Dr. Ben Carson is my hero. But not because of his controversial speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in front of President Obama. Conservative, mostly white Republican critics of the president are praising Dr. Carson because they are ecstatic to see a black man express conservative ideas to the face of a liberal, Democrat and black president’s face. But that is not why I consider Dr. Carson a hero. He is a winner to me for living by the conservative principles I want young America, especially poor black and Latino kids, to see as the prescription for success.
I´d absolutely would agree that Dr.Carson would be an inspiration to young kids and nothing to do with race but by being a good example.Of course a liberal like Juan sees everything through a racial purview.
But here ole Juan is trying to praise the good doctor but couldn´t help himself by saying what Dr. Carson did was controversial.It´s only controversial if you don´t believe in free speech any more.
Sen, Cruz has also spoken out of turn if you ask these people.You can´t be a senator for 5 minutes and stop an Obama nominee.
Like I said a couple days ago,I would love to see Dr.Carson enter political life but on the other hand i don´t want to see him ruined as a person because left wing animals will savage him.
Obama has been a reverse inspiration for young kids because they´re seeing government as their life solution and not themselves.Many of them have been suckered into college debt that will haunt them the rest of their lives.The average college student only studies 6 hours a week now.No problem,just agree with the professor and get a passing grade.
Refreshing! Juan is correct in many of the points he makes here.
I would disagree with him on one, though. Obamacare is not designed to solve the structural cost problem in healthcare and insurance. Everyone knows that, if you put together a car by purchasing it one part at a time, it would cost 5 times as much as a new car costs on the showroom floor. Yet that is how we price healthcare. Every item purchased must be tracked, audited, submitted to insurance, in some cases submitted to secondary insurance, then the remainder billed to the consumer. That requires staffing and computers that add nothing to the healthcare experience.
A far more efficient model would have a flat annual fee for basic care - checkup, ear infections, bronchitis, the lot. A supplement to be added when and if diabetes management is needed, for example. Similarly, in hospitals the only extras would be the really expensive things such as MRI´s and surgery. Blood pressure checks, blood tests, etc. part of the standard bed fee. Cut overhead as well as incentives to over-order such things.
Juan has a button in the middle of his back. When it gets pushed he spouts the liberal talking points of the day. I have heard other commentators on Fox tease him that all of his kids turned out conservative. I wonder how much of the liberal blather Juan actually believes, or is that just his accepted way of earning a living. I cannot stand watching/ listening to him on any of the Fox shows. He sounds whiney when his views are contested and he reminds me of a puppet for Obama. I DVR shows so I don´t have to listen to Obama or his puppets.
I do understand that we are called upon to help the less fortunate but the publicity that is given to these acts are getting ridiculous. These are acts that should, for the most part, be private and anonymous.
Obama would be "believable" in his stance on helping others if he would quit spending like there will be no tomorrow. I really don´t buy into his persona because he only goes after wealth, the glitz, the glamour, and anything that represents money.
I liked Dr. Ben Carson´s speech because he is honest and conveys what he believes. I like that he doesn´t seem to be a fake not because he helps the poor black and Latino kids. That represents reverse discrimination. We are called not to look at one´s skin color, right? Helping kids is his private decision and his giving shouldn´t be glorified.
It is as close to a concession to a conservative as Juan is likely to get. His bread is buttered by parroting liberal talking points. So, here is where the rubber meets the road:Is Juan going to share his largess with needy-but-capable (black!) kids? Fox, no doubt, pays him handsomely. Funny, though, the only charity a liberal believes in is one funded through government confiscation and redistribution.
He is a winner to me for living by the conservative principles I want young America, especially poor black and Latino kids, to see as the prescription for success.
Were Juan truly enamoured of self-sufficiency, hard work and God as he says he is and as he claims to want minority kids to be, he would not be supporting a President who does everything he can to squelch those very things.
Suddenly Juan has become a social conservative? Please.
Wan Williams, spouting on cue. Saw an insightful commentary on short term missions trips last week. The author had a list of guidelines, the first of which was never do for the indigent people what they can do for themselves. If American welfare were run this way, it would turn this country around.
I finally listened to Dr. Carson´s speech. I watched a successful man describe a strong, loving mother who helped him become the good man he is. I watched another man on that stage, one whose mother threw him away and who had excuses, not reasons, for his successes, listen to the good doctor. And I actually felt sorry for obama. You never get over having your mother throw you away.
