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LIVE: Dr Ben Carson's Speech at CPAC -- Live on FOX News NOW
Fox News ^ | March 16, 2013 | Dr Ben Carson

Posted on 03/16/2013 7:35:20 AM PDT by Innovative

Fox News is carrying it live.

Ben Carson spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast and openly criticized Obamacare just a few feet from Obama.

His speech at CPAC should be interesting.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2013cpac; bencarson; bencarsonspeech; conservatives; cpac; drbencarson; obama; obamacare
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Tax proportionality: God’s rates 10%; Paul Ryan/Republican budget 10% - 25%.

If Republicans wanted to appease Democrats with progressive tax rates, they should have used 9% - 11%.

21 posted on 03/16/2013 7:58:09 AM PDT by Son House (Romney Plan: Cap Spending At 20 Percent Of GDP.)
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To: Drawn7979

The Right Scoop will definitely have the video up asap since everyone loves to hear the wise words of this man. Youtube too.

22 posted on 03/16/2013 7:58:55 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather (Yuri Bezmenov (KGB Defector) - "Kick The Communists Out of Your Govt. & Don't Accept Their Goodies.")
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To: Innovative
He was great. The line that will be most talked about, "If by some miracle I were to become president..."

The crowd went wild.

23 posted on 03/16/2013 8:01:05 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: All

CPAC superstar Ben Carson talks about ‘nastygrams’ calling him the N-word after he criticized Obama

Posted at 10:59 am on March 16, 2013 by Twitchy Staff |

24 posted on 03/16/2013 8:02:32 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather (Yuri Bezmenov (KGB Defector) - "Kick The Communists Out of Your Govt. & Don't Accept Their Goodies.")
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To: Innovative

Great speech...another home run by Dr Carson!

25 posted on 03/16/2013 8:02:38 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Get armed, practice in the use of your weapons, get physically fit, stay alert!)
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Loved when he said corporations are in the business of making money! The dems want to change that and still think the country will survive! what dopes!

26 posted on 03/16/2013 8:03:57 AM PDT by CAluvdubya (Molon Labe)
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To: CAluvdubya
Opps, I wasn't clear...

This is what Dr. Carson said:

Loved when he said corporations are in the business of making money!

These are my comments:

The dems want to change that and still think the country will survive! what dopes!

27 posted on 03/16/2013 8:05:48 AM PDT by CAluvdubya (Molon Labe)
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To: Innovative
“Asked by Beck for his thoughts on the Second Amendment, Carson gave the popular pro-gun argument: “There’s a reason for the Second Amendment; people do have the right to have weapons.”

That's really big of him. The dude's a Fudd at best. He is disqualified. The rest of the RINO crap will trickle out over time.

28 posted on 03/16/2013 8:10:39 AM PDT by Stentor (Shhhh!)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

I wish to hell some one would stand up and say “if you want a party like the Democrat Party, then by all means go be a Democrat.”

29 posted on 03/16/2013 8:18:19 AM PDT by SCHROLL
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Arthur Brooks is right. A majority of Americans don’t believe Republicans care about them. This is the opposite of reality and it must change asap.

30 posted on 03/16/2013 8:27:18 AM PDT by Vision (Obama is king of the "Takers." Don't be a "Taker.")
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To: Innovative
Dr. Carson's speech use of the term "ordered liberty" reminds me of Dr. Russell Kirk's use of that term to describe America's founding philosophy, and Dr. Carson's emphasis on the responsibility of citizens also ties in with an essay contributed by Dr. Kirk to "Our Ageless Constitution," a volume originally published in 1987, the Bicentennial Year of our Constitution. The essay describes the "responsibility of citizens" to preserve liberty--a concept which seems to describe what, today, would be a task for each of us who love freedom. The essay may be downloaded here, along with others from the book.


"Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, judges and governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature." - Thomas Jefferson (Letter to Edward Carrington January 16, 1787

Background And Original Intent

"A good constitution is the greatest blessing which a socie­ty can enjoy." So said James Wilson, in his oration at Philadelphia on July 4, 1788, celebrating the adoption of the Constitution of the United States. Wilson, who signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, preached startlingly democratic theories - more democratic than the ideas of any other delegate to the Constitutional Convention.

Yet Wilson emphasized the duties, as well as the rights, of citizens:

"Need I infer, that it is the duty of every citizen to use his best and most unremitting endeavours for preserving it [the Constitution] pure, healthful, and vigorous? For the accomplishment of this great purpose, the exertions of no one citizen are unimportant. Let no one, therefore harbour, for a moment, the mean idea, that he is and can be of no value to his country: let the contrary manly impres­sion animate his soul. Every one can, at many times, perform, to the state, useful services; and he, who steadily pursues the road of patriotism, has the most inviting prospect of being able, at some times, to perform eminent ones."

Wilson's argument is quite as sound now as it was two centuries ago. The success of the American Republic as a political structure has been the consequence, in very large part, of the voluntary participation of citizens in public affairs - enlisting in the army in time of war; serving on school boards; taking part unpaid in political campaigns; petitioning legislatures; sup­porting the President in an hour of crisis; and in a hundred other great ways, or small-assuming responsibility for the com­mon good. The Constitution has functioned well, most of the time, because conscientious men and women have given it flesh.

The Premises of Americans' Responsibility Under the Constitution of 1787

In the matters which most immediately affect private life, power should remain in the hands of the citizens, or of the several states - not in the possession of federal government. So, at least, the Constitution declares. Americans have no official cards of identity, or internal passports, or system of national registration of all citizens - obligations imposed upon citizens in much of the rest of the world. This freedom results from Americans' voluntary assumption of responsibility.

In matters of public concern, it was the original intent to keep authority as close to home as possible. The lesser courts, the police, the maintenance of roads and sanitation, the levying of real-property taxes, the control of public schools, and many other essential functions still are carried on by the agen­cies of local community: the township, the village, the city, the county, the voluntary association. Citizens' cooperation in voluntary community throughout the United States has been noted and commended in the books of Alexis de Tocqueville, Lord Bryce, Julian Marias, and other distinguished visitors to the United States, over the past two centuries:

A republic whose citizens - whose leaders, indeed - are concerned chiefly with "looking out for Number One," and ig­noring their responsibilities of citizenship, soon cannot "insure domestic tranquillity, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare" - or carry on the other major duties of the state. When the crisis comes, the people may turn in desperation to the hero-administrator, the misty figure somewhere at the summit. But in the end, that hero­administrator will not save the republic, although he may govern for a time by force. A democratic republic cannot long endure unless a great many of its citizens stand ready and will­ing to brighten the corner where they are, and to sacrifice much for the nation, if need be.

Has The Consciousness of Responsibility Withered in America?

For the past five or six decades, several perceptive observers have remarked, an increasing proportion of the American population has ceased to feel responsible for the common defense, for productive work, for choosing able men and women to represent them in politics, for accepting personal responsibility for the needs of the community, or even for their own livelihood. Unless this deterioration is arrested, the responsible citizens will be too few to support and protect the irresponsible. By 1978 there were more people receiving regular government checks than there were workers in the private sector.

What follows, if we are to judge by the history of fallen civilizations, is described by Albert Jay Nock in his book Memoirs of a Superfluous Man (1943):

"... closer centralization; a steadily growing bureaucracy; State power and faith in State power increasing; social power and faith in social power diminishing; the State absorbing a continually larger proportion of the national income; production languishing; the State in consequence taking over one 'essential industry' after another, managing them with ever-increasing corruption, inefficiency, and prodigality, and finally resorting to a system of forced labor. Then at some point in this process a collision of State interests, at least as general and as violent as that which occurred in 1914, will result in an industrial and financial dislocation too severe for the asthenic [weak] social structure to bear; and from this the State will be left to 'the rusty death of machinery' and the casual anonymous forces of dissolution."

