"Point made" on how Ben Carson benefitted from the very federal assistance conservatives call Big Government.
After a week of truly phenomenal talk and revelations regarding the GOP's number two 2016 candidate of the nomination, I personally look forward to next week with Ben "Stabby" Carson. After closing out the week with unsustainable reports that Carson alleged sheltering a group of white students in a laboratory during riots in 1968, I ran across this today:
Before I move to criticism of and disagreement with Sanders, I seriously wonder in what context would Carson stand in front of a group of people with his alleged shielding of whites students as a topic. I can only imagine it fits Carson's dire need to please and enamor himself to white conservatives. Let's be honest no black person (most African-American conservatives seem to share a disdain for the common racial identifier) can expect any level of success in conservative America unless the person fits a mold. A mold of quiet, soft-spoken, unassuming, outwardly critical of any federal program that benefits the poor, an inclination to join in bannering slavery for political gain, and a mold that includes religious dogma to the point of ridiculous. A mold the vast majority of Africans-Americans will not fit nor would most care to fit. Thus, a GOP with 92% white members with no interest in reaching out to minority communities; especially the African-American community.
Bernie Sanders is campaigning as a true liberal with a political need to focus all campaign or election-related dialog on "the issues." On that point, I agree without question. However, I strongly disagree with Sanders regarding press or media scrutiny of Ben Carson's past. Carson has brandished his past since fulfilling an appearance at a 2013 Washington DC prayer breakfast event. After his direct affront to the 44th President of the United States who sat mere feet from the developing right wing demagogue, he has sky-rocketed in the hearts and minds of conservative supporters. The candidate himself has at one time or another blast his past to various audiences with what has proven to include copious helpings of lies, misrepresentations and the appearance of developing insanity. Why shouldn't media investigate his claims of alleged attempts to stab, hammer clobber a relative, or brick someone at will? How can Sanders overlook a commencement ceremony speech that included utter insanity regarding the genesis and utility of the Egyptian Pyramids (Grain silos)? How about Carson claims of dinner with General Westmoreland in the early 1990s with a related 'full scholarship' to West Point (The Detroit News, The Daily News Bin)? The benevolent and desperate Sanders is wasting air-time with any effort to criticize media probing what seems to be a potential presidential candidate who comes across as a pathological liar and one who relegates both Mitt Romney's and Paul Ryan's penchant for lying at the level choirboy fib status.
Of all of Carson's reported forays into the realm of the undereducated, his major misstep regarding what some call the Founding Fathers should be a GOP nomination eliminator. Children learned about the crafters of the first colonial (federal) government, the US Revolutionary War, and the US Constitution early in primary school studies. Was the lesson called Social Studies? We can assume Carson learned Social Studies as did the rest of us, but we run into a major disconnect when we consider why he would deliver the following statement to an audience. The following AddictingInfo piece is far more informative regarding Carson colonial government misstep than the Politifact piece. The AddictingInfo writer included a Politifact list of officials who must have escaped Carson's early learning or his lie to that particular audience.
Carson is the ultimate charlatan. From his "business manager-Armstrong Williams, who will not be called his campaign manager, through numerous cases of a veracity deficient personality, he trods along as the number two GOP primary candidate to date. Let's visit with the AddictingInfo piece referenced above.
Wiki Commons image added by The Pardu.
In a post on his campaign site, Ben Carson compiled some answers to his followers’ questions on Facebook last week. One of the questions asked whether his political inexperience was going to be a challenge for him. His answer was edited several times, but the essence was that men and women ;with government experience are the last people we should be electing. This fits in with his dubious argument that he is the superior choice because he isn’t your typical politician.
Bill Maher made fun of Carson for being an amateur on this week’s “Real Time” by comparing the presidential candidate to a plumber. The comedian jokingly described what a Carson supporter might do if his toilet ever got backed up. “The shit’s about to back up in here, what we need is an outsider!” Maher also asked the logical question, “If neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson really believes that somebody with zero governing experience is qualified to be president, he must first let someone with zero medical training operate on his brain.”
So, when Carson took to Facebook to promote his lack of political experience, he instead proved he has about as much understanding of American history and government as a middle school student. Perhaps even less so. (emphasis is mine)
“You are absolutely right — I have no political experience,” Carson wrote in the Facebook Every signer of the Declaration of Independence had no elected office experience. What they had was a deep belief that freedom is a gift from God. They had a determination to rise up against a tyrannical King. They were willing to risk all they had, even their lives, to be free.”To try to salvage his answer the post was rewritten to now read:
“Every signer of the Declaration of Independence had no federal elected office experience. What they had was a deep belief that freedom is a gift from God. They had a determination to rise up against a tyrannical King.”This assertion from Carson earned him the extra special “liar, liar pants on fire, rating” from PolitiFact. Even in the final edited version of Carson’s post his point is still incorrect. There was no official federal government, so, there couldn’t be a federally elected official. However, local governments were set up to keep law and order. In fact, 28 of the 58 signers of the Declaration of Independence were office holders.
Many people throughout the years have advocated having professions other than lawyers or lifetime politicians in elected office. Neil deGrasse Tyson thinks that there should be more scientists in Congress. Others have suggested there should be more service members in office. But presumably each of these potential officials must have some kind of knowledge of how a bill becomes a law, the basic history of our nation, and some understanding of existing laws and how they work. That’s not true in Carson’s case. Sadly.
PolitiFact kindly listed them:
A few walk-away pieces regarding the GOP candidate Bernie Sanders wants the media to cease probing.
Ben Carson says West Point uses the words "full scholarship" on their website. That's Mostly True, though experts say he wouldn't have been offered one without applying.
Posted by PolitiFact on Sunday, November 8, 2015
A gallery of Carson with Mother Jones as the star of the following gallery.