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Carson Defends Comments Comparing Obamacare to Slavery

ben_carsonRight-wing hero Dr. Ben Carson, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, has been widely attacked for comparing Obamacare to slavery, but in an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Carson refused to back down from the comparison.

“In a way anything is slavery that robs you of control of running your own life,” Carson said, when the host David Gregory put him on the spot. “And, when you take the most important thing you have, which is your health care, and you put that in the hands of government bureaucrats, I think you have done the wrong thing.”

Carson’s original comments came during the Values Voter Summit in October, when he said the Affordable Care Act is “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.”

“And it is in a way,” he said then. “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.”

When Gregory ran a clip of the comment, Carson said, “First, recognize what I said. The worst thing since slavery. I didn’t say it was slavery.”

“You said it is slavery in a way,” Gregory interrupted, reading the quote.

That’s when Carson gave his explanation. He also referred to “neo-Marxist literature.”

“You go back and look at the neo-Marxist literature and look at what they say, you don’t have to look at what I say, about taking control of the health care of a populace and making the people dependent,” he said. “This is not what America is about.”

“Do I believe in health care for everybody? Absolutely. But I think there are much better ways to get there, which leave the care in the hands of patients, and of doctors.”

Back in March, though Carson thrilled the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland, he finished a distant third in the 2014 CPAC straw poll. Carson was picked by 9 percent of the conservative poll respondents, with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul gaining the bulk of the votes at 31 percent and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at 11 percent. Paul increased his margin since last year’s CPAC poll, when he received 25 percent of the votes.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie came in fourth place with 8 percent of the vote.

During a speech that was enthusiastically received by the CPAC crowd, Carson attacked the Obama administration and vowed to take on his liberal and media critics.

“I will continue to defy the PC [political correctness] police who have tried, in many cases, to shut me up. I actually find them pretty amusing,” Carson said.

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4 thoughts on “Carson Defends Comments Comparing Obamacare to Slavery

  1. Anonymous says:

    Ronald, make no mistake about it, black people in urban areas are not lazy they are slaves from a product of liberal social engineering. It is literally a zoo type prison where tourist come to take pictures and get "street cred".

    (I'm writing off the top of my head so prepare for the wall of text)

    This is just a fact of history. Many slave owners were black. In the 1800's slavery was only legal in the "South" (the West was not a part of the USA at the time and remember that slavery was the global economy at that time). A black person living in the North was free. There was education options for black people but because of racism it was hard to make it. So, many free blacks (in order to survive) started businesses while being slave owners (for the free labor).

    A lot of things could have happen back in slavery days and most did. Most of the sickening things were perpetrated by the racists groups who hunted blacks for sport etc. (and not by the slave owners) The most sickening thing did not occur back in slavery times. Back in slavery times, black people always had the ability to think for themselves. They had hope (many escaped) and the chance to let our families grow. Our population was growing back then. We were given the chance to revolt (and we did).

    In the 60's LBJ came up with a plan to make new Jim Crow Laws. His plan included making blacks kill themselves (through violence and Margaret Sanger's eugenics plan through abortion) and totally dependent on the government.

    Most blacks living in urban areas are slaves (especially the blacks who are serving time or served time). It isn't that they are lazy, it is the fact that the liberal government needed black slaves to start a trillion dollar "corrections" industry. Obamacare will give the "corrections" industry another tool to keep urban black people in check (or other people who are poor).

    Lastly, the black population is (for the first time in this country's history) shrinking in this country. Black deaths outnumber black births. That never happened during slavery. The black population use to be 25% in where I'm from (California) and now we make up 6%. How the liberals took away the identities of black people in the 20th & 21st centuries is far worse than slavery. The liberals broke up the black families in urban areas (so these kids will never know what hard work should be…no ethics being taught….nothing being taught but liberal garbage like "its brave of you to play in your butt when you reach puberty") How the liberals took away the black person's ability to reason, become educated & live free (of course only in liberal cities like Detroit, Chicago, Oakland etc) is worse than slavery. How the liberals make it ok to rape young black girls to get funding for Planned Parenthood is far worse than slavery…. The saddest part is that 98% of the black population is going along with it and that is worse than slavery too. At least the slaves had the will to fight and escape. Today, we see ourselves just willing to die for the Liberal government slave master and that is also a first in the history of our country.

