tv Dr. Ben Carson at the National Press Club CSPAN November 1, 2015 11:00pm-12:01am EST
to reclaim our constitutional liberties but first i would like to introduce the distinguished head table that includes members and guests of the speaker from the audience joseph martin is the washington correspondent for the omaha world herald and the secretary of the national press club. a reporter for the seat, jennifer laszlo president of respectability usa. benji political reporter for msnbc, candy carson the wife of
our speaker. thomas bird the correspondent for the salt lake tribune and vice president of the national press club. george washington university professor and former president of the national press club. kevin merritt of the managing editor of the "washington post." gabriel, the national political correspondent for politico, yaz mean is the correspondent for the news agency as the director for strategic of the strategic communications for the data quality campaign. [applause] i also want to welcome our other
guests in the room today in our c-span public radio audiences. i want to welcome the audience watching the live stream on the website press.org and doctor use the hash tag #npclive. while the speaker has never served in congress with the governor of the state or any elected office of any kind he did tell me he was elected and that gets applause he did tell me he was elected to the office and that is the closest it comes to being elected any kind of public office and this is one of the reasons for supporters say they want to be the next president. he is not a part of the washing to the establishment that so many want for christmas and
effectiveness. so far on the campaign trail he separated himself from better funded candidates with the political experience that he lacks. recent polling has doctor carson running second nationally for the gop nomination behind donald trump and ahead of carly fiorina he's shown his opposition to obamacare, his support of the second amendment, concerned about the federal debt and his goal to stop abortion. he also says all options must be on the table when confronting russia vladimir putin. his story has become familiar to many. he grew up poor in detroit with a single mother and excelled in school. he rose to become the director of pediatric surgery at johns hopkins for 29 years. he became the first person to
successfully separated siamese twin's joined the back of the head. he won the presidential medal of freedom in 2008 and has published several books including his autobiography gifted hands. during various media appearances, he has made a lot of headlines on issues such as mass shootings in oregon, the debt limit and whether he could vote for a muslim for president. but he although the best place to make news is in this room and that this podium. so let's be about it. ladies and gentlemen please give a national press club welcome to doctor ben carson. [applause] thank you very much. we are delighted to be here and
i will just get right into it because i don't have a lot of time if you're going to want to be trying to answer questions. why did i write this book? america is such a great place and i'm so glad that i was born here. i have traveled to 57 different countries and have gotten to know lots of people in a lot of other ways in life but this remains a place that is the land of dreams and i don't a lot of people but to criticize the nation and say that it's responsible for a lot of things it can't i see a lot of people trying to get in here and not a lot of people tried to get out so i not sure that is all that legitimate to be honest with you. growing up in poverty with a love disadvantages, the thing
there were there is a system that it ought to be fair and that's why it's so important that we must preserve the constitution. virtually all americans know that we have a constitution. but how many people actually know and how many know what's behind it and of course it is the mechanism that guarantees our liberties and provides guidelines for the restraint of governor because our founders recognized that it was the natural tendency of government to grow and to invade every aspect of your life and try to control your life. that's what people do and that's what they wanted to avoid doing this and that's why it's so important that we understand it.
in 1831 when alexis de tocqueville came to america to study our great country because the europeans were just so flabbergasted that this fledgling nation barely 50-years-old was already competing on virtually every level and he was going to really dissect it to see what is going on that one of the things that really impressed him is how educated the people were. anybody finishing the second grade was completely. he could find a mountain man on the outskirts of society and he could read the newspaper and tell him how our government worked. and nowadays we don't see you posting to emphasize the civic center things like that in school anymore and i'm sure some of you have seen the man on the street interviews where they go
a lot of people don't like me but it's okay because what i really love this this country. i never will do that but i want to touch on some of the aspects of america that i touched on in the book like the balance of powers, the check and balance system and the separation of powers i believe this is so vitally important and it was a
touch of genius by the founders because they recognize that each branch of a. and now they are exercising their powers appropriately. unfortunately, we have a legislative branch that really acts more like a peanut gallery. a sort of sit there and watch what the others do sometimes complaining about it but really don't offer any resistance because they are afraid somebody might blame them. newsflash, they are going to get blamed anyway so what they ought to be thinking about is how to
get involved and be more proactive. case in point i think of the recent decisions by the supreme court. first of all, let me just say i have nothing against gay people whatsoever and i don't a lot of people don't believe that because if you don't be leaving their entire agenda you are a homophobe and i personally believe that any two people regardless of sexual orientation or anything else have the right to associate together if they want to have a legal contract drawn up to allows them to share property can have hospital visitation rights, whatever they want, absolutely. i don't have a problem with that. that's the kind of country this was designed to be, live and let
