Liberals, leftists and so-called progressives are tripping over themselves in their rush to condemn Dr. Ben Carson's remarks about Obamacare and slavery.
One of those offended -- and it doesn't take much to offend those on the left, because they live to be offended -- is reporter Roland Martin, a frequent commentator on television and radio news shows.
Martin has a show of his own, and had Carson on so he could challenge the neurosurgeon’s assertion that Obamacare is the worst thing to happen to the country since slavery.
"Did you go too far?” Martin asked.
“That’s my opinion,” Carson answered. “First of all, I recognize that slavery was a horrible thing. I realize how horrible it was. I didn’t say this is as bad as slavery. I said this is the worst thing since slavery.”
Figuring he had Carson backed into a corner, Martin noted that the worst thing since slavery would include Jim Crow. But Carson didn’t flinch.
“Yes, absolutely,” Carson continued. “This nation was founded on the principle that it would be a new type of nation, that was for, of and by the people. A Constitution was put in place that would assure that the people remain at the pinnacle of power and that the central government would never reach the point where it had control of the people. [Obamacare] fundamentally changes the relationship.”
Obamacare does much more than that. As I mentioned in a previous column, Obamacare, by coercing private citizens into buying a product or service they may or may not want, is nothing less than tyranny.
It would be easy to say that the legislators who passed the Affordable Care Act — and the president that signed it into law — were trying to overhaul the Constitution. But that’s not accurate.
They straight-up hijacked the Constitution, but you won’t get liberals like Martin — who believes Obamacare “empowers the individual” — to buy that.
There were critics other than Martin. Columnist David Person did a piece for USA Today that was headlined, “Ben Carson can't attract blacks for the GOP.”
The sub-headline was, “Comparing Obamacare to slavery was just latest offensive comment from conservative African American.”
The headline of columnist Michael H. Cottman -- who writes for blackamericaweb.com -- read, “Ben Carson's conjuring slavery is a slap to black heritage.”
Where is all this righteous indignation when black liberals and leftists “conjure,” invoke or make comparisons to slavery?
Dredging up slavery — and making comparisons and analogies drawn from the African-American experience with slavery — is pretty much par for the course for way too many black liberals and leftists.
Remember Cornel West’s anti-President Obama tirade from back in July? Martin and Person probably don’t, because we have yet to hear from them on the matter. (Cottman, to his credit, did take West to task for his anti-Obama comments.)
Obama, according to West, was nothing more than the slave master on a plantation.
“You’ve got these black leaders on the Obama plantation,” West ranted. “Won’t say a criminal word about the master in the big house.”
One month later, West was back on his Obama-as-slave-master rant. His target? His fellow left-winger Al Sharpton.
“We saw the coronation of the bona fide house Negro of the Barack Obama plantation, our dear brother Al Sharpton.”
A “house Negro” is supposed to be the equivalent of an Uncle Tom. In the current African-American zeitgeist, “house Negroes” or “house slaves” were supposed to be ones completely dedicated to the master.
That’s not historically accurate. Slaves that might have been considered “house Negroes” led many of the slave revolts — either carried out or plotted.
So the use of that term is every bit a “slap to black heritage” that Carson’s comparison supposedly is. And it’s just as offensive.
Now just where are all those editorials, columns and comments condemning West for his use of the term?
GREGORY KANE, a Washington Examiner columnist, is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated news and opinion journalist who has covered people and politics from Baltimore to the Sudan.