Carson4. There’s no such thing as a war crime. Carson said earlier this year that the U.S. should not hesitate to send troops to defeat the Islamic State and should not fear prosecution for its actions. In the Fox News interview, he said he would “not hesitate to put boots on the ground” and suggested that the military should not be subject to any war crimes law. “If you’re gonna have rules for war, you should just have a rule that says no war,” he said. “Other than that, we have to win.” It is obvious that if Carson where President, he would follow the same actions George Bush took when he and co-president Chaney invaded Iraq that killed over 4,500 Americans and wounded thousands. This is not the person that most Americans would want as Commander In Chief.


5. Obamacare is the worst thing since slavery. In October 2013, when Carson was still gaining recognition in the Republican Party, he said in a speech that “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 in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government, and it was never about health care.” He added. “It was about control.” Carson has continued to speak out about Obama’s health care plan, saying in January of this year that it’s “a bunch of crap” that politicians say they can’t unravel the legislation, and, in the pages of CQ, he likened Obama to a “psychopath.” Although Carson and his family were once on medical assistance, as President, he would deprive over 16.1 million Americans healthcare. To compare Obamacare with slavery suggests that Carson doesn’t know or fully understand the definition of “slavery.” Slavery is the condition in which one person is owned as property by another and is under the owner’s control, especially in involuntary servitude. The millions of Americans who now have healthcare are not subjected or subservient to the government or to anyone else. To attempt to connect slavery with Obamacare is idiotic.


6. Obama is depressing the economy to keep people on welfare. After appearing on The View last year and saying that Americans have become dependent on welfare, Carson elaborated on Fox News in May 2014: “Do you think that people who are on welfare want to be on welfare?” Fox’s Megyn Kelly asked him. “I think some people have that as a way of life,” Carson responded, later adding that “perhaps some of the things that are going on right now which could be easily remedied are not being remedied in order to keep the economy depressed because there would be no appetite for many of the social programs if people were doing well.” When pressed by Kelly, Carson wouldn’t name Obama but said there are “some people” taking these actions. What forms the basis of this statement is puzzling especially since Carson’s family was on welfare and other forms of public assistance when he was growing up. Welfare has been around long before Obama and folks like the Carson family would not have made it had it not been for government assistance.


7. Obama signed immigration reform to bring in government-dependent voters. After speaking out about welfare, Carson said in an interview on November 14, 2014, that Obama’s executive action on immigration was part of a “nefarious agenda” to bring new voters into the United States who will be dependent on government. “Is he just trying to instead of get out the vote, bring in the vote?” former Republican Congressman J.D. Hayworth asked Carson.“ Is this all designed to have new voters — despite the fact he claims they’re not going to get citizenship — is the long-term goal to bring in a new class of voters dependent on government?” Of course it is,” Carson replied. He added that Republicans should respond to Obama’s action by shutting down the government, but only the parts that are “important to the president” and not any parts that will “hurt the American people.” This nation has always been a nation of immigrants. Obama signed an Executive Order on immigration reform only because House Speaker Boehner has refused to bring the approved Senate Immigration Bill to the floor for an up or down vote. The President’s Executive Action focuses on cracking down on illegal immigration at the border, deporting felons, not families; and accountability through criminal background checks and taxes. The last government shut-down cost the taxpayers over 25 Billion dollars and all parts of it hurt the American people. For Carson to suggest otherwise and to “shut down the government again” unless Republicans have their way is just plain reckless.


Carson was once a registered Democrat but switched to the Republican Party in the 1980s. After getting a “sour taste” watching Republicans who had their own personal shortcomings, impeach President Clinton. “I just saw so much hypocrisy in both parties,” he explained and he became an Independent. Carson said that it made sense for him to switch back to the Republican Party in 2014, “if I make the decision to run (for president), then I clearly don’t want to be backtracking and do something in a hurry. It’s one of those things I wanted to be thinking about far ahead.”


Many African Americans saw Carson as the embodiment of black achievement – a poor inner city boy who became one of the world’s most accomplished neurosurgeons – his emergence as a conservative hero and unabashed critic of the United State’s first black President has been shocking. In fact, some black pastors who were Carson’s biggest promoters have stopped recommending his book, and members of minority medical organizations that long boasted of their affiliations with him say he is called an “embarrassment” on private online discussion groups. “Has he lost his sense of who he is?” said the Rev. Jamal Bryant, a prominent black pastor in Baltimore, where Carson lived for decades. “He does not see he is the next Herman Cain.


Reading “Gifted Hands” as a teenager, Mark Terrelonge, 26, who is in his final year at Stanford University School of Medicine, said he saw Carson’s story as an affirmation of his own ambition to become a doctor. Never before had he heard of a black man in the upper echelons of medicine. But Terrelonge, who is gay, was stung when he heard Carson say that homosexuality was a choice.


There is no question that Dr. Carson was an excellent surgeon who pulled himself out of poverty with public assistance to achieve enormous success. Although his prestigious awards and professional achievements have been laudable, Carson will never become a viable presidential candidate in the Republican Party and will probably bow out after the first few Republican debates, but that’s just my take.


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