I had the pleasure of attending Dr. Ben Carson’s rally in Sterling, VA Sunday night. I met up with a young lady from work and 3 of her friends, all younger than 26. They call themselves “fangirls” of Dr. Carson. I told them that’s how I feel about Senator Ted Cruz, but it’s easy to understand the concept and desire to make America great again. Just as I understand my son and husband liking Trump. The bonus of conservatism is that none of us need agree with the others 100% of the time – then we’d just be “koolaid” drinking like the Democrats. When I chatted with the young lady today at work she noted how I knew the particulars of what he was going to say ie: 252T in unfunded liabilities before he said them. She said she knew I was involved in politics but hadn’t realized how much information I had. I told her that my opinions are based on knowledge of the subject, not emotion. I do understand how she and the other young ladies see Dr. Carson as the candidate they can support – he is funny and engaging, and without having to tell anyone this, yes, he is extremely intelligent.
Our local Leesburg Today wrote about his rally, noting that for a high school gym – 1,600 is a lot of people on a Sunday night at 7PM.
Much of his message focused on addressing the nation’s fiscal challenges, an $18 trillion debt and a $200 trillion “fiscal gap” of unfunded government obligations, including Social Security and Medicare.
“This is not something you’ll hear any traditional politician talk about, but I’m not a politician so I can talk about it,” Carson said.
His suggestions for paying down the debt and closing the budget deficit all involved bureaucratic belt-tightening: a 3-4 year federal budget freeze, reducing the size of the government workforce by not replacing retirees for three or four years, and requiring all agencies to reduce spending by 3 to 4 percent. While focus on spending reductions in most areas, Carson identified a few needing increased investment—reversing reductions in the military, providing better medical and mental health care to service men and women, and pursing space missions that help drive technological innovation.
“We need to get our act together. We cannot just continue doing this,” Carson said. “And you know, when somebody comes along and says, ‘Hey America, everything is wonderful and how about free college for everybody.’ Well, when you know what the fiscal gap is, your correct response is laughing and saying, ‘What are you talking about? How are we going to pay for this when we are already about to go over the financial cliff?”
Carson frequently reflected on the worries expressed by the founding fathers about voter apathy, and on the character traits that allowed the fledgling nation to rise so quickly to become an international powerhouse.
“It was that ‘can do’ attitude that allowed them to so quickly rise to the pinnacle of the world. And that is why the ‘can do’ attitude must be returned, and we must get rid of the ‘what can you do for me’ attitude,” Carson said, drawing the loudest applause of the night.
I took some video to show you all how eloquently he speaks and how engaged he is with his audience, unfortunately it is to large too upload here and at Youtube. You would have noted that, like Cruz and Trump, he doesn’t need a teleprompter, proving the point that only liars need to have their words plugged into a machine.