Published on February 19th, 20131
Brandon Brice: Is Dr. Ben Carson The GOP’s Great Black Hope?
In recent news, world renowned physician Dr. Ben Carson’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast stirred up a major buzz, with an audience that included the President himself, about Carson’s disapproval for the current health care system in America. The Detroit born Surgeon said, “I’ve diagnosed some pretty significant issues that I think a lot of people resonate with, displaying his lack of support for “political correctness” involved in healthcare reform.
The 23 minute speech addressed Carson’s concerns with modern day healthcare coverage and focused on a private care savings plan, additionally which included his support for a federal flat tax, as a direct means to an end.
Dr. Carson, a very talented surgeon, as expected was venomously criticized for his direct response, for his indirect subtle attack on the Presidents stance on health care. In one section of his speech, Carson outlined that he disagreed with a number of health care policies from the administration saying, “I don’t believe these policies lead to the growth of our nation nor its elevation. Carson, throughout the speech also reminded the audience members that the President, was a very skilled and talented “politician”, which many skeptics believed questioned the President‘s leadership or lack thereof capability.
Many may be remised that Dr. Carson just five years ago was awarded one of the highest Presidential distinctions, the Medal of Freedom, for his medical service throughout the years, by then former President George W. Bush. Other conservative leaders in the past years have suggested that he be a potential candidate for United States surgeon General and even Secretary of Health and Human Services.
In the media, Dr. Carson elevated the conversation of our nation’s current political system, offering his political insight and diagnosis for the current status quo on Capitol Hill, stating,” I would like to see more often in this nation an open and intelligent conversation, not people just casting aspersions at each other,”. Clearly Dr. Carson didn’t understand that Capitol Hill’s approval rating for this legislative year was just over 12% percent, which suggest many Americans have lost their trust in our American political system. Carson, a beltway inhabitant is expected to retire in the upcoming months, and has yet to rule out a potential bid for public service.
Maryland, where Dr. Carson resides, is in the midst of any upcoming gubernatorial race, where perhaps Dr. Carson could throw his bid in, as the State is consistently losing inhabitants and Baltimore City, home to Johns Hopkins, is consistently high in unemployment and crime. Perhaps the thought of a Ben Carson for public office would challenge the status quo and revive the heartbeat of America. Let’s get a doctor in the house.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Brandon Brice is a graduate of Howard University, Rutgers University’s Graduate Eagleton Institute of Politics and is currently pursuing his studies at Columbia University.