last time I saw Annabelle was when she visited my mother in the little town of Bartow in the late 1990s. Though many years had passed, the smile on her face was the same as it had been decades earlier. Annabelle’s face was like that of an angel, and she never forgot the kindness of a stranger.