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CARSON: If you love America, get informed
The Washington Times ^ | November 5, 2013 | Ben S. Carson

Posted on 11/06/2013 9:57:37 AM PST by jazusamo

As a child in elementary school, I was the epitome of an underachiever. You could always count on me to get the lowest score on a test, because I lacked even the basic knowledge of an unsophisticated street kid.

I secretly admired the smart children in school and wondered how they always seemed to know the answers to any question the teachers would ask. I would have been doomed to failure but my mother, who was a domestic, keenly observed that her employers did a great deal of reading. She determined that my brother and I would become avid readers in the hope that we would emulate them. We resisted the change from our entertainment-focused lives, but because of her tenacity, my mother always prevailed in the end.

One day, I noticed that I, too, knew most of the answers to the questions the teacher was asking, because I had recently been reading about the subject matter at hand. I was inspired to read everything I could get my hands on, and my academic ascension quickly landed me at the head of the class.

Reading made me knowledgeable and completely changed my perception of myself and the world around me. I began to question things and to study subjects on my own, and I took great joy in astounding adults with my knowledge. The point here is, my perceptions of the world and my role in it were drastically altered by the accumulation of knowledge.

The Founders of America said that our system of government was based on a well-informed and educated populace. Such people could not be easily led by less-than-honest politicians or by a press with an agenda that was politically biased. There was a time in America when basic knowledge and education were highly valued...

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: baitandswitch; carson; obama; obamacare

1 posted on 11/06/2013 9:57:37 AM PST by jazusamo
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To: AllAmericanGirl44; Bigg Red; duckman; EDINVA; fatnotlazy; gaijin; iceskater; Nepeta; poobear; ...
Ben Carson *Ping*

Ben Caron photo BenCarson_zps8b233ca1.jpg

Please Freepmail to get on or off this list…

2 posted on 11/06/2013 9:58:52 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

Dr. Carson has been filling in for Rusty Humphries and on occasion Jerry Doyle. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed his show these past few weeks.


3 posted on 11/06/2013 9:59:56 AM PST by Antihero101607
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To: jazusamo

I was just thinking to myself we don’t have any inspirational leaders, but we do.


4 posted on 11/06/2013 10:05:44 AM PST by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: jazusamo
Yes, please America, get informed so we don't have to watch these pathetic displays: Karl Marx for POTUS in 2016
5 posted on 11/06/2013 10:05:58 AM PST by missycocopuffs
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To: jazusamo

Sanctimonious self righteous FReepers have already started to destroy Dr Carson. He does not fit within their narrow minded tunnel view


6 posted on 11/06/2013 10:06:36 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: Antihero101607

I happened to see him on Bret Baier’s Special Report panel yesterday also speaking on 0bamacare.


7 posted on 11/06/2013 10:06:56 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo
I would be delighted if we deleted party affiliation from all ballots, encouraging people to vote for ideas and records of accomplishment, not parties.

As a poll watcher, I've said for years that we need to remove the party from the ballot. People go in to vote and vote party line every time without a concern for the issues, and we're left with the situation we're in now.

If they simply removed those single letters, our nation would be FORCED to know for whom they vote.

8 posted on 11/06/2013 10:07:25 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: jazusamo
Imagine that, READING IS FUNDAMENTAL!
not the newest Current Social Issues (CR@P :)
pushed by the Marxists out there..

9 posted on 11/06/2013 10:08:20 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: jazusamo
Exactly!

When I was young, I adored reading.

I was told: 'There are words... every word is an idea and when you know the word and the idea...it BELONGS to you!'

I became a glutton!!

I went to the library and asked if I could look at the books that ‘don't have pictures’.

The librarian (it was a small town) called my mother and asked what she should do.

My mother said “Give her what ever she wants to read.”

10 posted on 11/06/2013 10:08:31 AM PST by SMARTY ("The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms." H. Amiel)
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To: jazusamo

This man, and a very few others like him, offer a small spark of hope for a better future.


11 posted on 11/06/2013 10:09:38 AM PST by Iron Munro (When a killer screams 'Allahu Akbar' you don't need to be mystified about a motive.)
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To: rarestia

Agreed, it would be a huge step in the right direction. Probably would eliminate a lot of low info voters because they’re too lazy to inform themselves.


12 posted on 11/06/2013 10:12:06 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: bert

It’s been said that liberals will coalesce with 70% agreement.
And conservatives will war over 10% disagreement.

Having said that, I want to see more of his 2A views.
That is one potential deal breaker.


13 posted on 11/06/2013 10:18:19 AM PST by nascarnation
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To: bert

This FREEPER is 1000% with Dr. Carson I adore this man!!! No one is
perfect but this man had the cajones to speak up loud and clear right
In front of the ONE!! May God always bless him and his family!!!


14 posted on 11/06/2013 10:24:10 AM PST by Kit cat (OBummer must go)
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To: jazusamo
Probably would eliminate a lot of low info voters because they’re too lazy to inform themselves.

Seems in a recent election there was a lawsuit by the Left to put "D" and "R" on the ballots so their voters would know who to vote for!

