Ben Carson has been pushing the meme that what he calls “political correctness” persecutes Christians. Now he has promised, if elected, to persecute liberals instead, the purveyors, he says, of that political correctness.
Appearing on The Glenn Beck Radio Program Wednesday, Carson was asked during a Q&A if he would do away with the Department of Education if elected. Carson’s answer was surprising. While he says he opposes national education standards, he really doesn’t, because he supports a set of standards that exclude what he calls “political correctness.”
Watch courtesy of The Blaze (The question comes up at the 3:20 mark):
Carson: “I actually have something I would use the Department of Education to do.”
Beck: “Would it be pack boxes for the State Department? The IRS?” (laughter).
Carson: “It would be to monitor our institutions of higher education for extreme political bias and deny funding if it exists.”
Beck: Well I like that.
You mean defund jokes like Liberty University, which positively rakes in our tax dollars while it functions as a propaganda institute? No, of course not! He’s talking about “political correctness” here.
Political correctness is a Ben Carson euphemism for rejecting persecution by the Religious Right and its Republican lapdogs. If you decline Carson’s anti-constitutional insistence that some values are more equal than others, for example, you are guilty of political correctness.
Free speech? No, if all religions are not equal before the law, as Carson claims (though the Constitution insists they are), then why should the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech extend to all?
After all, the Religious Right has long been pushing the idea that it does not extend to some groups, like Muslims, and even Jews. This is a Christian country, they say, founded by and for Christians. Carson has already claimed that the Founding Fathers would reject a Muslim president, even though they explicitly did accept the idea of a president of ANY religion.
Never mind any of that stuff the Founding Fathers actually said. We’ll just put new words in their mouths and David Barton can write all our “history” books.
It would seem Carson lost a “turn the other cheek” or two somewhere along the way. You would think if God is telling him to run, he’d tell his candidate to read his Bible first. You know, just because.
Even Thomas Jefferson, who had no time for miracles, admired Jesus’ morality. Carson’s? Not so much, I think. The only way Carson gets Jefferson to agree with him is by putting words in his mouth, and he has shown he is perfectly willing to do that.
Ben Carson, at every opportunity, shows himself to be a hater of all the ideals that make America unique in the world, of all the things the Founding Fathers held dear. In fact, by embracing the idea of muzzling free speech, Carson has shown himself to be less a lover of liberty than a lover of totalitarianism.
And here he is speaking out of both sides of his mouth at once.
He says he opposes Common Core right after revealing his plans for liberal colleges, because, you can be sure, of the Republican meme that the federal government, through Common Core, mandates what is taught. At the same time, Carson embraces the idea that the government should mandate what is taught by punishing them financially if they don’t teach Republican orthodoxy.
The problem is not, and has never been for conservatives like Carson, that Common Core mandates what is taught, but that it doesn’t mandate the right things, in other words, things like the idea that science is optional.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.