What is America becoming? Or, more importantly, what can she be if we reclaim a vision for the things that made her great in the first place? In America the Beautiful, Dr. Ben Carson helps us learn from our past in order to chart a better course for our future. From his personal ascent from... read more
“Mother was smart enough to realize that if she simply imposed rules on us, we were unlikely to follow them; therefore, she involved us in the rule making...This system of governance was well defined and well accepted, so there was almost no trouble. I am frequently asked why Curtis and I obeyed our mother when sometimes we didn't see her for an entire week. The answer is quite simple--they were not just her rules, they were also our rules, for ownership of an idea makes cooperation with its tenets much more likely.”Ben Carson
“She made us submit to her written book reports, which of course she could not read, but we didn't know that. Her friends told her that her sons would grow up to hate her...I didn't hate Mother, but in the beginning I sure hated reading those books. After a while, however, I actually began to look forward to them, because they afforded me a fantastic escape from our everyday poverty and sense of hopelessness...I began to imagine myself as a great explorer or scientist or doctor. I learned things no one else around me knew. Every single day my knowledge of our world expanded, which excited me to no end. And since I was constantly reading, I became a much better speller and started becoming competitive in the spelling bees...I became consumed with a desire to increase my learning far beyond that of my classmates. The more I read biographies about those who had made significant accomplishments in life, the more I wanted to emulate them.”Ben Carson
“Through education, I was completely changed to become a productive citizen of the world. And what is true in the life of one is true in the life of whole communities and entire nations: education has the power to transform.”Ben Carson
“Mr. Doakes (who went on to become Dr. Doakes), advised my not to accept the scholarship "because it would interfere with my preparation to become a great doctor one day." He was willing to forgo a huge feather in his own cap for the sake of my career. Teachers like him were not uncommon as I was growing up, and it is one of the reasons why I have so much respect and admiration for teachers today.”Ben Carson
“Intending to become a citizen of the world, I extended my own education far beyond the school's curriculum. I began frequenting art museums, historical societies, and many of the collections and galleries found on campuses of local colleges and universities. I became quite an expert in identifying classical music, and both art and music remain an important part of my life today.”Ben Carson
“Both Democrats and Republicans have strayed so far from the path of responsible financial policy that the concept of balancing the budget is foreign to them. I believe many of them simply cannot grasp the concept of only spending what you have. I do understand that making budgetary cuts will be painful, but it will not be nearly as painful as going bankrupt!”Ben Carson
“Our founders knew that a slick politician can easily pull the wool over the eyes of an ignorant population, so they emphasized the importance of a broad, general education among the populace in order to maintain our freedom. I also believe, however, that legitimate political leaders have an obligation to explain their positions in a way that the common people can easily understand.”Ben Carson
“But perhaps skepticism toward our leadership suggests we are close to returning to the founders' original intent of limited government and more local, individual responsibility. As a result, politicians would become less important to our country's direction, government would become smaller, and people would step back into the role of taking charge of their own lives. It may seem like a pipe dream, but I truly believe it is possible.”Ben Carson
“Unfortunately, Democrats and Republicans today do appear to be mortal enemies, much to the detriment of our country. The vitriol hurled across the aisle from both parties is staggering, yet they both seem totally incapable of looking in the mirror and recognizing their own hypocrisy. When the party becomes more important than the principle, we are in dire straits, for it reveals that our leaders are incapable or unwilling to think critically for themselves. No two people should think exactly alike on all issues, even if they are members of the same party, because people have different experiences that have shaped their lives. and their perspectives.”Ben Carson
1. America's History of Rebelling for Change
2. Who Are "We the People"?
3. Are We a Judeo-Christian Nation or Not?
4. A Different School of Thought
5. Capitalism: Its Pros and Cons
6. Socialism: Whose Pot of Soup Is It?
7. What Is a Moral Nation?
8. Learning From Our Mistakes
9. America's Role In a World at War
10. Is Health Care a Right?
11. A Nation Divided
12. Liberty and Justice For All
13. What's Good About America?
14. What Do We Believe and In Whom Do We Trust?
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