When people talk about the Primary season and who the GOP field will be, there is one name that is almost forgotten. Ben Carson, the outspoken retired neurosurgeon, has made no secret his desire to run in 2016. He has been criticized for his off the cuff comparisons, which seem to have a duel effect. They make the leftist media cry foul and the GOP establishment cringe.
In the past, he has made such comparisons as, the Nazi Government in Germany and the current U.S. government. This brought much fire from the left and the center. Yet, in my opinion, it was pretty much on target. What Carson meant was that they both sought to silence their critics.
Another comparison of Carson was that Obamacare was the worst thing to happen to America since slavery. He said: “it is slavery in a way because it is making all of us subservient to the government.”
Again, I think that he is exactly right in this assessment. If we are beholden to the government for our health care, they own us. How can you resist someone who decides who gets what treatments and when?
Well, Carson made the news again with one of his famous comparisons. This time the comparison was between American patriots and ISIS fighters. Now before you lose it and start blowing up the comments, let me explain. In the end, you might find that it is a good comparison. After praising American patriots for their willingness to die for what they believe, Carson said this about ISIS:
“They got the wrong philosophy, but they’re willing to die for what they believe, while we are busily giving away every belief and every value for the sake of political correctness.”
CNN spun the story this way: “Physician Ben Carson on Thursday held up ISIS, a terrorist group that’s beheaded multiple Americans, as an example for the United States during comments . . .”
So why don’t we take a second and see if that was a good way to summarize Dr. Carson’s comment?
First, we have to see that what Carson was comparing was commitment and lack of commitment. Yes, it is true that ISIS is responsible for beheading multiple Americans, but he was not speaking of their evil and telling Americans to do the same. Rather, the comparison was between ISIS’ commitment to what they believe and their willingness to die for that commitment and Americans lack of commitment to their beliefs.
I think Dr. Carson was correct in this assessment. We, as Americans, have allowed titles and name calling to keep us from speaking truth. We are not willing to be called racist, bigot, hater, or anything else the left will say in our stand for freedom or righteousness.
Dr. Carson was not calling Americans to beheadings and terror tactics. He was not saying that ISIS was people that we should emulate. Alexandra Jaffe of CNN knows that this is not what he meant. This points to a well-known situation that needs to be watched in the upcoming primary.
The left is terrified of Dr. Ben Carson. Because, though he is not that strong in the GOP, he probably has a good chance of winning the Presidential election. Carson, unlike a Bush or Romney, is not afraid to call a spade a spade or a communist a communist. Here’s hoping that Carson continues to “keep it real.”