The problem with Dr. Ben Carson’s faulty reasoning

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Dr.  Ben Carson has become a viable a candidate for the Republican nomination for president. There can be no denying that the man is a brilliant neurosurgeon, as depicted in the book, Gifted Hands, and a movie. Carson gained fame also for being the first doctor to separate twins joined at the head who both survived. But his own neurotransmitters seem to be misfiring.

As a politician his position and statements on many issues show a lack of depth, understanding and deception. Here are a few of the actual statements made by Dr. Ben Carson:

1) “Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question,” said Carson, former head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

2) I have had a gun held on me when I was in a Popeye’s organization. Guy comes in, put the gun in my ribs. And I just said, ‘I believe that you want the guy behind the counter.’ ”

3) On mass shooters: “I’m glad you asked that question. Because not only would I probably not cooperate with him, I would not just stand there and let him shoot me. I would say, ‘Hey, guys, everybody attack him. He may shoot me, but he can’t get us all.’ ”

4) On the Jewish Holocaust: “German citizens were disarmed by their government in the late 1930s, and by the mid-1940s Hitler’s regime had mercilessly slaughtered six million Jews and numerous others whom they considered inferior. … Through a combination of removing guns and disseminating deceitful propaganda, the Nazis were able to carry out their evil intentions with relatively little resistance.”

5) On a Muslim U.S. president: “I would have problems with somebody who embraced all the doctrines associated with Islam. If they are not willing to reject Sharia and all the portions of it that are talked about in the Quran — if they are not willing to reject that, and subject that to American values and the Constitution, then of course, I would.”

6) On the Affordable Care Act: “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.”

7) Carson said NASCAR fans should be allowed to display the flag on private property if they wanted. He acknowledged to the crowd present that the Confederate flag “is considered a hate symbol by many,” but that did not stop his most outrageous comments and twisted logic.

Carson is quoted further as stating, “Swastikas are a symbol of hate for some people, too. And yet they still exist in museums and places like that. If it’s a majority of people in that area who want it to fly [Confederate flag], I certainly wouldn’t take it down.”

 

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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