Advice for Dr. Carson: Physician, heal thyself
by Kevin Foley
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March 29, 2013 12:00 AM | 1480 views | 16 16 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Within weeks of his taking office, conservatives decided Barack Obama is an angry black man. They speculate he’s mad at white people and his secret mission is to destroy America.

Nothing in Obama’s record suggests this is true. It’s just what many conservatives have come to accept, thanks mostly to the right wing media’s racially tinged caricatures of the president.

“No Drama Obama” is as cool as the other side of the pillow, and that drives a lot of progressives crazy. Some on the far left wished Obama was as outspoken as they are. But that’s not his style.

Nevertheless, many conservatives are convinced Obama’s policies are driven by his supposed rage over race.

Some African-Americans apparently believe this too. Dr. Ben Carson could be one of them. He’s an up-by-the-boot-straps neurosurgeon who teaches at the prestigious Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Dr. Carson has done very well professionally and financially. He no doubt earns millions and, commendably, he gives a lot of his money away. We all salute his achievements and generosity.

Apart from their career paths, the same thing can be said about President Obama, another African-American who overcame enormous odds, in his case to rise to the highest office in the land.

Ben Carson is “exactly the kind of guy the Founding Fathers had in mind” when they wrote the Constitution, Rush Limbaugh pronounced after the doctor’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. Evidently El Rushbo is unaware that many of the Founders owned slaves.

So, expecting soaring and inspiring oratory, I listened to Dr. Carson’s speech and found it rambling and insipid, a mash-up of the usual conservative gripes.

Carson opened by reciting scriptures before prattling on about how America is too politically correct. “PC is dangerous,” warned the doctor, “because you muzzle people and keep them from talking about important issues.”

I can’t think of any important issue that isn’t being talked to death.

On education, Carson sounded exactly like Obama until he claimed sixth graders in the 1830s had to pass an exam that many of today’s college graduates would fail. (Why is it always about bygone eras with this crowd?).

Education in the 1830s was for wealthy white males. Public education was a patchwork of church and community schools. There was no standardized testing and only half the children went to school. The rest worked in fields, mines and trades.

After reminding the audience “we should be respectful when we disagree” Carson directed an obnoxiously disrespectful remark at the president, seated nearby.

He doesn’t like lawyers, smirked Carson, because they’re all about winning “by hook or by crook.” Then Carson added he might be shot for making the remark.

“My role model is Jesus,” Carson self-righteously continued, before launching into a spiel about the budget deficit and how the Old Testament tells us to tithe 10 percent.

Carson believes 21st century America is just like the Holy Land circa 500 B.C.?

If he really adheres to the teachings of Jesus Christ, then Carson knows He instructed us to “render unto Caesar those things that are Caesar’s.” Jesus also said, “Physician, heal thyself.”

Predictably, conservatives went gaga over a black conservative talking down to a black progressive president. So today Carson is their messiah. Last week, it was Rand Paul.

But Carson’s overnight elevation to presidential contender signals continuing desperation among conservatives. They just don’t understand it’s their product Americans reject, not the package it comes in.

Meantime, Allen West, the one-term tea party congressman, declared recently the biggest fear Democrats have is an African-American conservative like him and, presumably, Dr. Carson.

Not really. We just see a couple of lost souls.

Kevin Foley is a public relations executive, author and writer who lives in Kennesaw.
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March 30, 2013


Johns Hopkins Med Students Call For Carson's Replacement As Commencement Speaker



A group of students from the graduating class at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine are calling for the replacement of Dr. Ben Carson as commencement speaker for the class of 2013 following his "deeply offensive" comments on marriage equality and other issues.



In a letter obtained by Media Matters, eight members of the school's class of 2013, including a co-chair of the school's LGBT organization, ask their fellow students to sign a petition describing Carson, a neurosurgery professor at the university, as "an inappropriate choice of speaker at a ceremony intended to celebrate the achievements of our class."



Carson, who has become a celebrity in recent months among the right-wing media, has come under fire in the media and from members of the Hopkins community since comparing gay relationships with pedophilia and bestiality during a Fox News appearance earlier this week.



