Limbaugh: Obama Machine Will Try To Smear And Ruin Dr. Ben Carson
RUSH: And why not him, he's saying. If not me, who? "[S]omebody has to be courageous enough to actually stand up to the bullies." You notice that all these people say, "It was very inappropriate! You shouldn't say that at the prayer breakfast with the president." Why not? That's the time to say it. If you happen to believe like I do and obviously Dr. Carson does that our country's being destroyed right before our eyes, and you have a chance to talk to millions of people with the guy who's doing the destroying right next to you, why not do it? This used to be called "speaking truth to power." This used to be called courage. This used to be called speaking the truth!
What are we supposed to do now, shrink up and shrivel away and not say a word because the Dear Leader is nearby? That's exactly what people on the left think we're supposed to do. "It's insolence to disagree! It's insolence to speak up with him sitting there. Who are you? How dare you!" The real question is: Who is he? Here we have a neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins, a man who's made medicine his life, and somehow he's not permitted to talk about health care, but a man who's done nothing but rabble-rouse on the street corners of Chicago is qualified and is permitted? A neurosurgeon we tell, "Sorry, sir, you can't talk about health care. It's disrespectful to Barack Obama!"
Barack Obama, who wouldn't know a Band-Aid from a rubber band, is somehow the expert in health care, and only Obama can fix it, and only Obama can do something about it -- and anybody else who speaks up is being disagreeable and inappropriate? Whatever happened to United States freedom of speech and so forth and so on? This is nothing more than statist intimidation what they're trying here on Dr. Carson. I mean, he's just a neurosurgeon! He's just one of the most acclaimed neurosurgeons in the country. What does he know?
What gives him the right to talk about health care? "Why should we listen to him when we have Barack Obama?" who doesn't know anything about it. So Dr. Carson finds himself in the same place that the man destroying the country is, and he's not supposed to speak up about it? Cavuto said, "You're an accomplished, well-respected, internationally renowned doctor. You head one of the most prestigious departments in all of medicine at one of the most prestigious schools in all of medicine. Why did you take it upon yourself to go beyond just medical policy and talk about tax policy? What were you getting at, doc?"
RUSH: Now, Cavuto is playing devil's advocate. But he said (paraphrased), "Okay, look, you're a doctor. What the hell you doing talk about tax policy?" Why not? He's a citizen. This is like I've been told all my life: "You didn't serve in Vietnam. You don't get to talk about the defense budget." I've been told this all my life, and all it is is the left attempting to silence opposition, to intimidate people into shutting up. Because the left cannot handle opposition. Particularly on ideas. They know they lose. They're gonna find it very difficult to demonize Ben Carson, but they will try. You watch. He's now in the crosshairs.
The Obama campaign team is gonna get into gear if this guy keeps talking, and they're gonna try to find ways to smear him and ruin his life and do to him what they did to Romney. That's all they can do. They can't beat him in the arena of ideas. (summarized) "Look, five physicians signed a Declaration of Independence." There were 56 people who signed the Declaration. Five of them were doctors. What did they know about independence, Neil?" But even the nature of the question is troubling. You're a doctor. What are you speaking out to tax policy for? Well, you know, I'm just a guy on the radio. I talk about everything. So? Am I only allowed to talk about radio things here? That is the implication of the question. So next, Cavuto said, "I want to focus on the reaction from the president as you were making your remarks. Did you know or did you suspect what you were saying was going to gibe him a little bit?" (Rush Limbaugh, February 12, 2013)