tv Dr. Ben Carson at the Iowa State Fair CSPAN August 16, 2015 11:58pm-12:19am EDT
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that gives presidential hopefuls up to 20 minutes to speak on any issue of virtuous. -- their choice. [applause] >> as you can see, dr. ben carson is our next speaker at the soapbox. dr. carson is a pediatric neurosurgeon. he was a longtime director of the johns hopkins children's center and is internationally renowned for his pioneering work in separation of conjoined twins. very pleased to welcome dr. carson to the soapbox. [applause] dr. carson: thank you so much. i am delighted to be here. a lot of state
fairs, but this is a state fair. this is amazing. absolutely amazing. wonderful people, wonderful food. i want to thank the people of iowa, who have been supporting me and helping the rest of the nation realized we should not let the professional class pick our president. [applause] dr. carson: what an incredible land we live in here. a lot of people like to complain about america. about the bad things we have done, that people who are here. interestingly enough, when you stop to think about it, we have a lot of people trying to get in. i do not see anyone trying to escape. i do not think it is that bad a place. it was certainly a great place of dreams for me. as a youngster, i wanted to be a doctor.
skipped over police man and firemen. i loved everything that had to do with medicine. i was not a good student. we were desperately war. -- poor. the only time we could go to the michigan state fair was when we had special coupons to get in free. we did not have any money for rides, popcorn. i did not taste, and candy until i was an adult. it was not that good. maybe they should have tried frying it. [laughter] had a wonderful mother who believed in me when no one else did, made us read. as i read books about people of accomplishment, i came to a fundamental understanding the person who has the most to do with what happens in life is you. not somebody else.
that liberated me. [applause] dr. carson: it gave me a new lease on life. things were going well until high school. then i ran into the worst thing a person can run into -- it is peers. negative p-e-e-r-s. errors,ho encourage rudeness and stupidity. and it does not end in high school. we have a problem right now with so many people who allow others to think for them. and discourteous. all you have to do is go to an article and go to the comments section. you will not go down five lines before people start calling each
other nasty names and asking like third graders. apologizing to any third-graders out there. we have allowed ourselves to degenerate. they got caught up in peer pressure and are telling you who you should be hanging out with. i went from an a student to a "b" student. i did not care because i was cool. doing the detroit strut. fortunately, i only wasted a year before my mother got me to understand it is not what you wear on the outside. it is what is inside is a difference. then i was an "a" student. they were calling me nerd, poindexter. but let's see what you're doing in 20 years and what i am doing.
they must have believed me. because when i graduated from high school, they voted me most likely to succeed. which means they knew what was important. lazy and trifling to do it themselves. but i got back on the right track. i had a goal to be a contestant on my favorite tv show, "ge college bowl." there are some old people here. it came on every sunday. they had four contestants on each team. they asked questions about science and geography. they also asked questions about classical art and classical music. there was no way you're going to learn that at southwestern high school in detroit.
if you said something about van gogh, they had no idea what you are talking about. i made an executive decision. to the travel down galleries until i knew every picture, what period. radio,d to my portable bach, mozart. theied to convince them "mo" in motown was mozart. i decided which college i would go to based on that show. i went to the college that won the grand championship. that was between harvard and yale. yale demolished harvard. i did not want to go to school with a bunch of dummies. i applied it to you. -- to yale.
i was gung ho was going to be a contestant. but that was the year it went off the air. sad story. years later, when i decided to be a neurosurgeon, said what is the best place? that was johns hopkins. all the famous names. people a year two out of the top 125. how was i going to be one of them? when i went for my interview, the fellow will charge -- in charge was in charge of cultural affairs. we talked about medicine. then the conversation turned to classical music. we talked for over an hour about conductors, composers, orchestral halls. there was no way he was not taking me in the program. to have somebody to discuss this with. i tell young people all the time how important it is, how vitally
important it is, to learn everything. you never know what doors will be open for you. pigeonhole and categorize people. the left-wing media says carson is a neurosurgeon. but he is an idiot savant. he does not know anything else. god the kind of brains endowed us with, we do not have to limit ourselves in any capacity. the human brain is the most mexican -- magnificent system in the universe. it remembers everything you have seen or heard. can process 2 million bits of information in one second. how many people remember your birthday? let me see your hands. you have not eaten too much fried food.
