Ben Carson: ‘Secular Progressives Want You to Sit Down and Shut Up’

By Mairead McArdle | September 14, 2015 | 3:32pm EDT

Dr. Ben Carson.  (AP) 


( -- Speaking at the 2015 Eagle Forum last Friday, Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson said, “The secular progressives, they don’t care whether you agree with them or not, as long as you keep your mouth shut, as long as you sit down and shut up.”

Over the weekend six presidential hopefuls, including Dr. Carson, spoke at the Eagle Council’s Eagle Forum in St. Louis, Missouri. The others were Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and Rick Perry, who announced the end of his presidential campaign.

Carson’s theme was courage, both physical and moral.

“Courage is one of the things that is sorely lacking these days in our society, and I think that’s one of the things that’s put us behind the eight ball,” he said.  “Because people are afraid.”

“They’re afraid that somebody’s going to call them a name or give them an IRS audit or create a problem for their family,” said Carson. “And yet when you stop and think about all the things that people went through before we were here in order to give us our rights -- think about that kind of courage.”

Dr. Carson asked his audience to recall American history.

“Think about World War 2: the Nazis, the Axis Powers,” he said. “They were winning. And yet think about D-Day, when our soldiers invaded those beaches at Normandy, and being mowed down by machine-gun fire, a hundred men lying on the beach, a thousand men lying on the beach.”

“But did they turn back? Were they afraid?” he said.  “Yes, they were afraid. But they did not turn back. They stepped over the bodies of their dead comrades knowing in many cases they would never see their loved ones or their homeland again. Why did they do it? They did it for you and for me so that we could be free, so that we could live in prosperity.”

Carson continued, “And now the question is, ‘Do we have the courage to stand up for what we believe in?’ Because see, today in America people have become frightened to stand up for what they actually believe in. We are in the process of giving away all of our values and principles for the sake of political correctness. And that will destroy the quality of life for those who are coming behind us.”

“I’m telling you, I’m not going to sit down and shut up,” Carson vowed. “And I hope that you won’t either .... This is too wonderful of a country for us to so easily relinquish it.”

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