live, not impose your values on everybody else. and that's a problem. but with the supreme court ruling that change is essentially the position of marriage, it doesn't take into consideration the implications of that. if you change it for one group, why won't you change it for the next, what defense do you have against the next we can only change at this one time and we are never going to change it again? that wouldn't be very fair. so, why change it in the first place? it's been working very well for thousands of years and that's what happens when people go in and start tinkering with things without thinking about the implications. the legislative branch however i would have thought would have been already prepared with
legislation and case the supreme court came out with that decision to make sure that we preserve the rights, the religious rights of everybody. not everybody agrees with their new definition of marriage, and it's their conviction and a religious conviction and that they need to make sure that they protect people's religious rights. i call upon congress to do that now because there are people who are losing their jobs, their livelihood, and it's not fair. it's not what america was supposed to be that unless but unless all the branches of government are functioning the right way, these are the kind of things that happened because there will be overreach by any of the branches because they are composed of people and people are not perfect but that's why
we have to counterbalance in order to be able to rectify this situation because one group may not take it into consideration the ramifications of what they are doing. also, the constitution indicates that several issues really should be dealt with at the local level. there's a there is a reason for that. it's because the legislators and the judiciary at the local level are subject to the will of the people. the people voted them in and voted them out into the founders felt that the people should be the ones who determine how things work and the standards by which they live. when you take those issues and he walks up to a little where
the people making the decisions have no obligation whatsoever, then you wind up with oligarchy type of government. that is what the founders intended for america so we are somehow going to have to look into the ways to rebalance because if we rebalance that you can see how virtually everything that they intended will be upset if we you don't want that to happen. the preamble to the constitution talks about the role of the government in terms of promoting the general welfare. that doesn't mean we want to put everybody on welfare. that is and what the general welfare is. it means that when we do things, we want to do them in a way that we benefit the entire society. and it is very important that we
take care and make sure that everybody is taking care of inappropriate way or. carson grew up very poor he must have benefited from the government program and now he wants to withdraw all the safety nets. it's by people who the people who need to characterize me as heartless as. he is heartless and he hates people because they need that narrative. that's the only way that it can be acceptable. because i don't fit into their general description of him.
if you are not dependent on them, how could you possibly face a charity clicks so, it is necessary to demonize individuals like that and i understand that and i'm actually willing to fight them and i will continue to fight and. but i'm fighting for something even greater. i'm fighting for the people of the united states because you see we have very smart and very capable people in our nation would be good leaders but they say why would i get into that and be attacked and have my family attacked and have people going through every aspect of my life in trying to demonize me and people don't want to do that?
and going to fight the went to fight the fight and find successful, i expect maybe a lot more of the people in the country who are not professional politicians will say he did it i'm going to do it too and i think the week much better off as a country when we once again understand that this country is for everybody and not for a specific class. [applause] but as far as the whole safety net argument is concerned, my mother worked extraordinarily hard, three jobs at a time leaving the house before five in the morning, getting back after midnight because she didn't want to be dependent and she occasionally accepted some aid for the most part was able to stay off of it and she refused
to be a victim and she refused to let us be victims and it wasn't that she didn't recognize that there were problems out there she chose to focus on other things you should safety walk into an auditorium full of racist people she said you don't have a problem, they have a problem because when you walk in there they are all going to cringe and wonder if you are going to sit next to them where you can sit anywhere you want and that's the way that i've chosen to lead my life. and obstacles or racist people around? of course there have but i say that's their problem. i've got some very important things that i need to do so i can't get wrapped up in their
problems. or i can do the important things. not everybody chooses to lead a life that way and that's fine. but that's the way that i chose to leave mine. having said that i am very concerned about the town trustee paul in our society. and i do believe that we have a responsibility to take care of them. but when i say we combine talking about the people, we the private sector, not about the government. will. by the time time that it cuts to lyndon johnson and the war on poverty, it was here going to take care of you, we are going to solve these problems.
here we are always used later in $19 trillion later did we solve the problem? we have ten times more people with food stamps, more people in poverty, welfare, broken homes, out of wedlock, crimes and incarceration of everything that was supposed to be better is not only worse, it's much worse. isn't it time to wake up and start thinking about another way to do things? rather than driving ourselves into debt without solving the problem? there's that is a tremendous responsibility of the government as well to remain solvent because you are the guardian of the people's future.
how can we enjoy, how can we enjoy the liberties if they are overloaded with debt? $18.5 trillion in debt. it would take you over 5,000 years. that is absurd and we are putting that on the backs of the young people who and now here we are sitting here saying puts increased the debt some more thoughts raise the debt ceiling some more. did it ever mediocre to us that there is another way?
all of them have budgets. that is absurd and paste a few cut the budget by 1 penny it will be a disaster. it is absurd and we must think about the children and that is the main reason i've gotten into the fray here is. it's what he had to do to improve the quality of life. how can we in good conscience continue this charade of responsibility knowing who what we are doing to their future?
