An important doctor's visit

Ben Carson is coming to Augusta to tout traditional values

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Dr. Ben Carson is exceptional in many ways.


He’s retired from being one of the world’s pre-eminent neurosurgeons. He’s a leading African-American conservative. He became a national sensation when he spoke out against big-government health care at the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this year.

But being exceptional is nothing new for him. His entire life and career are a testament to rising above difficult circumstances.

Raised by a divorced mother in Detroit, Carson had to overcome bad grades, a bad temper, a hopeless environment and more to get where he is today. He did it with a focused, motivated, assertive mother who minimized his TV time and required him to read incessantly and write about what he read.

Today, he has quietly become one of the country’s top thinkers, hottest speakers and best role models.

On Tuesday night, Dr. Carson will be here to speak at the Augusta Care Pregnancy Center banquet.

The sold-out event, which helps the nonprofit serve women and girls in crisis pregnancies and steer them toward life for their babies and better lives for themselves, will nearly double in size this year, to nearly 1,600 people, thanks in large part to Carson’s celebrity and popularity.

Ironically, that’s about how many women and girls in crisis the center helped last year with counseling and prenatal services, food and shelter, and many other needs.

The most eye-popping statistic, though? An estimated 82 babies saved.

If anyone else in the community had saved that many lives, they’d be hailed as heroes.

Well, they are.

What an incredible coup for the Augusta CPC, Director Susan Swanson and her staff to land Dr. Carson. They annually bring in a top-tier national speaker, but they’ve managed to grab one on a huge crest this year.

Dr. Carson is regularly talked about in conservative circles as a presidential favorite. But that buzz truly ought to transcend politics and ideologies. Gentle Ben Carson isn’t preaching conservatism; he’s talking the traditional values of family, education, individual freedom and responsibility that made this country what it is – or at least what it used to be.

He’s an exception – the numbers don’t bode well for children of one-parent homes – who may be in the best possible position to emphasize the rule: Those blessed to come from married households with strong values and a focus on education, and who avoid pregnancy out of wedlock, have the inside edge to a better life.

That’s not a political or religious position. It’s an objective fact. Why are the media so afraid to tell that story?

Swanson says she hopes Dr. Carson’s speech will energize the audience to go forth and create the kind of community – and country – that gives children their best chance for success.

That would be an even bigger coup.

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GACopprhed
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GACopprhed 10/05/13 - 06:38 am
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Honestly, AC,
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Because the people it would effect don't want to hear it. They "know" it all.

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peace4784 10/05/13 - 07:00 am
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Good article. The "adults in
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Good article. The "adults in charge" want to make lots of money now. Find out who is making the money to find the cause. Immorality is marketable and very profitable. The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Virginity is almost taboo. Abortion is a badge of honor. Society don't need more self righteous talking the talk. Society need more adults walking the talk.

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peace4784 10/05/13 - 07:02 am
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Great article by Augusta Chronicle. Well written. Good commentar
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Just wanted to make a point.

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Bodhisattva 10/05/13 - 07:03 am
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A quick Google search of all

A quick Google search of all the major networks brought up Dr. Carson. Obviously his message has the opportunity to be heard. Does the Chronicle honestly think that the majority of women who end up raising a child in single family home do so voluntarily? If not, then why ,make such an asinine comment? Of course the average child raised in a 2 person, loving environment, that focuses on education, would do better than one who did not. As a rule, a child that was raised in a one parent, loving/caring environment that focused on education would do better than a child raised in a 2 parent non-loving/caring environment, that didn't focus on education. All of the media I have read or watched have shown both sides of the issue, unlike the Chronicle, which sets a rigged proposition, and then claims no one else reports it. You could have just had an honest editorial about Dr. Carson and the work of the CPC (Do they, like many other CPC's, refuse to give out information on birth control to prevent unwanted pregnancy and lie to women concerning the science of birth control and abortion? That would make a good investigative report for the paper. We await the findings eagerly.) but that's just too much to expect from the Chronicle's editorial staff.

peace4784
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peace4784 10/05/13 - 07:07 am
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Why Low Rating. Discrimination!
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Just wanted to prove I am being discriminated against. No matter what I write I will receive a low rating. Here is the proof.

