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Friday, December 12, 2014

House Call With Dr. Ben Carson

This week’s Brody File show spends the entire half-hour giving you a closer look at Dr. Ben Carson.

We travel down to his home in West Palm Beach, Florida, where we talk to him about his political future, his faith, and public policy issues.

Plus, watch an interview with his wife Candy who looks ahead to what a possible presidential run would mean for her family.

posted @ Friday, December 12, 2014 9:51 AM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ben Carson Tells Brody File: 'I think fixing the economy is not going to be that difficult'

Ben Carson tells The Brody File that he thinks the corporate tax rate in America should be 25 percent or less (it's currently close to 40 percent) and he says reforming entitlements doesn’t need to be the first priority when fixing the economy.

“I think fixing the economy is not going to be that difficult,” Carson tells The Brody File. “I would reform the tax code, which is absolutely draconian and I think you would see an explosion of our economy.”

Carson thinks our tax code should reflect God’s tithing system of giving 1/10th.

“Tithing was a system that was established by God. I don’t know anybody who’s fairer than God. You make $1, you pay 10 cents. You make $1 million you pay $100,000. Why is that hard to understand?”

Watch the video below along with a partial transcript. The Brody File interviewed Dr. Carson recently at his home in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Transcript excerpts:

Ben Carson: I don’t think we should even talk about entitlements until we fix the economy and I think fixing the economy is not going to be that difficult.

I would reform the tax code which is absolutely draconian and I think you would see an explosion of our economy.

David Brody: Reforming the tax code so the corporate tax rate would be lower?

Carson: Much lower.

Brody: Any sort of figure or is it hard to say at this point?

Carson: I think certainly 25 percent or less.

Carson: Tithing was a system that was established by God. I don’t know anybody who’s fairer than God. You make $1, you pay 10 cents. You make one million dollars you pay $100,000. Why is that hard to understand? But you do have to get rid of all the loopholes.

Brody: So a fair tax not a flat tax?

Carson: It would be fair and it would be relatively flat absolutely.”

Carson: Everybody has to participate in the system. What is unfair is that you exempt a large group of people from their federal tax burden but they still get to vote on how much the other people pay. Now would it make any sense to tell me that I get to determine how money comes out of your paycheck but it has no effect on me? I don’t think that makes much sense.

Watch The Brody File 700 Club story on Ben Carson along with my analysis here.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ben Carson Says He Is an 'Instrument in the Hand of God.' Says America Needs a "'Spiritual Awakening'

Before you know it, the 2016 presidential race will be here. A number of potential candidates are being talked about and one popular choice is a very well-known doctor.

The Brody File visited with Dr. Ben Carson and his wife Candy at their home in West Palm Beach, Florida. Below is the national television story that will air on The 700 Club tomorrow (Thursday, Dec.11).

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Among the highlights from Dr. Carson in the piece:

On God in his life: "We recognize that we are being instruments in the hand of God. He is the one who really orchestrates all of this.”

On the out of control debt: "Unless we get a grip on that, why wouldn't we suffer the same fates as other pinnacle nations who have allowed debt to encumber their progress?"

On America’s founding: "We are in fact a Judeo-Christian nation and I think that's a huge part of our strength.”

On his message to President Obama: "I would want to tell him, 'Sir, I understand that you have very defined ideas of what you think America is, but you work for the people, they don't work for you.”

On Congress standing up to President Obama: "Hopefully the legislatures in Congress will understand what they need to do. They need to have a spine. They need to stand up because once you allow someone to take liberties with the system, they're not going to stop.”

On America’s spiritual state: "We most definitely need a spiritual awakening. Look at the direction we are going in. Absolute absurdity.”

I will be on The 700 Club Thursday to discuss the story further. Below the video is my commentary about Ben Carson’s presidential chances.

In addition, if you want to hear even more from him, this week’s Brody File television show will devote the entire 30 minutes to a closer look at Ben Carson.

