Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot,
by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse.
" -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Ben Carson Needs to Engage His Brain Before Putting His Mouth into Gear

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Monday referred to American slaves as “immigrants” who dreamed of better lives for their children.

Carson, making his first speech to the HUD staff since his confirmation last week, said America is a “land of dreams and opportunities” that has drawn millions of people from overseas throughout its history.

“There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less,” he said. “But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”
That is beyond stupid. I doubt very much that any of the slaves in the holds of the slave ships were thinking: "Wow. Being sent to the Western Hemisphere as a slave is a great opportunity for my descendants."

Carson may be technically correct about the dictionary definition of immigration. But I submit that immigration involves some degree of volition. Lumping in slaves with other immigrants is nothing more than alternative facts. The people brought to this country, in chains, were not immigrants. To the slavers, they were nothing more than dangerous farm animals.

But I hardly need to rehash the history of slavery and the conditions of the Middle Passage here.

Meanwhile, in other news about the Trumpist Cabinet, Jeff Sessions is telling the Senate that he recused himself because he did nothing wrong.

4 comments:

Stewart Dean said...

Video of Carson at this event running off at the mouth, saying absolutely nothing. It embarrassing to watch, like someone with room temperature IQ who gets the mike at amateur night
https://mobile.twitter.com/BraddJaffy/status/838865084424290304/video/1

Comrade Misfit said...

Well, nobody is going to say about something "it's not brain surgery" anymore.

dinthebeast said...

Being very proficient at one thing does not, in fact, mean you are even competent at anything else, and often quite the contrary. Pouring enough attention into any one activity to become brilliant at it, as he apparently was at neurosurgery, can mean a deficit of attention paid to other areas of your life.
Like I know a few brilliant musicians who I wouldn't send to the store with $20. And Ben Carson said that he thought the pyramids were built by Joseph to store grain.
Basically, he's been Peter Principled out of the area where he shone and into an area where they think he will do the most damage he is capable of.

-Doug in Oakland

BadTux said...

I've seen performance art that literally makes no sense that made more sense than what Ben Carson was spouting. It's like Ben has tapped the antimatter of performance art, performance art that makes *negative* sense.