Modem civilization offers a great variety of diversions, amusements, and enticements - some of them baneful. But modem civilization does not offer many inducements to the performance of duties, except perhaps monetary payment, and certainly it does not teach people that the real reward for responsible citizenship is the preservation of a free society.

It is not money that can induce citizens to labor and sacrifice for the common good. They must be moved by patriotism and their attachment to the Constitution. And patriotism alone, ignorant boasting about ones native land, would not suffice to preserve the Republic.

Thus it is that on the occasion of the Bicentennial celebrating of the Constitution, a mighty effort ought to be made to restore the American public's awareness of the principles of their government, of their responsibilities toward their country, their neighbors, their children, their parents, and themselves to be sure that their patrotism is based on this solid foundation. No one knows how late the hour is; but it is later than most people think. Love of the Republic shelters all our other loves; and that love is worth some sacrifice.

Responsibilities Are Readily Forgotten

Nearly all of us are quick to claim benefits, but not everybody is eager to fulfill obligations. We have become a nation obsessed with rights, forgetful of responsibilities. In an age of seeming affluence, a great many people find it easy to forget that all good things must be paid for by somebody or other - paid for through hard work, through painful abstinence, sometimes through bitter sacrifice. Below we set down some of the causes for the decline of a sense of responsibility among some American citizens.

In other words, the temptation of public men in Washington is always to offer to have the federal government assume fresh responsibilities - with consequent decay of local and private vigor (it might be argued that, at least in part, a failure in the proper exercise of citizens' responsibility permitted the development of the welfare state syndrome - that the government owes them a living. In any event, once it got under way and the welfare state grew, the sense of citizens' responsibility and rugged individualism deteriorated).

These are only some of the reasons why a 'permissive" society speaks often of rights and seldom of responsibilities. A time comes, in the course of events, when abruptly there is a most urgent need for men and women ready to fulfill high and exacting and dangerous responsibilities. And if there are no such citizens, then liberty can be lost. It must be remembered that the great strength of the Signers of the Declaration and the Framers of the Constitution was that they knew their classical history, and how the ancient Greek cities had lost their liberties, and how the Roman system had sunk to its ruin under the weight of proletariat and military state.

Prospects For The Renewal Of Responsibility

What may be done by way of remedy? Although America's social difficulties are formidable, probably they are less daunting than those of any other great nation today. The economic resources of the United States remain impressive; and the country's intellectual resources are large.

This essay cannot offer, in its small compass, a detailed program for the popular recovery of devotion to duty. Here we can only suggest healing approaches:

In your own circumstances, you may encounter oppor­tunities for the renewal of responsibility more promising where you live than any suggested here. In any society, it always has been a minority who have upheld order and justice and freedom. If only one out of every ten citizens of the United States of America should vigorously fulfill his responsibilities to our civil social order - why, we would not need to fear for the future of this nation.


  1. In all previous cultures, children ordinarily accepted responsibility for the well-being of their parents in old age; and in various societies, the children were so held accountable in law. Why has this form of responsibility decayed in the twentieth century? Can you think of political and social causes for the care of elderly parents being turned over to public agencies?

  2. Can you name seven or eight voluntary associations or organizations, not subsidized or directed by government, that perform important services in your community or in America generally? Explore the benefits from this kind of involvement as opposed to "letting the government do it."

  3. Responsible citizenship sometimes brings risks - all the way from unpopularity in some local dispute to pushing forward under enemy fire in military action. How may schools help to teach the rising generation the high importance of performing duties that may be dangerous?

  4. Are you and I personally responsible for our decisions and actions, or are we simply creatures of our environment, "conditioned" to respond in one way or another to events and challenges? Marshal the arguments on either side of this question, and then consider the probable social consequences of believing in freedom of the will, or believing that society, rather than the individual person, is responsible for citizen's actions.

