Dr. Benjamin Carson for President

If you’ve been reading Truth is Reason, then you know that I absolutely do not support Barack Obama’s presidency.

That does not make me racist, contrary to the ridiculous accusation that is frequently and unjustly applied to people like me who are ardently anti-Obama.

Frankly, I don’t care one iota what race someone is. I care about what the person believes in and stands for — the content of their character, not the color of their skin, as Martin Luther King preached [ref].

One of my favorite political commentators is Thomas Sowell, a black man (I think he prefers that title over African American). I’d vote for Sowell for president in a heartbeat.

Another black man I’d love to see run for president is Dr. Benjamin Carson, a socially and politically active pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

He recently spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast. Sitting by the podium was President Obama. Dr. Carson’s speech covered a variety of topics, many of them political, and many of the views he expressed ran contrary to Obama’s. (He also told a couple really good jokes.)

Dr. Carson denounced political correctness. He condemned the national debt and budget deficits, and the fiscal irresponsibility that’s gotten us so deep in debt. He argued for a flat tax, and against the vilification and punishment of the wealthy. He proposed health care solutions that would put control back in the hands of the people. He lamented the moral decay of our nation, and predicted our demise if our course doesn’t change.

You can watch his entire speech on YouTube.

Here are some quotes from Dr. Carson’s speech:

“What about our taxation system — so complex there is no one that can possibly comply with every jot and tittle…. When I pick up my Bible, you know what I see — I see the fairest individual in the universe — God — and he’s given us a system. It’s called tithe.”

“We’ve reached a point where people are actually afraid to talk about what they want to say, because somebody might be offended…. We’ve got to get over this sensitivity and it keeps people from saying what they really believe.”

“PC (political correctness) is dangerous. One of the founding principles of this country was freedom of thought and freedom of expression. It muffles people. It puts a muzzle on them…. It keeps people from discussing important issues while the fabric of this society is being changed.”

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