The Washington Post printed an article quoting Ben Carson speaking to Wolf Blitzer. In the interview, Dr. Carson made this remark:
“America is very much like Nazi Germany.”
Eric Wemple then wrote about Dr. Carson in his blog. In my opinion, neither did an adequate job explaining what the Doctor said.
It is actually pretty obvious that both post were poorly disguised efforts to discredit this famous surgeon turned statesman-politician. Dr. Carson was not saying our country has slaughtered anyone. He was saying that we now have a climate that fosters fear in the hearts and minds of citizens.
Dr. Carson said he stands by his remark because what he actually said was that in Nazi Germany, when the government began to spy on citizens, citizens stopped speaking out because of fear. There are many examples that support Dr. Carson’s statement.
One example of how our government has wielded its political power against citizens with the intention of silencing criticism against the government is by having citizens investigated by the IRS if the group is conservative.
Other examples are fear of being called racists, homophobes, or being charged with hate crimes if a person dares speak out against policies of a person of color or a person who is gay or in a minority group.
The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, approved by the Senate recently, will allow the military to detain without a trial any American citizen accused of being a terrorist. There are some who call conservative Christians, terrorists.
Drones and GPS tracking threaten privacy of all citizens.
Government agencies now have the authority of government. They can make rules, enforce them and adjudicate as well. A person is required to go through the steps set up within the agency before being heard by a regular judge in our judicial system.
What Dr. Carson was saying is quite simple, quite clear, and completely right. We are like Nazi Germany in that citizens are afraid to speak out in America today because we fear retribution when we do so.