By: Dave Jolly
Dr. Benjamin Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon has gained a lot of attention this past year criticizing President Barack Obama and his failed policies. One reason Carson has received so much attention because he is black, even though it shouldn’t matter, it does.
This past Friday, Carson was speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington. Other speakers at the summit include Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR) and former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC).
But no one was as harsh and as openly critical of President Obama as Carson was. He compared Obamacare to slavery and as being a critical step to a socialist government. In his address, Carson told the audience of 2,000 that Obamacare is:
“The worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.”
He went on speaking about Obamacare, saying:
“It is slavery, in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government. It was never about healthcare. It was about control.”
“That’s why, when this administration took office, it didn’t matter that the country was going off the cliff economically, all forces were directed toward getting this legislation passed.”
“Why did they want to pass it so badly? He said that socialized medicine is the keystone to the establishment of a Socialist state. That’s the problem.”
Referring to our personal health, Carson told the crowd:
“It is the most valuable thing you have. Everything else pales into insignificance, compared to your health. And that’s the reason why your health should be controlled by you and not the government.”
“It’s really time for the people, we the people of America, to stop being afraid of the government and put it in its place.”
“Government plays a very important role when, in fact, it believes in the Constitution. That’s the problem. When they begin to neglect the Constitution, when they begin to impose their own will.”
Some people have been urging Carson to consider a run for the presidency in 2016. The combination of his conservative views, attacks on Obama and his being black would make him a formidable opponent for any Democrat including Hillary Clinton. Carson addressed this in his speech, saying:
“[Running for president] is not something I have any desire to do whatsoever, but I certainly listen.
“If the circumstances were to evolve in such a way that that seemed to be what God was calling me to do, I would certainly do it. And I would never turn my back on my fellow citizens, if there was a hue and cry for such.”
Looking at the conservatives that appear to be the leading candidates at this time, I could find myself taking a serious look at Ben Carson for the GOP ticket in 2016. Perhaps a ticket with Carson and one of the other leading Republicans could make a winning team and help regain the White House.
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