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Ben Carson: Political Correctness Will Destroy Us

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Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson said that while he and his fellow candidates should choose their words carefully, they should not worry about the potential for their speech to offend US adversaries.

"We should all be careful about what we say, but the fact of the matter is, let's not get so concerned about how offended our enemies are. And let's pay a whole lot more attention to who we are and how do we protect our people here in the United States," Carson said on ABC's "This Week."

Carson's statement came in response to a question about GOP front-runner Donald Trump, who called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States. Footage of Trump's call has been used in a new recruitment video for al Shabaab, a Somali-based Islamic militant group.

Carson has questioned whether a Muslim should be president.

"I question whether a Muslim who wants Sharia law can be a president," Carson said Sunday. "It's not consistent with our Constitution. There's no backing away from that. And the fact of the matter is, political correctness will destroy us if we don't wake up."

Carson said a landmark nuclear deal which the United States and other world powers reached with Iran this summer hurts ties between Washington and Riyadh.

"The Saudis have been one of our strongest allies in the Middle East, and I think it’s unfortunate that we put them in the position that we have by showing the support to Iran that we have with this foolish deal," he said. "And, you know, there’s no reason for the Saudis to believe that we’re really on their side when we do things like that. And it won’t be surprising if they’re not looking to have a nuclear program soon, and everybody else in the Middle East also."

The Saudi government recently carried out mass executions throughout the country. Carson said he did not condone the killings by "any stretch of the imagination."

"Of course we don't condone that kind of thing. But I'm just saying we need to stop doing silly things that promote these kinds of activities; that's what I’m saying."

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  • marcanhalt
    ""We should all be careful about what we say, but the fact of the matter is, let's not get so concerned about how offended our enemies are." Right, Ben. It is easy to talk about the "enemy" as though he is out there somewhere, but it is not the "enemy" out there that brought us to political correctness. That was brought to us by the people who want to rewrite our history, one nation at a time. I remember seeing a forum convened on the Bill Mahr HBO show. On it were (Jewish) graduates from Harvard, all with a new dictionary in hand, each espousing subjective and existential words that most intelligentsia could not discern. To his credit, Mahr, an avowed Zionist proponent, his mother being Jewish and his father a Catholic, destroyed not only there premise for change, but he destroyed their word usage along the way. It was the only time that the entire audience was on Mahr's side. Carson has yet to get it right. The "enemy' is not out there; he is among us and it is us because we have been so willing to adapt to 'change'.
  • Ann
    We've been so willing to adapt to SOMEBODY ELSE'S IDEA OF CHANGE, without thinking for ourselves if it was really appropriate.
  • cast235
    What a DIRT BAG. On one hand wants to talk humanism. In the other killing and cutting parts is NOT part of humanitarian programs worldwide. A Muslim president? What he thinks Obama is? Obama helped destroy Syria to create a SUNNI world.HE stated it publicly the videos still around. HE SAID SO.
    Carson politics are beyond contra on himself. No wonder TRUMP is winning the HOT AIR war.
    Because that's all he do and will do. No matter how he try, he will get all kind of opposition. In 4 years he will look like 200 yrs old man. Broken, dreams vanished, alone.

    A SUNNI PUPPET.. Now Russia is finding all the truth. FSA is terrorists . No Russia MUST strain the FSA to find anything of value.
  • Mark Gewiss
    Nearly complete political naivete should never be mistaken for "Washington Outsider," homespun wisdom. A brilliant surgeon, this guy desperately needs some other kind of post retirement hobby.
  • Whilst I agree with his statement re political correctness I adamantly state this guy is yet another cuckoo. 100% certified.
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