Ben Carson’s Pathetic Attempt to Exploit the San Bernardino Massacre Backfires Miserably

ben-carson-quotes-tax-policyWe’re now living in a day and age where if something can be politicized, rest assured it will be. So it shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson tried to politicize the San Bernardino shooting to levy an attack on whether or not we should accept refugees from Syria.

“If that vetting resulted in missing someone who could carry out such a horrendous crime, that should be the end of the argument right there,” Carson said at an event on Friday. “We shouldn’t even have to talk about this anymore.”

This is a guy who wants to be president, yet doesn’t even understand that there’s a difference between the visa screening process and what we make refugees endure before coming to this country. The visa screening process is much easier to navigate through and usually takes less than a year. Meanwhile, for a refugee to enter the United States, they’re typically vetted from anywhere between 18-36 months.

Again, these two processes are very different.

Not only that, but it’s completely asinine to say that we should scuttle an entire program – completely unrelated to the one with which you’re comparing it – based on one incident involving one person. Especially coming from someone who represents a party that doesn’t seem to think we need to do anything to combat gun violence – even when there are literally thousands of Americans dying every single year due to our everyday gun violence epidemic.

This ridiculous “thought process” (though I use that term loosely when talking about someone like Carson) is astounding. In his mind one person coming here on a visa program committing a horrific act of violence should “end the argument” about Syrian refugees – but one American citizen legally buying assault rifles to help that person commit mass murder doesn’t validate an argument for tighter gun control and bringing back the assault weapons ban.

That’s a special kind of stupid – which Carson most definitely is.

Last I checked, an anti-abortion radical opened fire on a Planned Parenthood clinic and the Republican party doubled-down on their anti-Planned Parenthood rhetoric, deflecting any blame put on the party’s lies – even though the shooter used words taken specifically from talking points Republicans have been using. Interestingly enough, I don’t see Carson or any Republicans saying we need to target and monitor anti-abortion groups.

Furthermore, how many millions of gun-loving Americans do we have in this country right now, many of whom are supporters of the GOP, who have stockpiled guns and ammunition preparing for an instance where they might need to “overthrow” the government? What would Republicans be saying right now if we had Muslim groups consisting of American citizens openly discussing situations where they might be prepared for an armed revolt against our government?

Hell, Kory Watkins, a prominent open carry advocate and criminalhas suggested on numerous occasions that politicians should be arrested and hung for treason because they don’t agree with his radical beliefs. And this is a guy who marches openly harassing police officers with an AK-47.

Yet, where’s the right-wing outrage? That’s right, those are white conservative gun nuts… Republicans are perfectly fine with their hostile and aggressive anti-U.S. government rhetoric.

Ben Carson’s comments do nothing but add to the ever growing list of examples showcasing why he’s completely unfit to be president.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Edward Krebbs

    News this afternoon reported a proposed bill (I think, wasn’t listening that close at the first). Bill would make it where you can’t get permission to enter the USA if your home country refused to give the USA authorities all they asked for.

    Looking beyond the obvious making the volume of requested paperwork horrendous (aka a fool can ask more questions than a wise man can answer / what was their score on their second grade math test ?) and realizing that most folks are unsure of the difference between a simple Visa and the process for political refugees:

    Almost by definition, if someone is applying for refugee status, wouldn’t it be highly likely that their home country would refuse to cooperate ? How much is Syria cooperating in providing information on the refugees currently in the news ?

  • strayaway

    The president continues to spin the San Bernardino killings as being a problem guns have and maybe partly a workplace incident. He ignores Syad and Tashkin’s stockpile of bombs. He cannot combine the words “Islamic terrorism” although IS is claiming credit. He continues to refuse to hand over the requested immigration records of Syed Farook’s parents from Pakistan to the Senate. He continues to lobby for larger numbers of Muslim refugees whom he assures us are vetted. Tashkin Malik was vetted. She used a nonexistent address on her visa application and Homeland Security didn’t even pick up on that. The Tsarnaev family were refugees. They were vetted too. Russia’s government warned the US about them. Boom! We even found out that the FBI allowed much of the evidence at the home of Syad and Tashkin to be contaminated if not stolen. Was the latter incompetence or design? Either way, this administration seems more intent on promoting its anti-gun agenda than dealing with Islamic radicals.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      Can we combine “Christian Terrorism” then? Are you OK with that? Do you think Christian Extremists, who have been radicalized here on US soil, should be able to own weapons even though they have been stalking personnel who work at medical facilities? Should they be on terrorist watch, and no fly, lists?