I thought those libs loved speaking truth to power. So, why the controversy?
The delightful thing about Carson´s race is the insulation it provides from the charges of racism (can you imagine if a white doc had said those things?) AND the example of someone who refused to fall into the government dependency hole the Dems love so much.
So Juan loves Ben Carson as a role model, and loves public policies that make sure not many will follow his example. Hmm.
MLK said it best. One should be judged by his character, not by the color of his skin. Dr. Carson has character; Obama has none. I never listen to Juan who is always spouting off liberal talking points defending Obama no matter what he says or does. I turn him off whenever he comes on.
A black child, with a single mother who is often still a teenager, and on welfare, has the following role models - criminal gangbanger, rapper, or professional athlete. The child doesn´t see the Dr. Carsons so they cannot be role models for him or her. So while rapping doesn´t really take high skills, just luck, and gangbangers make lots of illegal money, and appear to lead exciting lives, and very few become professional athletes, the child is stuck. Essentially doomed to failure in life. And the blacks will blame that on whitey. ´
One of the more delightful scenes to be found on television happens whenever Juan Williams and Charles Krauthammer appear on the same talk panel. The latter is in the habit of delivering $100 observations that are thoughtful and trenchant. Then Williams counters with a nickel´s worth of that day´s liberal talking points. The look on Charles´ face as he watches Williams do his thing -- Priceless!
Liberalism, no matter the skin color of its advocates, simply does not hold up over the long haul when compared to and/or with Conservatism.
Take Juan Williams, please!
He often giveth and taketh away in the same article or speech. This one, for example. With Liberalism… Socialism… or whether under a name by any similar ism, eventually “you run out of other people’s money.” – Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher
Juan, you finally made some sense in the beginning of your piece, but switched to your liberal marxist ideal when it came to the flat tax or "tithe". Yes the wealthy would benefit from lower taxes but the important aspect is that everyone pays something, "having skin in the game". This will enable them to feel part of the country and help self worth instead of being leeches--will take several generations to move beyond the mindset of the dem plantation slaves!
1 of my family members interviewed Juan and 1 of his children for university admittance about 5 yrs ago. I remember that faculty and admittance staff were so impressed with Juan´s involvement during that process. He was at all times gentlemanly and had many penetrating questions relating to how the faculty and staff help students learn personal and social responsibility. He really came across as the perfect parent, according to those who met him.
Believe me, I am not going soft. I found myself liking and agreeing with Juan...up to the point where he disagreed with Dr. Carson on the tithe (flat tax) and HSA´s. But he disagreed honestly and with logical arguments.
If we wish to make Dr. Carson our role model and the doctor responsible for the recovery of our country, it behooves us to act more like him...
P.S. See Paul Jacobson´s AT article praising Charles Blow, NYT, just down the page.
´Twas Ronnie who said, "We don´t have enemies...."
[Please pardon second post; I ain´t never gonna do it again.]
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lil dotty, 2/17/2013 11:09:37 AM (No. 9181503)
Excuse me Juan, but if you see Dr. Carson´s conservative core values and you agree with them, count me confused as as to why you would support such a liberal, know nothing hack and continue to carry his water for 5 plus years. Perhaps you did explain, and I failed to catch that explanation. Frankly, after such reading your twisted comments, I could read no further. You must have a jolly good time in arguing with yourself proving you are right. Oh, sorry....correct.
I actually agree with Juan on this (and precious little else, from what I can tell...).
I played Dr. Carson´s speech to my 8th grade homeroom, mostly poor latino students, and had a surprising number of them watching intently. I particularly wanted them to hear about his childhood, his mother, and his realization that the misery of his childhood was all temporary. He had a brain so he could think his way out.
My students are amazingly bright, with an inbred work ethic that is constantly being sucked out of them by popular culture and liberals encouraging them into victomhood/slavery. I am SO grateful to Dr. Carson! And if Juan wants to sing his praises, I´ll take that, too!
The first sentence spoken by Mr Williams is enough for me. I don´t need the qualifiers. If Mr Williams feels that Dr Carson is a hero to him, then it stands that the President is a total loser to him, because the two men are at opposite ends of the spectrum. I doubt that Dr Carson agrees with virtually ANY of Obama´s policies. I just saw him say he would rewrite the Health Care Law, Obama´s so-called greatest achievement. If one of the most destructive laws in our Nation´s history is your greatest achievement, it´s all downhill from there.
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