When famed Baltimore neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson addressed the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday morning, he touched on a number of subjects near and dear to President Obama, including Obamacare and deficit spending. The president was seated not 10 feet away.
In a video of the speech, played on C-SPAN2, Carson opened his remarks at about the 2:45 mark with a discussion of the problem with political correctness.
“Now it’s not my intention to offend anyone,” he said. “I have discovered, however, in recent years that it’s very difficult to speak to a large group of people these days and not offend someone.”
Although “the PC police are out in force at all times,” Carson said, we must always “speak up for what we believe.”
“PC is dangerous. It muffles people; it puts a muzzle on them,” he emphasized. “It keeps people from discussing important issues while the fabric of this country is being changed.”
With that introduction, Carson removed any muzzle he had and spoke up for what he believes.
At about the 8:30 mark, Carson began speaking about education, saying “we’ve dumbed down” our bloated education system so much that a person graduating from the sixth grade in the mid-1800s were more knowledgable in many areas of study than today’s college graduates.
“We don’t want to go down the same pathway as many other pinnacle nations as have preceded us,” he said just before the 17-minute mark, naming ancient Rome as a prime example.
Rome “destroyed themselves from within,” through “moral decay, fiscal irresponsibility,” Carson said, warning that America is heading down the same path with deficit spending, which he said has led to the nation’s $16.5 trillion debt.
Tackling taxation at 19:30, the doctor opined that everyone should have skin in the game — no one, no matter what his financial standing, should be exempt.
On the subject of health care, at 20:30, Carson recommended that instead of a complicated national system, we should have tax-free health savings accounts, into which money can be contributed “from the day you’re born until the day you die,” then they can be passed on to one’s heirs without the need for “death panels.” He continues that:
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.
Throughout the lecture, as Carson knocked down each of Obama’s sacred cows, emphasizing that individual accomplishment — not government — is the true key to success, the president remained almost totally expressionless.
Although I included time marks to help you locate key parts of the speech, everyone should watch it from beginning to end.