Amid the constant negative din that surrounds the Left’s discussion of matters such as Juneteenth, and the history of slavery in America, former HUD secretary Dr. Ben Carson has a more interesting, and much more positive, take on American history.
Appearing on Fox News‘ “Sunday Night in America With Trey Gowdy,” Carson explained his thoughts on the situation.
“Dr. Carson,” Trey Gowdy began the segment, “you and I had a chance to visit recently, on my podcast, and I was struck by your desire, your affirmative desire, to accentuate the positives of where we are today.”
“Exactly,” Carson replied, “there’s so much progress that has been made…you know, Juneteenth is so important because it actually officially recognizes the emancipation of the slaves. And slavery was a horrible, horrible thing—there’s no question about it. But I think we need to recognize that slavery has been a part of virtually every civilization since there’s been written history. And we in America have actually done something that no one else really did. And that is, we had so many people who were opposed to it, that we fought a civil war, a bloody civil war, and lost a large portion of our population to get rid of this evil.”
It’s estimated that upwards of 620,000 Americans were killed in the Civil War, representing two percent of the country’s total population.
“That says something about this nation, as a people,” the retired neurosurgeon continued. “We’re not all the same, we have lots of different opinions, but the overall tendency was to move toward freedom, and justice, for people. So, this is what we need to be teaching our children. And we need to enhance that, we need to learn from that, we need to build on that, rather than going back and dredging up every negative thing that we can find, and saying that that’s who we are, and that we can’t get away from it.”
“You know, Dr. Carson,” Gowdy chimed in, “you’ve put your finger on it, something that has always kind of vexed me, which is: history and pain are both great teachers. But what’s the right way to look at the pain of yesterday, for many Americans, and kind of balance that with where we are today?”
“Well, I think you have to be truthful,” Carson responded, “you have to be truthful about our history, because remember your history is what gives you your identity, and your identity is that thing upon which your beliefs are built. So, as you disrupt that chain, you become like a leaf blowing in the wind. You don’t really have a foundation. So you can learn from both good and from bad, and that’s what wise people do—they don’t try to cover all the bad up, or rewrite the bad, they learn from the bad, and they definitely build on the good.
“And that’s why we have these sophisticated brains, that allow us to extract information from the past, integrate it with information in the present, and project it into the future. We have the ability to plan a year, five years, ten years, twenty years in advance because of the complexity of our brains. We don’t have to just sit around and react, like an animal,” the 2016 GOP presidential candidate added.
“People don’t appreciate our freedoms,” Carson concluded. “It would be very nice if a lot of the people who are complaining today about the United States could go and live in some other parts of the world for a little while. And then I think they would have a tremendous appreciation of the freedom we have.”
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