At CPAC, Dr. Ben Carson comes out swinging against President Obama

It turns out that, when Dr. Ben Carson gently chided President Obama’s policies during the National Prayer Breakfast, he was holding back. When he gave a speech CPAC, where he could freely speak his mind, Dr. Carson was more direct: If a hypothetical “somebody” in the White House “wanted to destroy this nation,” he would “coincidentally” do exactly what Obama has already done.

In the lead-up to his stunning accusation against Obama, Dr. Carson repeated a point he made during the National Prayer breakfast, which is that the national debt, standing alone, is well on its way to destroy America:

We’re reacting to what we see as our fiscal woes without planning for the future, without really caring about what is happening to the next generation. You don’t have to be a brain surgeon or a rocket scientist to understand that if we continue to spend ourselves into oblivion, we are going to destroy our nation.

It was clear that he next intended to imagine what a good presidency would look like. After his first sentence, though, the audience response was so strong that he realized he would have to use a different way to address the issue of White House leadership:

Let’s say you if you could magically make it into the White House (interrupted by wild and sustained applause at the thought of Dr. Carson in the White House). I take it back!

Rather than discuss what a good presidency would look like, Dr. Carson asked the audience to think about a bad, destructive presidency and how it would play out:

But let’s say somebody was there and they wanted to destroy this nation. What would you do? Let me tell you what I would do. First of all, I would create division among the people. I would have everybody pitted against each other because a wise man by the name of Jesus once said “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” And then I would encourage a culture of ridicule for basic morality and the principles that made and sustained the country. And then I would undermine the financial stability of the country, and drive us so far into debt that there was absolutely no chance that it could recover. And I would weaken the military and destroy the morale of the military. That’s what I would do and I guarantee you it would work. Now, the question is, it appears coincidentally that those are the very things that are happening right now. And the question is, How do we stop it. Can we stop it?

In that simple hypothetical, Dr. Carson managed to sum up every domestic policy that the Obama administration, working with a Democrat legislature, has enacted: a White House that colludes with the media to harass, demean, insult, and misrepresent every conservative person or conservative idea; a massive stimulus that benefited only preferred political players, followed by constantly rising government expenditures; and fundamental changes to the military by allowing homosexuals to serve openly and women to serve in combat units.

It’s unclear whether Dr. Carson, who has never held political office, is ready simply to dive into the White House in 2016. That’s not really important. What is important is that Dr. Carson is one more reminder that the up-and-coming generation of politically active conservatives has young stars – people like Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Sarah Palin, Allen West, and Ben Carson — who will reach their political peak in waves that wash over every election in the next sixteen years.

(Written by Bookworm; first published at Mr. Conservative)

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  1. stanley says

    Whether or not Dr. Carson or any other citizen has political experience is not what resonates with people like me. it is the quality of his ideas and the representation of those ideas that benefit the nation that is important. There are tons of “political advisors” out there whose job it would be to manage the political process to get the ideas into practical reality. Years of political experience is a warning flag to me, not a recommendation. 

  2. Mike Devx says

    I wouldn’t call Mr. Ben Carson a “young star” – he’s 61.  But he is a refreshingly honest voice, and a compelling one.
    If you thought Sarah Palin was a neophyte, and unready for the hell that a virulently hostile mainstream media unleashed against her, well, Ben Carson is in a worse spot.  Sarah Palin had been through several different campaigns as a victor, including the Alaska governor race.  And all of that political experience still wasn’t enough.  Dr. Carson is older and perhaps wiser… but is he *politically* wiser?  If Dr. Carson ever became a genuine political threat the way Sarah Palin did, I wonder how he would handle the tsunami of political assassination attempts that would commence?  I personally doubt he is ready, but who knows?
    Until he becomes such a political threat, though, the waters will remain gentle.

  3. GingerB says

    I adore Black conservatives because they aren’t afraid to “tell it like it is!”  I’m close to his age and I remember when what he says was “common sense.”  

  4. says

    Anyone else still want to argue about the issue of “incompetent foolishness” vs “evil destructiveness” like people did about Obama in 2009?
    We got any takers from the Leftist fools or others here yet? When are “they” going to come back anyways to goad us about their victory anyways.
    How about the “reasonable” Republicans and conservatives, they still going to repeat that little tidbit about Obama being just a normal incompetent President that is making “mistakes” yet.
    Cause I’d like to hear it.
    Until evil stomps on the back of their child’s head and crushes it, people will feel nothing. See nothing. Do nothing.

  5. Mike Devx says

    Dr. Carson has a dignity, gravitas and independence that is very refreshing.  He is “his own man”.  Liberals will hate most of his positions; some conservatives already hate a few of his positions.  He’ll be perfectly fine.  He’s definitely a conservative and, like Sarah Palin, is intent on doing it his own way.  He’s definitely a conservative with a lot of strong natural appeal.  He has my admiration.
    I’d vote for him once I determine he has the “job skills” of a politician as well.  For a conservative, that means being able to handle a thoroughly hostile mainstream media, for one.


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