The Carson Defense

A continuation

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Retired Dr. Ben Carson has been a source of amazement to a growing number of thinking people ever since he got it in mind to run for President of the United States. While Dr. Carson is recognized widely as an accomplished medical doctor, it quickly became apparent, once his extra-professional pontifications became known to a wider audience, that the good doctor is a fool waiting to be appreciated.

His proclamations extraordinaire include the following:

  • First of all, we have to understand how the Constitution works. The president is required to carry out the laws of the land, the laws of the land come from the legislative branch. So if the legislative branch creates a law or changes a law, the executive branch has a responsibility to carry it out. It doesn’t say they have the responsibility to carry out a judicial law. And that’s something we need to talk about.
  • A lot of people who go into prison straight, and when they come out they’re gay.
  • My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain. Now all the archeologists [sic] think that they were made for the pharaohs’ graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big if 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
  • Well, that’s easy to answer: I didn’t have an involvement with them [Mannatech]. That is total propaganda. And this is what happens in our society — total propaganda. I did a couple speeches for them. I did speeches for other people. They were paid speeches. It is absolutely absurd to say that I had any kind of relationship with them. Do I take the product? Yes. I think it’s a good product.
  • The pledge of allegiance to our flag says we are one nation under God. Many courtrooms in the land on the wall it says ‘In God We Trust.’ Every coin in our pocket, every bill in our wallet says ‘In God We Trust.’ So if it’s in our founding documents, it’s in our pledges, in our courts and it’s on our money, but we’re not supposed to talk about it, what in the world is that? In medicine it’s called schizophrenia and I, for one, am simply not willing to kick God to the curb.
  • 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.
  • In the class of 1968 at Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow, Mahmoud Abbas was one of the members of that class, and so was Ali Khamenei. And that’s where they first established relationships with the young Vladimir Putin.
  • But it is true that we are probably giving way too many in too short a period of time. And a lot of pediatricians now recognize that, and I think are cutting down on the number [of vaccinations] and the proximity in which those are done, and I think that’s appropriate.

That was from a list compiled by Allen Clifton. I have not verified every one of those, and I am willing to  roll back any that somebody can point out as untrue. I will add to the above the following:

You have all these highfalutin scientists, and they’re saying that there was this gigantic explosion and everything came into perfect order. Now, these are the same scientists who go around touting the second law of thermodynamics, which is entropy, which says that things move toward a state of disorganization. So, now you’re going to have this big explosion, and everything becomes perfectly organized. When you ask them about it, they say, “Well we can explain this based on probability theory, because if there’s enough big explosions, over a long enough period of time, billions and billions of years, one of them will be the perfect explosion”…. What you’re telling me is, if I blow a hurricane through a junkyard enough times, over billions and billions of years, eventually, after one of those hurricanes, there will be a 747 fully loaded and ready to fly.

Anyhow, now that Dr. Carson has been nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to head up the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), he finds no limit of defenders. Possibly if Dr. Carson had been nominated by President Obama for Surgeon General, the people now defending him would be dragging out my same long list. But I am only speculating.

A proud Carson (Trump) supporter posted a meme on Facebook showing liberal commentator Rachel Maddow saying:

Ben Carson is completely unqualified to serve as HUD secretary.

This is followed by the response that has Carson saying:

Because I’m a literal brain surgeon that grew up in HUD housing.

Anyhow, I saw this posting as an over glorification of an unqualified candidate, and I posted a link to something I wrote a few days ago:

Wow! So many highly intelligent people weighing in on this critical issue in American politics. A highly capable candidate for Secretary of HUD is being dismissed by pretend liberals, and real American heroes are coming to his rescue. This calls for some Skeptical Analysis.

Why would a gaggle of supposedly liberal media wonks poke fun at a successful black man? Could it be because this particular black man is not an earnest representative of human intellect? Could be. Examples:

And that posting cited some examples. What I got back for my friendly comment was this:

Barbara Lewis Darr: Typical liberal spin!

Oops! I’ve been found out. Well, not quite. I have seen spin before, then I’ve seen spin. Maybe what passes for spin in some places is merely truth on the other side. I replied with some amplification:

John Blanton Whoa! Liberal spin! If this be liberal spin, let’s make the most of it.

For starters I  am going to call “spin” propaganda’s little sister. Propaganda comes in shades. At its most egregious propaganda is a lie disguised as the truth. In its least shade propaganda is something containing enough truth to hide the lie within.

Let’s examine the meme about Dr. Ben Carson. First the truth: Ben Carson is a (retired) highly successful neurosurgeon. He accomplished all this without having the advantages enjoyed by some.

Now the lie: It is not true that Carson and his family lived in subsidized housing. This is not spin. There is no getting around the fact that whoever created this meme inserted a bit of prevarication to sweeten it.

Ben Carson, in his book “Gifted Hands” never indicates having lived in subsidized housing. For example, from the book:

Finally, with no financial resources to fall back on, Mother knew she couldn’t keep up the expenses of living in our house, modest as it was. The house was hers, as part of the divorce settlement. So after several months of trying to make it on her own,

Carson M.D., Ben. Gifted Hands 20th Anniversary Edition: The Ben Carson Story (Kindle Locations 235-237). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

I went on to point out that I have known my Facebook correspondent since childhood, and I have always been scrupulously honest.

More recently the Facebook post has disappeared from view. The reason is not apparent.

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