Dr. Ben Carson has a way of cutting through the political noise, delivering a concise call to action that has made him a heroic figure in today’s conservative movement. His speech to a packed house of supporters during last week’s CPAC event in Washington, D.C. proved just how in tune he is with the frustration many Americans feel about the direction of this country.
He explained that there is not a lack of common sense in the U.S.; however, those who have it have been “beaten into submission.”
Using his own background in medicine, he explained that the search for new and innovative treatments instilled in him the importance of not becoming too attached to a particular way of doing things.
“When the facts were shown, people made adjustments,” he said. “Unfortunately, that does not happen in the political realm. Ideologues … just believe what they believe.”
It is up to the American people, he said, to convince our stubborn leaders that there is a preferable option to the current path on which we are headed.
“I’m not a fan of political correctness,” he asserted, detailing a number of principled ideals he holds that have been misrepresented by his opponents in an effort to damage his credibility.
“I still believe marriage is between a man and a woman,” he said. “Because I happen to mention that nobody gets to change the definition of marriage … they said Carson said gay marriage and bestiality is the same thing.”
While he obviously refuted that claim, maintaining that “anybody who believes that is a dummy,” he said anyone who takes his comments out of context to suit his or her own agenda is also “a dummy.”
Carson affirmed that “gay people should have the same rights as everyone else; but they don’t get extra rights.”
He said this issue is just one of several that the left uses to paint a false picture of conservative values.
“They repeat these lies over and over again because they cannot argue the actual facts,” he maintained.
As for the Republican response to these tactics, he said everyone on the right must join in a united front to battle the disastrous policies of the Obama administration and prevent the rise of future leftist regimes.
“The ship is about to sail off Niagra Falls,” he said, noting that the GOP has “got a bunch of people looking off the side and saying, ‘There’s barnacles.’”
Instead of focusing on superficial differences between Republican candidates, he said it is vital to support a viable candidate unless his or her policies are completely antithetical to the cause of liberty. He also expressed the importance of convincing non-voters of the importance of political action and helping older Americans make it to the polls.
“Get all of these people [and] bring them back into the fold,” he said. “The Greatest Generation can help us save this nation once again.”
He explained that the brave patriots who secured victory during World War II did so with future generations in mind.
“Why on D-Day did those guys storm the shores of Normandy?” he asked. “They did it because they wanted you to have a land that’s free. We cannot be free if we are not brave.”
–B. Christopher Agee
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