Thats fine, I want you to be upset and angry. I want you to refute what they say, or at least try to. Maybe you will think, and that is the goal. Now, today, we have Dr. Ben Carson. A conservative creationist. But while I am in a fair mood, the man is an accomplished teacher, author and surgeon. Nothing to scoff at if you really look at his life, well all but a small handful of things.
First on the list, he is a creationist. I know freedom of religion, but lets get down to the brass tacks. He has forsaken a large chunk of his medical training, and refuses to accept that creation as defined within the bible is physically impossible. He rejects evolution on the grounds of morals, pesky morals. Always getting in the way of some of the better laid plans. Where do morals come from, the Almighty created them, when he pulled a mans rib out and made Eve, because Adam was too disgusted when Lilith was made from clay in front of him. The problem here is, when one ascribes to creation, they tend to want it taught as fact, when we have zero proof it is in any way credible. If we are going to assume the mantle of world leader once again, we need to discard the old, embrace the new, become a leader in technology and science. Not hold onto a book.
Next, he is concerned about political ideologues. Alright, I'll bite, but there is a slight problem, he is one. In that regard he is no different than anyone else in Washington DC, political pundits you see on television or read on the internet. Making matters worse, he says only Americans can stop them. So, either this is a rather nasty gaffe, or he really wants a bunch of people who have no idea how the economy or politics work, to craft ideas about both, which would then make them political ideologues.
Then we come to his view of marriage. Live and brought to you from the 1910's we have Ben Carson and his view of marriage. Alright, its not that bad, I don't think he finds it acceptable to abuse your wife, but marriage in his book is between men and women. Its cool, its a free country, you can believe any-little-thing you want to. The problem is when he starts throwing ignorant comments out there for all to see. Sorry, I think it is ignorant to say that marriage between same sex couples are extra rights. They are not extra rights, I do not see it as one group demanding to alter the rights of another. If I can marry a woman, someone like +Larry Dillon should be able to marry his boyfriend. It is not the same as someone saying Jimbob around the block can marry a sheep, or Mozart can marry a piano. I will also point out that in different eras of humanity, homosexuality was practiced by most of the populations, and was acceptable. I would also point out, its not exactly uncommon in other species of animals. Which is what we really are, just another animal, one with a slightly more efficient brain, or so we think.
So here are some select quotes I found doing a quick Google search. So yeah, context might be an issue, but then again, when someone starts spouting off the bible at me, guess what its usually out of context as well.
Here's a nation, one of the founding pillars was freedom of speech and freedom of expression. And yet, we have imposed upon people restrictions on what they can say, on what they can think. And the media is the largest proponent of this, crucifying people who say things really quite innocently.
By restrictions he means... I cannot libel someone, I mean just outright lie about them, unless it falls within a very select set of circumstances. Here is a link that explains the concept. Maybe he means restrictions on free speech that promote or incite hate crimes, fighting words/threats, kiddy porn, obscenities, copy-written material, false advertisement, etc. Sure you can think it all you want, this isn't the movie Minority Report, we don't have thought police. The media, when they crucify someone for saying something is well within its right. Sorry, when I say something stupid on Facebook, or here, when people catch it, guess what, they drag out the heavy lumber and nails and go to town. If you are going to speak in public, you put yourself on the stage, and you make a fool out of yourself, its too late to worry about that. The price you pay.
If only it really worked this way. Hard work, perseverance means that you can live your dreams. Sure, it was that way at one time, before trickle down economics, deregulation, and everything falling apart because of greed and corruption. See if we really limited free speech, and we had thought police, I wouldn't have been able to start typing it before the thought police came bust through, arresting me and my parents, while shooting my dogs and cats. We would all get the black bags pulled off sometime between now and next year in some foreign country, just about the time we got water-boarded. Anyway, I have seen people who worked hard, I mean they put in time until their body gave up on them, they prayed to the Almighty, they gave all that they could give, and they never lived their dreams. They barely held on, but that is not living the dream. Living the dream is being able to pursue other aspects of their lives, win or lose. IE. I would have a day job that afforded me the opportunity to write novels. Say what you will about this blog, my views of the world, what have you, I any novel or book I wrote would go anywhere, but it would be fun to try. But no amount of prayer, no amount of work on them, no matter how many times I sent them in, they will fly or they will sink.Through hard work, perseverance and a faith in God, you can live your dreams.
I actually agree with this. I might not site every source of everything I see, but I rarely use it anyway. I might read or hear something and run with it. All I am doing is throwing it out there, the research has been looked at, but really research this stuff yourself, rather than be a sheep. Outside of that the fact is, if all you can do is call someone names, or just keep saying "You're wrong" chances are, you really don't have any comments of merit anyway. Sorry, no defense to be had.
Intelligent people tend to talk about the facts. They don't sit around and call each other names. That's what you can find on a third grade playground.
Wow, Mr. Carson is making a habit of saying some things I can get behind, in a good way. In this vein he is entirely correct, an uninformed populace does work extremely well. The problem is, the fourth estate has long since died as we knew it. The thing is, it is the politicians who take advantage of an uninformed populace. And what did we really expect allowing the bulk of media being controlled by 5 companies, if the Comcast-Time Warner deal goes through. And each one has its own political leanings. New Corp (Fox) is conservative, Time Warner and GE liberal.Quite frankly, having an uninformed populace works extremely well, particularly when you have a media that doesn't understand its responsibility and feels more like it's an arm of a political party. They can really take advantage of an uninformed populace.
So dumb down the population with poor underfunded educations who are under-informed or uninformed, tell people that other people are getting extra rights when they aren't, allow the media which is controlled by political parties to spread whatever the party in question wants, while also telling people that their are limits on what they can think and or say (within reason), and there you go. Fear mongering at its prime.