About Stars & Stripes Forever
In August of 2013, The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee was launched to convince Dr. Ben Carson to run for President of the United States.
We collected and delivered more than 550,000 petitions and clamorings to Dr. Carson.
At first he laughed our efforts off, but with the help of more than 200,000 supporters and more than 36,000 volunteers, as well as our paid staff whose numbers rose to more than 100 during the height of the campaign, eventually he heard our call and announced his candidacy in May of last year.
That’s when we changed our name to The 2016 Committee.
Unfortunately, Ben Carson pulled out of the race in March, stating:
“You know, there’s a lot of people who love me, they just won’t vote for me.”
The 2016 Committee and the Victory Project
We, and his hundreds of thousands of supporters were disappointed, but feel proud that we pulled off the second successful true draft effort in the history of the United States.
And though we began this effort with only one goal: electing Dr. Ben Carson as the next President of the United States, when Donald Trump became the GOP nominee, we made a commitment to keeping Hillary Clinton from occupying the White House. That’s why we launched what we called, The Victory Project.
The goal of the Victory Project was to propel Donald Trump into the White House by appealing to African American voters. In the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election, we strategically placed black radio ads in five key swing states: Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and North Carolina. In these five states, Trump outperformed Romney in the African American vote by a combined 7.8%!
Stars & Stripes Forever and the Push to Win a 61 Seat Majority 2018
Upon Trump's win in the presidential election, we saw an opportunity to cement his victory and conservative agenda. So we've renamed the 2016 Committee to Stars and Stripes Forever, harkening back to the values espoused by John Philip Sousa, grandfather to our National Chairman, John Philip Sousa IV. We're now gearing up for a long-term, sustained campaign to promote conservative candidates for the Senate.
The truth is, 2018 represents the greatest opportunity in our lifetime to enact a truly conservative agenda for America. Our goal is to help the GOP win a 61 seat majority in the Senate, enough to overcome any Democratic filibuster. Obtaining a filibuster-proof majority is crucial to confirming conservative judges and rolling back regulations and legislation that cripples our economy.
We remain committed to our strategy of directed outreach to African American voters. By placing black radio ads in key states such as Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin, we aim to affect the outcome of those senatorial races. If we're able to win 9 of the 25 seats now held by Democrats, we can accomplish our mission.
Moreover, our long-term goal is to win one-third of the African American vote on a regular basis.
Will you join us? With your help we will be able to enact a truly conservative agenda for America—a return to constitutional government and the rule of law.
God bless you, and God bless America!
John Philip Sousa, IV