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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.

Articles by Ben S. Carson

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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

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

CARSON: A better alternative to Obamacare

We as a nation need to focus significant emphasis and resources on providing good health care for all of our citizens. My question is this: Can we provide this without turning over control of our most important possession to the government? Published October 22, 2013

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

CARSON: Did you really hear what I said?

The implementation of Obamacare places the health — and, ultimately, the lives — of the people in the hands of the government. Over the course of time, such a relationship places the government at the top of the power pyramid, thus putting "the people" in a very dependent position. Published October 15, 2013

Ben Carson, right, speaking at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, where he burst on the national scene when he criticized Obamacare with President Obama himself seated nearby on the dais. (Courtesy of C-SPAN)

CARSON: Dr. Ben's prescription for shutdown pain

The Obamacare battle is not politics as usual with the expected partisan bickering to which we have grown accustomed. When it comes to ascribing blame for the current shutdown, we the people must be wise and should resist being led like sheep by members of the political class and the media. Published October 9, 2013

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CARSON: Obamacare fight is the new Alamo; no reinforcements coming

Today, the freedom of Americans to control their own health care needs is being threatened by massive governmental interference. Those attempting to fundamentally change America are attempting to take control of the most important thing any of us possesses: our health. Published September 25, 2013

Martin Luther King giving his address at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington,DC, Aug. 28, 1963.

CARSON: MLK would be alarmed by black-on-black violence, lack of family values

It is hard to believe that 50 years have elapsed since the famous "I have a dream speech" of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I was an 11-year-old child in Detroit languishing in the midst of poverty. I was quite optimistic that things were getting better for black people in America. Published August 28, 2013

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CARSON: Can you trust anybody anymore?

When babies are born, they have little choice but to trust their caregivers, who are usually the parents. As they mature and are able to distinguish one person from another, they tend to show great preference for the parents with whom they have bonded. Published August 14, 2013

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CARSON: Success for the dumbest kid

These days, it seems like everything is made into a political football. Perhaps the one thing we can agree upon is the importance of education for everyone. Published August 7, 2013

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CARSON: Honoring the right of the ballot

I have had the opportunity to visit many countries, and I have taken it upon myself to inquire how people in other nations prevent voter fraud. Even those from Third World countries tell me that everyone has some type of official voting credential that is nationally recognized. Published July 24, 2013

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CARSON: Restoring plain and civil speech to politics

I retired this month after 40 years of medical endeavors. There is little that can compare to the joy of being able to intervene in the lives of fellow human beings and in the vast majority of cases, save or improve those lives. Published July 10, 2013