NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – “We cannot be free if we are not brave.”
That’s how Ben Carson summed up the predicament every American faces in the era of President Obama, while speaking at CPAC, the annual gathering of conservatives just outside Washington, D.C.
The world-famous neurosurgeon said if Americans use the example of the greatest generation they can save the nation and, “We can get our country back, but we have to be brave.”
Carson invited the audience to remember the incredible dangers and hardships Americans faced during World War II. With all of civilization on the verge of collapse, only one thing saved the day: The one country with enough strength and determination to fight, and win, wars on two fronts on the opposite sides of the world.
He poignantly recalled how Americans had made tremendous sacrifices so that people all across the world could have freedom and justice.
“You want to tell me we’re not an exceptional country? You go jump in a lake!” exclaimed Carson triggering a huge ovation, as the crowd stood and cheered.
Carson used another stark analogy to describe the economic peril America faces.
“The ship is about to sail off Niagara Falls and were all about to be killed,” he gravely warned about the nation’s more than $17-trillion in debt.
The doctor implored voters, that even if their preferred candidate does not win in the primary elections, they still must vote for Republicans in the fall.
He said whether the candidates are tea partiers, RINOs (Republicans In Name Only), or “whatever you want to call them – we need them!”
However, he was careful to add, voters must “kick out of office those who keep voting to raise the debt ceiling,” which included some key GOP leaders.
Carson jumped into the national spotlight after giving the keynote address at the National Prayer Breakfast in February 2013. With President Obama sitting just a few feet away, Carson delivered a 27-minute stinging rebuke of the administration’s policies and “moral decay and fiscal irresponsibility.”
After that speech, the Wall Street Journal ran an editorial that practically begged Carson to run for president. That wish may come true.
The world-renowned neurosurgeon was greeted with a hero’s welcome at CPAC as the crowd delivered a boisterous standing ovation, with many holding Carson for president in 2016 signs.
Carson did not mention his humble origins, born and raised in a single-parent home to a mother who was one of 24 children, and who married at age 13. He rose from poverty in inner-city Detroit to become director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins.
He said he was able to achieve his dream of becoming a physician because he had a mother who tolerated no excuses and “because I believed in God.”
Strongly hinting his destiny may next lead him in the direction of the White House, Carson said after he retired last year he had expected to play golf but, “I think the good Lord had a different plan.”
The doctor said he is not sure what the culmination of that plan will be, but he and his wife love traveling the country and meeting Americans.
He said people are relieved to find someone speaking common sense because the political correctness police have made them think they were alone, and beaten so many Americans into submission.
Carson described the technique pushed by radial leftist Saul Alinksy that is used by today's liberal, to "make the majority think their way of thinking is outdated" and to get the media to buy into that.
"It's time for people to stand up for what they believe."
Carson said the reason leftists "repeat these lies over and over again is because they cannot talk about the actual facts. We have to understand, this is what these people do."
He said they are following Alinsky's guidance to not have an intelligent conversation with their opponents because that would humanize them, and what the left seeks to do is demonize its enemies.
The physician also insisted "the most important thing people have is there is their health care” and that's why the most important thing is "we must fight to make sure it stays in their hands and not the hands of the government."
Carson called Obamacare "the most massive shift in power that has ever occurred. We need to redo it and put the power back in the hands of the American people!"
He noted how, in the medical world, people debate ideas. But the political world is populated by ideologues, and the only people who can stop them are the American people.
"I hate political correctness. I will continue to defy the PC police who have tried, in many cases, to shut me up.
"I still believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.
"Of course gay people should have the same rights as everyone else," he said to loud applause.
"But they don't [get] extra rights," he said to even louder applause.
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