His comments were condemned as "nasty," "petty," "ill-informed," "rancid" and "reactionary" by Professor Todd Shepard, the co-director of the university's sexuality studies program. Current and former leaders of the organization representing the LGBT members of the Johns Hopkins medical institutions told Media Matters they found the comments "hurtful" and "extremely discouraging."

Pat H
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March 30, 2013
Last year, the commencement speech was delivered by Rahm Emmanuel's brother, who believes in euthanasia. Hardly offensive to a medical school.
anonymous
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March 31, 2013
Media Matters "obtained" the letter. George Soros-funded baloney mill, designed purely to promote leftist anti-American propaganda.

Do you people realize Soros wants to destroy America?
Carson Update
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April 02, 2013
After comparing the LGBT community to pedophiles and animal molesters on Sean Hannity's show, Carson is now calling his critics "racists" for expressing offense and anger over his disgusting comments.

Carson reasons he should be free to say whatever he wants to...and he is. He just shouldn't be surprised when right-minded people react negatively to his hateful statements.
Laura Armstrong
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March 30, 2013
I read Dr. Carson's book last year and was struck at the difference a real education and background makes when it comes to leadership in the black community. Of course you would jump on the lefthanded bandwagon to try and demonize this man, Foley. Your people are so threatened by him, you don't know what to do. And he's not a republican and you can't pigeonhole him. And he seems too smart by far to make the mistakes another great man, Herman Cain, made in his rise.

Good luck demonizing Dr. Carson. At some point, your Alinsky tactics aren't going to work any more and I believe the backlash is going to render your party completely powerless.
Old timer
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March 29, 2013
Dr. Carson is a God send.....Thwnk you for him.
Barbara in Arizona
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March 29, 2013
If Dr. Carson had adhered rigidly/literally to his neurosurgery texts/training as he does to the Bible, he would never have become the brilliant/innovative/world-renowned surgeon that he is.

Please stay out of politics, Dr. Carson. You are out of your element.
CobbCoGuy
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March 29, 2013
In other news, a SECOND report has come out this week predicting that Obamacare, or the Unaffordable Care Act (UCA), will drive up premiums for individual insurance. The first report was by the Society of Actuaries and the second by the consulting firm Milliman on behalf of Covered California.

Without a doubt, the sorriest piece of legislation ever concocted by mankind.
anonymous
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March 31, 2013
Saw a bumper sticker yesterday that proclaimed, "I love Obamacare." It was on a vehicle that could only have belonged to someone with a lower than low IQ, a moocher who doesn't understand that Obamacare is funded by raiding our pocketbooks and the long-standing most successful "entitlement," Medicare.

When I see this, I stay far away from it. I know the owner probably doesn't know how to open his door without dinging the vehicle next to his. Or he is so angry, he will do it just to be nasty.
CobbCoGuy
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March 29, 2013
In other news, a new term has been coined. Biden and Obama have both just used it. Instead of the misleading and dishonest term "assault weapons", the new term is "weapons of war."

Watch for it, folks.
East Cobb Senior
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March 29, 2013
Kevin you are nothing more than a loud obtrusive and obnoxious mouthpiece for the Progressive Liberal Left in this country. It’s Liberals like yourself that mask your fear of successful conservative black, “African American” men and women in denigrating and inflammatory rhetoric. Their emergence, whether into local or national prominence, sends rippling chills up and down your spines. The only defense you can muster to assuage their success and influence is to resort to attacking their credentials, character or as a last result “blackness”. You are very adept at name calling and assigning the “Uncle Tom” label whenever your ilk perceives a “black” stepping off of the plantation and adopting conservative values and principles then publicly pronouncing those beliefs.

