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100 Days of Trump: Hypocrite liberals condemn Carson for suggesting slaves were immigrants

Retired neurosurgeon and now HUD Secretary Ben Carson surely must have realized several years ago when he decided to run for president that he’d face a severe backlash from leftist groups and Democrats for doing so.

The left simply can’t “tolerate” conservative minorities – especially African-Americans – in prominent positions of public visibility. After all, if you can be black and conservative it defeats their contention that all minorities are Liberals and Ben Carsonoppressed by the white dominated system and therefore need special assistance under the guise of affirmative action and racially targeted government programs.

But Carson probably never figured he’d be lectured by white liberals for speaking his mind about immigration and…slavery.

T. Beckett Adams of the Washington Examiner reports, “Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson referred to American slaves as immigrants Monday afternoon, and the reaction to his poorly worded remarks is about what you'd expect…

“’That's what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity,’ Carson said. ‘There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. 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.’”

Pretty gosh darn awful what Carson said, isn’t it? The fact Carson described slaves as having dreams of freedom and prosperity for their posterity does not gel nicely with the modern liberal conception of the pre-civil war south as one huge cotton plantation with whip wielding shark toothed overseers and slaves being mercilessly thrashed 24-7-365.

Don’t get me wrong -- the brutal institution of slavery isn’t worth defending. Even the Founding Fathers condemned the practice but the laws and political forces of the day prevented them from making progress in abolishing it. If you don’t believe it, look up the history of the writing of the Declaration of Independence, which originally contained a strong condemnation of slavery.

But that’s neither here nor there. White liberals were quick to jump all over Carson for his heresy to entrenched liberal beliefs.

Adams reported none other than slavery expert Chelsea Clinton tweeted, “This can't be real. Slaves were not & are not immigrants.”

A sterner rebuke was delivered by Steven Goldstein of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect (you have to love the organization’s title). Goldstein said in a statement, “No, Secretary Carson, slaves didn't immigrate to America. They were brought here violently, against their own will, and lived here without freedom. You do not get a pass because you're an African-American, any more than President Trump gets a pass for his delayed and sometimes nonexistent responses to [anti-Semitism] because he has Jewish relatives. Wrong is wrong, Secretary Carson. We condemn your statement and suggest you try this one instead: #BlackLivesMatter.”

For what it’s worth, Carson has spoken numerous times on the black lives matter issue…but I’m guessing the left didn’t like his responses.

And in censuring Carson for being insensitive to blacks and Trump for being anti-Semitic in the same statement, Goldstein achieved the increasingly common liberal two-fer. I’m a little surprised Goldstein didn’t take the opportunity to accuse Betsy DeVos of not being a true woman or Elaine Chao of being a pseudo-Asian.

It certainly looks like the liberal witch hunts these days aren’t confined to Trump and Jeff Sessions. Isn’t it priceless when white liberals lecture a man who’s been black all his life about something like slavery? Carson overcame the racial barriers and achieved the American Dream nonetheless…

Is Ben Carson not qualified to share his opinion on who is an immigrant and who isn’t?

Of course Carson made a number of controversial statements during the GOP primary campaign and achieved distinction as a fierce opponent of political correctness. Again, these are all traits that will eventually get him in trouble with the thought police.

But in looking at it objectively, thank goodness Carson was the one making such a comment. If it were made by a white conservative the liberal media would have already dragged him (or her) down to hades like the shadowy demons of the underworld in the movie “Ghost.”

While it’s certainly true slaves were not immigrants in the traditional way modern Americans view people who came here to settle from other countries (picture Ellis Island here), their descendants established a foothold in the country and have called the United States home for generations.

Liberals are fond of saying “we’re all immigrants – except Native Americans.” Doesn’t that include descendants of Africans?

And it’s also important to remember – though certainly not politically correct – that many if not most of the Africans who were destined for a life in slavery were caught and sold by fellow Africans. Muslims were heavily involved in the enslavement of non-Muslim Africans as well. Facts are facts even if they don’t fit the liberal narrative.