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carcraft 10/05/13 - 07:30 am
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I have a. Copy of Ben

I have a. Copy of Ben Carson's white coat speech at MCG. I have read books about h he is remarkable !

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chascushman 10/05/13 - 08:12 am
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'I have read books about h he
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'I have read books about h he is remarkable !'
carcraft, I also have read a couple of Dr. Carson's books. In fact I had read them before he chastised the lying communist in the WH about Obamacare. By the way I read that the IRS is doing an audit on his taxes. I guess it is not good to criticize the lying racist in the WH.

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Jon Lester 10/05/13 - 08:29 am
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If it worked for more people, we'd hear about it.
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Seriously, do you think the media message has more weight with some of us than our own unhappy experience? Wouldn't you agree that it's better to avoid a mistake when you see it coming? And is it so hard to imagine that some of those ultimately unsuitable partners came from solid families with "strong values," or that their mental health problems may well be a direct consequence of a particular sort of family life?

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soapy_725 10/05/13 - 08:46 am
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Bod's parents should have Pro Choice. Along with Obama's.
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Bod's parents should have Pro Choice. Along with Obama's.

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rmwhitley 10/05/13 - 08:49 am
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We have
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some societies today that are so vehemently ignorant that you could place them on a linear path to success and they would go backwards out of spite to the "white cracker".

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deestafford 10/05/13 - 09:00 am
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Everyone would benefit by reading two of Dr Carson's books:

"Gifted Hands" and "America the Beautiful". The first book is about his life and how he came to be who he is. My wife has given a number of "Gifted Hands" to young black children hoping it would inspire them to rise above their environment and strive for the stars.

His story is so inspiring and his views on how to solve today's problems are right on target.

I would vote for him no matter what office he ran for.

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nocnoc 10/05/13 - 09:13 am
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A great example of the Amercian Dream.

I sure wished someone would invite him to speak at a few local High schools.

Before they become comfortable following the ruts to nowhere already laid by others ahead of them.

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dahreese 10/05/13 - 09:32 am
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"...the Chronicle, which sets
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"...the Chronicle, which sets a rigged proposition, and then claims no one else reports it."

What's new?
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"Of course the average child raised in a 2 person, loving environment, that focuses on education, would do better than one who did not. As a rule, a child that was raised in a one parent, loving/caring environment that focused on education would do better than a child raised in a 2 parent non-loving/caring environment, that didn't focus on education."

Thanks, Bod.
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p.s. Let's all open our eyes and see that Dr. Carson is not presidential material (and I'm not a Hillary fan, either).

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GACopprhed 10/05/13 - 09:39 am
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The problem is, Bod, that
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The problem is, Bod, that there are women and men who don't seem to care. They want the sex, no matter the consequences. Then ther are the teens who party too much and do thing while under the influence that they might not normally do. The problem, is that single parent(read mother and no father)pregnancy/parenthood has been destigmatized. There is a social benefit to stigmatizing certain behaviors, and it does reduce divorce, unwed pregnancy and other social issues. The free love era and it's subsequent effects have created the Paris Hiltons, Miley Cyruses and Kim Kardashians of the world. My god, the only thing Kim ever did was to release a sex video, and now she's somebody? While I firmly believe in helping people, irregardless of how they got where they are, I also believe we must do things on the front end to reduce the problem. Legislating morality is not an option, but maybe a little less "oh it's ok, everyone does it" would do some good.

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seenitB4 10/05/13 - 09:48 am
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Gifted Hands

He not only has gifted hands he also has a gifted mind....amazing man & I think he is better suited doing just what he is doing now....reaching thousands in his speeches & books...make that millions.

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dichotomy 10/05/13 - 10:13 am
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"see that Dr. Carson is not

"see that Dr. Carson is not presidential material"

He appears to have common sense which makes him eminently more qualified to be president than what we have now.