The objective of the Democratic Party is to entrap as many Americans as possible into cycles of dependency in order to lock down their power and control over America. Using terms, like “Fairness”, “Equality” and “The Rich” is a tactic to pit Americans against each other with a “Divide and Conquer” strategy to achieve victory. Dr. Carson in his Prayer Breakfast speech alluded to the “politically Correct” movement as being a detriment to free expression. He is absolutely on point with that observation. The Liberal Left recognizes that if people are free to express and verbalize their disdain, displeasure or disgust with many of the immoralities we are experiencing today in our society they would never have gained a foothold. Political Correctness is one of the cultural cancers that has surreptitiously inhibited our nation from publically rejecting, rather than passively accepting that which we know is wrong. If you think “PC” has not impacted our speech, try to verbalize an objection to anything the Left professes and supports and you’re labeled a “Bigot”, Racist”, “Homophobe” or any other label they wish to assign in order silence opponents.

Finally, in your quoting scripture, few would argue with the passage “render unto Caesar those things that are Caesar’s”, the problem is that the “Caesar” we have in the White House believes that “all” things are Caesar’s

CobbCoGuy
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March 29, 2013
Thank you for bringing additional attention to Benjamin Carson. I was recently surprised to learn that a conservative political-junkie friend of mine had not heard of Carson.

Folks, go to your favorite online video provider and search "Benjamin Carson national prayer breakfast." His speech is about 27 min. and worth your time. Then, report back on your thoughts.

In the meantime, where in the speech did Carson state that he doesn't like lawyers? At 12:43 on the video timeline he did state, "I don't have anything against lawyers", and proceeded with a few lawyer quips.

Perhaps I should have viewed the video while not wearing my tin foil hat, but what were the "obnoxiously disrespectful" remarks directed to Obama?

Jeff Sessions (R-AL) was also sitting at the head table, between Obama and the podium. Sessions is also a lawyer. He didn't appear offended by the remarks. Lawyer jokes have been around forever. Are you really that thin-skinned on Obama's behalf?

Education in the 1830s? I dunno and don't care. It was a couple sentences introducing remarks about the importance of education. What's wrong with that?

Tithing and taking us back to 500 B.C.? C'mon. It was about the horridly complex tax system we have. Surely, you agree that we need tax reform?

Carson also briefly spoke to healthcare and offered his idea of a solution.

See? These are good topics that could stimulate productive, adult, debate.

I'll give ya this, tho.' Notwithstanding the bias in your piece, you didn't personally smear Carson like that one-name dude over on MSNBC.

However, progressive friends, it appears y'all can relax and rest easy. Carson seems to be saying now that political ambitions are not for him.
Laura Armstrong
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March 31, 2013
Thank you for actually listening to Carson's own words, instead of listening to Foley who obviously did NOT listen to his speech, but based his opinions only on reports seen on liberal news outlets. These are the things that trip up columnists...simply going on emotion and their own visceral, personal biases against, well, apparently successful African-American brain surgeons who have political thoughts. Don't want any of those to leak out, do we Foley?
Kevin Foley
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April 01, 2013
@ Armstrong - Speak for yourself when condemning columnists who don't do research and simply regurgitate the crap they hear in the media. You evidently didn't read my column in which I say I listened to the speech and found it boring and hackneyed.

You're the one grasping at straws if you think Carson will lead you to the promised land.
Nettie Helen Stemm
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March 29, 2013
Kevin, have you been a coma for the past five years? The President is not an African-American in the same sense as Carson. The President is a half black, half white man who would probably still be a second rate lawyer, had his skin not been black and his grandparents wealthy. Other than his skin color, Obamas has no ties with the average black person in this country and certainly nothing in common with them.

Why people keep perpetuating the lie that that Obama is an "African American" in the same sense as Carson, or Cain totally escapes me.

I know Carson is posing a threat to the liberals, and the more of a threat he becomes, the harder talking heads like you will try to tear him down.

I hope when they come up with a tramp to claim she was the victim of sexual harassment by Carson, they come up with one who has a more convincing story than the one who trashed Cain
Bob Johnson
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March 29, 2013
Speaking of lost souls. Kevin this makes 4 bad attempts in a row. You need to take some time off so you can get re-focused.When a liberal can't win a debate they allways bring out "the race card".
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