JIM CREES: The mouth that keeps blabbing

Ben Carson is an interesting character.

Carson attended Yale, where he majored in psychology. He then earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan before fulfilling his residency requirements in neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

He was a professor teaching in a range of medical specialties and then became director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins.

Ben Carson is one smart cookie.

So ...the question begs to be asked ...why does he say such stupid things?

Recently, while visiting in Ferguson, Mo., a community rocked and shaken by racial unrest, Carson said he saw absolutely no signs of a racial problem.

Now, keep in mind the U.S. Department of Justice finished an in-depth study of the community not too long ago in which it was noted there was “... chronic, systemic racist policing ...” in Ferguson, but Carson simply couldn’t find the evidence.

Sure, there was, is and may continue to be unrest and disquiet in the Ferguson community, but Carson attributes the problems to kids.

There is no racism. The mess in Ferguson is all the kids’ fault!

All this rioting and protesting has nothing to do with racism.

It’s the kids! Crappy education, and no respect.

“Education is the great divide,” Carson said while visiting the community. “Children need to understand that they have to get a good education.”

Fine. But how will they get even a decent education in a community strangled by documented and continuous racism, strapped for education dollars, with substandard schools and with depleted social services - largely because of the “God helps those who help themselves” Republican policies.

It really shouldn’t surprise anyone Carson is such an intellectual and scientific sell-out.

Some of his past comments have been quite ... embarrassing.

This is the guy who suggested being gay is a lifestyle choice and offered as proof: “... a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight and when they come out, they’re gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”

Yowzah!

This is the guy — a doctor! — who suggested that having veterans die from lack of care in VA hospitals was a blessing since it demonstrated how flawed Obamacare might be.

“I think what’s happening with the veterans is a gift from God to show us what happens when you take layers and layers of bureaucracy and place them between the patients and the health care provider. And if we can’t get it right, with the relatively small number of veterans, how in the world are you going to do it with the entire population?”

A gift from God. Veterans dying in VA hospitals. A gift from God.

Sigh.

Then Dr. Carson upped the ante, suggesting the Affordable Care Act was worse than ... well ... read it yourself.

“You know, Obamacare is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. And it is, in a way, it is slavery in a way because it is making all of us subservient to the government.”

Carson is an educated guy, and is well acquainted with good education, which may be why he commented on the Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum saying: “ “I think most people, when they finish that course, they’d be ready to go sign up for ISIS.”

Really!!??!!

In the not-too-distant past, Carson has grasped at so many straws while trying to out conservative the conservatives he suggested President Obama’s clothing choices reflected on his mental capacity. During a chat session it was pointed out the president “... looks clean. Shirt’s white. The tie. He looks elegant.”

Carson testily shot back: “Like most psychopaths! That’s why they’re successful. That’s the way they look. They all look great.”

Holy Moly.

Dr. Carson is the mouth that just keeps blabbing.

And even with all the stupid things this man says, he still has gone on record saying we live in a country in which people are afraid to speak their minds.

“I mean, we are very much like Nazi Germany. And I know you’re not supposed to say ‘Nazi Germany’ but I don’t care about political correctness. You know, you had a government using its tools to intimidate the population. We now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they actually believe.”

Really, doc?

Do you understand anything at all about Nazi Germany?

Can you actually compare the two — us and them then — without blushing?