It is good that Dr. Ben Carson (emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at the John Hopkins School of Medicine) begin to weigh in with a column over at townhall.com. Last October Dr. Carson spoke at a fundraiser for the Illinois Family Institute and joked about being accused of supporting a hate group. The fact that he realizes that the Southern Poverty Law Center is a joke means he’s ahead of the game as he wades through the morass that is American politics.
In that speech for IFI (which you can watch here) he said this:
Now it is true that we are the pinnacle nation in the world. Not the first pinnacle nation — there have been others before us. Ancient Egypt. Ancient Greece. Ancient Rome. Great Britain. France. Spain. Number one, going to be there forever — they thought. What happened to each of them? The same thing. They became enamored of sports and entertainment, lifestyles of the rich and famous, they tolerated corruption and they lost their moral compass and they went right down the tubes.
And some people say that can’t happen to the United States. I think an honest appraisal would demonstrate that it’s already happening in spades. And the question is — can we stop it? Can we be the first pinnacle nation in the history of the world to learn from the mistakes of others and to reverse course. I think we can do it.
We pray you’re right, Dr. Carson. We pray you’re right.
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