It is becoming clear that the Republican successor to Ronald Reagan may not come from Congress. He may not have executive experience as a governor of a state, though these are the roads most often traveled to the White House.
There is a new name on the lips of the politically engaged. To the uninitiated he might appear a most unlikely candidate.
Benjamin Carson is a physician, a gifted neurosurgeon who has a way with words as well as a scalpel. In fact, many say his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 7, cut the president of the United States, who was seated just a few feet away, to the quick. Some, like conservative commentator Cal Thomas, called his remarks “inappropriate.” Others say they were a breath of fresh air, a lesson in economics mixed with biblical truths that are indisputable.
The truth is that Dr. Carson, a devout man, did not direct his remarks to the president. He has been writing and speaking about these issues for some time. However, he did not pull any punches in this venue simply because Barack Obama chose to attend.
For far too long people of faith have tiptoed around politicians who quote the Bible and appear at religious events when it suits them, all the while promoting an unholy agenda.
For far too long, we have stood silent while being lectured on the dangers of trying to legislate morality.
News flash: There is no such thing as a value-free piece of legislation. Every law we have represents someone’s set of values, and if you aren’t electing people to represent you who believe in your values, somebody is!
Dr. Caron’s speech was gutsy. Not since 1994, when Mother Theresa delivered an impassioned speech on the evils of abortion in the presence of Bill Clinton at this same venue, have we seen a president so eloquently and deservedly undressed at a public gathering.
The following day, the Wall Street Journal ran an editorial with a title that was on the minds of all those in attendance, “Ben Carson for President.” His speech went viral on YouTube. A few days later, his latest book, “America the Beautiful, Rediscovering What Made this Nation Great,” was catapulted to Amazon’s best-seller list. On Friday, Fox New’s Sean Hannity ran an hour special on Dr. Carson complete with a Frank Luntz focus group that seemed ready to draft him on the spot.
In just two weeks this modest man, who is the director of pediatric neurosurgery at prestigious Johns Hopkins, has become a household word.
There has never been a doctor in the White House. Perhaps that is just what is needed at such a time as this. Carson told ABC’s Jonathan Karl on the network’s premier news program, “This Week,” that he doesn’t consider his remarks to have been particularly political. He went on to explain, “You know I’m a physician. I like to diagnose things. And you know, I’ve diagnosed some pretty, pretty significant issues that I think a lot of people resonate with.” When asked about a possible White House run, he said, “That’s not my intention,” but added, “I’ll leave that up to God.”
What were the problems diagnosed by Dr. Carson that hit a nerve?
- Political correctness – the attempt by those in power to muzzle anyone who dares to disagree with them;
- Our $16 trillion national debt;
- The tax system, which leaves many people with no skin in the game;
- A health-care system where people have no incentive to conserve and the government controls life-and-death decisions.
Dr. Carson didn’t simply diagnose these problems. He offered simple solutions anyone can understand – solutions that can cut across party lines – much the way Ronald Reagan did three decades earlier.
So move over Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal. The doctor is in!
We’ve had our fill of politicians. Where did that lead us? Off the fiscal cliff. Statistics show that the longer they stay in office, the more they compromise and the more of our money they waste. We simply can’t afford them anymore!
Doctors operate in the real world. They base their decisions on facts, not political expediency.
Yes, we could use a doctor – or two – in the White House. A Ben Carson/Tom Coburn ticket perhaps?
Coburn is a true citizen legislator, the kind envisioned by our Founding Fathers, who goes home every weekend to see patients. To make sure he does not become part of the Washington culture, Coburn term-limited himself and often takes his own party to task.
This could be a winning combination!
See Dr. Carson’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast: