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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5. Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson is a world-renowned neurosurgeon, philanthropist, and Presidential Medal of Freedom winner. He is also a crazy person.

After becoming a right-wing hero for his controversial speech at a 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, Carson has expertly followed the Tea Party playbook: Say crazy things — for example, that gay people are like pedophiles and bestiality enthusiasts, or that Obamacare is pretty much slavery — and watch your book sales and speaking fees skyrocket.

So it was no surprise when Carson dropped this bomb on Breitbart TV on Monday:

“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,” Carson declared. “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. And it’s because of the PC police.”

“And,” he added, “that’s exactly what’s happening, creating a horrible schism that will destroy our nation.”

Just to be clear: President Obama and the PC police would have to brutally murder somewhere between 10 and 20 million more people to catch up with Hitler and the Gestapo.

Meanwhile, in unrelated news, the “Carson for President” movement is going strong — and his latest book is now available for Breitbart TV viewers to pre-order.

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  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    If this was Nazism as Carson and Rush suggest, they would have been locked away years ago and Fox and Brietbart would have been named criminal operations.

  • Annemb

    Where I first admired Ben Carson for his gifted hands, I no longer admire him for his unpatriotic criticism of our President. If he lived in another country, theocratic or whatever, other than the USA, he would have been arrested, secretly tried and executed. So, he would do best by keeping his mouth shut.

    • charleo1

      While your disappointment in Dr. Carson is understandable. When
      ideological extremists, or radical nut jobs are thinking of running
      for public office, we’re better off if they reveal themselves right up
      front. Even then as we’ve seen, they sometimes manage to get
      elected. George W. Bush is an example of a man that was smart enough to keep his mental deficiencies hidden. But far too
      intellectually lazy, and just plain dumb, to ever become President.

      • dpaano

        I don’t think Bush could actually be called “president”…he was a puppet for Cheney and Rumsfeld (and I think his father knew that). I don’t think he ever even wanted to be president… certainly showed in his lack of understanding of the job and his disinterest in it.

        • Daniel Jones

          I tend to think of Dubya as the Chief Enabler.

      • Annemb

        Thank you for helping me deal with this very difficult situation and major disappointment with your words of wisdom.

        • charleo1

          You’re welcome, of course.

      • idamag

        Actually, George W did let his real self slip, a lot, it just didn’t seem to get picked up on.

        • charleo1

          True. I blabbed to my wife about Bush, until she would go shopping every time I went on a rant.
          So, I had to take up ranting online, to stay out of
          the poorhouse.. Ha!

          • idamag

            I remember a debate between dubya and Gore. The question was asked if we would go into a country to preserve the human rights of that country. Dubya said, “We are not nation builders. We would only go into a foreign country for economic reasons.” He spelled it out, people.

    • TZToronto

      No, let him keep talking. We don’t know for sure that they’re crazy unless we know what they’re thinking.

      • Annemb

        This makes more sense to me as I read your words, too.
        Thanks for responding with your wisdom.

      • ken pifer

        Too bad more didn’t listen to the Emperor while he was running. No experience in anything, yet he managed to become our first black socialist tyrant.

    • latebloomingrandma

      Dr. Carson is one of those people for whom fame was not good for his ego.

      • Annemb

        More words of wisdom. Thank you so much.

    • idamag

      Imagine anyone is nazi Germany saying things like that about hitler?

      • Annemb

        The person would never live to finish a sentence … let alone live to tell about it.

        • Independent1

          Anne, you’re so right! Below is the link to a story about some young folks who put up a resistance movement to Hitler, knowing full well that if they were caught, it would be the end of them. Here’s a brief excerpt on the story:

          Seventy-one years ago today, Sophie Scholl and her brother Hans were arrested at the University of Munich for dropping leaflets protesting the evils of the Third Reich. Sophie, Hans, their friend Christoph Probst, and several others were members of the White Rose, a group Hans and three fellow medical students founded to declare opposition to the Hitler regime and rally the resistance movement. Sophie, Hans, and Christoph knew they faced certain death if they were discovered. The story of these incredible young people (Sophie was only 21 at the time of her death) is not widely known in the United States, but in Germany their contribution to the cause of freedom is recognized and respected.

          Here’s a link to the story:

          Can’t Forget, Won’t Forget: 18 February 1943

          • Annemb

            Thanks for your wonderful and thoughtful post. I copied the web address for me to investigate. I subscribe to the Daily Kos. I wonder how I could have missed this one???


          • idamag

            Every member of the French Resistance, to hitler and the nazies, was killed. Many of them were turned in by their neighbors. These people (with upside down digestive systems) who bandy around the word “nazi” are not going to read about the real nazies as it won’t agree with their mindless babbling. They owe every victim of the holocaust an apology.

