After comparing Obamacare and abortion to slavery, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson likened immigrants to slaves who came in “slave ships” and worked “for less.” Dr. Carson made the comments Monday in front of a crowd of HUD employees.
The retired neurosurgeon praised the work ethic of immigrants, but added that slaves “who came in the bottom of slave ships” to the U.S. worked longer, harder and for less money than them. And those people too had a dream. They dreamed that their grandsons and granddaughters might one day pursue happiness in the U.S.
Carson underlined that off all the nations in the world, the U.S. is the only one to help those people achieve their dream. He urged HUD employees to “enhance” that dream.
That’s what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity,
Carson’s Office Attempts to Clarify His Comments
A spokesperson for the department, however, said that the agency’s chief did not imply that voluntary immigration is the same thing as involuntary servitude. Critics noted that Carson once compared former president Barack Obama’s signature healthcare overhaul aka Obamacare to slavery. So, some believe the retired doctor may not understand the true meaning of the term.
A statement appeared on the HUD secretary’s official Facebook page later in the day which said that immigration and slavery are “two entirely different experiences”. The statement underlined that slaves were forced to leave their families and homes and were sold for money by slave traders. On the other hand, immigrants chose to came to the U.S.
The two experiences should never be intertwined, nor forgotten,
the Facebook post reads.
In 2013, Carson said at the Values Voter Summit that Obamacare was the worst thing had happened to America since slavery. At the time, he detailed his comment. He said that Obamacare’s ultimate goal was not affordable health care, but making Americans “subservient to the government”.
It was about control,
Women Seeking Abortions Compared to ‘Slave Owners’
In 2015, Carson likened abortion to slavery during an interview with NBC. At the time, he was running for president. He noted that during the times when slavery was legal, slave owners thought they could do whatever they wished to their slaves. And that included killing them. Yet, even though abolitionists saw slavery as wrong, they allowed slave owners to do whatever they wanted.
In that story, Carson compared women seeking an abortion to “slave owners”. He added that he wanted to see the SCOTUS decision that legalized abortion in the U.S. – Roe v. Wade – gone. He described himself as a “reasonable person” and asked people seeking to kill a baby to come with a “reasonable explanation” to do it.
The new HUD secretary it just stating things the way he sees them. Which is a healthy dose from what previous administrations have done. Do you agree or disagree with his statements?