Slavery! What, you don’t see it?
Controversial physician-turned political commentator Ben Carson has claimed that Obamacare is the worst thing to happen to America ‘since slavery’.
The incoming Fox News contributor made the statement during a fiery speech at the annual Values Voter Summit in Washington on Friday.
‘You know Obamacare is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery,’ he said.
‘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.’
‘Slavery was a clear evil which had a very negative impact on everything in our society, and ObamaCare is a clear evil that is also going to have a very negative impact on everything in our society — in addition to the fact that it subjugates the population to the government,’ he said.
You remember this guy, don’t you? President Obama sure does:
Carson has become known for his acerbic statements following his speech at this year’s National Prayer Breakfast, during which he criticized a number of President Obama’s policies as the president sat nearby.
But he is arguably best known for a speech where he called white liberals ‘racist’.
‘[White liberals are] the most racist people there are,’ he said in April.
‘You know, they put you in a little category, a little box — you have to think this way. How could you dare come off the plantation?’
Someone sounds a little obsessed with the topic—understandably. Slavery was a Very Bad Thing. One to which Carson’s forebears were subjected, presumably, and one to which the president’s were not (presumably). I believe it was Maureen Dowd who cited the Doctrine of Absolute Moral Authority as it applies to those who have suffered such wounds and abuses. Like the Pope’s supposed infallibility, the DAMA put those like Cindy Sheehan—perhaps only Cindy Sheehan—above reproach. Where she still stands (presumably not), like one of those statues barricaded from view by the National Park Service SWAT Team.
Perhaps Carson is falling into the trap of Godwin’s Law, only this time with reference to slavery, not Nazis. Likening a national health care law to the Peculiar Institution of slavery is a bit of a stretch, wouldn’t you say? I mean, sure, each is imposed by a distant and inhuman federal government upon a powerless, subservient populace that barely knows any other way of life. Both are (were) also practiced in many other countries, with mixed results. Both might have been (are) benign in nature, but led (lead) to unimaginable cruelty when taken to their logical (illogical) extremes. Both are/wee the Law of the Land, reaffirmed by the Supreme Court.
Then again, maybe Carson is on to something, and Godwin can shove his Law up his keister.