Ben Carson Just Sent Colin Kaepernick Some Brilliant Advice

Former Republican presidential candidate and celebrated neurosurgeon Ben Carson seems always to have an insightful approach to dealing with our nation’s issues.

Carson’s most recent advice was directed to controversial NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has refused to stand for the national anthem at the beginning of football games, sparking a nationwide debate about justice, race, privilege and free speech.

The wise doctor, writing for Independent Journal Review, suggested that Kaepernick and the numerous otherswho have followed his example take a “pilgrimage to Fort McHenry in the Baltimore harbor” where they could “gain an appreciation for an important part of our national history.”

The story of Francis Scott Key and our national anthem, Carson argued, is a testimony to the “courage and steadfastness that gave birth to the esteem in which we should hold our flag and our national anthem.”

Those who use otherwise joyous occasions like football games and other public events to disrespect the symbols of our admittedly imperfect country should think about the millions of their fellow Americans who gave everything, including their lives, to protect their freedom express themselves in this “very divisive manner,” Carson suggested.

Carson then issued a challenge to Kaepernick: “(W)hy not use your time, talent and resources to really fight for equal opportunities for everyone instead of engaging in perhaps well-meaning, but practically useless, exercises that create division and resentment?”

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Carson wrote:

Our nation and our flag has attracted rather than repelled millions of people from every part of the globe not because it is evil and unfair, but rather because it has offered unparalleled opportunities for people to develop their God-given talents with resultant success for themselves and others.

If you are waiting for America to be perfect in every way before you deign to show respect for her symbols, you will be sitting for a very long time. But if you choose to lead an effort in your considerable sphere of influence to provide ladders of opportunity for the oppressed people about whom you are so concerned, I think you will discover that many Americans will join with you in proudly embracing the greatness of our nation and we can all stand with pride and salute in a dignified way when that grand ole flag is raised.

Carson, as usual, was 100 percent right. The answer to our problems won’t be found by simply making a public gesture to express frustration. Instead, we should use our talents and opportunities to make our communities better places.

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