In other words, the issue of who constitutes an “immigrant” and who doesn’t is highly complicated.

What Ben Carson said isn’t offensive to the sensible or even incorrect historically. The liberals are going after him as part of the larger effort to delegitimize and ultimately take down President Trump. They won’t succeed.

Is the media using the White House staff to drive ratings rather than report the news?

As I’ve pointed out a number of times recently, there have been an awful lot of stories in the media regarding President Donald Trump’s White House staff. Most of them focused on the reported dysfunctional interactions and management of his senior people – Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway -- but the fascination appears to have spread to others as well.

The president himself must have heard the rumors because he addressed them yesterday in a tweet.

Madeline Conway of Politico reports, “President Donald Trump asserted on Tuesday that his administration is ‘getting along great, and getting major things done,’ pushing back on widespread reports that the West Wing has been engulfed in infighting.

“’Don't let the FAKE NEWS tell you that there is big infighting in the Trump Admin,’ Trump wrote on Twitter. ‘We are getting along great, and getting major things done!’”

I suspected Trump would react this way to these articles. Monday’s Politico report on chief of staff Reince Priebus was particularly unsympathetic, citing numerous unnamed sources who indicated the former Republican National Committee chair is a control freak that fills positions with personal allies and has successfully alienated everyone in the White House with his annoying must-know-everything-all-the-time style.

There may be shreds of truth to the story – especially the part about Priebus handing out jobs to establishment friends – but on the whole the article just didn’t sound right.

As a lifelong successful businessman and manager of people and personalities, I’m guessing Trump keeps a pretty tight watch on the internal interactions of his staff. If there was any hint of a problem Trump would likely act swiftly to douse the fire rather than let it fester and foster more media coverage.

But more than anything, the soap opera intrigue of these press reports on White House turmoil is intended to give Americans the impression Trump and his people are near-comic bumbling novices that can’t be trusted to handle the levers of power. In other words, they’re illegitimate, unintelligent and “unfit” to serve. Now there’s a new accusation, right?

As an example, yesterday Politico brought back press secretary Sean Spicer to the conversation by claiming he’s “disappearing.”

Matthew Nussbaum and Hadas Gold of Politico report, “The White House has not held a televised briefing in seven days, after regularly holding the traditional on-camera event in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room on weekdays when President Donald Trump was not travelling.

“Instead, Spicer and the press shop is increasingly turning to off-camera ‘gaggles’ that shield the embattled press secretary from scrutiny — both from a fascinated national audience and a certain regular viewer in the Oval Office.”

The balance of the article depicts Spicer as relentlessly scrutinized by Trump and often combative with reporters who supposedly are just asking normal questions in the course of their employment. As if being queried on the Russians for the umpteenth time is supposed to encourage Spicer to keep his cool.

It should be noted the Spicer story was ranked number two on the “most read” list on the right-hand side of the Politico site and the Priebus piece was number one the day before. Clearly, the press sees the Trump White House as a major topic of reader interest – likely from Trump supporters and detractors alike.

No wonder there are daily stories about Trump’s staff – they’ve become almost as famous as the president himself. The spotlight is now off Congress – Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan are boring in comparison. And let’s face it, nobody wants to read about Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer.

Yesterday Politico also offered this story on Trump staffer (and former “Apprentice” contestant) Omarosa Manigault at the top of its homepage at the time of writing. Manigault was portrayed as having special access privileges to the president, acting as a free spirit who does pretty much whatever she wants in the White House.

Primetime TV material, it is.

So what’s it going to be, media -- do all the Trump staffers really hate each other or not? First journalists took after Spicer for hogging the limelight and now they’re busting on him for taking too little.

One wonders whether the media has the stamina to keep running these stories; they’re essentially just reruns and reworks of previous ones with “fresh” sources.

Do these subjects truly have legs? Time and readership statistics will determine the answer.

