Elites in this country who support Obamacare are using political correctness as a weapon to quash legitimate populist dissent about Obamacare, Ben Carson says.
In a column for The Washington Times
, the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital says it's time for people to voice their concerns about the healthcare program and resist the pressure of political correctness, which silences opposing views.
"I have stated in the past that Obamacare is the worst thing to occur in our country since slavery," writes Carson, an African American. "The purpose of this statement is not to minimize the most evil institution in American history, but rather to draw attention to a profound shift of power from the people to the government.... This strikes a serious blow to the concept of freedom that gave birth to this nation."
He contends that those interested in implementing the power shift in America use political correctness to demonize those who expose their agenda or engage them in debate.
"It is time in America for people to open their eyes to what is happening all around them as our nation undergoes radical changes without so much as a conversation out of fear of being called a name, of facing economically adverse actions, or of enduring government harassment, characterized by the perpetrators as 'phony scandals'," Carson writes.
"Political correctness is antithetical to our founding principles of freedom of speech and freedom of expression. Its most powerful tool is intimidation."
He concludes by saying, "The American people must learn to identify and ignore political correctness if we are to escape the bitter ideological grenades that are destroying our unity and strength.
"Political correctness is impotent if we the people are fearless. Let us emphasize intelligent discussion of issues and leave the smear campaigns to those with no constructive ideas."
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