Sunday Ben Carson revealed himself. On ‘Meet the Press’ he was asked if he believed a woman had the right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. He didn’t directly answer the question, but made a statement supporting the belief of the Christian religious right in a strange and disturbing comparison.
“During slavery — and I know that’s one of those words you’re not supposed to say, but I’m saying it — during slavery, a lot of the slave owners thought that they had the right to do whatever they wanted to that slave, anything that they chose to do. And what if the abolitionists had said: ‘You know, I don’t believe in slavery. I think it’s wrong, but you guys do whatever you want to do’? Where would we be?”
What he doesn’t believe in is the rights of individuals. He would have larger government which had more control of our nation’s people.
Carson said that he would overturn Roe v Wade.
“I’m a reasonable person, and if people can come up with a reasonable explanation of why they would like to kill a baby, I’ll listen,” Carson told host Chuck Todd.
He is in line with the rest of the GOP and considers the rights of women unimportant compared to the demands of Christian ministers. He, along with his constituents believe that women are third class citizens.
Why does the GOP continually talk about the Constitution and smaller government when they continually express thoughts which oppose the law of the land, and seek greater control over our nation’s people?
After the 2012 general election leaders of the GOP studied the exit polls and claimed to have realized that their party must change or continue to lose elections. It has not changed. All of its candidates are basically one and the same. They are unqualified and speak only to the party’s base. They continue to ignore women, Hispanics, blacks, and the entire working class.
Now the GOP has an additional problem; it is imploding. A recent poll reveals that GOP voters are unhappy with those they have elected, and even less pleased with Jeb Bush and Chris Christie. Voters said that the reason they favor Trump and Carson is because they are outsiders.
But can they win in the general election. Intelligent voters are aware that the future of our nation is a serious problem, and to place these problems in the control of an inexperienced man or woman would likely be disastrous.
Not only is Carson a misogynist, he also denies scientific facts such as climate change and the reality that homosexuality is not a choice. He also claims that the holocaust would not have happened if the Jews had been armed. Really?
Trump and Carson have only one thing in common; neither of them has the slightest idea of how government works, when it works. They would not unite our nation and offer solutions to our domestic problems. Women would be forced to continue their fight for equality. Income inequality would widen even further. The relationship between law enforcement and the black community would worsen, and their right to vote would be surrendered. Nearly 12 million Hispanics would remain in limbo. Both would revoke the rights of the LGBT community to have equal protection under the law.
Thomas Jefferson believed that the Constitution should be reviewed every 19 years, and I agree. But we cannot allow one party to ignore our nation’s laws or interpret them for the own personal and political gain.
By James Turnage
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