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Editorial: Republicans should take a lesson from Dr. Ben Carson
About politics and other thingsFebruary 20, 2013 | 1,446 views | 1 comment
Heads were spinning. Did he really say what we think he said?
Did he really say it directly to President Barack Obama’s face?
Yes, he did -- at the National Prayer Breakfast. With the president of the United States sitting just two seats away, Dr. Benjamin Carson, author, neurosurgeon, and the director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, laid out his vision for America. His vision was not what a politically correct crowd is accustomed to hearing. In no uncertain terms, Carson spelled out his vision to the 3,000-plus guests at the National Prayer Breakfast.
The breakfast has been a tradition since Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953, held annually at the Washington Hilton. Past speakers have included Mother Teresa, Tony Blair, and Irish singer Bono. Few had heard of Dr. Ben Carson before he addressed this breakfast crowd and made headlines.
While he did not mention President Obama at all, Carson’s visions for a pathway to economic recovery differ dramatically from those of the president. Carson’s message was eloquently delivered in a non-threatening manner with a confident and easy-to-listen-to voice.
Carson was not just complaining, but presenting solutions. Using his lifetime experience as a physician to back him up, he said that what we need is to bring medicine back into the free market. He spoke against class envy. He was not shy about saying that political correctness has to go, as it dangerously muzzles free speech. He warned against going down the same pathway as ancient Rome, which destroyed itself from within through moral decay and fiscal irresponsibility.
In a TV interview following the breakfast, a smiling, friendly, and relaxed Carson said that he knows how to push people’s buttons. Some are asking if it was appropriate for him to be so bold in front of the president. To that question, Carson answered that we are not a monarchy. We are a country “of and by the people” and not “of and by the government.” He said that is a battle America is facing right now.
In the interview, Carson explained his influences. He read about past heroes such as Booker T. Washington and others. He advised young people to learn for themselves, and reminded them that there was a reason that it was illegal for slaves to know how to read. People who do not learn are enslaving themselves, he said. Society is enslaving itself today, by not being educated.
His voice is not forceful, but almost soft, yet his message deliberate and unapologetic. His affable manner and good looks allow him to be perceived as a scholar and a gentleman.
We’ll see how long this lasts once the liberal media begin to spin their wicked tales, but Carson believes that Americans may be ready to hear his message of common sense, being that there is a lack of it coming from Washington. He was asked if he thinks it is too late for this country to recover. He said that he believes we have what it takes to come back from this mess. Getting this economy working and returning it to productivity, he said, will take care of the job market.
I think people were taken with Carson’s boldness. He stood up and spoke the truth: The emperor has no clothes, er-r-r, the president’s policies have no credibility.
This is the kind of boldness that no one in the Republican Party has been willing to show. They are ready to cave every time there is a confrontation. Perhaps House Speaker John Boehner and pals should take a lesson.
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