Ever since his bold tell-it-like-it-really-is speech at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 7, 2013, Dr. Benjamin S. Carson has been receiving well-deserved attention as a possible candidate for national political office. His analytical and non-ideological approach to solving our nation’s problems is very attractive to the thoughtful voter.
Fellow WordPress blogger, Tom Quiner, recently posted a guest column article by Tiffinay Compiano on on his “Quiner’s Diner” about the good doctor. It is a “must read.”
Regarding the often-used statement that something is “not brain surgery,” I believe we have reached the point that it does apply to our nation’s future.
1) Our economy has not returned to good health. It is still besieged by increasing runaway national debt fever. We treat the symptoms of budgetary malady with redistribution of wealth which only creates pain in previously healthy organs without addressing root causes.
We also perform a 21st century version of the 18th century bloodletting performed on patients. Our modern edition saps economic strength by putting increasing regulation and taxation on the very systems (businesses large and small) which are capable of strengthening the economy, while ignoring the tumor that is the federal government.
2) Our infrastructure of bridges and highways is suffering osteoporosis from a lack of funds being set aside for future repairs and replacements.
3) Retirees’ futures are looking very anemic as their Social Security tax withholdings have been used for just about everything except for being returned to them with a little interest.
4) Increasing moral indulgences over the last fifty years have spawned numerous social ills which the uninformed think can be partially solved with more mandated taxpayer funded birth control – the very substance which leads men to use women more than ever before. In addition, it prevents the basic unit of civilized society, the family, from forming or assists in its destruction.
We have finally reached the ultimate in psychotic reasoning: killing the unborn is an acceptable way to treat some economic aches and pains.
5) The U.S. is also suffering the weight gain of out-of-control immigration. Let me be clear, immigration is not inherently bad. In fact, just like reasonable muscle-building, it has made our nation strong. However, opening the floodgates by presidential statements to foreign leaders followed by wanton executive orders puts stress on the heart of our nation – those generations of families who took the effort to become nationalized since 1776 (as my Colombian-born father did in 1959) on their way to contributing to our country’s well-being.
6) Our Constitution is being both neglected and abused by the President and some of his disciples like Sen. Harry Reid. Restoring this document to full vigor is critical to the health of our republic.
7) Meanwhile, overseas cancers are growing which the executive branch of our government chooses to ignore or deal with on a deliberately delayed basis. ISIS is just the latest mutation of Islamic terrorism. We see troubles in Middle East, Africa and soon to a developed country near you. It joins the problems caused by Syria’s civil war, Putin messing with the Ukraine, China’s attempt to swallow the southeast Asia shipping lanes, etc.
This is not an exhaustive list of the political and societal diseases we face, but the urgency is clear. Yes, solving our problems has reached the point to where we actually do need a brain surgeon’s help.
From the previously linked Compiano article: “Here’s an interesting take-away point: Our founding fathers were farmers, inventors, and doctors. Even more, five medical doctors signed the Declaration of Independence.”
Dr. Carson, are you available if the nation calls?