Carson's speech appropriate

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For the most part, I usually concur with The Augusta Chronicle’s published opinions. But I could not possibly disagree more vehemently with your position on the “propriety” of Dr. Ben Carson’s speech at the recent National Prayer Breakfast (“Right words, wrong place,” Feb. 14).

Perhaps Dr. Carson should have chosen an alternate, quieter venue for his impassioned plea for sanity in government. I am sure the good doctor, who is one of the world’s leading pediatric neurosurgeons, could have drawn five or six reporters from obscure medical or religious publications to a hastily called press conference in a waiting room at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Maybe you would have preferred Dr. Carson write a letter to The Washington Post or CBS News. How much exposure would that approach have engendered?

It seems your editorial staff concurs that Dr. Carson, rather than choosing another time and place, simply remember his place. After all, he’s merely a world-famous physician who came up from a life of poverty and hardship in Detroit – who just happens to be black. Heaven forbid this true man of God would dare to “speak truth to power” a scant five feet away from the president (gasp!) at a prayer breakfast! (tsk tsk!) Shame on you, Dr. Carson!

The problem with this whole affair is that an independent-thinking, hard-working, life-saving, African-American man who pulled himself up by his own bootstraps demonstrated that he has absolutely no fear of Barack Obama whatsoever, because Dr. Carson knows that the true seat of power is not in Washington, D.C.

Bert Dean

Augusta

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Trapperpk
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Trapperpk 02/16/13 - 07:40 am
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Right to the point. A defining moment has arrived in US History. It is not a hero, or political orator, but a Doctor who awakens the latent being of America in one speech. History book scholars should start tracking Dr. Benjamin Solomon Carson quotes, as he is the new Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson of our times, rolled into one. Dr Carson begins his second career. Stop the presses history is taking a turn. Dr. Benjamin just had his first fireside chat at the National Prayer Breakfast and has awaken America's sensibilities from slumber. Other political leaders twirl and spin in disarray while they spiral down the political rabbit hole. The politicians continue perfecting imposition Governmental solutions on this watch. Dr. Carson has relighted the dream that all All Americans have long since forgotten or never knew. The empowerment of its citizens to make a difference rather than having Government make the difference at our expense, of freedom. Just think what he said in 27 minutes at the National Prayer breakfast should have been said a long time ago. But its now that he spoke, and why? Because we only have so much time to get it straight for our country. Politicians step aside, you have had your chance. Its time for the core of this country to take back our country, by truth to power, slicing through political rhetoric and making a difference for our lives. Living history is great, especially when you recognize it, and not have to read about it 20 years later in a history book. People, its time to pay attention and not let the lawyers, politicians and money people do your thinking for you. Pay attention to this plea from Dr. Carson. This is a small window in history and you can be part of it.

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AprilLowry 02/16/13 - 08:27 am
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I totally agree with Mr. Dean, Carson's speech was appropriate!

If you missed getting to hear the whole speech. Well worth the time to listen. Here is the link. http://patriotaction.net:80/video/video/show?id=2600775%3AVideo%3A609161...

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Riverman1 02/16/13 - 09:15 am
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I, too, watched the entire

I, too, watched the entire speech and found it in no way confrontational or rude toward the President. It made good points. I truly believe the AC editors didn't view the entire speech, but only saw a line or two where Dr. Carson was most direct. Heck, Michelle was clapping vigorously for him.

curly123053
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curly123053 02/16/13 - 09:35 am
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It Was Appropiate

I saw nothing at all wrong with Dr Carson's speech. I think it was appropiate.

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RMSHEFF 02/16/13 - 10:25 am
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Ditto

This needs to happen more often. The look on Obama's face confirms he is not accustomed those who would dare offer ideas different than his. There is no better person to have done this. Conservatives like Rubio and Dr Carson really has the left worried.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 02/16/13 - 10:28 am
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His speech was needed!! One

His speech was needed!! One has to take the opportunity given. The man made valid points that otherwise would have been ignored by sycophants in the media.

Huuuuraahh!

dichotomy
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dichotomy 02/16/13 - 10:40 am
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I thought Carson's speech was

I thought Carson's speech was positive and should be exactly the kind of speech given at a prayer breakfast. Michelle appeared to love it and Barack stared at his shoes and looked like somebody stole his candy.

It was a classic contrast between a man whocame out of poverty, on his own, and has really accomplished things and a man who tells people they have an excuse for being ignorant and poor and that the government should take care of them.

Run Carson for president and I would vote for him regardless of party.

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crkgrdn 02/16/13 - 11:00 am
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What a breakthrough!

Those who work so diligently to stifle discussion in the public square have a catastrophic hemorrhage on their hands.

Carson's parable of the lighthouse offered clarity to understanding how truth is challenged...to our possible peril.

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foster 02/16/13 - 11:38 am
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Dr Carson

The key point in Mr Dean's letter is this. The lap dog palace guard msm would have ignored Dr Carson's remarks in any other setting. They demand that we the people never criticize the King.

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JRC2024 02/16/13 - 11:42 am
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Those that think the

Those that think the government owes them everything and depend of the handouts and not their own hard work just aren't right and will never help this nation. If President Obama thinks that they are the way then he needs redirecting to the part of society that doesn't want all the government control. Thank goodness he can't run again. But he may try and change that rule by executive order.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 02/16/13 - 12:13 pm
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Isn’t it telling how when a

Isn’t it telling how when a conservative “steps out of” what is the norm in polite society we get a lot of humphruff, whisppispers. And when a liberal steps out of the norm we get a lot of wink, wink, elbow rub, nod, nod.

Matters not what a conservative says, he/she will be taken to task. Might as well go all out…what’s to lose?

Maybe, just maybe it will force the other side into a serious debate… oh, who the hell am I kidding? The era of critical debate is extinct…on to reality TV, that’s where hearts and minds are won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 02/16/13 - 01:06 pm
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I Wonder If

the Hammer & Sickle Man now knows the difference between Political Correctness and the TRUTH?

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Conservative Man 02/16/13 - 02:32 pm
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As one who grew up....

....in similar circumstances to Mr. Carson, I totally think his approach was the right one....Speaking truth to power takes bravery and has more impact, when the "power" is seated next to you....My question to the ACES is, if not then, when?. If not there, where?...
Conservatives have been muzzled for too long by the slavish lapdog media and Obama's sycophants, (sorry a redundancy I know), and I predict that by next time this year Dr. Carson may very well have a larger platform from which to speak.....

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faithson 02/16/13 - 02:48 pm
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and so many find fault with occupy wall street

hypocrites all who find this 'protest' commendable, but find standing up to corrupt corporate power abominable.

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chascushman 02/16/13 - 04:23 pm
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I have read a couple of Dr.
Unpublished

I have read a couple of Dr. Carson’s books and they were well worth reading. All of the left-wing media are out there now trying to dig up any dirt on Dr. Carson. The commie in the WH does not have to lift a finger because the Marxist/socialist media and groups like Media Matters will stoop to anything to discredit anyone that is a threat to their Marxist/socialist agenda.

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