Ben Carson Ludicrously Defends Comparing U.S. To Nazi Germany

ben-carsonIt’s obvious that Dr. Ben Carson has no problem with Reductio ad Hitlerum, or “playing the Nazi card.” It’s sadly a tried and true method of political debate these days, both with liberals and conservatives, in which Godwin’s Law comes into play very quickly.

Yes, liberals far too often make the comparison between their political opponent and Hitler or Nazis, so don’t think you’re totally off the hook on this one.

But when it comes to Dr. Ben Carson, this guy really loves his Nazi comparisons. He has no problem saying really controversial things that endear him with conservatives who love having a person of color saying the things that they have the sense not to. Herman Cain in 2012 did the same thing, alleging that any criticism of President Obama wasn’t based on race, basically because he said so as a black man.

Here in 2016, Louisiana state senator Elbert Guillory has taken on the same role as Herman Cain and has been used as a minority mouthpiece for the Republican Party in attack ads paid for by the Republican Free At Last PAC. These ads are currently targeting Mary Landrieu in the Louisiana U.S. Senate runoff race between her and Congressman Bill Cassidy. In these ads, Elbert Guillory has made the accusations that it is liberals who are the real racists and they’re the ones keeping black Americans in poverty, not the political policies of the Republican Party. As black Republicans, Elbert Guillory, Herman Cain and now Ben Carson can all make these statements without fearing accusations of racism that a white Republican would likely deal with if they had uttered the same words.

In an interview on CNN with Wolf Blitzer, Dr. Ben Carson defended his remarks where he compared the United States (presumably under President Obama) to Nazi Germany.

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson stood by his controversial comparison of the United States to Nazi Germany in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday.

Asked by Blitzer whether he would amend or take back his comments, Carson said “Absolutely not.”

Carson made the comments during a March interview with conservative news outlet He noted that the Third Reich was “using its tools to intimidate the population,” and said that “we now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they actually believe.”

In elaborating on those comments Wednesday, he again suggested that the U.S. “government is using instruments of government, like the IRS, to punish its opponents.” (Source)

In making these remarks and then doubling down on them, Ben Carson has solidified his position as the Herman Cain of 2016 – and that’s really sad.

Many liberals will read the headline alone, or just skim over the article and angrily exclaim that he’s an idiot, that he’s stupid, etc. However, Ben Carson isn’t stupid, nor is he an idiot. He came from a very poor background and went on to attend John Hopkins University and Yale before becoming a famous neurosurgeon.

In 2001, CNN and Time magazine named Ben Carson as one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists. In that same year, the Library of Congress selected him as one of 89 “Living Legends.” In 2006, he received the Spingarn Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the NAACP. In February 2008, President Bush awarded Carson the Ford’s Theater Lincoln Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the U.S. highest civilian honors. In 2009, actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. portrayed Carson in the TNN television production Gifted Hands. (Source)

Needless to say, that’s not a profession in which a stupid person would succeed, nor are these awards given out to just anyone – which makes his remarks all the more troubling and shameful. He should – and does – know better, but decided to tarnish his legacy regardless.

What is sad is that a person as brilliant and accomplished as he is would stoop to such infantile, low information political rhetoric in order to become a Republican presidential contender. Or perhaps he knows that’s what you have to do in order to win in today’s Republican Party.


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  • Pipercat

    You need to have a few of these guys as clients, you’d change your view.

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  • Macdoodle

    Well at least they have cleared Christie of any connection to the bridge scandal.He can now run unimpeded in 2016.

    • forpeace

      Wishful thinking, dream on.

      • curmudgeon VN Veteran

        Christie is a liberal craptard, but still would be a vast improvement over any democRAT politician.

      • Jim Frees

        When you use words like you use you loose your credibility as a human so just stop.

      • curmudgeon VN Veteran

        When you cannot differentiate between when to use the words loose and lose you should keep your mouth shut and not demonstrate your ignorance and poor education!

      • GL

        Impressive vocabulary. But just hand over your report card so your mother and I can look it over and sign it, and stay quiet when the grown-ups are talking.

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  • forpeace

    More outrageous statements from GOTP.

    It’s official, GOTP is a radical extremist anti-government party.

    It was just a few months ago that Ben Carson said:
    “Obamacare was worse than slavery, I should have said worse than 9/11.”

    Now, he compares the U.S. to Nazi Germany.

    Back in April 2014, peaking at the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, Mike Huckabee also said: ”There’s more freedom in North Korea than in the U.S.”

    They even sided with Putin and Russia just to be against the current Administration. If these people really believe in everything they say, then why don’t they pack their bags, and move to one of those countries?

    • strayaway

      In reply to your last question, Edward Snowden did just that. It might have been impossible for Snowden to reveal that Clapper lied to Congress had he been put in solitary confinement. It’s amazing that Snowden is in exile for whistle blowing while Clapper goes unpunished for lying to Congress. My guess is that Snowden would have preferred to live in Iceland but that would have caused some diplomatic difficulties for the newly elected right wing government there. It is unfair though for Dr. Carson to compare our government with Nazi rule. After all, the attacks on privacy and the 4th. Amendment were not even possible 70-80 years ago although my guess is that if Nazi’s had the same computer technology, they almost certainly would have used it on their populations too.

