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Wandering around the internet, one sometimes comes across a piece, simple, yet saying far more than perhaps it’s author intended. It speaks to the profession of journalism, to the integrity of that profession, to claims of excellence and attention to detail, in the interest of communicating deep thoughts about the bureaucracy and the world in which it lives and operates.


What more could one say. This is Slate, fabled magazine of the Left.

Dr. Ben Carson Has Been Appointed to Head HUD by The Elephant's Child

635796540008804109-xxx-ben-carson-32President-elect Donald Trump has announced the appointment of Dr, Ben Carson to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Senate Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi gravitated to the nearest microphone to announce that the choice of Ben Carson to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development was “a disconcerting and disturbingly unqualified choice.”  In the statement she released she said “there is no evidence that Dr. Carson brings the necessary credentials to hold a position with such immense responsibilities and impact on families and communities across  America. ”

I really had to laugh. HUD is especially concerned with poor inner-city neighborhoods, and the problems involved, and under the current administration, an attempt to reach a leftist ideal of proper diversity by moving poor inner-city residents into middle class and upper class neighborhoods, which they attempt to accomplish by threats to cut off federal funding. To quote from Dr. Carson:

I grew up in a neighborhood most Americans were told never to drive through. I saw bullets, drugs and death in the same places I played tag and ball with my friends. Both of my older cousins died on the streets where I lived. I thought that was my destiny.

But my mother didn’t. She changed all of that.She saved my brother and me from being killed on those streets with nothing but a library card.

My mother knew what the problems were and she shielded me and my brother from them. I can tell you that she wasn’t worried about Socialist senators from tiny rural states. “Black Lives Matter” could learn from her to focus on the real sources of our hopelessness.

Ben Carson didn’t pontificate about the plight of inner-city blacks, he lived it. Can’t deal with  immense responsibility? Try separating conjoined babies joined at the head. Management skills? Try managing a large group of physicians. What a splendid idea to enlist someone who knows the problems from the inside instead of just following the standard party line.

He’ll do fine, and may even accomplish something truly important.

World-Renowned Neurosurgeon Ben Carson Speaks Truth to Power by The Elephant's Child

At the National Prayer Breakfast, Dr. Ben Carson, a world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon at John Hopkins, spoke plainly about today’s moral decay and fiscal irresponsibility to an audience with President and Mrs. Obama, Vice President Biden and other national leaders in attendance in the keynote address.

He spoke out plainly about the deficit and irresponsible fiscal management. He spoke forcefully for a fair flat tax. He talked about growing up in poverty in a single parent family and learning to take responsibility for his own decisions thanks to “a mother who would never allow herself to be a victim no matter what happened — she never made excuses, and she never accepted excuses from us.”

Dr.Carson said his mother paved the way for a better life by insisting he and his brother read rather than watch television.

After awhile, I actually began to enjoying reading those books. I read about people of great accomplishment.

As I read those stories, I began to see a connecting thread: the person who has the most to do with what happens to you in life is you. You make decisions, and you decide how much energy you put behind those decisions. At that point I didn’t hate poverty anymore, because I knew it was only temporary: I could change that.

President Obama didn’t seem to enjoy the speech, which was clearly challenging. It is quite a speech and Dr. Carson is a most impressive figure. Do watch the whole thing.

But Obama was exposed to a devastating speech the previous year given by Eric Metaxas, a historical biographer known for his biographies of the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoffer, and William Wilberforce and the campaign to end slavery.

ADDENDUM: The Wall Street Journal liked Dr. Carson’s speech too. No matter what you have going this weekend, shoveling snow, or watching others shovel on TV, make time to watch this video. Their headline is “Ben Carson for President.”

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