Ben Carson: (Inaudible) thank you. Well thank you I am so happy to be here with you this afternoon. I love coming to South Carolina, because there are a lot of people here with common sense. And sometimes we don’t find that in some other locations. But you know they said it was a pretty rough and tumble place, they said it was a rough and tumble place but, I lost two teeth since I’ve been here. You know I, this one went out last night, this one went out, but I’ve also had a chance to see two very fine dentists here in South Carolina. So it was very good.
Many people have asked me about how is my mother doing and I appreciate the sentiment. You know right after my announcement on Monday, I flew down to Texas where she is and my wife and my three sons and their wives. And she is in the terminal stages of Alzheimer’s and has stopped eating and drinking. But so many people have been praying for her. I met one lady who said she had a group of 2200 people who were praying for my mother. And for the last three days she’s been eating and drinking again, so you know. So I just want to thank you for all those prayers because they do mean a lot.
You know speaking of my mother you know she, she had probably the greatest influence other than Jesus Christ on my life. And because she refused to be a victim. She had every reason to be a victim. You know from born in a very large family in rural Tennessee, shifted from home to home, never really feeling like she belonged any place, trying to cobble together any kind of education that she could, gaining only as much as a third grade education, getting married at age 13, moving to Detroit with my father and years later discovering that he was a bigamist, and with her only having limited education working so hard trying to support myself and my brother.
But the interesting thing about her is she absolutely refused to feel sorry for herself and that was a good thing. The problem is she never felt sorry for us either. So you know we could never say anything that would evoke any sympathy. And you know she was kind of like that Baltimore mom that you saw on television. Except that I would have never been out there in the first place because I would’ve known what was coming.
But you know it does say a lot though about the concept of the family. And I think that family is such an important pillar of strength for this country. And it’s been under attack for the last few decades, you know. First they started attacking fathers and the role of fathers so much on television and so many situations you don’t really need a father. And then the government programs that give you know money to women who have babies out of wedlock and they take the money away if she gets married. You know these kinds of things are anti-family. And one of the things that I think we have to do is get the people who actually create programs to understand the kinds of programs that work, the kinds of programs that lift people out of poverty, not the kind of program that maintain people in a state of dependency.
And you know some people criticize me and they say you want to get rid of all the safety net programs. No I don’t want to get rid of all the safety net programs. But what I do want to do is help us to create an environment where you don’t need all the safety net programs. You know this country, this country that we live in is an amazing country. Think about this, we declared our independence in 1776.
In less than 100 years we were the number one economic power in the world. Nobody else could do anything like that. And you know hundreds and even thousands of years before we came on the scene people did things the same way. Within 200 years of us coming on the scene, men were walking on the moon. America is an exceptional country. There is no other country in the world like it.
Have we made mistakes? Of course we have. Have we learned from the mistakes? Of course we have. And at this stage of the game, we as Americans have got to recognize that our strength lies in our unity. And we have to stop listening to all the purveyors of division who are out there, trying to make us believe that we hate each other and that there is a war on women. There’s no war on women, that’s ridiculous. And that they’re you know they really are trying to stoke up this racial stuff. You know in all of our cities you know. We are gonna have to get beyond that.
You know I was asked by a reporter, why don’t you talk about race very often. I said it’s because I’m a Neurosurgeon. And she thought that was a weird answer. And I said you see when I open someone’s head, I’m operating what makes them who they are. The skin, the nose, the hair doesn’t make them who they are, it’s the brain that makes them who they are. And, you know at some point we need to start thinking much deeper at a much deeper level. Not just looking superficially, anybody can do that. An animal can do that. But we obviously have to be able to analyze things at a much deeper level.
You know the religious wars that they’re stoking up. You know I believe that we are all entitled to have whatever faith we want to have. Our 1st Amendment guarantees us freedom of religion, not freedom from religion, freedom of religion.
We need to be able to live any way that we want to but, you know atheists also have a religion. They won’t tell you that they have a religion, but they obviously have a religion. They obviously believe in things that they can’t prove so they have faith. I always find it interesting when they say, you’re a scientist. How could you possibly believe in God? I mean, that’s so ridiculous.