  • FD Brian

    The problem with people like Dr. Carson is that they believe they are like everyone else, they think “I got out of this situation, studied hard and became successful” and they think anyone can do it. Dr. Carson is the exception, he is not the rule. I know a 93 year old who still smokes a pack a day and he has no cancer, he is not the rule.

    • curmudgeon VN Veteran

      I suspect he did not have to abuse the affirmative action programs that Obama and his militant femi-Nazi wife used. He seems to have a workable brain. Impossible to find one in the Blacks who suck up to the democRAT party plantation.

      • Jim Frees

        Here is a little look at your buddy Ben…who incidentally came from a broken home of a Baptist minister AND grew up on public assistance:

        “Despite his academic successes, Ben Carson still had a raging temper that translated into violent behavior as a child. One time he tried to hit his mother with a hammer because she disagreed with his choice of clothes. Another time, he inflicted a major head injury on a classmate in a dispute over a locker. In a final incident, Ben nearly stabbed to death a friend after arguing over a choice of radio stations.

        The only thing that prevented a tragic occurrence was the knife blade broke on the friend’s belt buckle. Not knowing the extent of his friend’s injury, Ben ran home and locked himself in the bathroom with a Bible. Terrified by his own actions, he started praying, asking God to help him find a way to deal with his temper. He found salvation in the book of Proverbs in a passage that went, “Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.”

      • FD Brian

        I’m not sure you know the definitions to many of the words you used in your reply.

      • curmudgeon VN Veteran

        You’re a frickin’ fireman? How would you know?

      • FD Brian

        because I read.

      • curmudgeon VN Veteran

        Quality use of all that idle time eh?

  • Secular_Humanist

    Dr. Ben Carson might not be stupid, but he is, most certainly, lazy or he considers the republican voters as extremely stupid and gullible.

    Wolf Blitzer, on the other hand, is a lousy journalist. He should have asked Dr. Carson how he has been intimidated by the Obama administration for something he said. Blitzer should have also asked how Nazis intimidated citizens – arrested during the night, concentration caps, torture during endless interrogations? Journalists should not let those comments stand in the room, for gullable conservatives to feed on!

    • strayaway

      Didn’t it take 10-12 years for the horrors of Nazis to mature? In 1933, Nazis were just asking for the executive to have powers to make laws when the Reichstag refused to. In the US, the “total number of SWAT raids in America jumped from just a few hundred per year in the 1970s, to a few thousand by the early 1980s, to around 50,000 by the mid-2000s.” -Huffington Post Then there are those unnecessary killings of blacks all over the news and videos of police shooting harmless dogs. This doesn’t mean that we will ever get to the same place as Nazi Germany. FDR was an admirer of Mussolini before the war and tossed Japanese Americans in prison camps but things returned to normal after the war. Perhaps we will get a collective grip on ourselves again. If we don’t, we’re in for a bad ride.

      • Secular_Humanist

        You missed my point entirely. Nobody has been imprisoned for speaking one’s mind. Swat teams are the result of the war on drugs, not stifling free speech. If that would be the case, Ted Nugent wouldn’t be a free man…

        My point was a press that doesn’t “press” for plausable explanations, only baits to have politicians repeat the same old, stupid slogans, instead of asking how emerging candidates see the future and how they plan to govern.

        How on earth can mandatory health insurance be compared to Fascism is beyond me. Being denied health insurance, which means being denied decent treatment, because one is poor or doesn’t make enough money – what is that?

        Dr. Carson is void of humanity and empathy. He might have been a good surgeon, as a human being however, he is failing misserably.

      • strayaway

        My point was that dictatorships do not only occur over night. Sometimes they evolve over a decade or more and sometimes the movement toward dictatorship fizzles out. Although we are sliding in that direction with the militarization of police, loss of privacy, and bigger executive orders, we can only guess where this is going. But people areHow on earth can mandatory health insurance be compared to Fascism is beyond me. starting to be punished for speaking their minds. Snowden is in exile, the IRS is disadvantaging political opponents, people are being arrested for speaking outside of “free speech zones”, and James Clapper lies to Congress about spying on Americans. We are just not at the place Hitler was late in his administration. Swat teams were present in Ferguson and not for drugs.

        “How on earth can mandatory health insurance be compared to Fascism is beyond me.” You could begin the word “mandatory”. On a dictatorship/liberty spectrum, toward which end would the word “mandatory” best fit? Corporatism = economic fascism. Liz Fowler, a Wellpoint VP, is credited with being the (un)ACA’s chief architect. She wrote insurance company profits into the thing. When Vermont tried to have its own single payer plan, (un)ACA thugs wouldn’t allow Vermont to do so without including all the porkbarrel provisions of the (un)ACA benefitting insurance companies, big pharma, bureaucrats, and trial lawyers. In other words, making Vermont’s plan as societally unaffordable as what we already have.

        Dr. Carson, if emulated, might prevent a lot of lives going down the drain. Under President Obama, on the other hand, black incomes, home ownership rates, and savings have declined relative to those of whites. Obama’s empathy isn’t offsetting what is happening to the black community. There is an old Dutch adage, “fine words butter no parsnips”.

  • curmudgeon VN Veteran

    Kind of humorous. Nazi Germany was so much better than Obama and the Communist cronies he has in Congress. You Gruberites are ever so silly and lame.


    Sorry but no. Our leader is not even half as intelligent and strategic as Adolf was.

    • curmudgeon VN Veteran

      I am still waiting to see the brilliance of the impostor that the lame stream media assured he possessed.