From their recent behavior regarding Obama Care, it is enlightening to compare Dr. Benjamin Carson to Florida Governor Rick Scott. One of these men spoke the truth about health care right in front of Barack Obama while the other caved to pressure from forces that will never support him under any circumstances. One comes from the world of medicine as a healer, and the other from that same world as a bureaucrat. One is a man of principle while the other is a political eunuch. One is comfortable in his skin while the other is image obsessed, seemingly enamored of the anorexic tanning bed look. One man understands “why,” yet the other is blinded by “what.” The first man is Dr. Carson, and the other guy is Governor Scott.
If, as a nation, we choose leaders from the mold of Dr. Carson, we might have a puncher’s chance at preventing the perfect crime and the grandest of all larcenies: the complete theft of America in broad daylight. If we put our trust in those like Governor Scott, our doom is sealed, and America is gone.
And no, this is not an endorsement of Dr. Carson for President. Any focus on the 2016 election now is to miss the point and to fall prey to the liberal trap – that of focusing on personalities and not ideas. Since Governor Scott just guaranteed his defeat in 2014, perhaps in a primary, this is not about his career either. This is all about the intrepid ideas of Dr. Carson in dramatic contrast to the flaccid consultant driven notions of Governor Scott.
Even though Scott was elected as an anti-Obama Care champion, he reversed course earlier this week and agreed to implement the first phase of this government take over in Florida. He was the seventh Republican Governor to cave on this issue, and given the size of Florida, and the nature of Scott’s campaign, his concession is the most disturbing. Yet far more damaging than Scott’s abysmal capitulation itself is his reasoning. Consider his logic, and I suggest you sit down first:
“It doesn’t matter what I believe. It doesn’t matter what anybody believes. The Supreme Court’s already made their decision. We had an election in the fall, and the public made their decision.”
Wow. Where to start?
This statement, in addition to being cowardly, is fraught with grave danger and born of a malignant groupthink reflex. In one short utterance, he anointed John Roberts king, assumed the electorate flawless, made Speaker Boehner look fearless, relegated U.S. history to irrelevance, rendered the Congressional elections meaningless, and presumed the end of America is a Fait Accompli. It was nothing short of contemptible, and perhaps even treasonous, although admittedly impressive to wedge so much neurosis into so few words. At the risk of inducing a stroke, his chock full statement must be dissected.
It is highly likely that Scott’s professional political consultants influenced this decision heavily since they are the only creatures on the planet who are overly concerned with banalities about “elections being over” and so on. Paradoxically, they are simultaneously worrying incessantly about only one thing; the next election. In the infinitesimal minds of GOP strategists, precious moderates and independents care only about getting along, and statements like those of Scott above are the ultimate sop to the idea of faux bipartisanship. In other words, this was a purely political maneuver on Scott’s part, and as he will find out, is a sure loser. As Bush 41 and 43 discovered, along with John McCain and Mitt Romney and others, any attempt to make your enemies hate you a teeny bit less can only lead to failure – the net result being that you lose your original constituency in the process. It’s a lose-lose proposition.
Of course, the political blunder is the least damaging impact of Governor Scott’s words and actions. He ran afoul of history, truth, and the entire idea of a representative Republic by assuming that Obama Care is now “the law of the land,” with the clear implication that there is nothing we can ever do about it. Nazism was the law of the land in France, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Finland for a while too, but something was done about it. Slavery was the law of the land in America at one time too. This meek submission by the Governor assumes that we as people must willingly exchange our status as citizens for that of subjects, or perhaps worse, be willing to become line item expenses – simply because Justice Roberts had a need to be loved and Romney ran a foppish campaign.
To support this flawed supposition, Scott also had to assume that the electorate voted for Obama specifically to keep Obama Care in place and that they simply made an administrative mistake by giving the House back to the Republicans. He also remains remarkably uncurious about mysterious turnouts of well over 125 percent, including some in his own state. What else can “we had an election in the fall, and the public made their decision,” mean exactly?
This is a breath taking contrast with Carson’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast, where he was able to deconstruct the flaws in Obama Care in 43 seconds better than timid Republican office holders have been able to in 43 months. Carson, a doer, is concerned with the truth and what works, and is more than willing to explain the validity of his ideas. Scott and his handlers, professional bureaucrats all, are prisoners of group think and always maneuvering themselves to appear to agree with what the low and mis-information voters already think they believe. And Charles Krauthammer agreed with that tactic!
Carson’s blueprint, defending the truth into the headwinds of political correctness, is the path we must take. The Rick Scott’s of the world are nothing more than enablers of the left, acting as collaborators for the fundamental change craved by Obama and his comrades. The juxtaposition is as stunning as it is illustrative. Carson versus Scott is no contest. Carson by a mile.