By Douglas V. Gibbs
The Democrat Party has hoisted Barack Obama up as some kind of liberal, god-like, superhero. Barry has been very happy to fill the britches of such a false god, but as some kind of anti-hero that, armed with his arrogance, can destroy federal budgets with a single bound. To the horror of Republicans, even no-nos like gun control and stomping all over freedom of religion has proven to be areas this president is willing go after. Like every cloud-skipping false-prophet, however, Barry Sotero has his own kind of Kryptonite.
In the case of Barack Obama, the thing that can bring him down, make him falter in mid-air, and drop him miserably to his political knees, is anyone that is willing to articulate American values, and do it in his face.
While the Republicans run around in circles trying to figure out a way to co-exist with the democrats, and their presidential messiah, Dr. Ben Carson took a stab into the side of Barack Obama, and his ultra-liberal policies, with a single speech at this year's National Prayer Breakfast. Obama's balloon began to whistle as the air came rushing out of his ego. How dare this man embarrass our king, err, uhh, messiah, err, uhh, president like this. How dare he!
Dr. Ben Carson is not your typical (as the liberal left sees the world) white, racist, right-wing, extremist, religious-nut, gun clinging, Bible-thumping, conservative maniac. In fact, Dr. Carson isn't even a white republican. He, to the amazement of the democrats, is an honest, God-fearing, common sense, American that was willing to simply take Obama to the mat, and expose Barack Obama for the leftist ideologue, and coward, that he really is.
After Dr. Carson's speech, a giant sigh released somewhere in the conservative stratosphere. "Yeah," the TEA Party folks, and the Constitutionalists, and the conservatives cried out. "That is what I have meant all along! I just didn't know how to say it."
Dr. Carson doesn't even really consider himself a conservative. In fact, I am sure that on some issues he may not be one hundred percent in line with the conservative narrative. But, conservative or not, he articulated conservatism in such a manner that Barack Obama, the democrats, and the liberal media did not know how to respond, at first.
Common Sense sometimes does that to people.
Well, the liberal left can't have somebody walking around making their favorite son look bad. As they did with Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and Mitt Romney, they have got to make Dr. Benjamin Carson look like a fool. They know, in their dark little hearts, that they need to do all they can to stop this guy before he does something, or says something else, really damaging to their collectivist cause.
And Dr. Benjamin Carson being black, but viewing himself not as a race, but as an American, makes it all the more difficult.
The liberal media immediately took up the task.
The liberal left is in absolute hysterics over Dr. Ben Carson's remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast because, in addition to making sense to a lot of people, and daring to challenge Barack Obama to his face, in his presence, he weighed in on one particular topic that he knows more about than Barack Obama, exposing Obama for the unknowing fool that he is.
The Holy Grail of liberalism has always been health care, and Carson, a prominent pediatric surgeon from Johns Hopkins University, knows a little something about the subject too.
Dr. Ben Carson said, taking on taxation right out of the gate, "What we need to do is come up with something simple. And 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 a tithe. We don't necessarily have to do 10% but it's the principle. He didn't say if your crops fail, don't give me any tithe or if you have a bumper crop, give me triple tithe. So there must be something inherently fair about proportionality. You make $10 billion, you put in a billion. You make $10 you put in one."
Then Dr. Carson turned on health care: "Here's my solution: When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record, and a health savings account to which money can be contributed -- pretax -- from the time you're born 'til the time you die. When you die, you can pass it on to your family members, so that when you're 85 years old and you got six diseases, you're not trying to spend up everything. You're happy to pass it on and there's nobody talking about death panels.
"Number one. And also, for the people who were indigent who don't have any money we can make contributions to their HSA each month because we already have this huge pot of money. Instead of sending it to some bureaucracy, let's put it in their HSAs. Now they have some control over their own health care."
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky went so far as to comment that it was “… not really an appropriate place to make this kind of political speech and to invoke God as his support for that kind of point of view.”
Am I right? Did she say God was not an appropriate thing to mention at a National Prayer Breakfast? Who were they praying to, then? Barack Obama?
As for the political end of it, every time Obama opens his mouth it serves as an opportunity to politicize whatever it is he is targeting. Just ask every group of grieving parents after mass shootings, or or the families of dead heroes coming home with flags draped over their coffins.
