Nothing in Obama’s record suggests this is true. It’s just what many conservatives have come to accept, thanks mostly to the right wing media’s racially tinged caricatures of the president.
“No Drama Obama” is as cool as the other side of the pillow, and that drives a lot of progressives crazy. Some on the far left wished Obama was as outspoken as they are. But that’s not his style.
Nevertheless, many conservatives are convinced Obama’s policies are driven by his supposed rage over race.
Some African-Americans apparently believe this too. Dr. Ben Carson could be one of them. He’s an up-by-the-boot-straps neurosurgeon who teaches at the prestigious Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Dr. Carson has done very well professionally and financially. He no doubt earns millions and, commendably, he gives a lot of his money away. We all salute his achievements and generosity.
Apart from their career paths, the same thing can be said about President Obama, another African-American who overcame enormous odds, in his case to rise to the highest office in the land.
Ben Carson is “exactly the kind of guy the Founding Fathers had in mind” when they wrote the Constitution, Rush Limbaugh pronounced after the doctor’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. Evidently El Rushbo is unaware that many of the Founders owned slaves.
So, expecting soaring and inspiring oratory, I listened to Dr. Carson’s speech and found it rambling and insipid, a mash-up of the usual conservative gripes.
Carson opened by reciting scriptures before prattling on about how America is too politically correct. “PC is dangerous,” warned the doctor, “because you muzzle people and keep them from talking about important issues.”
I can’t think of any important issue that isn’t being talked to death.
On education, Carson sounded exactly like Obama until he claimed sixth graders in the 1830s had to pass an exam that many of today’s college graduates would fail. (Why is it always about bygone eras with this crowd?).
Education in the 1830s was for wealthy white males. Public education was a patchwork of church and community schools. There was no standardized testing and only half the children went to school. The rest worked in fields, mines and trades.
After reminding the audience “we should be respectful when we disagree” Carson directed an obnoxiously disrespectful remark at the president, seated nearby.
He doesn’t like lawyers, smirked Carson, because they’re all about winning “by hook or by crook.” Then Carson added he might be shot for making the remark.
“My role model is Jesus,” Carson self-righteously continued, before launching into a spiel about the budget deficit and how the Old Testament tells us to tithe 10 percent.
Carson believes 21st century America is just like the Holy Land circa 500 B.C.?
If he really adheres to the teachings of Jesus Christ, then Carson knows He instructed us to “render unto Caesar those things that are Caesar’s.” Jesus also said, “Physician, heal thyself.”
Predictably, conservatives went gaga over a black conservative talking down to a black progressive president. So today Carson is their messiah. Last week, it was Rand Paul.
But Carson’s overnight elevation to presidential contender signals continuing desperation among conservatives. They just don’t understand it’s their product Americans reject, not the package it comes in.
Meantime, Allen West, the one-term tea party congressman, declared recently the biggest fear Democrats have is an African-American conservative like him and, presumably, Dr. Carson.
Not really. We just see a couple of lost souls.
Kevin Foley is a public relations executive, author and writer who lives in Kennesaw.