Open Letter to Ben Carson: Slavery Vs. Obamacare

To Dr. Ben Carson:

Personally, I don’t have a problem with you coming to speak at Valdosta State University on September 11th. I do have an intellectual issue with you saying that the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare, is the worst thing since slavery. Before going further, I just want to make it clear that I do not have an issue with you exercising your freedom of speech (a right our ancestors did not have). Like you, as a descendant of slaves, I have researched my ancestry, so I’m puzzled by your comparison of one of the worst forms of brutality in human history with healthcare policy.

Comparing the institution of slavery where human beings were treated worse than animals and violated in every way possible with a government health policy which at worst may require some people to pay higher fees or OMG get a different policy, doesn’t make much sense. News Flash- Although Obamacare has started, we still have the right to vote; we have the right to come and go as we please; we have the right to marry who we want; we have the right to live and work at the place we choose; we have the freedom to learn and be educated. Slaves had none of these rights. Obamacare doesn’t even come close to restricting inalienable rights, unlike the polices of forced removal of Native Americans, Jim Crow, Segregation, Separate but Equal, Japanese internment camps, etc.

Dr. Ben Carson, I think your “Obamacare is the worst thing… since slavery” comparison is very weak, factually wrong, and not worthy of your brilliance and accomplishments. In your conversation with Roland Martin, you mentioned that you are in a war against political correctness. I understand why you would support open and free communication, but it seems that you have fallen into the “big bad government is going to take away all our freedom” camp. If you want to become elected and change those things that you feel are not right, then stand on your own principles and platform, not on the institution of slavery and your cherry picking, big government, fear control gimmick.

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