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October 22, 2019

Ben Carson’s Hands Can’t Heal His Campaign

Holy Doctor Ben Carson is no doubtfully the 2016 equivalent to Herman Cain. A Republican attempt to show the world that they couldn’t possibly be racist at all whatsoever, right? Yeah, exactly. Like Herman Cain, Ben Carson has been having a pathetic, laughable campaign. I don’t mean pathetic like recently dropped George Pataki, either. No, Ben Carson’s problem isn’t that he doesn’t get his voice heard in modern day media. Ben Carson’s problem is that he just won’t shut up.

Now, the entire GOP race in general seems to be a little…extremist. But most of them, like Mike Huckabee, for example, get Pataki Syndrome and don’t have their very far-out and counter-intuitive opinions heard by the general public. Ben Carson, on the other hand, has managed to keep at least some media attention. And, as proven by the recent demolition of his campaign’s staff, that’s far from a good thing for him. But where do we begin?

Ben Carson’s Opinion On Obamacare:

“You know Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. And it is in a way, it is slavery in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government, and it was never about health care. It was about control.” — Ben Carson

Yes, a real quote from Doctor Ben Carson himself. Even if you don’t agree with Obamacare, you have to admit that the analogy is far from the truth. Providing health care, no matter what political platform you come from, could never be compared to something as historically unappealing as slavery — something that became a major role in leading America to the Civil War. One reporter went even further, asking him how Obamacare could possibly be worse than 9/11, to which Carson responded with “9/11 is an isolated incident.” Because why not, right? 9/11 killed thousands of people while  Obamacare has saved thousands. Excellent analogy, Doc. If Obamacare is a form of slavery, then listening to Ben Carson speak must be a form of torture.

Lets not even get started on how laughably irrelevant his later statement on Lenin and socialized medicine was in record to Obama “wanting” Obamacare to get passed. The Affordable Care Act, known in the media as Obamacare, isn’t “socialized medicine” or the first step towards a Leninist Russia. It’s about expanding coverage, fairness, and consumer choice in the private insurance marketplace.

On Gun Control:

“I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed. I’m telling you, there’s a reason these dictatorial people take guns first.” — Ben Carson

Ben Carson is the perfect example of scientist (maybe, perhaps, since he disregards evolution, doesn’t believe in climate change, etc.) who has never taken a history class. In 1919, long before the Third Reich had begun under Hitler’s regime, the Treaty of Versaille disarmed Germany after World War I. However, by 1928, anti-gun legislations were relaxed. Germans could possess firearms, required to have permits, but again — this was before Adolf Hitler came into power. In 1938, Hitler himself relaxed the laws even further. Rifles and shotguns were no longer regulated, permits were extended to three years, and even the age at which guns could be purchased at was severely lowered. Germany was, under Hitler,encouraged to have guns.

Granted, I’ll give Doctor Ben Carson a freebie here, Hitler effectively did ban Jews themselves from owning guns from 1938 onward. But how exactly would this have affected the fates of six million people? The Nazis were, with no understatement, considerably better armed and organized when it came to their weaponry. Even if Jews had decided to rally up and shoot Hitler’s men, it would have accomplished nothing more than giving Joseph Goebbels and Adolf Hitler propaganda opportunities. Take the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, for example, when the Jews fought back and the result was clear: a few dead Germans and over 13,000 dead Jews.

Even if you know very little on the subject of World War II, the answer is clear here. Hitler was popular among his own countrymen, mostly due to propaganda. His people were basically brainwashed with political propaganda that created a perverse hatred for a race he claimed to be “inferior.” Guns had nothing to do with this. In fact, had Hitler taken away his people’s guns, we wouldn’t have possibly seen as much tension on the streets. Thus, Ben Carson’s statements here become nothing more than, in short, historically inaccurate. Whatever you may personally think about gun control, randomly using Hitler to defend your position is an astronomically horrendous idea.

Don’t believe me? Politifact already proved it for me. Their rating? His statements are false.

On Education:

“I think most people when they finish that [AP US History] course, they’d be ready to go sign up for ISIS.” — Ben Carson

I love history with a burning passion. The AP US History section in question here was perhaps one of the greatest attempts at showing American History as it truly is. Instead of being patriotic propaganda for how great America was, it tried to show the true American history that so many conservative members of America’s Bible Belt had been force fed for generations. Of course, those patriotic conservatives who believe that America has done no harm rallied against the AP US History course, claiming it had an anti-American bias. Of course, they refuse to admit that their curriculum has a STRONG pro-American bias.

