Dr. Benjamin Carson wants to continue to speak truth to power, including debating anyone from the White House about healthcare reform.
Relatively unknown perhaps outside of scientific/medical circles, brain surgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson made headlines after his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast that included criticism of Obamacare with President Obama sitting a few feet away.
Carson is director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
One of Carson's alternative, non-bureaucratic solutions for healthcare reform is instead to give each American a self-managed health savings account at birth.
In a post-speech interview on FNC, Dr. Carson said his presentation received an overwhelming reaction; he was deluged with almost all positive calls and emails that included asking him to run for president. He quipped that he could probably fund a presidential campaign if each person who emailed him sent a nickel, although he has no intention of running for national office.
Carson noted that he came from a background of poverty and was raised by a single mother who emphasized reading and studying hard in school and who was dead set against becoming dependent on government handouts. He explained that his hard-working mother who only had a third-grade eduction was very observant. "She noticed that no one she ever saw go on welfare came off of it."
Carson said that in his National Prayer Breakfast speech, he laid things out logically -- not right wing or left wing. It was logic and common sense, he claimed, which is missing in Washington D.C. "I don't know where we left our brains," the brain surgeon added.
In terms of his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in which he appeared to be speaking out against Obama's big-spending economic policies, Carson seemed to suggest in the FNC interview that it was more of a critique of the mainstream media's political correctness that tries to squelch one of the country's founding pillars, that being freedom of expression:
"It really didn't matter who I was sitting in front of because I always pray before giving a speech and I ask God to give me the right things to say ... it's very rare these days for people to speak the truth...everyone wants to go along to get along. In the meantime, the fabric of our nation is being destroyed. We're going from a can-do nation to a what-can-you-do-for-me nation. I don't think that's what most people want ... but it's presented to them as the thing to do. ... They know so little that the news media is able to tell them whatever they want them to think. And if they say it enough times, people say 'yeah, that's what they say on the news.' And they don't think for themselves. The founders of our nation said our nation will fundamentally change when people become so ignorant that they can be easily led."
"...Not the ones who are wrapped up in their egos, and I'm not pointing this at any particular person or any particular party, but the fact of the matter is that there are a lot of people with a lot of hubris [who] think 'my way or the highway.' "
"All good ideals don't reside in one party, but as the bible says, in the multitude of counselors there is safety. But in order to be able to use those counselors, we got to get rid of political correctness and let people say what the mean, really put their ideas out on the table and explain why those are good ideals. I'd be willing to debate anyone on the president's team on healthcare and how it should be administered and how it can be done for less money."
Watch Dr. Benjamin Carson's interview with Sean Hannity:
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