Well, where do we start with Ben Carson? How about this: he's just a plain nice guy. Does that mean he can be president? Well, of course not. As a matter of fact, he may be TOO NICE to be president.

But look, The Brody File experience down in West Palm Beach with him was as follows: what you see is what you get. He oozes authenticity and he's not afraid to be himself. That's a stellar quality in a human being, let alone someone who might run for president.

So what about his chances if he runs? Look, he has a shot. The political prognosticators will poo-poo his chances but don't discount him. He has an uplifting message and he's not a politician. Those are two good attributes right there.

He's also going to be well organized and possibly well-funded. Those are two more feathers in his cap.

The downside: well, it's the same as the upside in that he's not a politician. You see, he's going to have to learn to navigate the shark-infested waters of politics. That means he has to be mindful of what he says, how he says it, when he says it, and to whom he says it.

And he'll have to figure all of it out on the fly. He's a smart guy, actually a really smart guy, so he can figure it out. But remember, politics is different than medicine.

For decades he was saving lives. In politics, it’s not about saving lives. It’s about destroying lives.

But The Brody File senses that Ben Carson will be just fine. He's a survivor: he's seen it all. We now wait to see if America is ready to buy in to Dr. Carson's prescription for this country.

posted @ Wednesday, December 10, 2014 11:54 AM | Feedback (2)

Friday, December 05, 2014

The Brody File Show: Political Squabbles

This week The Brody File show takes a closer look at the potential fights within the Republican Party over the direction of foreign policy.

Plus, we examine the legality of President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration.

Finally, Janice Dean from Fox News joins us to discuss her new book about Freddy the Frogcaster and the Big Blizzard.

posted @ Friday, December 05, 2014 11:58 AM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Brody File Video Exclusive: Ben Carson Warns Media and Political Class: 'I'm Not Going to Take the Bait'

Dr. Ben Carson tells The Brody File that if he runs for president of the United States you won’t see him lose his cool.

“I think some of the people on the political scene get a little frustrated sometimes because I’m not going to take the bait. I’m not going to get angry. It’s just not going to happen.” Watch the clip below.

For those who know Ben Carson’s amazing story (just Google, “Gifted Hands”), you’ll recall that as a troubled youngster in Detroit he had a major anger problem. At 14, he almost killed another student after trying to stab him during an argument.

The knife blade broke on the kid’s belt buckle. He then ran home, locked himself in the bathroom with a Bible, and prayed to God about his temper.

In The Bible that day he found this passage from the book of Proverbs: "Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city."

The rest is history. Here’s what he tells me in our interview:

“When I walked out of that bathroom I was a different person, never had another anger problem since that day. Some people say you just learn how to cover it up but when the Lord fixes a problem, He fixes it. He doesn’t do a paint job. And that has made a huge difference in my life because it’s virtually impossible to make me angry now.”

Watch the video clip below along with a transcription.

The Brody File did this interview a couple weeks ago with Carson but we’re releasing a few clips before the full television report on Dr. Carson that will air December 11t across the country on The 700 Club. Watch it on the ABC Family Channel.

By the way, a new CNN/ORC International Poll shows Carson placing SECOND, only behind Mitt Romney in a possible GOP presidential field (By the way, Romney says he has no interest in running again).

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Ben Carson: People who are angry all the time tend to be selfish people. They’re always thinking about themselves. ‘Somebody did this to me, somebody took my thing, they’re in my space: me, my and I.’ And if you step out of the center of the equation and let it be about somebody else, you won’t be angry all the time.

And when I walked out of that bathroom I was a different person, never had another anger problem since that day. Some people say you just learn how to cover it up but when the Lord fixes a problem, He fixes it. He doesn’t do a paint job.

And that has made a huge difference in my life because it’s virtually impossible to make me angry now. I think some of the people on the political scene get a little frustrated sometimes because I’m not going to take the bait. I’m not going to get angry. It’s just not going to happen.

Carson: I think, first of all Americans have to recognize that we, the American people are not each other’s enemies. The enemies are those people who try to divide everybody up, who try to incite people to anger and to hatred.

