Ben Carson: Adults 'Know More about Local Sports' than 'Who Represents Them in Congress'

Barbara Boland
By Barbara Boland | March 24, 2014 | 2:26 PM EDT

"Most adults in our society today know more about the local sports team than they know about who represents them in Congress," Dr. Ben Carson, retired Johns Hopkins pediatric neurosurgeon said Friday night. Speaking to 2,450 people as a guest of Dayspring Christian Academy at the Lancaster County Convention Center, Dr. Carson said:

"People who are uninformed are people who are easily fooled, who are easily led. And that's how you change a nation with principles that are centric to the people to a nation that allows a government to take control."

Carson warned that this is what's happening with Obamacare, which he dubbed "the most massive transfer of power from the people to the government ... The most important thing we have should not be in the hands of the government."

He warned that America's "can do attitude" is being replaced with a "what can you do for me" attitude.

It's not too late to turn that around, Carson said, and he urged the audience to be brave and "redirect the nation to where it is a place by, of and for the people."

Returning to a theme he has spoken about on several other occasions, Carson said, "I am not politically correct and therefore I could say something that could offend somebody. ... I will never submit to political correctness ... This is America and we're supposed to have freedom of speech and freedom of expression." The audience applauded.

In his speech, which lasted 43 minutes, Carson also spoke about "growing up poor, with a mother who worked from 5 a.m. until after midnight cleaning houses because she didn't want to be on welfare. 'She didn't want to feel dependent,'" he said as reported by Lancaster Online.

Carson's mother also demanded the best from her children and wouldn't accept excuses.

From Lancaster Online:

"Because if you can have an excuse, then you don't have to do anything. You can just wallow in the excuse ... Every now and then there's an exception. You might even get to be president," he said, an apparent jab at President Obama, which also drew applause.