It’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 Breitbart.com. 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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