BIRMINGHAM, Ala. December 6, 2013 - On November 7th, Dr. Benjamin Carson addressed an audience of 1,400 at the Alabama Policy Institute’s 24th annual dinner.
At a time when nationalizing 1/6th of America’s economy has imploded into a health insurance fiasco and the national debt is at $17 trillion and climbing, pioneering neurosurgeon Dr. Carson is speaking out against political correctness and government dependency.
Carson is a very soft-spoken man, and even when he is using a microphone the entire audience hushes as much as possible for fear they might miss a word.
Benjamin Solomon Carson was raised by a single mother who was committed to giving her sons a strong foundation for liberty.
“My mother was out working 2-3 jobs at a time, leaving at five in the morning and getting back after midnight, because she didn’t want to be on welfare,” said Carson. “She was very observant and she noticed that no one she ever saw go on welfare came off of it. She did not like the idea of being dependent. She didn’t want us to be dependent.”
“In fact, I suspect my mother with her 3rd grade education could probably do a much better job than the people at the head of this country,” said Carson, drawing applause from the audience.
“Just understanding basic principles - like not spending what you don’t have - what a difference that would make. Combine this basic knowledge with bravery; a willingness to stand up for what you believe in. Can you imagine what a tremendous change could be brought in our nation?”
Carson identified key divide-and-conquer strategies used by “secular progressives” as those codified by Saul Alinsky in Rules for Radicals.
“[Alinsky] talked about how important it is to make the majority of people believe that their way of thinking is in error, and that way they’ll shut up,&rdquo Carson observed. “And you make them think that your way of thinking is the only way that intelligent people think.”
Carson argued that this is contrary to American identity, which has a heritage of individual thought and liberty that transformed the course of history.
“If we all start thinking about how something can work rather than why it doesn’t work, imagine what begins to happen using our collective wisdom and resources and ideals. This is sort of what the Founders had in mind,” said Carson.
“That’s why they created a free system of free individuals who had free thinking, who were mature enough to actually be able to discuss things and weren’t manipulated by people who make you think that if you don’t agree with this person then you’re an enemy.”
Dr. Carson brings a surgeon’s hand and eye to the health care debate, meticulously bringing medical bureaucracy under the knife.
“There is nothing that you possess that begins to approach the value of your health,” said Carson, and “there are others who recognize that the most important thing you have is your health, and that’s why they want control of it.”
Carson has offered the ideas of portable electronic medical records and medical savings accounts as solutions to “bring the whole medical system into the free market place.” Carson suggested that all citizens be given as a base $2,000 a year in a medical savings account, to which they can add and share and pass on as a heritage to their family. Americans would also be allowed to give 5% of their fund to any friend or charity of their choosing.
“Being able to pass that on generationally is going to create huge amounts of money in every family and eventually you don’t even need the government’s contribution,” said Carson. “The government’s contribution will be much smaller than what the government is contributing now.”
“You make every family that way its own insurance company with no middle man - and certainly no government - in between,” said Carson. “A lot of efficiency that way, because a huge amount of money goes for bureaucracy and middlemen, and they won’t be there. The dollar will go a lot further.
Also, it brings the relationship back to the patient and the health care provider, and you begin to make much more intelligent decisions, but also because the patient is concerned now because you’ve got a dog in this fight, you’re now going to be paying attention to good deals.”
The question the good doctor will likely be faced with is this: Will his proposed medical savings account be a successful step towards weaning Americans off of government dependency and fostering personal responsibility, or will it become another entitlement program that is abused by future presidential administrations?
We shouldn’t have to worry about his critical thought process on the matter. Dr. Carson is an intellectual who isn’t too proud and jaded to call out the folly to which intellectuals are prone.
“Keep your mouth shut, and listen to us great intellectual pundits who say such wise things,” Carson said sarcastically. Such as, “you are in great debt - spend more money to stimulate the economy!”
“They go postal on everything yet they’re supposed to be so wise, and the Bible talks about people like that,” Carson admonished.
“Claiming themselves to be wise, they become fools.”
Amanda Read is a columnist for the Communities at The Washington Times. Trained as a historian, skilled as a writer, and aspiring to be a filmmaker, Amanda investigates the ideas behind contemporary culture and politics. A professional writer and researcher, she is also a Christian homeschool graduate, unconventional college graduate, military daughter, and eldest of the nine Read children at Fair Hills Farm. Find more of her work at www.amandaread.com. Follow @SincerelyAmanda
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