What Dr. Ben Carson did was publicly challenge Obama's policies, and do so in the context of faith. For liberal Democrats, such articulation of conservatism is blasphemous. Disagreement, and doing so in a way that can damage one's opponent, is not a luxury allowed to non-liberal political types. Opposition to liberalism is especially not permitted when the offender dares to use their faith to disagree. And what is worse, Dr. Carson was willing to use a tool that no politician has used since anyone can remember. . . The Truth.
The "God-Thing" is what really has the liberal left in a tizzy. They use "religion" all of the time to support their policies of entitlement, calling such programs a kind of "charity." Barack Obama has told us straight out that God approves of his health care policies, because it is all about "social justice," and as Barry has put it, being our brother's keeper. Obama, even, in 2009 to a crowd of raging liberal religious-types, proclaimed that, “We are God’s partner in matters of life and death.”
Never mind that he's got that whole brother's keeper thing screwed up, or that murdering thousands of unborn babies a day hardly seems like the work of a group of people in line with God's plan. . . it seems more like the work of folks in league with somebody else.
Of course, if a republican says anything about God in reference to politics, the "separation of church and state" slogan comes flying across the room, and slaps that conservative evil-doer right upside the head.
Two years ago, coincidentally at the National Prayer Breakfast, Obama stood before the huddled masses and proclaimed, “But sometimes what I can do to try to improve the economy or to curb foreclosures or to help deal with the healthcare system — sometimes it seems so distant and so remote, so profoundly inadequate to the enormity of the need. And it is my faith, then, that biblical injunction to serve the least of these, that keeps me going and that keeps me from being overwhelmed.”
"AMEN, Brother!" must have been the uproarious response inside the heads of the liberal faithful in attendance.
Brother? Or did they say in those skulls of mush, "Messiah!"?
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, or any other liberal democrat, didn't say anything about that being an inappropriate thing to say at a National Prayer Breakfast back then. In fact, Obama had no problem making that kind of political speech, and invoking God, to support his kind of point of view Not a single liberal cried out, "Wait a second, buddy. What about that separation of church and state thing?"
Such a tactic is nothing new to Obama. He has invoked his supposed faith, and his misunderstandings of the Bible, not only on behalf of healthcare reform, but on the behalf of gay marriage, and a litany of other liberal agenda items, as well.
And then, here comes along the way at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2013, Dr. Ben Carson, pediatric surgeon, and a man that dares challenge the liberal saint of health care, and social justice. How dare he. How dare he challenge the great and powerful Barack Obama, and do so to his face, and in the presence of the liberal faithful.
Dr. Ben Carson took it to Obama, aiming his arrow of truth directly at the liberal president's health care law, at the National Prayer Breakfast, and the good doctor did it with more than just the truth - he sent that arrow on a trajectory straight and true of common sense. How dare he. How dare he go after the young messiah that sits behind the presidential seal, with a teleprompter nearby to ensure he remembers the holy word.
The liberal media is angry. I am surprised they didn't start turning tables right there in the room as Dr. Carson spewed his opposition to President Obama's holy work.
They did something else. As Paul Kengor at the American Spectator put it, Dr. Ben Carson's price for daring to challenge President Obama was "... political excommunication and denunciation. In Alinsky fashion, he must now be isolated and demonized. The Religious Left grabs its stones to cast them at the good doctor. How dare Ben Carson mention healthcare at the National Prayer Breakfast! How dare he disagree with Obama!"
The conservatives poured into the streets. "Finally, someone not too afraid to challenge Obama has spoken up. Finally, we have seen someone that can articulate conservatism in a manner that wipes that smug sneer right off Barack's arrogant face. Finally, someone with a brass pair."
"Why, this guy ought to be," cried out the celebrating conservatives, "our next President!"
Dr. Ben Carson, being the humble man of God that he is, smiled, nodded, and said, "I'll leave that up to God."
That's the one and true God, he was referring to. Not the false, pseudo-demigod in Washington DC, mind you.
-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary
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Dr. Benjamin Carson Addresses National Prayer Breakfast, Criticizes Obamacare - RealClearPolitics
Now Media Matters Targets Ben Carson - World Net Daily
Dr. Ben Carson for President? 'I'll Leave That Up To God' - Yahoo! News