Carson: Anathema of the Left

No one should be surprised by the left’s recent crusade against current Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson.

Unable to pin him as a typical right-wing moron, due to the fact that he is a brilliant neurosurgeon, the media is desperately grasping at straws and trying to dig through his past to find anything that could remotely ruin his chances of becoming president.  This type of behavior was abundantly clear in Politico’s latest hit piece titled, “Ben Carson admits fabricating West Point scholarship.” A strong, yet eyebrow raising accusation. Politico began the piece by stating:

Ben Carson’s campaign on Friday admitted, in a response to an inquiry from Politico, that a central point in his inspirational personal story was fabricated: his application and acceptance into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Except Carson did not admit to this nor did he ever say he applied in the first place. Here’s exactly what Carson wrote in his autobiography:

At the end of my twelfth grade I marched at the head of the Memorial Day parade. I felt so proud, my chest bursting with ribbons and braids of every kind. To make it more wonderful, We had important visitors that day. Two soldiers who had won the Congressional Medal of Honor in Viet Nam were present. More exciting to me, General William Westmoreland (very prominent in the Viet Nam war) attended with an impressive entourage. Afterward, Sgt. Hunt introduced me to General Westmoreland, and I had dinner with him and the Congressional Medal winners. Later I was offered a full scholarship to West Point. I didn’t refuse the scholarship outright, but I let them know that a military career wasn’t where I saw myself going.

Carson clearly states in this passage that he was offered a scholarship and refused it in order to pursue a career in medicine. But what Politico is trying to do is make it seem like Carson claimed something he actually did not. Since all tuition is free for the United States Military Academy, one might assume that there would be no need for scholarships. However, it is completely reasonable for Carson to have assumed it was in fact a full scholarship since he wouldn’t have had to pay to attend the school. Politico distorted what Carson himself had written.

The left has also taken the opportunity to point out that Carson’s belief in creationism and rejection of the current theory of evolution apparently disqualifies him from the presidency. As if there has ever been a president in the history of the United States who has not at least had a belief in God.  Some of the most brilliant minds in history have also been theists; Francis Bacon, Isaac Newton, Gregor Mendel, Galileo Galilee, Louis Pasteur, the Greeks, and so on. So this idea that somehow Ben Carson being religious is taboo is just nonsensical. Moreover, the minutia of evolutionary theory is still a hotly debated topic. Scientists may agree on its existence, but not everything is yet known. Overall, a common tactic of the left is to label anyone who has the audacity to believe in God a complete moron.

Isn’t it fascinating that the same people criticizing him for being a creationist are the same ones who berated him for saying that a Muslim who believes in adhering to Sharia shouldn’t be president?

It’s worth noting that Ben Carson heroically went after his critics in the media during a press conference this Friday, rightly pointing out the media’s hypocrisy in their reporting:

I do not remember this level of scrutiny for one President Barack Obama when he was running. In fact, I remember just the opposite. I remember people just-oh wait, we won’t talk about that. We won’t talk about that relationship.

I’ll tell you why, Dr. Carson – The left likes to think that they represent all oppressed minority groups and wants to make sure none of them step outside of the plantation. They cannot fathom the idea that a self-made, intelligent black man, such as you, could possibly identify as a conservative.  The very thought terrifies them, and they will not stop until you are destroyed.

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