Potential Republican Presidential Candidate Ben Carson Not Sorry For Calling Liberals ‘Nazis,’

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Conservative Ben Carson may be a great neurosurgeon, but he’s not too smart when it comes to historical analogies. Recently, Carson said he was refusing to apologize for or even walk back his description of liberals as instituting “Nazi Germany” in America.

In a lengthy profile in The Washington Post on the potential Republican presidential candidate, Carson insisted that the only thing stopping people from making the connection from the Holocaust to the current Democratic leadership (particularly President Barack Obama) is people are afraid to be called out for not being politically correct. That is what makes Carson stand out. What Carson lacks in political ideas or experience, he makes up for in shamelessly bucking the “PC” trend.

“You can’t dance around it,” Carson said in his profile. “If people look at what I said and were not political about it, they’d have to agree. Most people in Germany didn’t agree with what Hitler was doing…Exactly the same thing can happen in this country if we are not willing to stand up for what we believe in.”

Political correctness aside, depicting Democrats as the modern day equivalents to the perpetrators of one of the worst mass murders in human history doesn’t seem to be “exactly the same thing” at all.

Of course, Carson believes that it isn’t genocide of the Jews and homosexuals that Democrats are after but rather the oppression of having to tolerate said people and respect their beliefs alongside his Christian ones. Carson is of the school of thought that most Americans hate Democrats but are being ruled over by them due to a mixture of political correctness and government-sanctioned bullying. You know who else was into government-sanctioned bullying… a certain mustachioed man named Adolf. See? It’s that easy.

In late January of this year, Carson was hammering the point home by laying out the liberal conspiracy to turn America into Germany circa 1938. In a speech that recalled the famous “First they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up,” Carson said that America was at a tipping point because of the bullying of religious conservatives.

“There comes a time when people with values simply have to stand up,” he said. “Think about Nazi Germany. Most of those people did not believe in what Hitler was doing. But did they speak up? Did they stand up for what they believe in? They did not, and you saw what happened.”

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Ben Carson, Nazi Hunter (image via Biography.com)

Never mind the fact that in this comparison the “values” people in 1940s were ones saying “Maybe we shouldn’t exterminate a people” and Carson’s “values” people today are saying “Don’t let gay people get married.”

But comparing Democrats, liberals, atheists, and gay people to Nazis is kind of Carson’s passion. Over the last few years, as his star among Tea Party conservatives has risen, he’s increasingly used the language to paint a picture of liberal tyranny in a wide range of areas. He says it so much that one starts to wonder if he may even really believe it.

For example, here he is in March restating the idea that political correctness is the new Nazi SS (emphasis mine):

I mean, [America is] very much like Nazi Germany,” he said in an interview with Breitbart News. “And I know you’re not supposed to say ‘Nazi Germany,’ but I don’t care about political correctness. You know, you had a government using its tools to intimidate the population. We now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they actually believe.”

You know who wasn’t afraid to say what he believed… Adolf Ben Carson. Apparently, America’s tyranny is not so bad as to silence the person who jumps from interview to interview accusing the “Nazi” government of being “Nazis,” but bad enough to warrant the comparison.

In spite of, or perhaps because of, Carson’s divisive rhetoric, the former neurosurgeon is extremely popular within the conservative movement. While certainly not conclusive, it’s a sign of that popularity that Carson recently won a coveted Iowa straw poll out of the pool of potential Republican presidential nominees. In some future timeline, a president named Ben Carson is running an America in which he views half of the population as Nazis. And he’s one of the favored choices Republicans have for 2016.

Of course, Carson isn’t the only one who makes Nazi comparisons for things they don’t like. Sadly, the very real horrors of what the Nazis did during the 20th Century have become a placeholder in arguments for any perceived wrong committed. Numerous pundits, politicians, and celebrities have taken the bait. And what would an internet comment section look like if not riddled with references to Hitler? The difference is, Carson is so unapologetic about it. He really tries to sell it. Again, it suggests that unlike the hapless pundit who uses the Nazis to shock people into agreeing with his or her position, Carson seems to really think that America is under a Nazi-like occupation.

Later in his Washington Post profile, he is recorded as telling a group of wealthy donors that he fears democracy itself is on the edge of annihilation because of liberals. Really.

He speaks softly, almost as though he’s reading a child to sleep. But this is a scary story. If Republicans don’t win back the Senate in November, he says, he can’t be sure “there will even be an election in 2016.” Later, his wife, Candy, tells a supporter that they are holding on to their son’s Australian passport just in case the election doesn’t go their way.

There won’t even be an election in 2016 if Republicans don’t get a majority in the Senate? Why? How? Carson doesn’t explain further, leaving us to imagine the nightmare scenarios. What if Obamacare death panels leave everyone dead by 2016? Or maybe Obama will expose himself as a Muslim, Kenyan, Socialist who insists we vote him Supreme Leader for life and insist we refer to each other as “comrade.” Given his dim view of Democrats and his apparently nonexistent knowledge of Nazi Germany, the horrors Carson thinks will soon befall America can probably only be imagined in his head.

If Carson becomes the Republican nominee for president in 2016, it should be a really interesting election.

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info

 

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