if i had time i would really get into the fiscal gap and all the implications of that and publication on how they are irresponsibly printing money and how the little interest rates are hurting the poor and middle class because putting money into the savings account help people that can make money for the risk cards which allows them to put the stock market and i would talk about the regulations and how every single regulation costs money in terms of goods and services and how those are the things that are really impacting the middle class it doesn't matter for the wealthy people at a bar of soap goes up 10 cents but it matters a lot for the middle class and poor people. you think of of the regular triggered an aunt who is hurting. it goes on and on when we are
promoting the general welfare those are the kind of things we have to be thinking about and we have to be thinking about mechanism for allowing the downtrodden in our society to a skate from dependency and move up into the fabric of success and we only have 330 million people it sounds like a lot china has over to believe and india has over a billion. we need to get the bang for the buck out of all of our people. we need to be thinking about policies that allow all of our people to rise and stop all of this silly class warfare stuff and we can get immediate. we need to bring that money back. i can remember many afternoons sitting around the board table at kellogg or costco talking
about the money overseas and what we are going to do with it and how we would love to bring it back in order to build another factory or do something else but the corporate tax was way too high. what if we had a six-month hiatus on the corporate taxes overseas and with the money be repatriated and i've been talking about this for several months and it wouldn't cost them anything to repatriate we would only request or require that 10% of that would be used in enterprise zones that were stupid in the major cities were to provide employment for people who are unemployed or on welfare that would be the biggest stimulus is the deal. [applause]
that's what we've got to do deal with this low hanging fruit. the other thing is that its it gets business and industry once again thinking about how do we invest in the people around us? this is what we used to do before the government started taking over everything because americans are very generous people. you think about the early america and you have these communities all over the place in many cases separated by hundreds of miles, how did they survive and how did they thrive? because it's a farmer was up in the apple tree picking apples in in philly and broke his leg, everybody else picked him -- pitched in and harvested. somebody got killed everybody pitched in and take care of their family. that's who we are. when there is disaster in the world who's always on the front-line? it's us. so let's utilize that and recognize that we are our brothers keeper and it is our
duty to take care of the indigent and it is not the duty of the government. [applause] and then another important aspect of our government is to provide for the common defense and i can talk about this for a long time but simply to allow our military to deteriorate the way that it has come to fail to take care of our veterans say that we have 22, 23 suicides every day it makes absolutely no sense to leave our electric grid unprotected needs to be hardened. we need to have several layers of alternative energy. this is criminal that we are doing because we are so vulnerable coming and we need to really beef up our cyber capabilities. and i will tell you under the
>> meeting the press conference last week getting ready to get on the bus. what are you going to do about the hurricane? goodbye. i don't know. the next day he has no idea what to do. this is the level of insincerity that we see. it is embarrassing to see that. i did an interview yesterday with both pulitzer he was asking about the voting rights act. of course, i want to reduce that aspect that projects all americans rights to vote but it is a much longer conversation before it is
reviewed. but we don't want to empower so everything needs to be looked at. and when news media picks one word, one phrase and they try to characterize, i have to tell you that is why people don't trust you any more. you we're done there with a used car salesman. [applause] so what does it take to save our country? courage by all this.
>> the stakes are too high. think the very rich. -- a key very much. [applause] >> many questions about for a policy. with syria as supporting their receive rand breather in this party back president of the united states is in day than a program for trading for the rebels. how was it you approach the syrians situation and what action would you take? >> because we cannot be
passive in a situation like this. with the russian generals tell us we don't want to fly in this area that i would say go take a flying leap we can fly wherever we want but we would establish our own no-fly zone. and we need to start recognizing why is he there? is he really fighting crisis and everybody who is opposing a side -- assad who is getting a lot of help from the supreme leader of iran. what is going on there?
these relationships are complex. in day indicated that they actually have a long-term relationship they were in the same class a university. with a young vladimir putin but putin is very desperate right now that is precluded his expansion list activities. and if he can get a foothold in syria if there is active
again energy to have much more control and to embolden in other ways but reidy to fight him everywhere. with that missile defense system and we said we would protect them. do we protect them? of course, not. and of the thrust of the world is sitting by so we need to oppose him at every step we also need to take advantage of the of economic
weakness. >> there is a speaker that mitt romney called paul ryan urging him to run for speaker. should he run for speaker and as president how would you work with congress to end of a gridlock? >> i hope that process plays up and a number of people will take their philosophy and to have a policy of talking.
and had to come to resolutions? and then discusses the devil incarnate. that is what we see. with the different philosophies if we are willing to set and talk about their. it is not nearly as far apart as we think. ought to those who try to irritate and agitate and a good example when i was on the press if anybody from any religion or background anybody really to put the constitution.
