Speaking yesterday to the Republican National Committee in San Diego, California, conservative presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson tried to draw some parallels between American patriots and the Islamic State, reported Talking Points Memo.
“They got the wrong philosophy, but they’re willing to die for what they believe, while we are busily giving away every belief and every value for the sake of political correctness,” said Carson. “We have to change that.”
Okay, we get what Carson is trying to say. Stay true to your beliefs, but it was a mistake to draw a comparison between American patriots and ISIS militants. Sure, ISIS fighters are willing to die for their beliefs, but they are also willing to brutally murder men, women, and children for their beliefs too.
The latter of which is actually more emphasized by ISIS as they release video after video of grisly executions of civilians and executions of ISIS outsiders by the hands of children. In fact, murder and mindless slaughter is what the likes of ISIS pride themselves on, even more so than the fact that they will die for their interpretation of Islam.
Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, really needs to make himself useful and join a medical board, where he could actually make a difference. But his slipshod attempts being a politician and historical analog leave much to be desired.
TPM noted that Carson has a past of uttering nonsense with a forced, inaccurate sense of historical context. Falling in line with other conservatives who make this laughably sad comparison, Carson told Breitbart News last march that progressives will turn America into the Third Reich. Great, another Hitler/Nazi comparison.
The reference has really lost it’s impact because Republicans use it as their go-to criticism of liberals. Bury the horse, already. It’s dead.
Carson, for the sake of all of us, please leave the political stage and go teach at a medical school. That’s really what you’re good at.