A tantamount admission to the very point you make.

15 posted on 11/06/2013 10:28:36 AM PST by grobdriver
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To: jazusamo
Hmmmm...perhaps we need to revisit this very prophetic 2009 statement:

RUSH caller: Susan 45 from Glendale CA (Sep 30 , 2009)

Mom, 7 children…lawyer

Rush, it’s a huge honor for me to speak to you and I hope I can keep my voice level because I am so passionate, I’m as passionate as you are about this country. I’m a conservative, I’ve listened to you for 25 years. I’m married, I have seven kids, and when you were telling me about how... all of the shenanigans that they’re going to do... in the Senate, to pass two different Senate bills then slam ‘em together, attach them to some house bill about TARP and then jam it through and jam it down our throats I got furious, and then I listened to what you said about the Michigan mom who was watching some kids before they went to school and how the Michigan state came down on her accusing her of running an illegal day care and you’re... you’re right, what they’re going to do is they’re going to threaten our health and they’re going to threaten the health of our children if I don’t comply with their health care I’m not going to be able to get my children the medicine they need...

Rush: No... it’s not... whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa... it’s not if you don’t comply with they’re health care, it’s not if you’re a good citizen in support of the liberals running the country.

Yes sir, and I’m not, I’m a conservative. You know what, I’m 45, I might fall and break my hip in the next ten years, they’re going to have to give me a shot cause they’re not going to want me to be healed. And they’re going to do this to my children. It’s like you said... they are the party of abortion... they are the party of euthanasia. They are trying to wipe out senior citizens who are... maybe not as useful to the Democrat National Committee as they should be, who are not contributing enough to them. And I am outraged and furious and my question to you... because I’m a political nobody. I’m just out here on the left coast in la-la land watching all the liberals run our California state bankrupt. What can we do? Legally, morally, to take this country back. I want people to stand up and I want them to vote these these... these criminals, these pedophiles out of office. I want them to take back the state of California and make it a golden state, and I want them to take back Washington, but we’re little people, and we marched, 2,000,000 of us down to Washington and the press, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, not one of them shows pictures on the news not one of them will report anything, in fact they cover it up.

I’ve talked to so many people on... on the phone... just neighbors , who are liberal and some of them are conservatives, both sides, and I tell them these things... go to Fox news, look at this. No one sees the truth because... the travesty of all of this. Part of this is politics... it’s normal, I understand, it’s two party, we’re going to fight and tussle over what’s right and wrong, and then, you know, we’re going to win some, lose some. But the damning thing, today, is that the press, the press, is betraying us. And we have no way, just us, we, the little political moms, nobodies, I’m... I’m a mother, and I have no one to listen to, to go to on the news, except for you and Fox. Tell us what we can do in 2010, other than voting for Sarah Palin, which I will do, but I need to know, because I don’t have much hope, I sure don’t have hope from Obama, I need hope from Rush, and I want you to please, tell us what we can do because this is the life of my children. They’re on the line. They can put me out to pasture, but yes, they’ve got me over a barrel because I will do anything to save the life of my children, and if it means that I’ve got to kiss some big Democrat’s rear end to get the health care for my baby, I’ll have to do it. And that sickens me, because they are MY employees

I need to know because I don’t have much hope.

Tell us what we can do because this is the life of my children, they’re on the line.

And that sickens me because they’re my employees, I’m paying their salaries, I’m paying for their fancy office of doctors down at the... what you were talking about... down at the House of representatives and Senate, they just get to walk in, pay $503 specialists flown in, pharmacy right there, on their hour, probably open 24 hours a day, nobody has to wait... they get because I’m paying for it, I’m paying for it, it’s coming out of my children’s allowances.

And they’re taking it without listening, without representing us, like you said, the small “r.” I’m not being represented. I’ve called Boxer’s office, I’ve called Adam Schiff, who’s my so-called representative. They are very polite, the little people on the phone but the people who are running this country, don’t listen to us, there are millions of us and we’re all furious. And no one, no one is even reporting what is being said, and I’m watching the country that I love, that my father fought for in WWII, that my father-in-law, was wounded and got the purple heart for and I’m watching it just.. just... being taken, just like candy from a baby, oh we’ll help you, we’ll give you health care... here’s a lollypop, go away.

And nobody’s doing anything. I’m sorry to be so angry, but I need hope, and I need to know how to counteract these shenanigans. This is not what we put people in government for. To run little bitty side bills, smash ‘em together, and then vote ‘em under the carpet into a different health care bill that’s languishing.

That’s dirty politics, and it shouldn’t be happening. It should be up-and-down vote. And you’re right, the 63 new judges coming on, they’re going to... that’s going to cement, that’s going to absolutely cement their ability to write law, instead of legislate, they can just send it to the judges. The judges will rubber-stamp it.

We’ll just write the law... never mind conservatism, never mind reading what the law actually says. And I look at this, I see this happening every day, I listen to you, and I’m to the point where I don’t even know if I should listen any more, cause it... it... it... I’m so passionate and I’m so furious to watch all this, to hear it all happening, and I feel so powerless for the first time in my life.

