Speaking Truth to Power – A Primer for Republicans
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Yesterday Dr. J. almost ran off the road in his Imperial Shuttle when he heard excerpts from Dr. Ben Carson’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast.
For those not in the know, Dr. Carson is the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins. In other words, he is one of, if not the best pediatric brain surgeon in the world. He grew up the child of a single mom, when he fell in love with College Bowl, on public television, he aspired to go to Yale (who were the New York Yankees of College Bowl), with renewed purpose, worked hard in school, graduating high school with honors and went on to Yale. The rest, they say, is history.
Yesterday, he gave the keynote speech at the National Prayer Breakfast.
Here are some excerpts:
DR. CARSON: Here’s my solution: When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record, and a health savings account to which money can be contributed — pretax — from the time you’re born ’til the time you die. When you die, you can pass it on to your family members, so that when you’re 85 years old and you got six diseases, you’re not trying to spend up everything. You’re happy to pass it on and there’s nobody talking about death panels. Number one. And also, for the people who were indigent who don’t have any money we can make contributions to their HSA each month because we already have this huge pot of money. Instead of sending it to some bureaucracy, let’s put it in their HSAs. Now they have some control over their own health care.
What about our taxation system — so complex there is no one that can possibly comply with every jot and title…When I pick up my Bible, you know what I see — I see the fairest individual in the universe — God — and he’s given us a system. It’s called tithe.”
ON AMERICA’S CHALLENGES:
I think particularly about ancient Rome. Very powerful — nobody could even challenge them militarily…they destroyed themselves from within…Moral decay. Fiscal irresponsibility.
ON POLITICAL CORRECTNESS:
We’ve reached a point where people are actually afraid to talk about what they want to say, because somebody might be offended…We’ve got to get over this sensitivity and it keeps people from saying what they really believe.
Did he just say all of that, and with President Obama sitting right next to him?!?!?
Yes he did. There is a tremendous lesson to be learned. Dr. Carson, took on a number of sacred cows of the Progressive Movement, specifically universal health care, the progressive tax code, Suppression of Dissent (via speech codes, etc…), and Deficit Spending and Moral Relativism. He does an anti-Alinsky in the process. he provides the a better alternative to Obamacare taking it out to its logical conclusion, like the life of Julia except that it works. He simplifies taxes so that it sounds fair for everyone. No pitting rich against poor. 10%? For everyone? Not unreasonable. He doesn’t alienate his audience talking about modern morality. He gives a historical example. Rome. We don’t want to become the next Rome, rather than calling the guy at the table down in front Caligula because he brought a horse as his date, he just provides a timely historical analogy. Lastly with political correctness he doesn’t demonize anybody, but makes the point that political correctness is in itself fear incarnate and dishonesty incarnate, and we are better for being forthright. Again, he isn’t calling the thought police the villains, just the control of thought.
Dr. Carson went through the current political environment and like the surgeon he is, dissected away progressivism from it leaving clean margins; and one better, he used anesthesia, so that the President didn’t feel a thing.
The Republicans need to take a lesson from Dr. Carson, doctor’s orders.