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by Cal Thomas
There are many successful liberals, so why do so many of them wish to subsidize failure for the poor, instead of showing them how to succeed?
Take Dr. Ben Carson, as one example. Dr. Carson, the renowned neurosurgeon at
Dr. Carson, who is African-American, has been denounced as insufficiently black because he won't toe the liberal line when it comes to big government and the implication that those in the African-American voting bloc, huge supporters of the
Speaking with Megyn Kelly on
That is precisely what the left does not want to do, because to have such a discussion would expose liberalism's failure to solve the problems of poverty and education -- to cite just two examples -- through government.
MSNBC's Toure Monday has called Dr. Carson a token "black friend" to the
Dr. Carson dismissed one suggestion he might be an "Uncle Tom" this way: "Well, obviously they don't know what an Uncle Tom is because they need to read Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.' You'll see that he was very, very subservient, kind of go along to get along type of person. Obviously, that's not what I'm doing."
In the Kelly interview, Dr. Carson hit his main point about liberal reaction on subjects ranging from Obamacare to higher taxes: "They feel that if you look a certain way then you have to stay on the plantation."
Isn't such a personal attack also a form of racism? All whites don't think alike, why should all African-Americans be expected to?
If government were the solution and not the problem, shouldn't we expect that the amount of money spent on anti-poverty programs --
The nightmare for liberals would be if Ben Carson became a role model for the poor instead of a target. If more of the poor had mothers like his (and maybe active fathers, which he didn't have), who focused on reading and discipline, more might grow up to be like him. They might reject the lie that they are incapable of succeeding because of their circumstances.
In addition to Carson's remarks about government dependency, he is also under attack for his unorthodox positions on same-sex marriage and evolution, which the National Review Online reports has led to a petition being circulated at
The late newsman David Brinkley said, "A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him."
By that standard, Dr. Ben Carson is building a mansion.
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