And I remember once I was having an argument in Hollywood with a famous atheist, this is a public debate. And he thought anybody who believed in God was a total idiot and at the end of the conversation I said look, I believe I came from God. You believe you came from a monkey. I tend to agree with you. But the fact of the matter is, what we do need to make sure that we never do in this country is force our beliefs upon someone else. And that needs to go in both directions. So the left doesn’t get to force their beliefs on anybody else.
And you know with the whole gay marriage thing, I get asked that question so much. In the press conference just now, you know that was the predominant question about gay marriage. Why is it so hard for people to understand this? Marriage in my opinion is between one man and one woman. That’s relatively simple. By the same token our constitution guarantees the rights of every single citizen and we protect the rights of every single citizen.
However, everybody is equal. Nobody is more equal than anybody else and nobody gets special rights to change the rules for everybody else. That’s what we must guarantee in our society if we are to remain a free society. Because as soon as we start picking special groups and saying you get to change everything for everybody else, where does that end?
There is no end to that. And that’s why our Constitution was written the way that it was written. And we must remember that and we must be courageous. And it is really gonna be up to us. We The People, have got to learn, to think for ourselves. We cannot let other people tell us what we’re supposed to think.
Because if we listen to the pun dance and the political gurus, they will always steer you in a certain direction. But that direction is the direction that we’ve been going in for decades now. And this is where we’ve landed. And why would we continue to go in that direction. What we need to do is listen very carefully to what is being said and ask ourselves, is this something that is going to benefit me and my children and my grandchildren and my nation and freedom?
And is it something that is gonna preserve our Constitution or is this something that is going in a very different direction? But we are the ones who make that decision. No one can take that from us unless we fall down on the job. And I do believe that we have the ability to analyze these things deeply.
You know we look for instance at the, national debt that we are facing. Over $18 trillion. That is ridiculous. It’s beyond ridiculous. It’s so much money, if you tried to pay it back at a rate of $10 million a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year would take you 5,000 years. And we are putting that on the backs of our children and our grandchildren. And it is absurd. And most economists will tell you that it puts a tremendous burden on an economy in terms of expansion, once (inaudible) GDP the debt ratio reaches 90 percent. Well we’re at 103 percent.
The GDP this year will be smaller than the national debt. It’s the first time that’s happened since we were in the middle of a war. And there’s no end in sight because we have leaders who think that they’ve scored a victory if the debt doesn’t go up as much one quarter as it did the last quarter. You know that is the wrong criteria altogether.
We, you know, we obviously, we obviously we need to be talking about, know that we need to be talking about a balanced budget amendment. We need to be talking about term limits, you know. Not only, not only for people in Congress, but we need to be talking about term limits for judges too. Because when we put our Constitution in place, you know the average age of death was 47 and so it really didn’t matter if we gave them a lifetime appointment.
But, now I think it matters quite a bit. And you know we obviously need to adjust with the times. You know you look at Social Security, when we put that in place the average age of death was 63. Now we’re approaching 80. You know if we don’t adjust things then obviously we wind up behind the eight ball and we have to think about that.
But, getting back to the economy, so many of our problems are linked to a poor economy. This has been a very long recovery and we’re still in the recovery process. Now some people will tell you like people in this Administration that things are great. You know the unemployment rate is down to 5.4 percent, everything is humming.
We got all these wonderful jobs. And you know I think one of the reasons that a lot of people are frustrated, and are easily manipulated into rioting and doing the kind of things that we saw in Baltimore, is because they hear all this stuff about how wonderful things is but then when they open their eyes and look around they don’t see it. You know there’s been plenty of change but there’s very little hope and that’s what’s killing people. That’s what’s killing people.
