The former presidents were elected, based in part, on their "talent," "virtues," "merit," and "abilities," which are the background characteristics for our chief executive that the framers of the U.S. Constitution discussed in the Federalist Papers. Has Ben Carson acquired the "talents, virtues, merits or abilities" in his life and professional experiences to serve our nation as president? Dr. Carson has been a board member of Kellogg and Costco companies for more than a decade. He also runs the Carson Scholars fund since 1994, which promotes education and reading. His non-profit has chapters in 50 states and 130 reading rooms across the country. These positions should have provided him with leadership abilities, negotiations skills and a level of public service to the community to improve literacy rates nationwide.