>> edits said difficult subjects. it would with double the system and those that is not willing why would he be the leader of this country? that does not make sense. [applause] >> what is the difference in how would the people know it? >> first of all, i would call for a joint session of congress and i would want them to know that under the person administration to be recognized that people are at the pinnacle and we work for them they don't work for us. also to understand that we
are americans first and democrats and republicans second or maybe even third. one of the things because of the extreme divisiveness we got to the point that if somebody disagrees with you then you need to try to destroy them in their family and their livelihood. where did that come from? to come with that judeo-christian values. >> to which you wanted as chairman of the federal reserve. >> common sense to be a good start i like janet yellen.
she is a very decent person is trying very hard but we put the fed in a very difficult position right now it is very hard for interest rates to rise to a reasonable level with $18 trillion national debt it is still to of hundred $50 billion could you imagine if they rise to their levels? we need to work on a drive being bad debt that could have an ameliorating effect but i would like to see
somebody who wonder stands we can just print money on the good faith and credit of united states of america. it doesn't have to be gold but to be something responsible it would make the big difference. >> mottashed your comments on the press of several questions that muslims are not serving in the neck is states military al is it okay for them to to a serb
and i even though that faith is incompatible with the constitution they are sworn to protect to uphold? >>. >> i believe the question on the queue institution is to that already because so with of president to be a natural born citizen. if you had gone to the founders to say to be in america for most of their lives to serve in the military kea baby the
president? they said no. we don't even want to take as light jeannette's to put someone in that position with different loyalties. that should answer question. [applause] >> about your opposition to obamacare you are a doctor and all parts of the medical care but are important to you many of the things that obamacare provides, how are your values as a doctor with people getting health care squares of the opposition to the program that has given so the access? >>. >> first of all, the reason
i don't like the affordable care act not because it is an affordable but the real reason it flies in the face of the establishment it is supposed to be of a union for identify the people but then to say i don't care rethink this is what we're doing. that is anti-that goal. the whole concept of the people ended basically flips the relationship to put the government in the driver's seat if they can do that with your health and health care not long before they do that with every aspect of
their life to begin that fundamental change america. i want to stop it in its tracks most people did not recognize what was happening. we have to restore the people to the pinnacle. having said that it is consistent with you i am. but had to vacate the dash take care of the indigent now? to participate in one quarter of the population addressing how we get the economy rolling again. it those 5,000 times. what could you buy with that?
most cassirer's practices with dash packages are $3,000 a year. there's still a couple thousand dollars left over for the catastrophic insurance because something else we have done with that that i don't have time to explain but i am not saying that the do that but we have the money to do that. is a bid to go on the clinic and then tuesday get diabetes under control is a whole other level of savings. is teaching him personal responsibility those of the kinds of things we should bese e kinds of things we should be doing and everybody is of equal value.
they have to go to the emergency room and it will cost less money and is the kind of thing we should be doing. [applause] i have received several questions from the audience about the holocaust and its use can protect themselves and also the al whole approach to the mass shooting is having more people aren't to stop these. >> the holocaust issue is the left-wing press again trying to stir up controversy which i expect. but basically what i said it
occurs traditionally around the world and does exactly what happens in germany. they started a program and by the mid '40's it is with another - - a number of other countries as well to say charity would never occur in america there is the reason we have a second amendment it doesn't mean i'm not happy to look at ways to keep the strategies from occurring as long as they don't interfere that is what we have to keep in mind with of mass shootings they tend to go to places so even though they are mentally
disturbed the not to realize if you go someplace day will shoot you you will probably be shot. it is probably a good idea to make sure there are people in the area who can oppose these people. but to our trade or retired policeman some teachers might have the ability to do that but i would feel much safer if i knew there were people who could protect them if somebody like that caveman. this is common sense to the people out there. [applause] >> we're almost out of time.
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discuss his new book by would now present our speaker with the honorary press club of the. you have been here before see you had a collection. >> a couple of final questions if the situation in what is right and circumstances change would you consider being donald trump's running mate? [laughter] >> the press will have a field day with this one. by the way before i answer that question, i just want to mention many of the press say that i am sensitive and i should not run for office because i get offended by
what they do but the reason i expose the press is because i want the people of america to a understand it is not because i am sensitive i will continue to expose the maritime they do something but as more people understand who they are bevel they gave the effect with that transformation necessary may have to know what they're doing. so talking about trump, how could i forget. [laughter] i believe that donald trump has been very useful preening in a lot of people and enthusiasm that is one
of the reasons i don't talk about him but in terms of the vice president i would want somebody who is compatible i would not look as somebody to bring in this or that demographic because what has to be done a very serious it cannot be to bring around the edges the half to go to the heart of the matter rigo rabil hold lot of time it has to be someone compatible who wonder stevens who was willing to suffer the slings and arrows. [applause] >> ladies and gentleman please give a round of applause to our speakers. [applause]