HUD Secretary Ben Carson is, as we learned last year, an idiot, or perhaps and idiot savant. He’s also a Republican and currently in the Trump Administration. Clearly, anything he says is likely to be ridiculous, and probably offensive. Barack Obama, on the other hand, is brilliant. Brilliant, I tell you! He is also idolized by journalists—he sends a thrill up Chris Matthews’ leg!—, and, indeed in part because he is a Democrat and a liberal. Obama is also, of course, worshiped by blacks, intellectuals and progressives. Carson is black too, but he is a Republican and a conservative, so the black thing is cancelled out.
Now, what happens when Carson and Obama say exactly the same thing?
While speaking to a group of employees at his department on Monday, Carson said:
“There were other immigrants who came in the bottom of slave ships, who worked even longer, even harder, for less, but they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons, great granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”
What an idiot! “Immigrants?” mocked the NAACP. The Washington Post, New York Times, the Hill, Politico, and others headlined Carson’s comments, so bizarre, stupid and insensitive were they. Listen to this dummy! And Trump appointed him as a Department head! “Ben You’re A Fool! Slaves were not Immigrants!“ headlined the Miami Herald.
Now, a while back, when the brilliant, progressive, President Barack Obama ,said this about slave ships:
We say it so often, we sometimes forget what it means — we are a nation of immigrants. Unless you are one of the first Americans, a Native American, we are all descended from folks who came from someplace else — whether they arrived on the Mayflower or on a slave ship, whether they came through Ellis Island or crossed the Rio Grande.
Or this :
I want a confident America where, yes, everybody makes sacrifices, but nobody bears all the burden, and we live up to the idea that no matter who we are, no matter what we look like, no matter whether our ancestors landed on Ellis Island or came here on a slave ship or crossed the Rio Grande, we are all connected to one another. We rise and fall together.
And especially this:
It wasn’t always easy for new immigrants. Certainly it wasn’t easy for those of African heritage who had not come here voluntarily, and yet in their own way were immigrants themselves. There was discrimination and hardship and poverty. But, like you, they no doubt found inspiration in all those who had come before them. And they were able to muster faith that, here in America, they might build a better life and give their children something more.
…nobody criticized. Nobody was offended. Nobody claimed that it proved how stupid and clueless Obama is. It didn’t make headlines. The Miami Herald didn’t call Obama a fool.
How does one explain that?
1. A total double standard
3. Crippling partisanship.
4. Lack of self-awareness.
5 A void of integrity and fairness.
6. Cognitive dissonance on steroids.
- How can the public trust the judgment, honesty and analysis of anyone that ridiculously biased?
- At a certain point, which I think has been reached and passed, isn’t it fair to be resentful and furious at officials, organizations and journalists who can repeatedly display such a screaming double standard, and never stop to think, “Wait! This is wrong!”?
Hasn’t that point been reached and passed?
- If you are not angry at this, what’s the matter with you? In fact, what the HELL is the matter with you?
If you are still shaking your head and humming and have your fingers in your ears saying “There’s no double standard! No bias! NONONONONO!!”, at what point are you deserving of distrust and resentment?
- How can intelligent debate and civic discourse exists when one leader is condemned for the exact same statements that another leader can make with impunity?
Again: It can’t.
- If you mock the conservative media, you are a fool. The conservative media, not being blinded and rendered stone-stupid by left-wing bias, had the wit and industry to track down those quotes by Obama. Without the conservative media, we would have no antidote to the indoctrination and lies.
And that is exactly what the mockery of Ben Carson was, making the false assertion that he wasn’t “normal” by comparing slaves to immigrants.
- Did I fail to mention that calling slaves immigrants is, in fact, idiotic? Someone who is kidnapped and forced to stay in a foreign land isn’t an immigrant. It was a stupid thing for Carson to say, but no more stupid, and less damaging, for a Secretary of HUD to say it than a President, who said it repeatedly. A competent press and punditry would have said something the first time it was said. A truly non-partisan NAACP would have had the integrity to mock Barack Obama.