  5. What are you doing to help preserve the great principles on which this nation and your personal freedoms are based?

Our Ageless Constitution, W. David Stedman & La Vaughn G. Lewis, Editors (Asheboro, NC, W. David Stedman Associates, 1987) Part VII Essay (Dr. Russell Kirk & La Vaughn G. Lewis, Co-Authors):  ISBN 0-937047-01-5 Read more

31 posted on 03/16/2013 8:28:36 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: sheikdetailfeather

I’m waiting with bated breath. (After Dr. Carson, this panel is a bit of a letdown.)

32 posted on 03/16/2013 8:33:48 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Thanks for capturing and posting Dr. Carson’s words and admonition. This is exactly what Obama is doing; he is leading the charge in this anti-liberty campaign and undermining the founding principles of this country.

But he is also being being aided and abetted by a corrupt media and a complicit academia. That’s why this statist agenda is such an insidious thing. It’s not just the political machinery that we’re fighting against. We must also challenge the media and encourage reforms in our educational system.

33 posted on 03/16/2013 8:35:44 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: All

Is this the same Dr. Carson who recently came out in favor of gun controls?

34 posted on 03/16/2013 8:41:39 AM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: 9YearLurker
(After Dr. Carson, this panel is a bit of a letdown.)

Did you watch Arthur Brooks speech? A majority of Americans don’t believe Republicans care about them and it needs to change. He's right on and has outlined victory. It's obvious and brilliant.
35 posted on 03/16/2013 8:42:56 AM PDT by Vision (Obama is king of the "Takers." Don't be a "Taker.")
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To: Starboard

You are so right about our educational system. Glenn Beck has been talking about this over the past few days:

Is the ‘Common Core’ Initiative Dumbing Down America’s Students?

Mar. 14, 2013 9:09pm Tiffany Gabbay

36 posted on 03/16/2013 8:46:39 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather (Yuri Bezmenov (KGB Defector) - "Kick The Communists Out of Your Govt. & Don't Accept Their Goodies.")
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To: 9YearLurker
The problem with this political navel gazing is that the panels are focusing on the failure to get the message/ideas out to the electorate. They incorrectly believe that the reason the conservatives are losing is that they are not doing a good job in getting out our message. Or that we need more tokenism to show that we are tolerant.

The reality is that changing demographics are reshaping the electorate. As long as we continue to bring in 1.2 million legal immigrants a year, most of whom are uneducated and 87% minorities as defined by the USG, and an open border with hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens entering this country annually, we will be unable to win elections. In 1970 one in 21 was foreign born, today it is one in 8 the highest it has been in 90 years and within a decade it will be one in 7 the highest in our history. And by 2050 one in five will be foreign born.

Limited government and low taxes have no appeal to those who receive government checks and services or those who pay no taxes. The culture of dependency is growing, which increases the Dem constituency.

37 posted on 03/16/2013 8:50:16 AM PDT by kabar
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To: AlmaKing

It’s the same Dr. Carson who is very complimentary of the greatness of Colin Powell and who doesn’t say a negative thing about Powell in his recent book America the Beautiful.

38 posted on 03/16/2013 8:51:44 AM PDT by Reddon
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To: Innovative

BEST speech yet! God bless Dr Carson

39 posted on 03/16/2013 8:53:51 AM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: Vision
Did you watch Arthur Brooks speech? A majority of Americans don’t believe Republicans care about them and it needs to change. He's right on and has outlined victory. It's obvious and brilliant.

Brilliant? More crap. How do we expect to demonstrate that care? When almost one in every two in this country receives a government check, the proposition that our ideas will be able to compete with Santa Claus is nonsense. We had the Bush "compassionate conservatism" that translated into massive spending that doubled our national debt and a huge new entitlement program that represents $7 trillion in unfunded liabilities.

40 posted on 03/16/2013 8:55:11 AM PDT by kabar
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