“Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.” – Euripides
The mainstream media has begun to turn their attention away from Donald Trump. The focus has recently shifted to the rising stars of the Republican field, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina. The media’s searching for any misstep or perceived misstep that can be amplified in order to obliterate the candidates’ credibility in the minds of low-information voters.
Because Ben Carson is currently the fastest running horse in the race, the media is putting all of their energy into crippling him. But the joke’s on them because Carson isn’t going down. He’s saying what he believes and rather than backtrack when the media bombardes him with gotcha questions, he’s simply standing his ground. What a concept.
This week, GQ, the bastion of intellectual thought, published a piece titled “F*** Ben Carson.” I know, such subtlety. In the article, Drew Magary goes full berserker on Carson for his remarks about the Umpqua Community College shooting, writing:
“…he [Carson] is not only willing to replicate Trump’s signature brand of hot-garbage-spewing, but he’ll say even DUMBER sh*t.”
Magary then quoted Dr. Carson, who, during an interview on “Fox and Friends,” was asked what he would do if a gunman pointed a gun at him. The exchange was as follows:
Brian Kilmeade: “But Mr. Carson, if a gunman walks up and puts a gun on you, and says ‘what religion are you?’ That’s the ultimate test of your faith.”
Carson: “I’m glad you asked that question. Not only would I probably not cooperate with him, I would not just stand there and let him shoot me. I would say ‘Hey guys, everybody attack him. He may shoot me, but he can’t get us all.'”
Carson was asked a question, and he responded to it. What would you do in a particular situation? But the braintrust at GQ thinks Carson’s answer constitutes “dumb sh*t.”
Magary quotes Carson recalling a time when he was held at gunpoint:
Carson: “I have had a gun held on me when I was in a Popeyes organization. Guy comes in, puts the gun in my ribs, and I just said, ‘I believe that you want the guy behind the counter.'”
Magary then makes the stunningly stupid argument that Carson is contradicting himself:
“That’s right, Carson just threw the poor cashier right under the bus. Whatever happened to having everyone attack the gunman, Doctor? Does that strategy get tossed out the window when there’s a convenient low-level cashier around to take the brunt of the crossfire?”
First, let’s examine the comparison. A hypothetical regarding a situation in which the details are very similar to the shooting at Umpqua, and a story of armed robbery. These are not the same. From the details given by Carson, the man who held him at gunpoint wanted to rob the Popeye’s, not systematically execute a classroom full of people because he was mentally unstable.
Carson himself explained the situation to Wolf Blitzer on CNN:
Carson: “This is somebody who comes into a joint to rob it, not somebody who’s sequentially killing people–“
Blitzer: “But you didn’t know he was just going to rob the joint. He potentially could have killed you.”
Carson: “I did know that…The fact of the matter is maybe this is a level of sophistication people learn from living on the streets, but I knew that that guy wasn’t there to murder everybody.”
Blitzer: “And that’s why you said ‘Look at the guy over there. Just rob the place and get out.'”
These two situations couldn’t be more different, and therefore cannot be analogized. In a situation in which a person is intent on murdering as many people as possible, the response is going to be different than during a robbery. One is certainly life-threatening, and the other is a situation in which acquiescing to the demands of the man with the gun will keep everyone safe.
But this is what the left does. They make connections where there are none in order to advance their agenda. In this particular case, the agenda is to make Ben Carson, a man who is actually brilliant, into a moron.
The typical leftist argument of “all conservatives are morons” hasn’t stuck, so they’re going out of their way to make it stick, even if it requires a gallon of rhetorical super glue to do it.
This isn’t coming from a Carson fanboy; I want Ted Cruz for POTUS. However, the tactical destruction of good conservative candidates by the leftist media must be countered with reason. Ben Carson’s campaign has not been without gaffes, but he’s a brilliant man, and he deserves better than to have inane attacks lobbed at him by some slow-witted jackass at GQ.