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CobaltGeorge 10/05/13 - 10:36 am
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dahreese -

Let's all open our eyes and see that Dr. Carson is not presidential material

Then what you really are saying is, Dr. Carson would never be as good as our present King SMNCICBHO(M), the Hammer & Sickle Man? Geez!

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CobaltGeorge 10/05/13 - 10:37 am
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Sorry dichotomy,

you beat me to the same thought.

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allhans 10/05/13 - 11:25 am
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Now, we don't want to take a

Now, we don't want to take a good man and turn him into a politician.

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Riverman1 10/05/13 - 11:35 am
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Dahreese said...

Dahreese said, " Let's all open our eyes and see that Dr. Carson is not presidential material (and I'm not a Hillary fan, either)."

Dahreese, I know you are not a Republican and Dr. Carson will never run as a Democrat. Tell ya what, y'all pick y'all's candidate and we'll choose ours.

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Sweet son 10/05/13 - 12:54 pm
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We on the Republican side would endorse him as our presidential

candidate in a second. Can you imagine the 180 degree difference between him and that thing we have now. Just won't happen. So sad! We need a whole lot of 'good' men and women in our government offices rather than the bunch we have now. Especially the Demodumbs!

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dahreese 10/05/13 - 01:24 pm
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Why? is it that some of you
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Why? is it that some of you folks think that a man who has never held political office is experience enough to run this country?

There is more to running this country than your conservative frustrations over the Affordable Care Act; a rogue nation or two now and then (who's religion just happens not to be yours) and how and where to spend "the taxpayers money."

On the other hand, I suppose anyone conservative who has watched "The West Wing" is qualified to say who is or is not capable of running this country?

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chascushman 10/05/13 - 01:54 pm
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"Why? is it that some of you
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"Why? is it that some of you folks think that a man who has never held political office is experience enough to run this country?"
dahreee, what a joke, you supported a man who's main success was as a community organizer. Dr. Carson ran a very large department at a large hospital. I'm sure Dr. Carson would be glad to make his college grades available to the public unlike the idiot in the WH. But the main thing Dr. Carson has over the community organizer is he loves this country while the lying racist in the WH hates everything this country was based on.

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Darby 10/05/13 - 03:29 pm
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"Does the Chronicle honestly think that the majority of women

who end up raising a child in single family home do so voluntarily? If not, then why ,make such an asinine comment?"

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Did the Chronicle even suggest such a stupid allegation? Of course not and it doesn't help the discussion to set up such an obvious strawman, just so you can knock it down.

Bod, you obviously did not read the article, just cherry picked a phrase or two.

Our governmental swing toward socialism has created the "single mom monster" and only a course correction can move that pendulum back in the right direction.

As long as we subsidize fatherless children, we'll get more and more of them. We would spend less money tracking down these malevolent sperm donors and forcing them to support their kids.

However, liberals/progressives would say that would be an assault to their dignity. (Or something along those lines.) They always do.

As though those parasites had any dignity to begin with.

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chascushman 10/05/13 - 08:13 pm
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"As though those parasites
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"As though those parasites had any dignity to begin with."
well said

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dahreese 10/05/13 - 09:57 pm
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"As long as we subsidize
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"As long as we subsidize fatherless children, we'll get more and more of them."

They didn't ask to be born, so what do you want to do with them...?

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deestafford 10/06/13 - 12:34 am
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You take them away from the parent who can't take care of them

physically, mentally, and morally by themselves and put them in an orphanage!

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Darby 10/06/13 - 11:42 am
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You do what you can for children with absentee "fathers".

Even if that requires taking them away from their "broodmare" mothers.

No, not all of them, just the LPM's. (Leaches, parasites and moochers).

The moms who are actual victims, those who are doing everything they can to provide for their kids (and not popping out more), you provide support for.

If we are to save the this nation, and salvage what's left of our society, then it's time for tough love.

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chascushman 10/06/13 - 04:22 pm
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"They didn't ask to be born,
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"They didn't ask to be born, so what do you want to do with them...?"
dahreese, it is time to address the mess created by the Great Society, liberals, democrats and black leaders. Until we do it is only going to get worse.

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