On December 5, President-elect Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as his Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Although the announcement came as a surprise to no one, it immediately set social media ablaze. In post after post, “tolerant” liberals smeared and mocked Dr. Carson, questioning how a world-renowned neurosurgeon could possibly lead an executive department dealing with housing policy. Their mock disbelief is cover for something much more serious and real, however: panic. As a successful black conservative, Dr. Carson is Democrats’ worst nightmare. He embodies the American Dream, and he has the potential to cripple the Democratic Party for good.  

Dr. Carson was born in Detroit, Michigan, in September 1951, and he lived in poverty for most of his early life. His mother worked several jobs and often relied on government assistance to raise him and his older brother. By his own admission, he struggled with school and anger issues as a child. After an incident in which he tried to stab a friend with a knife, he turned to religion in an attempt to get his life back on track. In an interview with The Academy of Achievement, Dr. Carson said, “I picked up my Bible and I started reading from the Book of Proverbs. That was the first day that I started doing it, and I’ve been doing it every day since then.”

With a renewed faith and a fresh outlook on life, Dr. Carson went on to attend Yale University. After he graduated in 1973, he enrolled at the University of Michigan Medical School and earned his M.D. in 1977. After spending a year at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Western Australia, he became the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1984, a position he held until he retired in July 2013.

On September 7, 1987, Dr. Carson gained fame when he successfully separated a pair of infant twins conjoined at the head. As Ben Terris and Stephanie Kirchner of The Washington Post put it, “The then-35-year-old doctor walked out of the operating room that day and stepped into a spotlight that has never dimmed, from the post-surgery news conference covered worldwide, through his subsequent achievements in his medical career, to publishing deals and a lucrative career as a motivational speaker.”

Dr. Carson took the political world by storm when he spoke at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., standing mere feet away from President Obama. He not only spoke about his deep faith, but he touched on issues such as political correctness, taxation, education, and healthcare. President Obama appeared very uncomfortable during the speech; he glared at Dr. Carson the whole time and refused to shake his hand when he finished. Video of the speech, which can be seen below, instantly went viral, and it gained him enormous popularity with conservatives.

The speech sparked a “Draft Ben Carson for President” movement, and many straw polls and online polls showed him as a serious contender. On May 4, 2015, Dr. Carson officially launched his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. While he did not win any state primaries or caucuses, he won 7 pledged delegates and close to 860,000 votes, and his campaign raised $57 million, the most of any candidate. He dropped out of the race after Super Tuesday on March 4, 2016, and one week later, he endorsed Donald Trump for the Republican nomination.

Now, one would think that Democrats, who claim to stand shoulder to shoulder with minorities in a battle against racism and injustice, would be ecstatic that a black man from the ghettos of Detroit broke free from the vicious cycle of poverty, got an Ivy League education, became a world-renowned neurosurgeon, ran for president, and was appointed to the incoming president’s Cabinet.

Not surprisingly, however, Democrats were apoplectic  

In response to President-elect Trump’s nomination of Dr. Carson, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called him “disconcerting and disturbingly unqualified.”

Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “Someone who is as anti-government as him is a strange fit for Housing Secretary, to say the least.

On Twitter, tweets like these were commonplace: 

Why would Democrats choose to mock and ridicule someone as accomplished as Dr. Carson? The answer is simple: because as a successful black conservative, he is a threat to their very existence as a political party. Democrats insist that black Americans monolithically vote for them, just as they do with Hispanics, millennials, members of the LGBT community, etc. Without their votes, the Democratic Party would collapse and become irrelevant.

Dr. Carson does not conform to Democrats’ idea of what a black American is supposed to be. He is opposed to everything that they stand for: government dependence, substandard public education, social immorality, and the victim mentality that goes hand-in-hand with identity politics. Instead, Dr. Carson believes in hard work, personal responsibility, limited government, free-market capitalism, school choice, traditional social values, etc. Democrats understand that if more black Americans begin to think like Dr. Carson, they will lose their power as a political party, and that scares them.

Republicans may have freed Democrats’ slaves during the Civil War, but their plantations still exist today, albeit in a less obvious form: inner cities. These new “welfare plantations” are Democrats’ primary means of controlling black Americans and other minority groups. By promoting broken families, failing schools, and government assistance checks, Democrats ensure that the vicious cycle of poverty continues, thereby granting them new generations of loyal voters.

That is precisely why they cannot stand the thought of Dr. Carson as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. As Wayne Allyn Root of Fox News writes, “What is Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Party afraid of? That a talented, brilliant black man who has lived in public housing, who overcame poverty in the same inner city projects he will now be in charge of, might actually make a difference?”

He goes on to ask, “Are they afraid Dr. Ben might actually work with President Donald Trump to provide a generation of black youth with jobs instead of a welfare check? Are they afraid that Dr. Ben working hand-in-hand with President Donald Trump might create so much success that a new generation of black youth might actually wind up thinking positively about the Republican Party?”

Dr. Carson is Democrats’ worst nightmare. He has the potential to cripple the party, and Democrat leaders know it. If he is successful at revitalizing inner cities and building strong communities full of jobs and opportunities, Democrats will lose their monopoly on black Americans’ votes, and their party will have no path forward. 

Dr. Carson is the ultimate American success story. He represents real hope and change that people who are struggling can believe in. He will be a brilliant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and his success will be a crucial part of making America great again.