IS IT THE COLOR OF ONE’S SKIN OR THE CONTENT OF HIS CHARACTER?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Feb. 9, 2013) — World-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday about the ideas and principles which he believes made America great. In attendance were Barack Obama, his wife Michelle, and Joe Biden.
Being black and growing up in poverty did not stop Carson from pursuing excellence in the field of medicine, and he has performed hemispherectomies on children whose seizures have been determined to come from one side of the brain.
Dr. Carson was raised by a single mother with a third-grade education whose husband and father of her children had been a bigamist.
Rather than declaring herself a victim, Carson’s mother Sonya prayed for strength in raising her two boys alone and disciplined Ben to control his temper and succeed in school. In his autobiography Gifted Hands, Carson wrote:
Our growing up without a father put a heavy burden on my mother. She didn’t complain—at least not to us—and she didn’t feel sorry for herself. She tried to carry the whole load, and somehow I understood what she was doing. No matter how many hours she had to be away from us at work, I knew she was doing it for us. That dedication and sacrifice made a profound impression on my life.
In an interview with Sean Hannity following his remarks at the prayer breakfast, Carson said that he always prays to God for guidance. He quoted the Founding Fathers as having said, “Our nation will fundamentally change when people become so ignorant that they can be easily led.”
Hannity asked Carson if he would consider running for president, to which Carson responded, “If the Lord grabbed me by the collar and made me do it, I would.”
Atty. Orly Taitz, who has filed numerous cases challenging Obama’s eligibility and identity, has called for Carson to run, stating, “Carson is a great role model for American youth, Obama is a criminal with forges IDs and a stolen SSN, kept in power by corrupt judges, congressmen and bureaucrats.”
White House Dossier noted that Obama appeared somnolent and downcast at the prayer breakfast until Dr. Carson spoke.
Carson opposes excessive federal spending and political correctness, as he believes it “keeps people from saying what they really believe.” He quoted the Bible in speaking to Hannity about how both major political parties can contribute to ideas to make America better.
During his remarks, Dr. Carson mentioned that every child should be given “a birth certificate, an electronic medical record, and a health savings account,” which he believes would purge “death panels.” He objected to the current taxation system and people’s hesitancy to speak openly about issues.
Carson is the author of numerous books on personal achievement and reclaiming American’s greatness based on her Judeo-Christian heritage. In his books, Carson advocates reading books over watching television and to “never get too big for Him.”