I saw Dr. Carson interviewed a few decades ago on one of those morning shows. His personal story, which you may have heard by now, is inspirational and energizing. We are about the same age, so I was interested in the flip side of what it was like to grow up in the 50s an hour down the road in the inner city of Detroit, which certainly wasn't as bad as it is now but, nonetheless, bad for two little kids being raised by a single mother who was married at 13 and one of 24 children.
So I'm sure you've heard by now the brouhaha raised over Dr. Carson's pointed discussion of the morality of taxation and health care at the prayer breakfast the other morning.
Leftists have gone nuts over it, not because Obama was gettin' down religious (which always offends Leftists who consider themselves god) but because Dr. Carson---a mere human and citizen--dared to be so impudent to insult The Prince by disagreeing with him.
To be honest, I was sort of offended myself by Obama's speech, in which he complained again about Fox News:
I have to say this is now our fifth prayer breakfast and it is always just a wonderful event. But I do worry sometimes that as soon as we leave the prayer breakfast, everything we’ve been talking about the whole time at the prayer breakfast seems to be forgotten — on the same day of the prayer breakfast. (Laughter.) I mean, you’d like to think that the shelf life wasn’t so short. (Laughter.) But I go back to the Oval Office and I start watching the cable news networks and it’s like we didn’t pray. (Laughter.)This wouldn't have offended me if I weren't so keenly aware of the nasty jibes that Obama lobs to every and anyone, sometimes when they're even sitting right in front of him as guests. So it becomes obvious that Obama exempts himself from his own criticism while digging at any dissent.
Obama has no problem at all sniping at anyone, even commanding the press to go after Republicans and conservatives for their viewpoints. (I read the entire transcript of Obama's prayer breakfast speech and decided not to complain about it here. The speech itself was fine although he kept talking about humility and how humble he is.)
Now the Left has gone crazy about Carson's speech: how inappropriate it was, they complain, to actually challenge Obama at a prayer breakfast.
If you listen to Carson's speech, however, you understand that Carson was "speaking up for what [he] believes." He deflects criticism by saying he is not trying to offend, but to discourage political correctness, which is dangerous, according to Carson, because it is healthy to discuss with opposing views, both right and left.
Carson has made no secret of his opinions; he is a well-known and requested speaker and writer, a Seventh Day Adventist whose life is open to the world. IOW, you had to know what you'd get when you invited Dr. Benjamin Carson to speak alongside Barack Hussein Obama.
Yet the hefty and aptly named Candy Crowley asked this on a CNN panel:
CROWLEY: Do you find anything offensive with, certainly it's America, he's entitled to his opinion. A lot of the talk was about was this the right place to do it? And there was lots of applause from Republicans who said, “Finally somebody stood up and said it.”
To which socialist single payer advocate Rep. Jan Schakowsky replied:
CONGRESSWOMAN JAN SCHAKOWSKY (D-ILLINOIS): Well, I think that there’s a political correctness that he was trying to use to appeal to a conservative audience. I think it's really, not really an appropriate place to make this kind of political speech and to invoke God as his support for that kind of point of view. But I think most of all the kind of message that he was giving shows a real empathy gap of where the American people are right now, and I think it's reflective of where many of the Republicans and Tea Parties are right now that we need to have an economy that works for everyone.I might ask: where would be more appropriate to discuss the morality of taxation, health care and freedom of speech than in a room of believers?
And certainly it takes a great deal of hubris for Leftists, who are willing to twist any situation into one of political advantage for themselves, to criticize a conservative for expressing a viewpoint about such matters in front of a religious audience.
As he watches Dr. Carson speak, Obama maintains his emperor head cocked pose, looking down frequently and only barely smiling once at one of Carson's stories as the audience roars: Obama's visage is detached, condescending and barely tolerant.
Bob Beckel and even Kirsten Powers labeled Carson's speech "inappropriate." It appears dissent is no longer patriotic.
Carson's stories are priceless; he is indeed one of the best speakers in the country. Humble, yet commanding.
Right wingers have exploded excitedly over Carson's daring to challenge Obama but, IMHO, the entire speech is far more meaningful than just the brief mention of our deficits and financial profligacy. Carson deals with the spiritual problems of this country deftly, slicing to the core problems this country faces.
Watch the entire clip, if you have time. You won't be bored; you'll be energized.
Will Carson run for office, as the WSJ encourages?
He told Hannity it was possible but "God would have to grab him by the collar" to make him do it.
God, we're asking you to grab.