There are many successful liberals, so why do so many of them wish to subsidize failure for the poor instead of showing them how to succeed? Is it because they need the poor and downtrodden to remain that way so that they can get the victims to vote the way they want them to? Once the insidious specter of welfare is introduced, many people on the cusp of poverty are encouraged to stay there so they can keep on collecting the benefits that can amount to more than $80,000 in some cases. Not bad if you can get it.
Dr. Ben Carson is one example of someone who pulled himself out of poverty. Dr. Carson, the renowned neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., is enjoying a surprising celebrity status unrelated to his profession for speaking his mind at a public forum. He simply said that individuals and the nation might succeed if more Americans were less dependent on government assistance. He made that statement at the nation’s recent Prayer Breakfast with President Obama sitting to his left. The president was not happy with his comments. But since Dr. Carson did not have a teleprompter or prepared script, he could not submit his talking points to Obama’s secretaries before the breakfast. He simply told them he would give a short speech and compose it as he spoke. And that is what he did.
Dr. Carson, who is African-American, has been denounced as insufficiently black because he won’t toe the liberal line when it comes to big government and the implication that the poor (and the African-American voting bloc who fall below the poverty line) cannot succeed without it. The fact that many have not succeeded with government (and in some cases, the government is actually responsible for their continuing poverty and misery) has apparently escaped the notice of his critics, many of whom appeared on the Nanny Press and Obama-supporting stations over the weekend. Chris Matthews went on such a tirade I thought he was going to have a stroke. Unfortunately, God did not think it was his time.
Speaking with Megyn Kelly on Fox News’ “America Live” last week, Dr. Carson addressed some of the slurs tossed at him, saying they are what you might expect to hear “on a third grade playground.” It is the type of rhetoric that bullies use to keep you quiet. Dr. Carson appealed to his detractors to “move beyond” such rhetoric and “have a real discussion about the real facts. If somebody disagrees, let’s talk about why they disagree, let’s talk about the pros and cons, let’s see if we can find some accommodation.” That is how this earnest and thoughtful man put it. Of course, the simple logic was lost on the narcissistic, left-leaning socialists.
That is precisely what the left does not want to do because to have such a discussion would expose liberalism’s failure to solve the problems of poverty and education — to cite just two examples — through government. The school systems that have been given the most federal funding have among the lowest test scores in the nation. Many who graduate public school from the eighth grade can’t read or write clearly. They spell at a third grade level. What is the liberal answer to that? Give them more money and dumb down the textbooks. In other words, liberal socialists know that if they keep the populace illiterate, they will be able to control whatever they do.
MSNBC’s Toure Monday has called Dr. Carson a token “black friend” to the Republican Party. I watched many of his interviews because I like the way he puts things, and I don’t recall Dr. Carson ever saying he belongs to the Republican Party. He did say that he has independent thoughts, and that is what drives the liberal left nuts. Even so, labels should not define the man. What Dr. Carson is saying and what he represents should be the beginning of any discussion on what he is trying to say and do.
Liberals want to silence people of conscience and will use any means to do it. In Dr. Carson’s case, they branded him an Uncle Tom, thinking they could intimidate him to act like one. They were wrong. Dr. Carson is an eloquent speaker who uses logic like a scapel. He cuts the heart out of the liberal left argument quietly and efficiently.
Dr. Carson dismissed one suggestion he might be an “Uncle Tom” this way: “Well, obviously they don’t know what an Uncle Tom is because they need to read Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin.’ You’ll see that he was very, very subservient, kind of go along to get along type of person. Obviously, that’s not what I’m doing.”
No, Dr. Carson, you certainly are not an Uncle Tom by any stretch of the imagination. You are more like Cuba Gooding Jr.’s character in the movie “Men of Honor”. It is fitting that Cuba Gooding Jr. portrayed Dr. Carson in the movie “Gifted Hands”.
It is fitting that the conservative movement in America is looking to men like Dr. Ben Carson to quietly and eloquently make their cogent points to the average American voter. With him up front with heroes like Senator Marco Rubio, Congressman Gowdy, Senator Ted Cruz, and Congressman Paul Ryan, I think we have a really good chance of taking back America from the Secular Progressive Socialists.
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