Ben Carson is an interesting character in the 2016 GOP presidential race. Even without billions of dollars and 117% of the earned media, he’s managed to build a grassroots movement that positions him at the top of most polls. Of course, as a non-traditional politician, the media tries to trip him up and take him out of context as often as possible, like with drones and immigration.
But it’s his comments about abortion that are more interesting. There’s been some drama about Carson regretting a pro-life ad in 1992. After admitting that he used to be a far left liberal way back then, he had this to say about his stance on the abortion issue…
“[20 years ago] I personally was against abortion, but I was not for causing anybody else to do anything.”
“I’ve changed, because I’ve learned a lot of things. I began to think about if abolitionists…had said ‘I don’t believe in slavery, but anybody else can do it if they want to,’ where would we be today? So that changed my opinion.”
Normally using slavery as an example is a no-no (along with Hitler) that gets in the way of any point a candidate is trying to make. In this instance, a) the logic is pretty sound, b) the founder of Planned Parenthood was a notorious racist, which doesn’t seem to bother the liberals who revere her with candle-lit vigils.
SO in this instance, the slavery/abortion analogy is appropriate. Carry on Dr. Carson. Go on with your bad self.
We know, we know, yaddayadda-racism-yaddayadda.