  • latebloomingrandma

    Maybe Erik Rush is confusing Obama with John McCain.

  • dpaano

    I just LOVE the “Week in Crazy” because it reminds me how many total idiots we have attempting to run this country…..Republicans are getting so desperate if they believe these individuals! It’s just too bad that so many people actually believe their BS!!

    • midway54

      Let us not forget that the rightwing lunatics and assorted scoundrels are in office thanks to the low-information and traditionally ignorant yahoos out there in the sticks and heavily concentrated in Dupedom South, who have been duped through nonstop media bilge paid for by the plutocrats and their serfs warring against dissenters and the middle class.

    • Daniel Jones

      Many, even most, do not. Or they believe one nasty stupid idea.

      Mostly, it’s a matter of convenience and fear, of wanting to harken back to some idyllic past that never, ever existed, of denying a future they are not in charge of.

      By and large, the question of whether to do what’s easy or what’s right would never occur to these guys.

    • idamag

      They voted McConnell and Rand Paul in, didn’t they?

  • jointerjohn

    1. Ben Carson, Greg Brannon, the GOP seems to attract a number of bizarre M,D.s to it’s side. But then remember, they are the only ones in America with unlimited access to prescription pharmaceuticals, including psychotropics.
    2. I thought is was very revealing that Greg Brannon misquoted “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” to say “life, liberty and the pursuit of property”. A true republican Freudian Slip if there ever was one. They do seem to think that wealth equals happiness.
    3. To that ridiculousness about moving from abortion to the killing of children I would simply say this; how does that differ from the many children who died every year from the lack of adequate health care under your party’s institutionalized stinginess?
    4. I never thought I would see the day when republicans would side with Russia, but now it has happened.

    • idamag

      I loved your Freudian slip thing. I laughed.

    • iamproteus

      That was no Freudian slip, John. He said exactly what he meant!

  • carlbarry

    He wants to be the 21st Century Steppin Fetchit. Anything to get on the right wing gravy train.

  • Pamby50

    Once again this week they had a hard choice. So many more crazies left off the list this week. The whole Fox News staff exploding over President Obama doing Between 2 Ferns. Rafael Cruz should go back to Cuba so he could appreciate what he has here in the USA. I’d like to see him try to speak out against the government in Cuba & see where he would be. Then we have the Nazi WW III nuts in Carson & Rush. And last but not least you have the 2 yahoo’s who think rape, sexual assault & reproductive rights are a joke. How anyone could listen, let alone think of voting for these 2, is beyond me.

  • duck

    This makes no sense at all.

  • idamag

    I thought John McCain was the one who wanted to start WWIII. “Drop a bomb on Palestine. Drop a bomb on Yemen. Drop a bomb on Iran. Drop a bomb on Russia. A little time and McCain will find another country to drop bomb on. I seem to remember Obama wanted to talk and got called a bunch of names for it. Those nut jobs should read, “The Rise and Falls of the Third Reich” and “Mein Kampf.” Of course I doubt if they can read and understand what they read. One tactic Hitler used to become the leader of Germany was vote tampering.Another thing hitler used was propaganda, sowing seeds of fear and anger. He probably had his own version of rush limpdick.

  • Stuart

    Oh, for crying out loud. You ALL miss the point. But it illustrates it nicely. Not one of you have mentioned Benghazi. So, you see, the distractions are working!!

    • idamag

      I wondered how long it would take for someone to mention Benghazi, even though it is irrelevant to the discussion.

    • lemstoll

      GOP hypocracy for over 10 years.

    • Independent1

      Oh! You mean the one and only attack in 6 years under Obama with 4 people being killed, Instead of the 70 who were killed overseas during 8 disasterous years under Bush with 13 Benghazi’s!! and the 3,000 who were killed here at home when Bush and Cheney deliberatly allowed 9/11 to happen???

      We’re supposed to be making an ass of ourselves hyping one consulate attack when hardly a word was said when there were 10 deadly attacks under Bush and virtually no one said a word???

      And what about the 19 attacks that occured when Reagan and Bush Sr. were in office with more than 300 being killed? Were you alive then and expressing outrage?? If not why not?

      Virtually no one said a word when Reagan put our Marines at risk in Lebanon and edicted that they couldn’t carry weapons with live ammo which resulted in terrorists breaking into their compound and blowing up a truck that killed 241 of them as they slept!! And yet this Marine killer is the GOP’s saint of Presidents – what a farce!!! The worst president in American history!! Ronald Reagan!!!

  • lemstoll