I’m glad Mrs. Obama is proud of her country for the first time in her life. I as a mother, as a nobody, I am ashamed of my government, for the first time in my life. And I need to know, how to combat this, especially in 2010, what can I do today, NOW, to help, to revitialize these... these namby-pamby liberal-conservative RINOs in our Senate, and in our government, who are just voting to get along and... (imitates) “I want to get re-elected.” That’s nonsense. They’re not standing up for what’s good and clean and right. They’re not standing up for our Constitution. They should be all thrown out, every last one of ‘em. And I don’t know how to mobilize people, but you do Rush, you do, you have the power, and with... with great gifts, God gives great responsibility, and I beg you, please, please, give us hope, and lead us... because this cannot stand, they cannot keep doing this... this is wrong. (end of segment string).


16 posted on 11/06/2013 10:35:42 AM PST by Stand Watch Listen ( GOPe wants our money, our votes, but NOT our principles/values/beliefs)
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To: Stand Watch Listen

Susan was dead on the mark four years ago and it hasn’t changed.


17 posted on 11/06/2013 10:49:30 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo
"If you like your America, you will be able to keep your America. Period. If you like your freedom, you will be able to keep your freedom. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what."

18 posted on 11/06/2013 11:07:06 AM PST by Rodamala
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To: rarestia
As a poll watcher, I've said for years that we need to remove the party from the ballot. People go in to vote and vote party line every time without a concern for the issues, and we're left with the situation we're in now.

Ain't that the truth. I really good friend of mine who happens to be black is a perfect example. Pro-2nd Amendment, check. Anti-abortion, check. Anti-big government, check. Fiscal conservative, check. Pro- traditional family, check. Anti-immigration amnesty, check. Votes democrat, check. Why? Because everyone in his family is a democrat and that's the way he was raised.

19 posted on 11/06/2013 11:18:32 AM PST by Labyrinthos
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To: jazusamo

Dude is cool.

He ought to be paired with Clint Eastwood.

Well thought, eloquent and reasoned thoughts.

Really look forward to reading his opinion.


20 posted on 11/06/2013 11:32:45 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: bert

What?


21 posted on 11/06/2013 11:33:46 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Vendome

A while back someone posted that he reminds them of Sowell in the way he thinks and reasons things out and I can see the similarities.

He’s a brilliant guy with a lot of common sense.


22 posted on 11/06/2013 11:44:23 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: Vendome

It’s true..... started yesterday


23 posted on 11/06/2013 11:57:01 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: bert

Really?

I’ll watch.

Super sweet guy and beyond informed opinion.

Love how he educates while smiling and just being a simply plain guy.

Makes me want to grow a goatee....not...


24 posted on 11/06/2013 12:00:07 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: bert; Vendome

You’re right but I saw some comments like that when he first started speaking out.


25 posted on 11/06/2013 12:04:10 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

What do you have against goatees? /s /s /s


26 posted on 11/06/2013 12:09:59 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Vendome

LOL! Goatees should be Zotted:)


27 posted on 11/06/2013 12:17:52 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: Vendome

That reminds me. I gotta shave.

Good on Dr Carson. Don’t forget sports.


28 posted on 11/06/2013 12:20:18 PM PST by onedoug
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To: onedoug

ENJOY... DEMOCRATS FOR KARL MARX PRESIDENT IN 2016

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0azojPPRhw

The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.
Ayn Rand


29 posted on 11/06/2013 12:54:39 PM PST by Dqban22
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To: onedoug

ENJOY... DEMOCRATS FOR KARL MARX PRESIDENT IN 2016

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0azojPPRhw

The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.
Ayn Rand


30 posted on 11/06/2013 12:54:47 PM PST by Dqban22
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To: Vendome

-——Super sweet guy and beyond informed opinion——

He uses words as a super sharp stiletto

He inserts it between ribs so smoothly, with an ever so deft twist, the victim is had and never sees it coming.


31 posted on 11/06/2013 1:25:43 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: bert

Ibwas thinking the stilleto ended up onnthe eye or the the corner of the eye of.

Nice analogy


32 posted on 11/06/2013 1:35:37 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: jazusamo

Thank you again for the ping. Gives me great pleasure to read such wisdom and common sense.


33 posted on 11/06/2013 2:36:38 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: bert

Dr. Carson would make a great President.


34 posted on 11/06/2013 3:15:04 PM PST by tuffydoodle (Shut up voices, or I'll poke you with a Q-Tip again.)
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To: fatnotlazy

My pleasure, FRiend...Dr. Carson is indeed a breath of fresh air.


35 posted on 11/06/2013 3:48:50 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: tuffydoodle

I think so too.

I think Roger Ailes thinks so too.


36 posted on 11/06/2013 4:05:53 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: jazusamo

Thanks for the ping. As always, Carson’s piece is well-reasoned and well-written.

But, sadly, the truth is that the people who are not really informed do not love this country and are likely to continue on blithely with their obsession with entertainment. And the progressives are counting on their continued ignorance of the real issues.


37 posted on 11/07/2013 6:05:18 AM PST by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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