“There’s only two paragraphs in there about George Washington … little or nothing about Martin Luther King, a whole section on slavery and how evil we are, a whole section on Japanese internment camps and how we slaughtered millions of Japanese with our bombs,” Carson said at the event.

Ben Carson, let me start off by saying (as a student who grew up in Southern Florida) my middle and high school history programs literally taught me NOTHING but George Washington and Martin Luther King. Of course there is going to be a whole section on slavery in a proper American History textbook, which in your mind isn’t as bad as Obamacare, apparently. Of course a good history program would cover the Japanese internment camps and our ruthless use of the Atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Because it’s HISTORY, something you’ve proven time and time again you know absolutely nothing about.

This American History course is far better than anything the Republican base has managed to create. I came from a High School in an unfortunately Republican based county in Southern Florida that forced students to have bubble sheets and coloring maps on the most basic patriotic history. From my own research and interest, I can testify that the AP US History course you’re so against is one hundred and ten percent accurate when it comes to true American history. Not your over-glorified, God-blessed version.

If Ben Carson heard they were covering up his boy Hitler and the Holocaust, he’d be throwing a fit over how “we shouldn’t forget the past.” But, of course, when it comes to America, we couldn’t have possibly done anything wrong to anyone, right?

But lets just continue, right? Why would Ben Carson be worried about teaching history? Clearly, learning FACTS wouldn’t make people immediately join a terrorist group. ISIS is based on faith, something that can’t be proven, not historically accurate and proven facts. No sane person would agree with your statement on the AP US History course.

On Gay Rights:

“Marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s a well-established pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA [North American Man/Boy Association], be they people who believe in bestiality — it doesn’t matter what they are.” — Ben Carson

Yes, because homosexual couples can definitely be compared to non-consensual child molesters and animal abusers.

See, Doctor Carson, you might not know this since you seem to be a scientist and not a historian, but do you realize our “pillars of society” have changed dramatically since the beginning of time? For example, we don’t sell our daughters into sex slavery anymore. That tends to be frowned upon as a no-no in modern day American History, right? In fact, on that notion…let me open up your holy book, since you claim to be a Seventh Day Adventist. Where did all that water go if every inch of the earth was once covered with water…y’know, enough to apparently cover all of Mount Everest?

But lets not really let ad hominem take over the discussion here, right? Believe what you wish, I don’t really care. But, lets go ahead and let me believe what I wish as well and not crush Christian Conservative down my throat, alright? Who are you to tell a couple that loves each other they can’t get together because your God doesn’t agree with it? Who are you to tell a couple that loves each other they can’t ever get married because you disagree with their love? Prove to me your God actually does agree (without pointing to some loosely worded metaphor in a three-thousand year old book) with your definition of “marriage” before you limit the happiness of an entire subdivision of humanity. I believe that’s what the definition of slavery is, is it not, Doctor Carson?

“A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay.” — Ben Carson

I thought you were a scientist, Ben Carson. Yet your scientific explanation for homosexuality is “prison” and “it’s a choice, trust me”. I’m sorry, but I’m not sure if I understand where exactly you’re trying to go with that. First you compare same-sex marriage to pedophilia and now you’re saying homosexuality hasto be a choice because of some unrepresented statistic that “people who go to prison go in straight and come out gay.” Alright, so. What about the massive majority of the subdivision of our society you’re (at this point) blatantly against who haven’t gone to prison. Or those people in prison who leave straight as ever?

You’re hiding behind some unwritten “definition” of marriage because the idea of same-sex marriage scares you. You claim we can’t change the “definition” of marriage for other people’s rights. Well, I know you’re not a historian…and you’re DEFINITELY not a politician, but welcome to the United States of America. That’s right, a country that’s supposedly founded on not only secular government (so your religious opinion really doesn’t matter here) but also on the ideology of equal rights for all (of course, you know this already, you’ve already chosen to blatantly ignore slavery and internment camps).

On Evolution:

“The problem with man is that they believe they’re so smart that if they can’t explain why God said something that they’re God!” — Ben Carson

“I don’t know how old the earth is, nobody does.” — Ben Carson

“Carbon dating doesn’t mean anything.” — Ben Carson

You’re running for the highest position in this country, yet you don’t seem to understand it at all. How are you a successful brain surgeon if you seem to ignore scientific theory? You’re a brain surgeon. A neurosurgeon. Someone who has to have studied evolution at one point or another. You’re a scientist. You must know how carbon dating and, you know, the basis of scientific thought must work. Right? Did you just study all that, use it to propel yourself to an outrageously high position in the world of science, and choose to ignore it all?