what does your brain have to do to respond to that question? to give you an example of how complex your brain is, it has to which down the membrane, is converted from mechanical energy to electrical energy from the cochlear nerve to the superior new clips to the brainstem. goes. on it point being your brain is so sophisticated, so many things happen, for you to do almost nothing. imagine what the human brain can do is you really concentrate on it. i believe that we, the american
people, have the ability to solve the many problems that face us. i think immediately about the things that threaten to destroy us. the divisiveness in our society. let me tell you a secret. we, the american people, are not each other's enemies. the enemies are the ones making us think we are enemies. [applause] dr. carson: we have to be smart enough. just because you disagree with somebody about something, it does not make them your estimate -- enemy. all these things that are going on in our society. aboutd say people agree everybody being necessary. the problems that threaten to destroy us as a nation, they are not democrat problems. they are not republican problems.
they are american problems versus un-american. we have to remember we are americans first. it makes all the difference in the world. many who do not want us to realize that. the other thing we can solve without complex brains are the fiscal problems that face us. we are in the process of destroying the future for the next generation. i spent my professional career looking out for the welfare of children. believe me, i was looking forward to retirement. putting my feet up. but i really could not, knowing what was going to happen to their future if we continue down the same route. it has been both democrats and republicans who have been blowing up the budget and destroying the future for our young people. we hear about the national debt
18.5 to $19 trillion. wesay those numbers, but understand what they mean? , 365 days a year, it would take you 5000 years to pay off. that is what we are putting on the backs of young people. as thomas jefferson said, that is immoral. that is the good news. the real problem is the fiscal gap. please look up the fiscal gap. the is unfunded liabilities government has -- social security, medicaid, all the government programs versus the revenue we expect to collecting taxes and other revenue sources. the numbers should be virtually identical if you are responsible. bring it forward, and they are not together, that is called the
fiscal gap. 211 trillions dollars, a staggering amount. i announced that when i made my announcement running for president in detroit. left-wing media said, carson doesn't know anything about economics. he is crazy. but the day after that, forbes had an article that said 17 nobel laureates and 14 economic professors agree with carson. that kind of put a stop to that. [applause] dr. carson: the fact of the matter is the only reason we can't sustain that kind of debt is because we can print money, which we are doing irresponsibly. that is a privilege that generally goes with a number one economy in the world. which we have been since the 1870's, until last year, when
china took over. how much longer will it be that we can print money? and we havee cannot that level of debt, guess what is going to happen -- it will be worse than 1929 with the stock market crash. you never hear politicians talking about this. but i am not a politician. so i can talk about it. they want to get reelected. i want to save our nation. together, using our brains, we oursay our nation -- save nation. [applause] dr. carson: one of the cool things i've learned as a neurosurgeon, one of the cases of conjoined twins we were doing , they were joined at the top of the head, facing in the same direction. i made an executive decision. we had the number one euro surging in the country, people who were terrific with vascular
neurosurgery, tumor tissue separation. a whole host of the best of the best. rather than me just doing the operation and getting credit, i had 18 of the neurosurgeons involve. when we got to the part of the operation where they would be the expert -- and we were 10 hours ahead of schedule -- that is what happens when you do not care who gets credit. you just want to solve the problem. that is what we need to do now. i have been fortunate enough to meet all kinds of incredible. just amazing people. they are willing to help. they are willing to help turn our government from an inefficient behemoth to something that operates like an efficient business. you may not know this, but i spent many years in the business world. costcos on the board of
and starting a nonprofit, being the chairman of a board of a biomedical group. experience has taught me is there are people who are truly geniuses when it comes to businesses and running things. they are willing to help us. there are people in other areas, and we need to take advantage. that is what it is. that is why we are called the united states. because we have so much talent. and if we focus it in the right way and stop worrying about being right or my way or the highway, we will be a different nation. lastly, let me say we have to stop listening to these people that tell us we cannot talk about god, cannot talk about our faith. [applause] wonder -- do they realize oou