  2. dregs_of_humanity you say you are from Cali? Well I am from South
    Carolina. Have you ever picked cotton, or worked in a field? The black
    slave did think for themselves just like everyone does. But it is easy to
    just pass things off on someone else, and say oh it is the liberals fault..
    I do not buy that at all. People choose what they want. During slavery,
    they had only had 3 options, be a slave, run away, or suicide. This is
    america, I am from drug infested neighborhoods also; my mom and I were
    poor, and that is not my fault, but if I would have stayed poor it would
    have been my fault, not a liberal or anyone else. That is an excuse, and
    that is one thing that the black man does not need is another excuse.

    This is america, you can be anything you want as long as you want it.
    Everyone has a choice here there are no victims here.

    So again, what you are saying is still not slavery. People (OF ALL RACES)
    that are on welfare, and do not want to get off is because they do not want
    to get off. From what you write, you seem as if you are black. If they
    are a slave, then so are you. You are a conservative slave. They got you
    thinking 98% of black americans are on welfare and you believe it. I see
    you are wagging your finger talking trash about blacks, but what are you
    doing to help my brotha? Do you go and talk to black kids to show them a
    different way, or do you just go around bashing blacks on websites, and to
    your conservative white friends just to keep on good terms with them.

  3. Jessica Perkins says:


    And AGAIN…..

    ACA is NOT government insurance….-_-. If you actually believe that I hope you don't have car insurance….So before you make false comparisons make sure you know what you're talking….

    And bullshit on that tripe you conservatives try to pull about "Oh Democratic cities poorer" garbage,but I'll play into your ignorance:

    1. Detroit, MI 32.5%; rust belt city whose economy was destroyed by Ronald Reagan's tax policies. Also Detroit refused to change its own economic polices and industries to keep it with growing market and change of times.

    2. Buffalo, NY 29.9%; rust belt city whose economy was destroyed by Ronald Reagan's tax policies

    3. Cincinnati, OH 27.8%; rust belt city whose economy was destroyed by Ronald Reagan's tax policies

    4. Cleveland, OH 27.0%; rust belt city whose economy was destroyed by Ronald Reagan's tax policies

    5. Miami, FL 26.9%; there are two issues here: one is the very large number of people who live and work in Metro Dade County but who don't live in Miami itself–basically, "white flight" but a lot of the flyers weren't white. The other is, after Hurricane Andrew decimated Metro Dade County, many of the people who could afford to leave South Florida, did–leaving the poor people within the city limits. Besides, if you were going to live down there and you had a lot of money, wouldn't you rather live on Islamorada?

    5. St. Louis, MO 26.8%; victim of "white flight" as the people with money moved to the suburbs.

    7. El Paso, TX 26.4%. Racial composition of El Paso: 75 percent Mexican, 5 percent non-Mexican Hispanic, 20 percent everything else. Median family income $35,432. Median household size is 3, and the federal poverty level for a family of 3 is $18,530. You figure it out.

    8. Milwaukee, WI 26.2%; rust belt city whose economy was destroyed by Ronald Reagan's tax policies

    9. Philadelphia, PA 25.1%. White flight; Philadelphia ALSO has the fourth-highest GDP of any city in America.

    10. Newark, NJ 24.2%; white flight victim thanks to the 1967 riots. (That Newark mayors tend to end their terms of office in federal prison doesn't help either…)

    That lie you and your fellow conservatives love to lecture about was base off an already debunked email… That whole wall of text comment of your is a joke…

    But here's punchline:

    Most of those cites are Republican… And been Republican for a very long time.-_-

    And that whole slavery bit Ronald pretty much got you pegged. Because if you think paying a tax penalty is the same as getting whipped, beaten, and killed for "not knowing your place" is the same you need to get your head examined big time.

  4. Ryan Wilson says:

    You all need to do yourselves a favor and study the history of slavery. Especially focus on pre 1800's before the slave trade picked up to the Americas. It's funny to see these ignorant ass comments about slave history that are inaccurate to start. The only reason it's a large topic in America is because there was turmoil over ebolishing slavery unlike in most countries where it just ceased. If people are going to blame someone for slavery, don't just balms white people. Whites didn't sail across the sea to trap blacks and bring them to America. Blacks enslaved blacks and brought them to America. Slavery has been going on for thousands of years and mostmofmthe black trade pre 1800's was to Arab nations, hence where the Muslim faith gets introduced into the black culture. So before pointing fingers, you all need to do a little research beyond victimizing articles in America.

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