For instance, a lot of the people who like to incite others to create division. A good example would be somebody who is pro-life. The inciters would come along and say ‘You’re anti-women, you hate women’ and they try to get women to hate you when in fact you love women, you just happen to also love life and love babies. But that’s how they try to create the divisions.

Somebody who is pro-traditional family, they’ll come up and say, ‘He’s a homophobe, they hate gay people, they’re nasty’ and they just try to incite into all this stuff really to further their own agenda. I don’t think they even believe it to be honest with you.

I think we have to encourage people to talk because instead of getting into their respective corners and reacting to all this hate speech, let’s actually talk about the issue.

And the reason a lot of those hateful people don’t want to talk is because they’ve been reading a book by Saul Alinsky called, “Rules for Radicals,’ which says never have a conversation with your enemies because that humanizes them and your job is to demonize them.

And that’s what we see, all around us, people demonizing each other and as Jesus famously said, ‘A house divided against itself cannot stand.’

(On what his presidential administration would look like)

David Brody: If you were going to run for president what would a Ben Carson campaign look like based on your answer there because it seems like you would be the voice of reason guy or the head of the logic party, as you like to say. But what would that look like to you?

Carson: It would look like an organization that’s interested in the American people and what’s good for the nation, not what’s good for one party or the other party and certainly not what’s good for special interest groups.

This is what we’ve turned into. We would advocate for a nation where the government conforms to the will of the people, not to where the people conform to the will of the government, which is what we have now. It is not what was intended by the people who founded our nation.

posted @ Tuesday, December 02, 2014 8:54 PM | Feedback (2)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Video Exclusive: Ben Carson 'Feeling Fingers' from God to Run for President

In an exclusive one-on-one interview with The Brody File from his home in West Palm Beach, Florida, Dr. Ben Carson says there’s a, “good chance” that he will run for president of the United States and says he feels God’s fingers pulling on his collar to get into the 2016 race.

The Brody File spent the afternoon with the fascinating Dr. Carson and his wife Candy on Wednesday (See us shooting pool here).

We’re working on an upcoming national profile story for The 700 Club. He talked in depth about the intersection of faith and politics along with a myriad of other issues. We’re releasing a short video segment now.

Watch the clip below along with a partial transcription.

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David Brody: How is that conversation going with God about this potential presidential run? Has He grabbed you by the collar yet? I read an article about that.

Ben Carson: I feel fingers. But it's mostly me. I have to be sure and it’s part of my personality that says always look before you leap but don't leap before you have to.

Brody: I do cover the Presidential campaign trail. May I potentially see you there soon?

Carson: I think there is a good chance you might.

Look, if Dr. Carson runs for president, he’s going to shake up politics and politicians. He’s not your typical, lunch bucket Republican. He’s going to keep both Republicans and Democrats on their toes. There will be pitfalls for sure as the mainstream media takes aim during the vetting process.

But don’t underestimate the good doctor’s appeal to apply reason and logic to a number of issues in a precise, surgical way. He’ll be a breath of fresh air.

Additionally, he and his wife Candy are dedicated followers of Jesus. They don’t hide their faith. They can’t. It’s at the core of who they are as people. Evangelical Christians will be attracted to how he doesn’t shy away from proclaiming Jesus as Lord.

posted @ Thursday, November 20, 2014 6:26 PM | Feedback (2)

Brody File Video Exclusive: Ben Carson Compares President Obama to Vladimir Putin

In an exclusive one-on-one interview with The Brody File from his home in West Palm Beach, Florida, Dr. Ben Carson says President Barack Obama is like Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, citing the fact that the president has overstepped his constitutional authority.

The Brody File spent the afternoon with the fascinating Dr. Carson and his wife Candy on Wednesday (See us shooting pool here). We’re working on an upcoming national profile story for The 700 Club.

He talked in depth about the intersection of faith and politics along with a myriad of other issues. We’re releasing a short video segment now.

Watch the clip below along with a partial transcription.