      BTW, its amazing what the 2nd and 3rd order effects of Bush failures are, isn’t it?

      • strayaway

        Yes, “Christian terrorists” have killed 11 people in abortion related facilities since the 1960’s. We can compare that number with the Islamic terrorists, mostly illegal aliens, who had overstayed their visas and killed 2,996 people on 9/11 for starters. Realizing that lefties have problems with scale; 2,996 is a bigger number than 11. Syed Farook and the Tsarnaev brothers seem to have been radicalized on US soil too.

        You are also correct that Bush had lax immigration enforcement policies that made it possible for the 9/11 Islamists to act out. However, Obama has been our president, of sorts, for 7 years. The Tsarnaevs and the San Bernadino Muslim couple were his babies. It is Obama’s FBI who didn’t secure the evidence at the couple’s house, It was the Obama administration who ignored Russia’s warnings about the Tsarnaevs. It was the Obama administrations’ bungled foreign policy that inadvertently supplied IS. It is under Obama that Tashkin Malik was vetted even though she included a non-existent address on her visa application. It is the Obama administration that is refusing to provide US Senators with immigration information relating to Syed’s family. It is the Obama administation that wants us to believe that it now has everything under control, can be trusted, and promises that an antidote to more terrorism is to being in more Muslim refugees.

      • FD Brian

        you should add David Koresh and Tim McVeigh to your christian terrorist list, as well as Jim Jones to get a more accurate death count.

      • strayaway

        I didn’t know that Tim McVeigh killed all those people for Christian reasons. That was the comparison CS brought in; Christian vs. Muslim terrorist killings. Don’t forget McVeigh’s alleged Iraqi connection and his Terry Nichol’s Cebu City connections. Thank you though for bringing in David Koresh who, to my knowledge, killed no one although Bill Clinton’s own Janet Reno took the blame for incinerating all those women and children. I guess that is sort of like terrorism too although, again, it has nothing to do with Christianity because the Clinton administration didn’t incinerate all those people for religious reasons. Jim Jones followers, for the most part, drank their own cool aid in another country. What can you do? I mean its like repeatedly voting Democratic and expecting good results the next time.

        I just worked out some interesting statistics. According to the NY Times, since 9/11, 3M Muslims in the US have killed 45 people for religious reasons. the other 315M Americans have killed 48 people for Christian or other terrorist reasons. That works out to Muslims killing 100x as many people, per capita, as non-Muslims in the US. Since the day before 9/11, Muslims have killed 10,000x as many people in the US in terrorist murders, per capita, as non-Muslims.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Right wing nut jobs and christian terrorists are one and the same at this point. Here is a list of more than 110 right wing terrorist attacks since 1995.

        Another christianist calling for murder

        Another gun nut:

        Right wing nut jobs serve the same masters and vote the same way. They are all riled up by the same idiots on the right. There is no space between religious nuts and gun nuts.

      • strayaway

        I stand by the NY Times and Census Bureau statistics of ideological terrorist based deaths since 9/11 and choose not to go back to 1995, the Inquisition, or any other thing you want to blame on Bush.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        1995 – 2015 were the stats from the SPLC. Just because you don’t want to keep track of them, that doesn’t make them irrelevant.

      • Jeffrey Anderson

        Well we have killed close to half a million innocent people in Iraq during our invasion and who knows how many in Afghanistan. Since you are keeping score, where does that put us?

      • strayaway

        That’s an excellant point. The US is seen by many as committing terrorism. The US has also toppled Khaddafi and is still attempting to overthrow Assad resulting in mayhem in those places.

        However, I was referencing terrorism within the US rather than worldwide, since the beginning of time, or other reference points.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        U.S. Military Weapons Inscribed With Secret ‘Jesus’ Bible Codes

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        unfortunately PP isn’t the only place christianists kill people. Stop babbling and cherry picking…

      • strayaway

        Agreed, re-read my previous comment to FD Brian. The three murders at the PP office were included in the number “48”. (48-3=45) . Christian and other non-Muslim ideologues committed 45 other murders for ideological purposes since 9/11 in the US.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        BTW, I’m still waiting on you to point out anything the GOP has done right. You still haven’t shown one thing the GOP does well. I will gladly compare and contrast Obama’s successes with the Bush Debacle, which we are still cleaning up after….

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      BTW, right wingers consistently call for stockpiling of weapons and ammunition.

      These right wingers were trying to by bombs, weapons, etc from undercover FBI:

      More Jade Helm nuts:

      And they all vote the way you do. You will be judged by the company you keep.