Today, NBC posted a somewhat condescending story about Ben Carson supporters who apparently willingly look through all the supposedly nutty things he says because at the end of the day, “Carson is simply a “nice,” “rational” and “a really genuine guy.” During his three-state tour across America earlier this month, everywhere he went, Carson was met with cheering crowds full of ardent supporters who were quick to dismiss the controversies and criticism because, simply, they like Dr. Ben Carson.”
So what are the “controversies and criticism?” NBC listed a bunch of Carson statements the liberal network calls “gaffes.” Honestly, except for one (see below), I’d imagine few conservatives reading this would consider these seven statements “gaffes.”
1 The likelihood of the Holocaust “would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed” in Nazi Germany. (Seems to me, the fact that Jews could not fight back probably had something to do with the ease in which they were rounded up for slaughter)
2 He would not support a Muslim for president. (He would not support someone who did not put the Constitution and our laws first. And this is a gaffe, because…?)
3 Lives would have been saved in the Oregon mass shooting if the victims had attacked the shooter, adding, “I would not just stand there and let him shoot me.” (Again, see number one above. Maybe if someone had shot back there would have been few fatalities? Just a wild guess.)
4 Obamacare was the “worst thing” to happen to the U.S. since slavery. (Slavery was a terrible institution indeed, but hyperbole aside, Obamacare will end up being pretty disastrous – considering 2016 premiums are expected to rise by as much as 60 percent in some states)5 The gold standard would be a stronger currency valuation. (And this is a gaffe…because? As Forbes writes, The United States embraced the principle of a currency whose value was linked to gold from its founding in 1789 until 1971 – a period of 182 years. During this time, from the humblest beginnings, it became the world’s wealthiest and most powerful state.)
6 The nation’s electrical grid is vulnerable to an electromagnetic pulse from the sun. (Gee, from all those folks worrying about ice caps melting, you’d think maybe they’d be concerned about solar flares too? Oh well, when you’re a liberal you can eat whatever you want at the environmental buffet.7 He does not know if President Obama is a Christian, only allowing “I have to take him at his word” that he is. (Dr. Carson is a brilliant brain surgeon, but he can’t read what’s IN brains. Nobody can. When the president says something, you have to take him at his word…for example, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”)
Now, in full disclosure, there was an eighth statement NBC derided: He believes being gay is a choice because “a lot of people … go into prison straight, and when they come out they’re gay.” I can see how that would bother a lot of folks, straight and gay. So okay, score one for NBC, for attacking Carson for his opinions. But if that’s something he truly believes, it’s not a gaffe. It’s just an opinion others may not share.
According to the estimable Wikipedia, “a political gaffe is an error made by a politician that is reported to the public.” So if you truly want to talk about “gaffes.” take a gander at this list from President Obama’s reign (thanks to About.com for doing the heavy lifting)
> “R-S-P-E-C-T.” –flubbing the spelling of Aretha Franklin’s famous song “Respect” while paying tribute to the iconic singer, New York, NY (March 6, 2014)
> “When I meet with world leaders, what’s striking — whether it’s in Europe or here in Asia…” -mistakenly referring to Hawaii as Asia while holding a press conference outside Honolulu, Nov.
> “We’re the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad.” —Cincinnati, OH, Sept. 22, 2011
> “An American of Haitian descent, representative of the extraordinary work that our men and women in uniform do all around the world — Navy Corpse-Man Christian Brossard.” –mispronouncing “Corpsman” (the “ps” is silent) during a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, Washington, D.C., Feb. 5, 2010 (The Corpsman’s name is also Christopher, not Christian)
> “The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries.” –Tampa, Fla., Jan. 28, 2010
“UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems.” –attempting to make the case for government-run healthcare, while simultaneously undercutting his own argument, Portsmouth, N.H., Aug. 11, 2009
> “The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system.” –in remarks after a health care roundtable with physicians, nurses and health care providers, Washington, D.C., July 20, 2009
> “It was also interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate. There’s a lot of — I don’t know what the term is in Austrian, wheeling and dealing.” –confusing German for “Austrian,” a language which does not exist, Strasbourg, France, April 6, 2009
> “On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.”
.”I’ve now been in 57 states — I think one left to go.” –at a campaign event in Beaverton, Oregon
Yeah, but Obama is the intellectual one, with that sharp crease in his trousers.
[Note: This article was freshly ironed by Michele Hickford]