Whatever Happened to Dr. Ben Carson?

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There is no love lost between Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and the House of Representatives Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA). In a scathing letter to the Congresswoman, Carson has charged Waters with not only hypocrisy, but with a lack of “basic manners,” calling out her response to the burgeoning homeless problem in her congressional district:

“My mother always taught me that people shouldn’t throw rocks,” wrote the good doctor, “especially while they live in a glass house. Because of that wise lesson, I was a little surprised to read your hostile letter to President Trump regarding the record number of homeless Americans in California, particularly in your district.”

Waters had written Trump last month seeking clarity on reports that the Trump regime had plans in the works to remove wholesale all homeless people from California streets.

It was in Waters’ original letter that the “shameless” accusation was first hurled. Referring to Trump himself, Waters told the Electoral College-elected “president” that, “Your shamelessness knows no bounds.”

Obviously and clearly, and because both Waters and Carson are black (Trump really is that “transparent” on issues involving “race”), rather than resort to his normal twitter tirade to make his usual “nasty” retort, Trump tasked Carson to defend him against “the very low I.Q.” Maxine Waters. And, as “conservatives” are wont to do — even so-called “black conservatives” — instead of addressing the issue at hand, Carson reversed the charge, saying of and to Waters that, “Shamelessness is a career politician of 30 years laying blame.”

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“Shamelessness is allowing more than 55,000 Americans to live on the very streets they represent,” he continued, noting that the numbers of homeless people in both the city and county of Los Angeles are simply out of control.

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“To me, the most compassionate, obvious, and logical solution would be to get as many homeless Americans off the streets — with a roof over their heads — as soon as humanly possible,” said the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, without even the slightest awareness of the heavy load of irony contained in that sentence.

He then got personal:

“Basic manners elude you and it seems that instead of producing results, you’re more interested in producing cheap headlines at the President’s expense — like a true career politician.”

At this writing, Waters has not responded to Carson’s missive.

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Almost as an aside, though, Carson mentioned his recent self-imposed criticisms regarding his insensitive statements about transgender people. He meant no disrespect to that population, he said, when he referred to “big, hairy men” trying to enter women’s homeless shelters as women. Of course not! He was merely echoing the real concern of real women and refused to apologize for the remark. He had made the statement during an appearance before Waters’ committee last month.

“Shamelessness is allowing anyone other than a biological female into a battered women’s shelter,” Carson wrote in this latest letter to Waters.

For years now, black people have been trying to figure out what the hell happened to Dr. Ben Carson, a once iconic, historic and heroic figure in the black community.

His intelligence, his brilliance were obvious and there for all the world to see and admire. Before hooking up with the Southern Strategizing Republican Party, and now the virulently racist Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson was a world renowned neurosurgeon at the equally renowned Johns Hopkins University Medical Center. Dr. Carson was the first doctor (of any color) to successfully separate conjoined-at-the-head “Siamese Twins.”

Indeed, Dr. Ben Carson was practically a living legend among black people, and a near perfect “role model” for aspiring black professionals in all areas of endeavor.

In fact, Dr. Ben Carson had his own gilded pedestal waiting for him, right next to those of the late Dr. Charles Drew (inventor of the process of separating plasma from blood, thus saving countless lives of soldiers and civilians during World War II), and the also late Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, who performed the world’s first open-heart surgery and then in the 1950s founded America’s first fully racially integrated hospital, including staff and patients, right here: Chicago’s Provident Hospital.

But, again, something happened to Dr. Ben on the way to that pedestal.

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