Ben Carson’s confirmation hearing for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development is underway as we speak…let’s take a listen:
Ben Carson: Little donkey (or big jackass). Take a look at me. What am I?
Big Jackass: Uh, really tall?
Ben Carson: No! I’m an ogre! You know? Grab your torch and pitchfork?
Okay, maybe that isn’t the actual back and forth between Democrat Senators and Dr. Carson, but it might as well be, right? And let’s not forget that Shrek the ogre was the hero.
In reality, Dr. Ben Carson opened the hearing with a moving story of his youth and growing up in a single-parent home. We’ve all heard the story before, but it was worth hearing again, especially in light of the fact that this man actually lived through hard times and poverty.
“In his opening remarks to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, the former presidential candidate talked about his experience with ‘housing insecurity’ and talked about the plight of his mother.
‘She didn’t have any skills, basically a third-grade education, and we had no place to live,’ he said. ‘She couldn’t afford the house so we ended up moving to Boston, moving in with relatives. So I have actually in my life understood what housing insecurity was. And we were there in Boston for a couple of years.’
He said his mother told him, ‘The person who has the most to do with determining where you live is you.’”
Needless to say, the big jackasses (just using poetic license here) were on the offensive (or rather, constantly offended by the mere presence of a black Conservative in the hot seat) and seemingly flummoxed by the fact that a black man who is a renowned neonatal brain surgeon could actually be sympathetic to the plight of a fellow human being.
Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) appeared transfixed on the gay community for some strange reason, asking whether Dr. Carson could protect the rights of those in the LGBTQ in the public housing sector. Ben Carson had this response:
“Of course, I would enforce all the laws of the land. Of course, I think all Americans should be protected by the law.” And then he added: “What I have said before is I don’t think anyone should get ‘extra rights.‘”
Carson is perhaps the very first potential candidate for the position of Secretary of HUD who literally lived the life of an underprivileged individual in some of the more dire conditions that American inner city existence can offer. And yet, look what he has achieved!
There is no chance he’ll be un-confirmed for this Cabinet position, but that doesn’t mean the big jackasses won’t first attempt to muddy the waters with innuendo, character assassination, and outright racism against a black Conservative who is so over-qualified for the job as to be above question.
Source: Western Journalism