A few weeks ago, HUD Secretary Ben Carson once again enraged members of the Left simply by stating his personal opinion on SiriusXM Urban View. This leftist outrage came when Carson stated that he believes poverty to be a ‘state of mind.’
Even though the quote was taken partially out of context, it prompted people to take advantage of the opportunity to tee off on Secretary Carson via Twitter.
Many ripped Carson for the statement, calling him an idiot and unsympathetic, without really trying to understand what he said. They took his statement overly literal and practiced willful ignorance with their responses. They conveniently leave out where he says that only ‘part’ of poverty is a state of mind. He clarified his position that it is a ‘part’ of poverty in an NPR interview that can be found here.
Even through the leftist outrage, Carson kept his principles and stood by his comments. This is likely a belief that he holds dear because it shines a light on his personal journey of growing up in the poverty stricken streets of inner-city Detroit to becoming one of the most successful neurosurgeons of all-time and now a public servant in our government.
Carson got another opportunity to further discuss his statement in an interview on Fox & Friends, where he stood by his statement and expanded on what exactly he meant by it.
Secretary Carson stands proudly and admirably by his statements, showcasing a genuine aspect of him that was overshadowed in the 2016 Republican Primaries. Rather than bash him for a perfectly reasonable statement, people should consider his advice and put it to practice, especially since he has experienced exactly what he’s talking about.
In the Fox & Friends video, he gives the world a powerful piece of advice:
“The person who has the most to do with what happens to you in life is you.”
This is the premise of his ‘poverty is a state of mind’ statement. It articulates that you can do anything you set your mind to, something that Carson deeply believes and defends, no matter the backlash that he receives for it.
Carson’s personal story is one of the most inspirational in the United States. The struggles he has gone through in his early life give him the unique advantage of relating to poor Americans, and his life story proves his statement to be true. Anyone can do anything if they set their mind to it, and Dr. Ben Carson exemplifies that inspirational truth.
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