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-- apologize -- of years for technical hiccup we had a minute ago but we are back with pediatric neurosurgeon presidential medal of freedom recipient.
And author of America the beautiful doctor Benjamin Carson we're glad to have you doctor Carson response to your remarks the national prayer breakfast has been pretty overwhelming.
On the line and it would seem that going forward you might have a more prominent regular voice in national affairs to anticipate that.
Well you know we'll let the lord guide you know I am planning to retire.
From at least from surgery.
On June 30.
And you know continue to teach and be involved then in research and things of that nature -- So will free me up a little bit on the -- have ten international chips on the docket already in multiple other things.
Are you interest sitting getting into -- since.
I I don't have inherent interest in doing it but.
You know I will go where god wants me to go.
So wordy and tend tell us give us some context for this to -- your views are powerful well articulated a lot of people agree with them.
When -- -- what you know.
I'm I'm I'm not a Democrat I'm not a Republican I'm an independent if there was a party called the logic party I would be a member of that.
Because there's so many things that are ideologically driven.
In Washington DC that coupled with the fact that we've found now started a fourth branch of government.
-- the special interest.
Basically anything that doesn't make any sense it's because is a special interest group involved.
And we need to get back to a point where we're for Bryant of the people we need to do things that are beneficial for the people.
And so we just totally gotten away from that and I think it's gonna require some brave people to stand up to a system that's entrenched and corruption.
And every great nation before its fall has tolerated corruption we have to deal with us.
Doctor Carson I'm fascinated by your back story you were a poverty stricken kid.
Growing up without -- mom who is overworked in inner city Detroit and you went on to be a renowned surgeon how did that happen.
Well you know the key thing for me was -- -- my mother never gave up a -- she never became a victim herself.
And she always felt that there was something that you could do -- she never accepted excuses.
I think that's really the most important thing because if people want -- accept your excuse is he stopped looking for excuses and you start looking for solutions and both my brother.
And I became people who look for ways to do things not excuses.
You know he is that there -- not a -- mechanical engineer.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Was not what was important what was important was the mindset when you begin to believe that you can do something you're willing to put -- energy into it.
We live in the best nation in the world to be able to accomplish that we need to abolish the victim mentality.
And get people revved up again this is the -- into the nation that's how we reach the pinnacle so fast.
That's that's a wonderful story do you do you think you mentioned a victim mentality do you think it's more prevalent today than it was when you're growing up.
I -- considerably more prevalent now you know people are steeped in that from the time.
You know that they're born and they developed this entitlement.
Which is actually antithetical to societal success.
It's never been.
-- great society and it never will be.
The other thing that is always horrible it's great division.
You know wise man once in a house divided against itself cannot stand.
We need leadership that unites people not leadership that divides people and that's not again pointed at any particular individual it's pointed at a system.
And we need to get away from.
A doctor Carson how do you recommend getting away from the victimization that is so prevalent -- -- from.
Just kids -- kids everywhere be it Appalachian -- A a project in Detroit or Chicago if they have a real role models where they start.
Well we need to that we need we could have -- models did you take something like that Horatio Alger society.
Where you have to.
Ten or twelve people inducted each year who came from nowhere and rose to the top we don't talk about that very often most people don't even know about the Horatio -- society.
We have numerous people throughout our society.
Who would serve I think is excellent role models we need to emphasize those.
And Horatio Alger was very important to our country many many years ago because he wrote stories rags to riches story.
People read those and they inculcate -- into their own sense of who they were and they begin to think I can do this and they begin to have a vision.
If you don't have a vision thing you're certainly not gonna accomplish anything in the Bible says without -- vision the people -- We don't even know who we are anymore we don't know what our principles are we're afraid to articulate them because if you say certain things somebody can -- Look at you you know I was speaking at a at a university.
Last may and people circulated petitions that you can have this guy or somebody like this big because he believes that god created the world.
No real intellectual would believe that.
You know I mean this kind of of mind boggling censorship.
Of intellectual freedom is destroying our nation and we should not tolerated.
And yet there's there's there's a big market for fearlessness of youth as you've just proven doctor thanks a lot for joining us really -- -- talking -- him.
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