Letter: Not offended by Obamacare, slavery comparison
Leonard Pitts' column in the Oct. 16 Herald said that Ben Carson "sunk to new low with his Obamacare comparison." He cited Carson's speech at the Value Voter Summit, where Carson (who is black) and excoriated him for saying that Obamacare was the "worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery" as if Carson had no reasoning behind his words other than to be extreme.
It seems Pitts' real reason for his commentary was to discredit Carson for, essentially, not being black enough. (After all, a black can't be a conservative and can't disagree with Obama.)
Pitts was guilty at best of journalistic laziness and guilty at worst of blatant reverse racism. Had he taken the time to actually read or watch Carson's speech (easy to find online) he'd have heard Carson quote Vladimir Lenin, "Socialized medicine is the keystone to the establishment of a socialized state," as well as other well-thought out arguments showing Obamacare as being a large step toward socialism.
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Freedom-loving Ben Carson (and millions of Americans) realize that having more than 300 million citizens (black, brown, white, etc.) as eventual slaves to socialism/communism is quite probably as egregious as slavery in the U.S.
SCOTT GEARHEART, Kennewick