The more people question your faith and the more you answer the doubts, the more power your religion would have. If you don’t want people to question your religion, its because you don’t have the faith in your religion to answer people’s questions. The Bible is literally nothing but interpretation at this point. How do you make the claim that if we interpret it, we’re wrong?

For more commentary, please watch the video above. It does a great job at showing just how wrong everything he said was.

On Faith:

“I would not abdicate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.” — Ben Carson

Ben Carson, for someone who literally seems to say the word “God” in everything (you’ve even made your Twitter photograph the words “I Am A Christian” before, as if you had something to prove), I don’t believe you have the right to question anyone’s faith or capabilities in politics when it comes to whatever they call their religion, because (as I’ve proven many times through this post already) I can easily bash you down the street and back. I’m not religious, no, but if someone’s going to stand up and say someone ofany faith can’t be President, then I sense a religious bias as the foundation for such a statement.

Separation of church and state, Doctor Carson. Faith doesn’t matter when it comes to the position you’re gunning for. That goes to all the GOP Base, who tends to cherry-pick the constitution whenever they can. You’re hypocritical when it comes to “faith” that “represents” the people of America when America is supposed to be a secular nation. Thank you for making me lose a few IQ points in how you answered this.

“My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain. Now all the archaeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs’ graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big — when you stop and think about it, and I don’t think it’d just disappear over the course of time — to store that much grain.”

And here we go, perhaps the stupidest thing Ben Carson has ever said. I could go on for hours about just how, nicely put, wrong his theory is. Did archaeologists go in and place ancient artifacts and the corpses of pharaohs to disprove your God, Ben? Did archaeologists magically produce hundreds of lost treasures and hieroglyphics like your God magically created humanity? Does history really not exist to you?

I can’t even comment on his so-called “theory” of Joseph, a figure in the Bible, building the pyramids for grain. I shouldn’t have to either. The mere idea shows us how Ben Carson doesn’t really consider history because history questions his personal opinions. Statistics don’t matter to this scientist. There’s a battle going on inside his head — a religious zealot who does nothing but question science and a brilliant scientist who refuses to even consider questioning religion. And the religious zealot is winning.

Also, you laugh at the notion of “aliens” building the pyramids, yet state time and time again that “God” has done so much. If you laugh at aliens because nobody can prove they exist, how can you stand behind a figure such as God?

Ben Carson’s “Heal, Inspire, Revive” Campaign has been nothing but an obese laughingstock, just as Herman Cain’s Pokemon speech had been back in the 2012 election. It’s done nothing but flaunt his scientific status when he disagrees with the foundation of his subject (much how Carly Fiorina’s campaign has done nothing but flaunt her business status when she was a failure of a CEO). He’s a neurosurgeon, yes, and a brilliant one at that. I won’t deny that. But when it comes to politics? The man needs to step aside. Being a good doctor doesn’t qualify you to become the leader of the free world, especially when your religion time and time again has wanted to cut the “freedom” out of it.

To Ben Carson: you’ve made a featured Twitter account for your bus, which you call the “Healer Hauler.”That account has tried to be clever, posting updates from wherever you’ve gone in your campaign. When your own staffer, whoever is in control of that worthless (YET FEATURED) account, tweets about how “It’s amazing to meet so many people who support Ben’s campaign!” and posts a picture of SIX people (two of which are small children, ineligible to vote)…well, it’s time to stop. Your campaign manager and communications directer have both quit on you, and I can tell you RIGHT NOW that God is going to be a bad choice for your staff.

Not only do you know absolutely nothing about American (and German) history, you’ve tended to forget your own. You grew up in a poor family, raised by a single mother and public housing. You were fed with food stamps, kept healthy with Medicaid, received your first pair of eyeglasses from state agencies, benefited from affirmative action to enter undergraduate school, used federal loans and grants from PELL to pay off your student debt…

Yet you’re against all of those things. You’re against food stamps, Medicaid, state agencies, public housing, government intervention with education, federal loans and grants. How are you running as a Republican?

I’m sorry, but it’s time to drop out of the race. You’re a joke of a campaign, Doctor Carson. You’re a quiet version of Donald Trump with perhaps even bigger problems. Go back to brain surgery, because by the looks of your campaign, you really need to.

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