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Dr. Carson's Refreshing Jolt of Good Societal Medicine

By David Limbaugh · Feb. 12, 2013

President Obama must have been stunned at the “audacity” of Dr. Benjamin Carson in challenging his core assumptions right to his face in front of thousands of people at the National Prayer Breakfast.

Obama is not used to being challenged, especially in public, even if indirectly and without being specifically named. From the look on his face, it was obvious Obama was none too pleased with Carson's message or with his “presumptuousness” in presenting it in that forum, while he had to sit still and – remain silent.

I think we can best understand Carson's message in light of his opening statements, which laid the foundation for the thematic body of this speech.

He began citing scriptural passages that he said would put his upcoming remarks into context. Three of the passages were wisdom sayings from the book of Proverbs, admonishing that the godless destroy their neighbor with their mouths, that a man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor and that a generous man will prosper.

The final passage was God's promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14 that if his people will humble themselves and pray and seek his face and turn from their wicked ways, he will hear them, forgive their sins and heal their land.

Carson also decried the chilling effect of political correctness that makes people afraid to express certain opinions on important issues, lest they incur the wrath of society's thought and speech police – those who presume to be the guardians of all moral and acceptable opinions. He then proceeded to boldly articulate a number of ideas that clearly fall in this category of disfavored speech.

Specifically, Carson offered a ringing endorsement of America's founding principles and its unique constitutional liberties. He decried the moral decay in our society and our government's grotesque fiscal irresponsibility.

He took aim on our ever-expanding welfare state, not only by championing hard work, self-reliance and personal responsibility but also in invoking his own personal experience as an example.

He related how his mother worked multiple jobs to provide for him and his brother and imparted critically important values to them. She made them read and improve themselves and absolutely refused to let them make excuses and claim victimhood for their plight.

Carson, I believe, was illustrating that we have a moral problem in this nation and that the instilling of good values begins in the home and is neither the responsibility nor the prerogative of a caretaker government.

He denounced the practice – refined to an art form by President Obama – of politicians employing class warfare to deride the wealthy with accusations that they don't contribute enough while treating the less fortunate as helpless and expecting no contribution from them at all. This, I think, is where he was dovetailing the scriptural texts warning against deriding one's neighbor. He was saying, in effect, that political demagogues who pit people against one another on the basis of income and wealth harm society, including the very people they pretend to help.

In a television interview, Carson expanded on some of these thoughts, explaining that the Founding Fathers were afraid of an out-of-control government that would “get to the point where it couldn't subsist without taking everything from the people.” Next, he linked, though not expressly, the scriptural passage on generosity in challenging today's conventional wisdom that the wealthy are necessarily greedy. He pointed to the remarkable generosity of some of America's historically wealthiest individuals. America, he said, “has always been a very generous nation. Look at all the foundations that have been created for the purpose of taking care of people.”

He also expounded on his comments on political correctness, apparently criticizing the president's selective assault on religious liberty. He said, “If the president would exercise anywhere near the sensitivity about religious freedom in this country as he does about Islam and offending them, we wouldn't even have these kinds of problems.”

There is also no question in my mind that in citing the passage from 2 Chronicles, Carson was expressing his view that America has strayed from its godly roots and replaced God's absolute moral standards with those that seem right to a man but are wholly destructive of our moral fabric. We must turn back to God, reject this man-made ethic grounded in covetousness, envy and greed, and recommit ourselves to godly values and right living.

In his speech, Carson did not criticize President Obama by name, but he roundly condemned his philosophy of and approach to governance. He did so with abundant forcefulness but equally strong respectfulness.

It was an admirable display of forthrightness and courage and a virtual seminar in how President Obama's political opponents should boldly, directly and publicly dispute his wrongheaded message and block his destructive agenda.



Alex in NJ said:

Do you think Obama even considers his words? A great man he is. Obama, a dog eating pos.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY replied:

Agreed. El Prezbo, probably didn't even really pay attention, but was planning his next vay-cay, and a round of golf.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 7:17 AM

Stephen in NH said:

With McCain and Romney, republican voters twice proved they can't be trusted with nominating a viable candidate for president. Given 2016 will likely be more of the same, Dr. Carson may very well be a write-in candidate on my ballot in 2016.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 6:17 AM

Cepat2 in Los Angeles CA replied:

McCain: spot on. Romney: absolutely wrong. Dr Carson's message and Gov Romney's stated views are so close in alignment so as to be indistinguishable. And before you reply with some "rich kid" snark please remember that Gov Romney's dad was a brick mason who raised his children with the same work ethic that Dr Carson's mother ingrained into her children...and the results are evident in both.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

Dr. Benjamin Carson-Christian/Conservative/Capitalist=CCC, like me!I was getting two teeth extracted, yesterday, in a Brooklyn Dental facility. There was not one symbol of a Judeo-Christian Providence, in the clinic. I told the dentist that, and he replied,"No one ever told me that I should post a cross or a star of David! Secular Humanism, idol worship, P.C, all reprobate & Un-American!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 6:59 AM

PH in DE said:

Dr Ben Carson is a wonderful man and a great human being. He worked himself into a position where the selfish (like Obama) would just go on vacation and think of himself. Instead, among everything else, he gives scholarship to elementary and high school students whose parents might have financial difficulties paying for college. My son won one of those scholarships, and we are grateful to Dr. Carson for that, and for this marvelous upholding of the best of this country.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 8:36 AM

wjm in Colorado said:

The Dr. spoke of the evils embraced by Chairman Obamao. He spoke the truth, that Evil has invaded and taken over one Political Party, and that evil is clearly spelled out in a book by Marx, dedicated to Satan, and embraced by Obamaol.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 9:34 AM


AMEN Mr. Limbaugh! We need more people to speak up like Dr. Carson!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Retired Sarge in Rockville, IN said:

I've had the privilege to view the 26-minute video of Dr. Carson's speech and he hit a bullseye on EVERY point. You bet Barry was squirming in his seat and "Laughing Joe" Biden kept his mug shut too! I believe Dr.Carson was present at one of these prayer breakfasts 16 years ago and this was his return engagement. I suspect, if the Dems stay in power, it will be a LOT longer before he's invited back! Undoubtedly, Dr. Cason was eloquent, respectful, and told it like it is!!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

I am just waiting for the "Uncle Tom and Whitey's tool" comments to come up. No sucessful black man or woman who doesn't spout the Democratic party line is just asking for trouble. Next, two or three women will come forward to accuse Dr. Carson of improper conduct. Of course, they will all be white to tie in to the old racial stereotype of all black men being predators of white women. Given time, this good man will be smeared for being true to the ideals this country was founded on.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM

JAC in Texas said:

Cal Thomas needs to read this column and pull his head out of his *ss.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:52 PM