Skip to comments.Dr. Carson’s Prescription
Posted on 02/15/2013 12:37:50 PM PST by Servant of the Cross
The renowned doctor reacts to the furor over his National Prayer Breakfast speech.
Dr. Ben Carson, a renowned pediatric neurosurgeon who helped lead the first surgery separating twins joined at the head, has received a fair amount of attention in his 61 years. But none of it before begins to compare to the response he has gotten since he spoke at the February 7 National Prayer Breakfast with President Obama sitting five feet away.
While most of his remarks were motivational or spiritual, he made some pointed political comments about the need for freer markets in health care and a less complicated tax code that includes a flat tax. He also issued a warning that the U.S. was in danger of following the path of ancient Romes moral decay and fiscal irresponsibility.
The response has been overwhelming, Carson told me in an interview this week from his office at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He had just come from taping an hour-long panel discussion with opinion leaders that will air on Fox News tonight at 9 p.m. He cant count how many people have urged him to run for office in the past week. The Wall Street Journal editorial page even ran a headline, Ben Carson for President.
But as much as he appreciates the media attention to his message, he says the most touching responses to my speech have come from elderly Americans, who told me they had given up on our nation, and now they feel that maybe theres a chance. Carson insists that hes a member of no political party. If I were part of one, it would be called the Logic party, and it would be dedicated to commonsense approaches we all should be able to see. Among them would be recognizing that our debt is so great we have got to stop digging the hole and spend less.
As for health care, he says its imperative not to further damage the doctor-patient relationship. The key is to cut out the middleman and empower both doctor and patient with information about what things cost, he tells me. He suggests that every child born in the U.S. should get a medical savings account, which could receive pretax contributions from family members, charities, and government. People spending more of their own money on routine health care, he says, would make the system more competitive and transparent and restore the confidence between the patients and the doctors without government rationing.
All of this has led some people to criticize him for disrespecting President Obama and disrupting the National Prayer Breakfast by injecting political messages into it. Carson rejects any notion that he was showboating. There are people who would like to silence everybody and have everyone go along to get along, he told Fox Newss Neil Cavuto. But thats not going to be very helpful for us in the long run in terms of solving our problems, and someone has to be courageous enough to actually stand up to the bullies.
The liberal Baltimore Sun, which endorsed Obama for president twice, agrees with Carson that he meant no disrespect. He never used the term Obamacare, nor suggested it be repealed. Indeed, to read the transcript is to encounter a gentle talk with much personal reflection and a rejection of both political correctness and partisan politics, the Suns editorial concluded. Indeed, his only real jab came at the expense of lawyers, and it was met with great applause: What do lawyers learn in law school? To win. What we need to start thinking about is how do we solve problems.
Carson sees that, sadly, many people arent engaged in an honest dialogue about solutions. The news media glorify minority sports figures and entertainers, giving many young people a skewed view of who in their community is successful and how to better themselves. In his view, affirmative action was once appropriate but has now become divisive. He proposes compassionate action, which would give a helping hand to people based on financial need and real-life adversity.
He insists that leaders can come from any background. Raised in poverty in Detroit by a semi-literate mother who was one of 24 children, he succeeded because of his faith in God and his mothers insistence that he study hard and not accept his disadvantages as permanent. When he was 15, he almost stabbed a friend to death in a fit of anger. He went home, locked himself in a bathroom, and prayed to God to remove his anger before it prevented him from realizing his dreams of becoming a doctor. He has never had an issue with his temper since.
When asked what he thinks are the biggest obstacles facing the country, Carson singles out political correctness and the deliberate dumbing down of our public schools. He says, Our schools too often want to shut people up so they cant talk about real solutions. People who think differently tend to clam up because they think something is wrong with their ideas. Another problem is people who indiscriminately accuse others of racism or sexism. Illogical thinkers throw names and slurs around because they have no arguments with which to rebut their opponents, he tells me. Rational people have to keep hammering their points home.
As I wrap up the interview, I ask Carson if he is tempted to run for political office. He recalls that in 2010 he was asked by Bob Ehrlich, the former Republican governor of Maryland, who was then attempting a comeback, to join his ticket and run for lieutenant governor. But Carson declined. It wasnt right for him, Ehrlich told me this week. Now I think his platform is national and his message speaks to everyone. Carson didnt reveal his plans, but he did note that he is retiring from active surgery in June and that that does open a lot of possibilities for me.
One bet Ill make is that well all be hearing more from Dr. Carson in the future, and there may be no end to how much he upsets the applecart of the politically correct.
Just goes to prove that the GOPe is so horribly bankrupt that ANYONE comming in with a halfway conservative message is adored by the base many times over RINO crappy types like Romney....
Which is good for the Conservative movement as it needs to divorace itself from the GOPe...
Let’s see the Liberal thugs bash THIS guy the way they do any other minority Conservative.
They don’t have the face to continue their generic broadside on all and any minority people who have figured this stuff out-AND SAY SO!
That links the video in case any one missed it.
What’s the difference between someone who comes from dire poverty and benefits from Affirmative Action, and someone who comes from privilege and also benefits from Affirmative Action?
Cynicism, opportunism and hubris of the latter.
If this man is what he appears to be (with no skeletons in the closet)maybe just maybe he could be the guy to lead us out of the doldrums.
I couldn’t help but notice that when Dr. Carson was talking about health care spending accounts our hubris president was texting or something at the cellphone leven under the table was getting 100% of his attention- check it out at 21:30
If I had a Nickle for every
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chant that appears when someone makes even a little sense.....sigh...
How many seconds before Fox Cable News hires Dr. Carson as a Fox News contributor?
maybe just maybe he could be the guy to lead us out of the doldrums.
Haven’t you heard? In 4th grade I understand that he pulled on the pigtails of the little girl sitting at the desk in front of him. I’ve also heard that he has used the word damn several times in his life. Also, why didn’t his mother get a third full time job when he was growing up? Evidence of lazyness!!! /s
DAMN>>.and I was ready to back this guy...he probably has a water drinking problem too!
Dr. Carson is on Hannity for the whole hour tonight. Guess I’ll break down and watch.
I couldn’t help but notice the end of the speech. After giving this speech to the National Prayer Breakfast gathering, Dr. Carson didn’t even acknowledge the president of the United States. He just shook a few hands and walked off the stage in the opposite direction.
He seems like a nice guy. I would hate for his life and reputation to be ruined by running for president.
Not sure he wants to go there, or am I all to sure that Roger wants an articulate conservative on his channel anymore.
Carson is a character. If you haven’t seen his interview on Hannity, try to locate a recording.