- Created on Friday, 01 March 2013 19:21
- Written by IVN
Washington, DC - "A new player has emerged on the national political scene-Dr. Ben Carson-and although he is not yet a full-fledged contender for the top job, there is no doubt that his influence is growing exponentially," according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.
"In case you missed it, Dr. Carson is the guy who had the intestinal fortitude to stand up for what he believes in and eloquently deliver a face to face rebuttal of the wrong-headed policies that President Obama has foisted on us. He did it respectfully, but forcefully at last month's National Prayer Breakfast in D.C. while standing just a few feet away from the president, himself. He's a role model for all of us who want to put the nation back on the right track." Weber explained.
Since then, he has been applauded in some quarters and vilified in other quarters but his message got through loud and clear, namely that we must not abandon the values and grit that made America great in the first place, the AMAC chief noted.
Carson was tapped to address the Conservative Political Action Conference, March 14 through the 16th.
Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union that sponsors CPAC, had this to say in announcing the pick: "Dr. Ben Carson represents the optimism and hope of the future of the conservative movement, while at the same time he articulates the deep fiscal and social challenges that our nation faces."
There will be a number of potential 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls at the CPAC event, but Weber said he believes that Carson will not necessarily be there to promote a personal political agenda. "The man is sincere in his beliefs and he has an important message to convey not only to those who will vie for the Republican nomination, but to everyone in earshot, Conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, Liberals and Independent."
His speech at the Prayer Breakfast included concrete alternatives to the administration's socialist agenda. He espoused a flat tax, for example.
Perhaps more important, he called for the replacement of Obamacare with individual health accounts. Those who could afford it would contribute to these health savings plans and those who could not would be provided with government assistance. In either case, the individual would be making the choices, not the government, Weber explained.
As the Washington Times put it in an editorial, "Dr. Carson's remarks inspired the millions yearning for someone to articulate conservative solutions to national problems."