The pathology of Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson-1-16_optAnytime you hear a person loosely invoke the memory of the human carnage of slavery, without any serious context but to score cheap political points in search of fame and acceptance among a select group of the populace, it makes you wonder if that individual truly appreciates the weight of history that has produced him.
It raises questions about whether that individual has any reverence for a moment in time — the dark ages — when the world stood by and watched a race of people subjected to all forms of dehumanizing atrocities. We must ask if such a person, despite his rightful bragging rights as a world-renowned neurosurgeon, understands the importance of exercising in Egyptian parlance, what was called in ancient time the “Maat,” an ethical and moral principle that underscores a concept around truth, balance, morality and justice. This has left me thinking about the dubiousness of the ideological sale in the marketplace that this individual is engaging in.
I will not buy it because history exists to inform us, not to leave us ignorant. And if we are aware of the recent history of the ideological mutiny and delegitimization campaign that was waged against President Barack Obama himself and by extension the multiracial majority that sent him to the White House twice, no one should encourage any force or representation of a group that is seeking to dry up the wells of democracy.
Especially a group that has made it clear in unmistakable terms its hatred for Obama, his identity and the audacity of the multiracial majority to send an African American to the White House for a second term. The irony of this questionable value of denigrating the President and insulting the intelligence of his supporters, which generations to come will read, is that the purveyor of such dubious ideology is an accomplished Black scientist who perhaps thinks that his achievements can shield him from the nakedness of his inability to discern the times and to really render in the Maat principle truth and balance.
His condescending remarks about African Americans and others who supported Obama, including gays and lesbians, is an example of his callous disregard for the multiracial majority that defines our political landscape today.
Science by definition is supposed to enlighten and open us up to new possibilities across vistas of knowledge. But in this case, our dear scientist who suffers from Hyper Political Disorder (HPD) is pushing ideas that will not enlighten or open new possibilities and doors but rather confine us to an America that we said goodbye to the day that Obama was first elected in 2008.
Dr. Ben Carson announced on Monday that he is running for president to a much less fanfare in Detroit where he is from.
By now everyone who has been reading about Carson in the last year or so knows all too well his extreme conservative views and dogma that has earned him the acceptance he sought from the ultra conservative wing of the Republican Party, and at the same time won him condemnation from a large segment of his race — Blacks — who once adored him and looked up to the scientist as an example that anything is possible.
Once he veered into politics with zealousness and ambition, without any knowledge of the intricacies of politics, he became a runaway horse.He started mouthing and pouring political venom on everyone he believes stands with Obama.
“You know 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. It was about control,” Carson said about Obamacare, the President’s signature Affordable Care Act, benefitting millions without health care.
For Carson, Blacks who support Obama did not actually vet his policies but, rather, they are acting out of emotion and the roots of oppression.
“It’s created by a long history of oppression and they’re very proud (of Obama) and that pride trumps rational thinking. I totally understand it, but I’m hoping at some point a more rational thought process will take over,” Carson said of Black voters.
By Carson’s own calculation, Arizona Republican Senator John McCain was more qualified to become the president in 2008 than Obama. His logic suggests former governor Mitt Romney had more standing to become president the second time around rather than Obama.
This pathology of Carson’s also means that the millions of Blacks (95 percent) who voted for Obama in 2008 lost their minds. They are dumb and don’t know how to read policy because, according to Carson, they’ve not vetted Obama’s policy.
In 2012, according to CNN exit polls, 93 percent of Blacks, 71 percent of Hispanics and 73 percent of Asians chose Obama over Romney.
In Carson’s world these demographic results were not based on intelligent decisions.
With this level of HPD er in Carson’s mind, one begins to wonder if he is slowly losing his own mind.
Only someone with HPD would equate Obamacare with slavery.
Only an HPD patient would put gays in the same sentence as beastiality as Carson did declaring his opposition to gay marriage.
No intelligent person can abandon the scientific data in the 2010 Census report showing how America is quickly changing and why the GOP must open up, and instead opt for a rather unscientific dismissal of the 2008 and 2012 election results.
Carson seems to be descending into the same space that extreme conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has confined himself to for years now. That space where you feel lonely, rejected and dejected because the policies and ideas you are pushing are inimical to the wellbeing of the masses of Blacks, in light of your own knowledge of the history of oppression. Being in that space denies you any sort of endearment before masses of Blacks.
The GOP knows very well that Carson is the least credible Black candidate to help attract Black voters. He is not even a middle-of-the-road conservative. He has gravitated to the far right and is now being hailed as a darling of a group that will never in the foreseeable future win any sort of credible support among Black voters.
The question now is how much is Carson willing to mortgage on the altar of a divisive and anti-Black campaign?
No one was marching in the streets of Detroit this week when he came to announce his candidacy for president.
There was no fanfare in Detroit because here many understand what Ralph Waldo Emerson said about integrity, that “nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.”
You cannot dismiss the decision made by millions of people in choosing Obama as lacking critical judgment and expect to have their support.
So we will add Carson to the growing list of a select group of accomplished Blacks who have decided that the best way to gain political stardom, and win the approval of others, is to scornfully abuse their own people before the eyes of of the world.
A lot of sacrifices were made that ushered America into this age. Since he has insulted Black voters, gays and lesbians, perhaps his next attack will be on women.

 

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