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“Intelligent people tend to talk about the facts. They don’t sit around and call each other names. That’s what you can find on a third-grade playground.” –Ben Carson
Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, seemed to have everything working against him when he was growing up. In spite of having poverty as an excuse to fail, his mother demanded that he read and study. As most of us know, he became a world-renowned neurosurgeon. Eventually, he became well-known in Conservative circles and was selected to serve as a cabinet secretary by Donald Trump.
Of course, in the eyes of the Left, he has “betrayed the cause.” He’s a successful black man, religious, and has conservative values. He has no use for the political Left, either, so they despise him. He has been under a microscope since Trump selected him.
He also is a straight-talker and doesn’t tolerate nonsense. For that reason, he notes in this quote that no matter how a person wants to define intelligence — the Left looks at the number of degrees you have and the Leftist values you hold — it has to do, at least in part, with expecting facts and dealing with them effectively.
When people rely on innuendo, rumors, hyperbole, and name-calling, they are revealing how ignorant they are. They also betray their lack of maturity and the ability to deal with things as they are. They’d rather fight for idealism than truth. They have no idea how irresponsible they are. But Ben Carson knows better. Intelligence has to do with the capacity to use logic, a level of self-awareness, ability to reason and plan, being creative, and solving problems: attributes which we value on the Right.
We left the playground behind long ago.Published in