And so in concentrating on that economy the most powerful economic engine the world has ever known, we possess it. So how do we get it moving again? Well first of all, we have the highest corporate tax rates in the developed world. That’s an easy one. Just cut them back down like everybody else’s. That’s easy. But here’s the cool thing, here’s the cool thing. There’s $2 trillion of our money sitting overseas that corporations are not bringing back here because they don’t want to face that big taxation. What if we just said we’re giving you a tax holiday for six months and let that money come back into our country? That would be a wise move. And, that would be a major stimulus and it wouldn’t cost the taxpayers a single dime.
And then the other thing we need to do, get rid of all the unnecessary regulations, and I stress the word unnecessary. Because as our founders said, if men were angels no government would be needed. But men are not angels, nor are women and, so obviously we do need some rules and regulations there.
But the other thing is we need a reasonable tax structure. You know our tax code is 80,000 pages long. Nobody could comply with all that. It’s absolutely absurd. So we need to just scrap the whole thing and start over again. With, with something that makes sense, something that is proportional. And when I mean proportional, you make $10 billion, you pay a billion. You make $10 you pay one. Same proportion, you get the same rights.
You know you think about that. And some people say yeah but it’s not fair because you know the person who makes only $10 he can’t afford to pay any money, he can’t afford to pay a dollar. You know I had an opportunity to experience virtually every economic level in this country. From the bottom to the top and I can tell you that a lot of people on the bottom also have pride.
Okay and they don’t want, they don’t want somebody patting them on the head and saying no no you can’t carry your part of the load. They want to be a part of the American system also and they don’t want to be free-loaders. And what we need to be concentrating on is finding ways to provide ladders so that they can climb out of that situation and realize the American dream. That’s really the key for everybody.
Lastly, we can’t be ashamed of who we are. The Bible says without a vision the people perish. As we begin to give away parts of who we are for the sake of political correctness, we won’t have a vision. We won’t even know who we are. We won’t know what we stand for. You know with the Carson Scholars Fund which is a national scholars program that my wife and I started and for those who think that doctors don’t know how to do anything, I should say that you know nine out of 10 non-profits fail.
And ours not only didn’t fail, but it is active in all 50 states and the District of Columbia has won multiple national awards, many of them being awards only given to one organization in the country for outstanding performance. So don’t believe them. Don’t believe them.
But you know, our slogan is Think Big. Each one of those letters mean something special. The T for talent. The H for honesty. The I for insight. The N for nice. The K for Knowledge. The B for books. The I for in depth learning. And the G for God. And some lawyers came along and they said you can’t put it up in a public school because the G stands for God. What a bunch of crap. You know and, so we had, we had a rather vigorous argument and I suggested that maybe we could resolve it at the level of the Supreme Court, which seemed bold and reckless.
But it really wasn’t, because I knew the very next week I was going to the Supreme Court to receive the Jefferson Award. So I figured I would ask while I was there. And just as Sandra Day O’Connor said they were all (inaudible) of course that was no violation of the 1st Amendment.
And people who say silly stuff like that, what do they know about our country? Do they realize that our founding document the Declaration of Independence talks about certain inalienable rights given to us by our Creator, aka God? Do they realize that the Pledge of Allegiance to that flag says “We are one nation under God.” That many courtrooms on the wall it says, “In God we trust.” Every coin in our pocket, every bill in our wallet says, “In God we trust.” If it’s in our founding documents, it’s in our pledge, it’s in our courts, it’s on our money, but we’re not supposed to talk about it, what in the world is that?
In medicine we call it Schizophrenia and doesn’t that explain a lot of what’s going on in our nation today? And we need to make it perfectly clear that it’s okay to live by Godly principles of loving your fellow man of caring about your neighbor, of developing your God-given talents to the upmost so that you become valuable to the people around you, of having values and principles that guide your life.
And if we do that not only will we remain a pinnacle nation, but we will truly have one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Thank you very much.
i love how he talks about atheists and other people who push there faiths on people, and how it isnt what america is about. but the last time i checked the strongest argument again gay marriage by Christianity is that there faith says it cant happen, so for the longest time Christianity pushed its beliefs on america in the form of gay marriage banning, so now that people r saying no u cant use your religion to tell us who we can and cant marry. i feel like hes very hypocritical when carson talks about religion.