There’s a lesson somewhere in Dr. Ben Carson’s transformation from world-class Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon to logically challenged Fox News commentator. It’s hard to believe that the brilliant surgeon who led the first successful separation of twins conjoined at the head is the same man spouting intellectually irresponsible pronouncements — for example, calling Obamacare “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery” — on national television.
Carson made his debut as a regular Fox News contributor this week, and Barry Rascovar collected some of the doctor’s more head-scratching statements at Maryland Reporter. What’s shocking and ridiculous is not that the Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient is politically conservative; it’s that his arguments are shallow to the point of being dishonest. According to Carson, not only is Obamacare “slavery, in a way” — it’s also “communism.” To back this up he references a fictitious quotation of Lenin that shows he not only misunderstands socialism but is almost willfully obtuse about how the Affordable Care Act actually works.
And to top it all off, he believes the IRS scheduled him for a tax audit because of his right-wing views. An accusation for which he offers no evidence.
They’re the kind of statements we’ve come to expect from “the almost one-time governor of a state where nobody lives” (to quote The Newsroom), but to hear them coming from a genius in the medical field is a real novelty.
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