Neurosurgeon who upstaged Obama to star in Hannity Special tonight.
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And we need to remember that it is not important that we all think the same thing. And the emphasis should not be on us saying the same thing; the emphasis should be on us learning to be respectful of individuals who have a different opinion. That’s one of the things that made America great: the ability to engage in dialogue.
And I’ve always said, “If two people think the same thing about everything, one of them isn’t necessary.” We need to be able to understand that if we’re going to make real progress.
There was a time in the history of the world when there was great intolerance for anybody who thought differently than the mainstream. It was called the Dark Ages. There are some things that can be learned, even in places and in societies where we think we know everything. Because if you look over the course of time, you will find a migration of what is thought to be the truth. And if we all engage in appropriate intellectual discussion, I think we will get there much faster.
What does this mean for Carson in practice?
In practice this means Carson himself doesn’t hesitate to violate all the soul-shrinking nostrums of political correctness, as his Prayer Breakfast speech demonstrated. He thinks America is awash in malpractice cases not because doctors are so incompetent in America — but because of a system that is tailor-made for trial lawyers. The man who had his father walk out the door dares to say fathers are essential to family life. And to critics who are furious that he stood up at the Prayer Breakfast and criticized the President who was sitting two seats away, Carson gently reminds that America is not a monarchy.
Where have we heard Carson-like thoughts just this week?
That’s right: from Senator Marco Rubio the other night in his response to the Obama State of the Union Address. Rubio sent chills down the backs of liberals when he emotionally noted his immigrant background and his middle class upbringing. Rubio is “dangerous” said ex-Obama aide Van Jones.
What drove the liberal concern? When Rubio said:
The State of the Union address is always a reminder of how unique America is. For much of human history, most people were trapped in stagnant societies, where a tiny minority always stayed on top, and no one else even had a chance.
But America is exceptional because we believe that every life, at every stage, is precious, and that everyone everywhere has a God-given right to go as far as their talents and hard work will take them.
Like most Americans, for me this ideal is personal. My parents immigrated here in pursuit of the opportunity to improve their life and give their children the chance at an even better one. They made it to the middle class, my dad working as a bartender and my mother as a cashier and a maid. I didn’t inherit any money from them. But I inherited something far better — the real opportunity to accomplish my dreams.
This opportunity — to make it to the middle class or beyond no matter where you start out in life — it isn’t bestowed on us from Washington.
Notice anything here?
On Friday night Ben Carson will be on the Hannity show discussing his life and how a young black kid got to where he is today. On this past Tuesday night, a Latino Marco Rubio was on television talking about just what his parents did to help him get to where he is today.
Neither man — one black and one Latino — spends a minute of his time playing the race card, playing the class warfare card, pitching to resentment. What they both have in common is a love of America, and the learned experience that hard work and discipline will bring success.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?