On PowerTalk with Lorraine Jacques-White today we had a controversial topic that got our Powertalk audience on edge. The comment that concern our audience was “Obamacare is the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery,” quoted by this dynamic African American world-renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson.
The gifted conservative Carson grab headlines Friday in Washington, D.C., at the 2013 Values Voter Summit. When who he shown no respect towards the president when he belittled and tried to disparage the Affordable Care (Obamacare) right in front of Obama at a prayer breakfast, telling summit attendees
“You know Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery,” “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.” he’s not only guilty of the worst kind of political hyperbole; he’s also saying to minority voters that it’s not quite time yet to reconsider the Republican Party.
Even as the party tries, in theory, to convince those same voters that it wants to earn their votes. If they’re serious about putting a dent in the 93 percent of black, 71 percent of Latino and 73 percent of Asian-American votes that went to President Barack Obama and Democrats in the last election cycle, Republicans ought to be righteously indignant at Carson’s willingness to resort to such a worn-out trope just to throw out an easy applause line to an apparently receptive hard-right audience to whom he’s become a hero.
Question raisin when this comment hit headlines, that he’ll nonchalantly compare the horrid, bloodcurdling, cruel lifelong forced, unpaid manual labor to a government-mandated requirement that citizens carry health insurance. The implication is an affront to those who were slaves, and it weakens the case that Carson and other Obamacare opponents might otherwise make.
After all, there’s no guarantee that in the long run, the Affordable Care Act will be the answer that solves the nation’s health care issues. But it’s almost certain that as long as political figures like Carson resort to cheap shots instead of reasonable arguments, they’re going to repel more people than they attract to their political point of view.
Carson was recently hired by Fox News as a contributor. He served as the director of pediatric surgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for 39 years. Carson has made other shocking comments in the past, once calling white liberals “racist.” and for the increasingly polarizing Carson, making controversial comments is nothing new. He recently compared homosexuality to bestiality and pedophilia.
Most voters of any color won’t support a movement that insults their intelligence. And while Carson skewers Obama, he’s also helping to turn minority voters not to mention white voters who are also put off away from the party of Abraham Lincoln, Jack Kemp and Ed Brooke.
He successfully turned himself into a conservative fixture. And he’s also hurting the GOP brand.
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