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Ben S. Carson

Ben S. Carson

Opinion Columnist — Internationally renowned physician Ben Solomon Carson, M.D. is a retired neurosurgeon, an emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and a Washington Times columnist. A pediatric brain surgeon who was the first to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head, Dr. Carson has become a popular conservative figure and leader for his views on social issues and the federal government following his speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast. In 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush, the highest civilian honor in the land. Dr. Carson has also received more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees and dozens of national merit citations, written over 100 neurosurgical publications, and authored six best-selling books.

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CARSON: Indebtedness is path to servitude

As a teenager, I began a new, lifelong routine of starting and ending each day reading from the book of Proverbs, which, of course, was written by Solomon, a very wise man. Published March 11, 2014

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CARSON: Beyond affirmative action to colorblindness

As a child growing up in Detroit and Boston, I had many opportunities to experience the ugly face of racism and witnessed the devastating toll exacted by its mean-spirited nature. Published February 18, 2014

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CARSON: The enduring spirit of the Tea Parties

The famous Boston Tea Party involved disgruntled colonists who felt unfairly treated by the British Motherland, which was imposing an ever-increasing burden of taxation with little or no input from those being taxed. Published February 4, 2014

Dr. Ben Carson speaks at the Values Voter Summit in October, 2013. (Doug Wetzstein/special to The Washington Times)

CARSON: America is dragged down by Obama regulations

Well-meaning government officials from both parties have determined that citizens need to be more closely managed because they are not capable of acting responsibly or planning for the future Published January 14, 2014

Dr. Ben Carson speaks at the Values Voter Summit in October, 2013. (Doug Wetzstein/special to The Washington Times)

CARSON: Are all the president's critics racists?

A few years ago, I was participating in a national radio interview when the questioner asked me, "Dr. Carson, I notice that you don't speak very often about race. Why is that?" I replied, "It's because I'm a neurosurgeon." Published January 7, 2014

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CARSON: Thinking for ourselves

Earlier this year, one of the mainstream media networks was planning to do a special on my retirement from neurosurgery. They recorded a lecture that I gave at my medical school, as well as one given at a high school in Detroit. Published December 31, 2013

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CARSON: The feeling behind 'Merry Christmas'

When I was a kid growing up in Detroit and Boston, there were multiple Christmas celebrations in public school. Everyone participated in the celebrations, including the Jews and the many individuals of Middle Eastern descent. Published December 24, 2013

Dr. Ben Carson speaks at the Values Voter Summit in October, 2013. (Doug Wetzstein/special to The Washington Times)

CARSON: To counter coarseness, choose civility

As a youngster, I remember being taught to offer your seat on the bus to any elderly person. It was not unusual to see people offering to help carry a heavy or awkward box when a perfect stranger was obviously struggling with one. Published December 17, 2013

Cathey Park from Cambridge, Mass. shows the words "I Love Obamacare" on her cast for her broken wrist as she waits for President Barack Obama to speak at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall about the federal health care law, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. Faneuil Hall is where former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Obama's rival in the 2012 presidential election, signed the state's landmark health care law in 2006, with top Democrats standing by his side. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

CARSON: A health care lemon

When I was a teenager, my mother broke her own rule of never buying someone else's trouble and purchased a used car. We were quite excited because it was beautiful and sleek, and it was a convertible. Published November 26, 2013

Dr. Ben Carson speaks at the Values Voter Summit in October, 2013. (Doug Wetzstein/special to The Washington Times)

CARSON: Forget party loyalties, let's save America

The 14th verse in the 11th chapter of the book of Proverbs states that there is safety in the multitude of counselors. This means that you are much more likely to be successful if you're willing to listen to an array of opinions regarding an important decision. Published November 19, 2013

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CARSON: If you love America, get informed

The fate of our nation teeters on the ledge — and our future is far more important than who got sent home from "Dancing with the Stars" Published November 5, 2013

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CARSON: Your govt. is morbidly obese

I remember one story of a morbidly obese person who had to be lifted out with a crane after a wall was removed. This reminds me of our federal government, which was once agile and responsive, but now is so large and cumbersome that it has difficulty with the simplest of tasks. Published October 29, 2013