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Ben Carson Defends US-'Nazi' Comparison

Monday, 17 Mar 2014 04:58 PM

By Aaron Stern

Criticism hasn’t chastened Ben Carson.

The former chief for Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center responded to a blistering Daily Beast article that scolded him for his frequent appearances on conservative media in the wake of his controversial statement last week that compared the United States to Nazi Germany.

"People just sort of go along to get along," Carson told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV. "Maybe if I don't say anything, I won't be audited, people won't call me a name. How silly is that? When you stop and you think about what people sacrificed in order to bring the kind of freedom this country has had, the unprecedented freedom, and then we're afraid that somebody will call us a name? This is unbelievable."

Editor's Note: Dr. Ben Carson's Vision for America, See It

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Carson elaborated on his Nazi Germany comparison, saying that there were enough troubling things going on in the United States that people shouldn’t be afraid to speak up about them. He echoed his sentiment from late last year when he said that the Affordable Care Act was "the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery."

"Nobody needs to fail to understand that there are agendas here to change fundamentally this nation from the great, independent nation that it was to this utopian society that has never worked for anyone," Carson told Malzberg.

When asked if he thought President Barack Obama was part of such agendas, he said it wasn’t clear.

"Whether he's an active part of it, or whether he's being utilized, I don't know. But it certainly is pointing in the same direction," Carson said.

Carson blamed the outcry of critics on the efforts of political interests to maintain their voting blocs, and said the liberal cause has not benefited minority groups.

"Particularly, when you're looking at people in the minority community, what has three, four, five decades of so-called liberal generosity done for them? We now have the highest out-of-wedlock birth rate that we've ever had, people moving more into poverty, more into dependency – what I'd like to see is people start concentrating on self-reliance," Carson said.

He said that knowledge and education are key to success and self-improvement.

"How do we give people the basis of success in our society? It starts with a good education," Carson said. "A person who is extremely knowledgeable is a formidable foe for falsehood and a formidable ally for truth and that's what we must get back to, when people actually know, then they understand who really is their friend," Carson said.

Editor's Note: Dr. Ben Carson's Vision for America, See It

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