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Assassinating the First Amendment
Dr. Ben Carson brings out the best of the Left

The Left's tepid commitment to free speech

 
Among William Shakespeare’s most memorable works is his historical tragedy “Julius Caesar”, a staple (or at least it was at one time) of most high school English lit curriculums.  And one of the most memorable lines is given by Mark Antony when he eulogizes his former friend Caesar ? as his body, riddled by ?the assassins'  knives, lies at Antony’s feet.

“I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him,” Antony says. The line is an early example of literary irony.

?Antony had joined others to assassinate a man whom they deemed a threat to the  Roman republic.  The irony is that his entire eulogy is an exercise in praising  Caesar while professing to do just the opposite.  

?One would have thought that Dr. Ben Carson’s recent speech at Valdosta State University was a guise to overthrow our own republic. 

His critics view him, or at least his ideas, as an affront to our national conscience ? (as they see them)?. He stands accused of being “vitriolic” and an “extremist”.  He thinks America is another Nazi Germany, they say, and defends the indefensible actions of Ray Rice, the disgraced Ravens player. Worse, he posts a column on the World Net Daily (?WND)?? website, a “hate group” according to the Southern Poverty Law Institute (SPLI).
 
Bring out the knives.
 
?The fact is that there is little to no evidence to ?indict let alone ?convict Dr. Carson of any of these contrived charges.  

Dr. Carson is no seasoned politico.  He has a habit of characterizing issues within a real world, medical profession paradigm. His message is one of self reliance and a government limited in size, scope, ?taxing ?and spending.

The Third Reich comment came in the context of the IRS scandal.  He likened the present administration’s use of a governmental agency (the IRS) to silence its opposition to the same tactic used by Adolf and his henchmen.  Truth-o-Meter: true. 

Rather than defend Rice, he had the temerity to suggest that, in addition to whatever else may happen to Rice, he obviously needed help to address the use of (or acceptance of) violence in his relationships. Carson is, of course, Doctor Carson.  As to the charge of defending Rice?  False.
 
Then there’s Dr. Carson’s posting a column on a website that the SPLI has characterized as a “hate group’. WND is a hate group along with Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America, according to SPLI.. 

According to SPLI, a “hate group” can be one that believes children are better off when raised by a mom and dad.  A group can also get the designation if they believe that pastors have a right to preach in favor of the traditional man/woman definition of marriage.  

Looks like Dr. Carson and World Net Daily are in pretty good company.
 
Clearly Dr. Carson’s detractors’ attempt to link his message and positions with ?being ?vitriolic and extremist is a non-sequitur.  It doesn’t hold water.? 

The issue, however, is bigger than Dr. Carson and his beliefs.
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The fact is this: when confronted with the fact that its own policies have brought so much failure, the Left resorts ?to ad hominem attacks such? as inflicted on Dr. Carson. “It’s all they got”,? some say.

Take, for example, Maxine Waters’ (D-CA) comment regarding the Tea Party:  “And as far as I’m concerned, the Tea Party can go straight to hell.”  Or Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) saying that the only reason the GOP opposes Obama’s policies is that the president “is black”.  Or Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL): “Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand…What Republican tea party extremists …are doing is grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back… .”

Vitriolic?  Extremist?  You bet.? And tolerated by the Left, by their own leadership nonetheless. 

Like situational ethics, the Left prefers to define opposing viewpoints with their own (situational) definition of “vitriolic” and “extremist”.  This undermines a pillar of the First Amendment:  honesty in public discourse.  And unchecked, ?such dishonesty might one day result in a eulogy over ?what's left of this precious, ?and ?uniquely American, right.

Which brings to mind another memorable line from Julius Caesar:  “Et tu, Brute?”


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