Carson Repeats Nonsense About Planned Parenthood

The right wing lies and smears about Planned Parenthood are showing up again after that ridiculous video that was dishonestly edited to make it sound like they sell fetuses (they don’t, but they do allow the donation of them for research at the request of the woman seeking the abortion). Ben Carson is adding to the lies:

In an interview with Iowa talk radio host Jan Mickelson, Carson responded with outrage to an audio clip of President Obama saying “God bless you” during a speech to Planned Parenthood.

“You wonder if he actually knows the history of Planned Parenthood and Margaret Sanger, who was trying to eliminate black people,” he said. “That was the whole purpose of it.”

This lie has been debunked again and again, but if there is one thing we can say incontrovertibly about the Christian right it is that no lie that fits their narrative will ever stop being repeated. And boy, if they’re trying to eliminate black people, the over 95% of the services they provide other than abortion, like cancer screenings, are sure a funny way to go about it.

Carson also promised that he would use Hillary Clinton’s praise for Sanger and her relationship with Saul Alinsky against her in the presidential race, claiming that he would “educate the people” that the campaign is really about a divide between “American and anti-American things.” This led him to attack the Affordable Care Act, which he said was illegitimately “shoved down our throat” … even though it became a law just as any other law does through an act of Congress.

Yeah, how dare Congress shove a law down our throat by passing it as the Constitution requires. This is an outrage! This is tyranny! This is utter stupidity.

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  • colnago80

    The right wing learned their lessons well from Josef Goebbels. When one is going to tell a lie, make it a big lie, say it loudly, and say it ofter and eventually (some) people will come to believe it.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Yeah, how dare Congress shove a law down our throat by passing it as the Constitution requires.

    To be fair, the Democrats used some dirty tricks, like Reconcilliation, which is only bad when they do it, for some reason.

    In addition, it’s also illegitimate because it wasn’t bipartisan. The Democrats should have put forward a bill that the Republicans could vote for, like its repeal.

  • scienceavenger

    Carson also promised that he would use Hillary Clinton’s praise for Sanger and her relationship with Saul Alinsky …

    WHOOP WHOOP WHOOP Looney alert! WHOOP WHOOP WHOOP

    No one mentioning Alinsky has anything worthwhile to say. Ever.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Uh, scienceavenger @ # 3 – have you tried reading Alinsky?

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    Let’s play Six Degrees of Saul Alinsky. I know a woman whose husband knew a guy who knew Saul Alinsky.

  • Michael Heath

    I’d be interested to see which groups, current and historic, are/were the most voluminous at:

    1) Claiming they are the sole possessors of the truth.

    2) Lie.

    Certainly the Soviets and Mao-era Red China are up there in regards to # 2. But a combination of both? Who tops theologically conservative Christians?

    The next question I think has already been answered. What attributes are shared by these types of liars? The three groups referenced here are all susceptible to authoritarian thinking.

  • caseloweraz

    According to Clinton’s 2004 memoir, “Living History,” Alinsky had offered her a job after her graduation from Wellesley, but she turned him down.

    “He offered me the chance to work with him when I graduated from college, and he was disappointed that I decided instead to go to law school,” she wrote. “[He] said I would be wasting my time, but my decision was an expression of my belief that the system could be changed from within.”

    So, while she admired Alinsky, she rejected his disruptive approach. Way to misunderstand the situation, Ben Carson!

  • scienceavenger

    @4 Nothing beyond a few excerpts. I just know he’s one of the top fake boogeymen on The Right, along with George Soros and William Ayers.

  • The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

    SLC @ #1:

    The right wing learned their lessons well from Josef Goebbels. When one is going to tell a lie, make it a big lie, say it loudly, and say it ofter and eventually (some) people will come to believe it.

    Damn! That was a super-heavy-duty irony meter, too!

  • Pierce R. Butler

    scienceavenger @ # 8: Nothing beyond a few excerpts.

    Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals is an excellent how-to guide for hardcore* community organizing. I have a lot of doubts how well it might scale up beyond the neighborhood-vs-city hall level, but for face-to-face politicking it compares with Machiavelli in terms of tactical considerations.

    His later Reveille for Radicals didn’t impress me so much, having little that others – or Alinsky himself – haven’t said better elsewhere.

    But I suppose, having invoked his name three times here now, nothing I’ve said here or anywhere is worth your or anyone’s while. :-(

    *for those with backs against walls, such as African-Americans confronting police forces – not so well suited for trying to get some shade trees planted on South Main Street.