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Ben Carson: "Political Correctness" Could Destroy U.S. Like It Did Ancient Rome

"They stood for nothing and they fell for everything and they went right down the tubes," the Republican presidential candidate once warned.

Posted on June 24, 2015, at 1:27 p.m. ET

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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson once said that America could "go the same route as Ancient Rome" because of "political correctness."

In an interview with host Soul Watson uploaded to SoundCloud three years ago, Carson talked about advice he offered young people on the importance "of having values and principles that govern your life."

He said that "no society" "can long survive without values and principles," and argued that "political correctness" was eroding the values of America.

"You know, there is no society that can long survive without values and principles," he said. "And if we get so caught up in political correctness, that nothing is right and nothing is wrong, then we go the same route as Ancient Rome. They did exactly the same thing. And they forgot who they were. They stood for nothing and they fell for everything and they went right down the tubes."

Here's the clip:

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