SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 2, 2015 – Steve Deace recently printed one of the more intellectually dishonest things an honest journalist could disseminate about any presidential candidate on the road to the White House.
Deace portrays himself as a serious journalist and radio talk-jock primarily in the Midwest (mainly Iowa), and that is why his article in the Washington Times entitled, “Ben Carson throws pro-lifers under the bus” is so disappointing.
It is obvious that Steve Deace is not just a concerned journalist saving us common folk from the insidious Ben Carson, despite his apparent attempt to reveal his concerns over Carson’s recent statements regarding civil dialogue in the aftermath of the tragedy in the shootings in Colorado Springs at the Planned Parenthood facility.
What Deace seems to be justifying in his piece is the opposite of what Dr. Carson was stating, which is what he has always been stating in his books, in his public statements and directly on his Facebook page after he returned from Jordan during the Thanksgiving holiday.
What were the terrible words that Carson used that “threw the pro-lifers under the bus” on the various talk shows that Deace referenced last weekend? Carson was expressing his view that both sides ought to tone down the “hateful rhetoric” that can lead to even more violence in the United States.
More specifically, Carson explained on CBS’s “Face the Nation” this past Sunday, “Hateful rhetoric exacerbates the situation…You don’t ever solve them [problems] with hateful rhetoric. Both sides should tone down the rhetoric and engage in civil discussion.” And on ABC’s “This Week,” Carson said, “There’s a lot of extremism coming from all areas. We get into our separate corners and we hate each other, we want to destroy those with whom we disagree.”
It would seem if the shoe does not fit appropriately, why should people like Deace and many pro-lifers consider that they were “thrown under the bus” by Carson’s words?
On first glance, it seems that nowhere did Carson specifically state that “hateful rhetoric” was “the cause of tragedies like the recent shooting death,” as Deace alleges.
What Ben Carson did say has been blown out of proportion or distorted by people who claim to have journalistic integrity.
Breitbart also published a piece regarding how several pro-life leaders “condemned Carson’s statements on the media outlets. Their headline: “Dr. Ben Carson Condemns Pro-Lifers, Pro-Lifers Return the Favor.” The article consisted of the interviews with several leaders who did indeed condemn Carson for what they perceived he said. Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue and a board member at the Center for Medical Progress, said, “Doctor Carson just ended his presidential candidacy.”
So, if an intelligent person looks at Ben Carson’s statement, “There’s a lot of extremism coming from all areas. We get into our separate corners and we hate each other, we want to destroy those with whom we disagree,” it appears that those folks whose words were recorded by Breitbart and the rhetoric that Deace uses in the Times’ article (especially the incendiary headline) are proving Carson’s point.
If anyone did go directly to ask Carson what he meant, or actually read what he posted on his Facebook page on Nov. 29, he would have learned that he was not “condemning” anyone or “throwing anyone under the bus.”
From Carson himself: “Some are twisting my words and I want to be quite clear. I adamantly condemn the violence. I have no idea why this individual committed these acts. Clearly though, mental health played some role.”
I was asked about the rhetoric our so-called leaders use. My response dealt with the name-calling after the shooting. I responded by saying that everyone in political discourse today shouldn’t hate people for simply believing something different. That I can believe abortion is murder without calling anyone a murderer. That being against abortion doesn’t mean I am anti-woman. I believe we can win our cause by debating the points. As a nation, we must be able to talk to one another and more importantly, listen to one another.
I have been called more names than most I assure you. But I recognize name-calling is what one does when another has no ability to persuade. I think it is time for a new civility towards one another. We mustn’t hate one another. Hate is a poison.
This is an expression of a professional who is intent on healing this country and not continuing to allow the perpetuation of “business as usual.” What Carson was condemning was the evil of intolerance itself. The fact that the media want to exacerbate the divisiveness is business as usual – it sells! Hate is poison, and worse – hate expressed in violent action can be destructive if not deadly.
It is highly doubtful that any of those who made rash comments or disparaging remarks about Carson believes he would “take his talking points from Planned Parenthood,” as Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, insinuated in her Breitbart interview.
It is seriously doubtful that those who really know Carson could suggest that he would be an advocate of abortion after all he has said against it. Yet, these articles being quoted here were meant to divide and not unite Americans and Christians to create a positive foundation for changes that God would approve of in the United States.
Anyone who bothered to read what Carson stated on his Facebook page would have learned his true intent:
Our lack of civility played no part in his mental illness. But when these events happen, there is no way to completely prevent them. We should unite around the victims and not instantly use the tragedy for political gain.
I have spent my life caring for babies. I have operated to save the lives of the unborn. I believe abortion kills a human life no matter the circumstances of conception. I have been called names for this belief.
Millions feel just as strongly as I do. None of us are shooting innocent people. Some people have twisted my words to say somehow our strong beliefs caused this tragedy. That is absurd. I was speaking to the line-drawing and name-calling after the tragedy… We must begin to be able to disagree with one another without hating each other for our differences. This is the civility I spoke of Sunday.
Another person a long time ago was concerned with the kind of rhetoric Carson was talking about. His name was Abraham Lincoln, and he was concerned that the divisiveness as it was expressed by the ardent abolitionist would rip this country apart. He was right – it was called the Civil War. That war was the worst war the nation ever dealt with. It ripped the country in half.
If people in this country cannot find common and civil dialogue as the way to move out of the ridiculous state we are in, such an impasse often ends in destruction and death.
So, is Ben Carson really throwing anyone under the bus – or is it the other way around?