From the Operating Room into the Fire
Dr. Benjamin Carson, director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital has taken the conservative movement by storm over the past few weeks. What he does in the future in regards to acting on his political ambition is hard to predict…
but as a man who invokes common sense principles, thinks logically and bemoans political correctness, he could go far in the arena politica.
His meteoric rise from poverty in Detroit to the halls of Yale University and eventually the University of Michigan Medical School to become the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins is in itself inspiring. The fact that he has excelled as one of the world's preeminent neurosurgeons despite such modest beginnings is an achievement against all odds.
Dr. Carson is not only a world-class physician, but a devout Christian who holds a common sense conservative view of life. If his role is not as a politician, he is certain to be one who shapes a conservative message that speaks to fairness and liberty. His potential influence should not be underestimated.
There will be detractors. There are dozens of left-wing operatives doing their best to sift through oppositional research in the hopes of finding the ''silver bullet" that brings down what they perceive as a traitor to the cause.
Just as the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas brought out the liberal stilettos, there are some who will not give Dr. Carson credit for what he has accomplished. Of course, they’ll say that "He only got where he is because of affirmative action."
Nothing could be further from the truth – or more insulting. Not only does this insult Dr. Carson, but all successful men and women of color whose talent and hard work have led them to levels only reached by white men as recently as a few decades ago.
Recently he was chosen to deliver the keynote address at the National Prayer breakfast. He has been castigated for daring to bridge the topics of politics and faith with the president in attendance. In reality, the only reason he has been attacked is that his philosophy is in direct contrast with the president and the liberal establishment.
Although Dr. Carson covered a myriad of topics, two issues of note stand out. They are taxes and healthcare.
In advising against the current tax code, he proposed a flat tax based on an ancient text.
“When I pick up my Bible, you know what I see? I see the fairest individual in the Universe, God, and he’s given us a system. It’s called tithe. Now we don’t necessarily have to do it 10% but its principle. He didn’t say, if your crops fail, don’t give me any tithes. He didn’t say if you have a bumper crop, give me triple tithes. So there must be something inherently fair about proportionality. You make $10 billion dollars you put in a billion. You make $10 you put in $1 – of course, you got to get rid of the loopholes, but now some people say that’s not fair because it doesn’t hurt the guy who made $10 billion dollars as much as the guy who made $10. Where does it say you have to hurt the guy? He’s just put in a billion in the pot. We don’t need to hurt him.”
Again Dr. Carson took aim at the president’s policies; in this case it was his landmark bill – the Affordable Care Act.
Dr. Carson, who is against what he sees as an inappropriate response to providing healthcare coverage for all Americans, put forth what he sees as a common sense approach that puts fiscal restraint on providers by re-introducing the marketplace into healthcare treatment. He spoke in favor of Healthcare Savings Accounts that would be “pre-tax from the time you are born, to the time you die. When you die, you can pass it on to your family members so that when you’re 85 years old and you’ve got six diseases, you’re not trying to spend up everything...”
He also addressed those who don’t have the means to contribute to a health saving account.
“For the people who are 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 bureaucracy... Now they have some control over their own health care and what do you think they’re going to do? They’re going to learn very quickly how to be responsible. When Mr. Jones gets that diabetic foot ulcer, he’s not going to the Emergency Room and blowing a big chunk of it. He’s going to go to the Clinic. He learns that very quickly – gets the same treatment. In the Emergency Room they send him out. In the Clinic they say, now let’s get your diabetes under control so that you’re not back here in three weeks with another problem. That’s how we begin to solve these kinds of problems. It’s much more complex than that, and I don’t have time to go into it all…”
He is not one to back down from a challenge. He is a man of principles. And it is evident that he has disappointed many whose world-view is one that ideology should be dictated by the color of one’s skin.
In fact, many of Dr. Carson's biggest fans, who were not privy to his common sense Christian philosophy on life, have been the quickest to turn on him. Just going through many of the commentary sites on the Internet will reveal the vitriol that many in the black and/or Christian community now use in attempting to discredit the man's intellectual prowess.
In his speech to this year’s CPAC audience, Dr. Carson revealed that he was subject to a great deal of name calling and denigration. He was asked to stop talking about economics, after all what does he know about economics? Dr. Carson responded to his critics by stating "It's not brain surgery."