Obamacare bill sets up potential showdown between Trump and conservatives

Almost like waiting for a grade to be posted that you’re not quite sure you’re going to like, the House released the long awaited Obamacare repeal and replace bill on Monday evening.

The good news for Republican congressional leaders is the president indicated he was in favor of it.

Jessie Hellmann of The Hill reports, “The Trump administration on Tuesday formally backed the House GOP's plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare, even as some conservatives say they cannot support the bill in its current form. 

“In a letter to Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chairman of the House's Energy and Commerce Committee, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price called the legislation a good first step toward healthcare reform in a sign that the White House and lawmakers are working to get on the same page.”

That “first step” will apparently be walked out fully later on.

“Price said Trump wants to allow the sale of insurance across state lines, lower the costs for prescription drugs and provide ‘additional flexibility’ to states regarding the Medicaid program,” Hellmann added.

No one doubts tackling the Obamacare monster is a huge bite to take all at once but conservatives in the House and Senate were so unhappy with the bill they said it won’t pass in its current form.

Conservatives groups weren’t too pleased either.

Scott Wong of The Hill reports, “Outside conservative groups on Tuesday blasted House Republicans’ newly unveiled healthcare proposal, saying it doesn’t live up to the GOP’s promise of fully repealing ObamaCare.

“The Club for Growth dissed the proposal as ‘RyanCare’ and threatened to record names of Republicans who vote for the bill unless it includes significant changes.

“Heritage Action, FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity, a group aligned with billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch, also issued scathing statements highly critical of the legislation dubbed the American Health Care Act, which was released on Monday.”

There are a few things at work here.

First, the Trump administration can’t really be all that enthused about the bill as-is because it doesn’t do what Trump promised throughout his campaign – fully repeal Obamacare.

Trump could be giving his go-ahead to the bill as a way to get things started, perhaps speculating conservatives will be so dissatisfied with what Paul Ryan and the establishment came up with that they’ll push for changes to make it viable. This will force congressional Republicans to take the full brunt of the public relations hit after the “sky is falling” media gets ahold of it.

Second, I’m not quite understanding what the motives of the House leadership would be in this matter because they’ve clearly introduced a product that won’t pass either the House or Senate (Sen. Roy Blunt said he didn’t think it would pass the upper chamber given the narrow Republican majority). It could be Ryan was anticipating getting some Democrat support for the reworked health bill -- but good luck getting that these days.

The Democrats would just as soon fall on their own swords as help Donald Trump pass the replacement to their sacred cow Obamacare. That would be like committing political suicide right in front of the Democrat base. Democrats will be absolutely no help whatsoever.

If enough conservatives revolt against the bill, it’s dead. Period. The House Freedom Caucus has the power to do it, too.

Lastly, wouldn’t it just be simpler for all involved to keep the campaign promise to fully repeal Obamacare (preferably with a one-page bill) and separately put in place something that will pass with full Republican support outright (conservatives indicated there weren’t enough free market reforms included in the current version)?

President Trump and nearly all Republicans campaigned on depositing Obamacare in the proverbial round file. The people supported it. There would be minimal political consequences from the voters that put them in office and a new and better proposal can help satiate the rest down the road.

If Republicans pretend to believe their own promises, this shouldn’t be that hard. And best of all, the work could start today.

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Slaves Are Immigrants

Ben Carson is right slaves were immigrants who came to America by their masters worked in the cotton fields as indentured servants and later got their freedoms from their White masters. Even tough slaves were brought here against their will they worked to make America Exceptional through hard labor. Slaves were freed by President Lincoln through the emancipation proclamation which black liberals opposed and assassinated President Lincoln from freeing the slaves.
Mr. Ben Carson is right African Americans were immigrants in a way because they immigrated to America on slave ships. Neo black liberals are black and should not be considered white liberals because they oppose blacks advancement and think of them as UNCLE TOMS. African Americans have made huge contributions to American society.
Blacks are immigrants just like other immigrants who came here through Ellis Island the only difference is that they were brought here as slaves.