In case you missed it, you should Google the speech made a few months ago at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington by one of our own, world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson. It’s still being talked about, and for good reason.
His address to an audience that included President Obama was not a politician’s over-scripted slogan-fest, but a thoughtful diagnosis of what ails our nation today, starting with the cancer of political correctness, which muffles honest discussion of serious issues. There was also subtle criticism of Obama’s approach to health care, as well as his own vision for fixing the problem. Carson, a known conservative, challenged the dumbing down of the public-education system, spoke to the unfathomable national debt, and about a tax code that’s a national embarrassment. (Last time I counted, it was 73,954 pages long.)
As a personal friend, I’m proud that he stepped up and said what he really thought, because he believes it’s that bad out there now. And his speech was before sequestration, the bastard child of weak leadership and partisan politics that will knock the better part of a point off our struggling GDP.
Will we hear more from Carson in the national conversation? It sounds like it: As you might have read in mid-March, he has announced his retirement from The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and hinted that he might see a future for himself in politics.
On a less poltical note, my favorite moment of the year is here—the O’s opening day, of course—a day that for myself and my family is better than Christmas and Disney World combined.
Last month, I declared this the year of the Birds, when Baltimore can do again what we did in 1970—win both the World Series and the Super Bowl.
Of course, we love being the underdog, and just as the bookies bet against the Ravens, they’re now wagering the O’s will win only 75 games this season, despite going from 69 to 93 wins last year.
After 2012’s amazing performance, fans expect a lot this year, and for good reason. So for those who didn’t see it coming last year, you’d better snatch up your season tickets early.