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David Brody: If President Obama said, ‘Come on over Dr. Carson to the White House’...I'm not sure that call is coming. But if he did and you had five minutes with the President in the Oval Office, what is something you would want to tell him personally?

Ben Carson: I would want to tell him, ‘Sir I understand that you have very defined ideas of what you think America is, but you work for the people, they don't work for you. I would like you to reevaluate your goals in light of what's good for America and not what is good for your agenda.’

Brody: Constitutional authority...he has overstepped that, you believe, in many instances?

Carson: Without question. Hopefully the legislatures in Congress will understand what they need to do.

Brody: What will they need to do?

Carson: They need to have a spine. They need to stand up because once you allow someone to take liberties with the system they're not going to stop. This is going to keep going until you stop him. Our President is very much like Putin and ‘Oh, gee. There's no resistance here. Well, I will just keep going’ and the resistance needs to be there.

Look, if Dr. Carson runs for president, he’s going to shake up politics and politicians. He’s not your typical, lunch bucket Republican. He’s going to keep both Republicans and Democrats on their toes. There will be pitfalls for sure as the mainstream media takes aim during the vetting process.

But don’t underestimate the good doctor’s appeal to apply reason and logic to a number of issues in a precise, surgical way. He’ll be a breath of fresh air.

Additionally, he and his wife Candy are dedicated followers of Jesus. They don’t hide their faith. They can’t. It’s at the core of who they are as people. Evangelical Christians will be attracted to how he doesn’t shy away from proclaiming Jesus as Lord.

posted @ Thursday, November 20, 2014 6:12 PM | Feedback (3)

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Brody File Show: Lame Ducks

This week on the Brody File Show, Congress is back in session and it has a lame-duck feel as Republicans get set to take over the reins. We go one-on-one with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

Plus, we take a look at the controversy over "net neutrality."

Finally, we speak with a U.S. healthcare worker in Liberia fighting the good fight against Ebola.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

American Worker In Liberia Discusses Ebola With Brody File

This week on our Brody File show, we talked to Jolene Mullins, an American working in Liberia right now for PCI. The organization is doing great work and being quite an influence as they help prevent disease, improve communities and help with sustainable development all across the world. Watch her Skype interview below.

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Thursday, November 06, 2014

The Judges Strike Back: Gay Marriage Bans Ruled OK

Well this is a BIG deal. Hey, same-sex marriage advocates, here’s a newsflash for you: Your march to so-called equality just took a big hit. And it came from your favorite avenue of change: Judges! Turnabout is fair play, right

Read below from USA Today:

The same-sex marriage movement lost its first major case in a federal appeals court Thursday after a lengthy string of victories, creating a split among the nation's circuit courts that virtually guarantees Supreme Court review.

The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit reversed district court rulings that had struck down gay marriage bans in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

More important, it gives Supreme Court justices an appellate ruling that runs counter to four others from the 4th, 7th, 9th and 10th circuits. Those rulings struck down same-sex marriage bans in Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Utah, Idaho and Nevada and led to similar action in neighboring states.

The six cases before the three-judge panel involved not only whether gays and lesbians should be able to marry, but whether marriages performed elsewhere should be recognized, whether same-sex couples should be able to adopt children, and whether their names should be placed on partners' death certificates.

More here.

Here’s another newsflash: Conservative Christian leaders will not give up the fight to preserve traditional marriage. This ruling is a major shot in the arm for evangelicals everywhere dedicated to making sure marriage stays between one man and one woman.

Also, a quick side note: enough with calling these laws, "anti-gay marriage." They are called "pro-traditional marriage laws." Homosexuals shouldn't be treated unkindly. That's not what this is about. It's simply about preserving the sacred institution of marriage the way God describes it in the Bible.

One final note: Gay marriage may be legal in 32 states but 22 of those states had it forced upon them by a bunch of judges. That includes states like Utah, Oklahoma and many others where the people of those states overwhelmingly are against it.

posted @ Thursday, November 06, 2014 4:45 PM | Feedback (2)