Speaking Truth to Power

Carol Platt Liebau

2/7/2013 7:44:32 PM - Carol Platt Liebau

If I were President Obama, I would start worrying about having to attend the National Prayer Breakfast.  For the second year in a row, the keynote speaker has had some home truths that the President should hear -- and to which he refuses to listen in any other forum.

Today's speaker was Dr. Benjamin Carson, who rose from humble origins to become a renowned pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins.   

So far, only Rush has transcribed some excerpts of the remarks, but they had to have left a mark.  They include the following: 

CARSON:  Well, some people say, they say, "Well, that's not fair because it doesn't hurt the guy who made $10 billion as much as the guy who made ten." Where does it say you have to hurt the guy?  He just put a billion dollars in the pot! You know, we don't need to hurt him.  It's that kind of thinking that has resulted in 602 banks in the Cayman Islands.  That money needs to be back here, building our infrastructure and creating jobs.

And there's more:

CARSON: Here's my solution: When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record, and a health savings account to which money can be contributed -- pretax -- from the time you're born 'til the time you die.  When you die, you can pass it on to your family members, so that when you're 85 years old and you got six diseases, you're not trying to spend up everything. You're happy to pass it on and there's nobody talking about death panels.

Number one.  And also, for the people who were indigent who don't have any money we can make contributions to their HSA each month because we already have this huge pot of money. Instead of sending it to some bureaucracy, let's put it in their HSAs.  Now they have some control over their own health care.

What's most effective about Dr. Carson's remarks is that they make the case for free enterprise medicine -- based not on economics, or efficiency -- but based on morality.  Kudos to him for that -- hope the GOP was taking note.

Last year's prayer breakfast talk was a bit different, but it couldn't have been any more enjoyable for Obama.  Then, it was Eric Metaxas,(the entire text of his talk is in his book, "No Pressure, Mr. President!").  Perhaps the most notable part of his speech was his invocation of the rights of the unborn.  Here, Mark Joseph quotes Metaxas in a memorable account of the breakfast:

“Wilberfoce suddenly took the Bible seriously that all of us are created in the image of God, to care for the least of these.”

After carefully describing the inhumane treatment of both Jews and Africans by those claiming to be Christians, he asked then answered a question:

“You think you’re better than the Germans of that era? You’re not,” adding: “Whom do we say is not fully human today?”

Promising to come back to that question later, Metaxas then attempted to link his two main points: that Jesus was unique and distinct from all other religions or teachers and that a correct understanding of his role would lead to a correct view on what Metaxas considered to be the defining issues of today as well as eras gone by:

“I would say the same thing about the unborn. Apart from God we cannot see that they are persons. So those of us who know the unborn to be human beings are commanded by God to love those who do not yet see. We need to know that apart from God we would be on the other side of that divide, fighting for what we believe is right.”

My respect for Dr. Carson and Mr. Metaxas knows no bounds.  It takes guts to stand before all the country's most "important" people and criticize the world's most powerful man to his face.  The left routinely congratulates itself for its supposed courage in "speaking truth to power" when they're really regurgitating tired cliches that are applauded and embraced by the country's cultural elite, and a sizable portion of its political, financial and religious ones.  What Dr. Carson and Mr. Metaxas have done is courageous and, I firmly believe, divinely inspired.  God bless them both.