In his latest WhirldNutDaily article, Dr. Ben Carson addresses his “common-sense” approach for U.S. immigration policy, declaring that all non-citizens caught committing voter fraud should be punished by stripping them of their non-citizenship.
Yes, really. He wrote that.
In his column, Carson called for the creation of a guest-worker program, and insisted that undocumented immigrants in the country leave before they can attempt to attain legal status. He offered the novel idea of “having secure borders,” called on the government to adopt policies “learned from security personnel in prisons and other secured facilities,” and lamented that children of undocumented immigrants could enroll in public schools — a constitutional right, by the way.
Carson appealed to the innate American Special Snowflake-ness that can never be criticized, which is sure to win him points with the crowd who constantly whine about how we treat our children like they’re “special snowflakes” incapable of absorbing criticism. He called for stronger action against voter fraud and more voter regulation, which is definitely going to win over some people in the crowd who consider any sort of sane action regulating firearms, that other right we’ve got, to be treason of the highest order.
The real brilliance here though, and what makes this rambling disaster stand out above the rest of the right-wing dreck, is his claim that all non-citizens caught committing voter fraud should be deported immediately — and be stripped of their non-existent citizenship in the process:
As long as we reward people who break laws, they will continue to break laws. We do need a continual flow of immigrants, but choosers need not be beggars. We make decisions based on our needs. People who refuse to comply with the rules must forfeit chances of legalization in the future. Anyone caught involved in voter fraud should be immediately deported and have his citizenship revoked.
That’s genius. Pure genius. While it can be disingenuously argued that “anyone” can apply to American citizens, that’s not the context of the article. The article is about illegal immigration. If he shifted the topic of the entire article for that one sentence, which is what that defense implies, that tells me Carson couldn’t manage a paper that would pass a remedial English class.
And while Carson is certainly an idiot, and WhirldNutDaily definitely publishes things of questionable quality (Ted Nugent anyone?), I refuse to believe that a man with a PhD can’t pass a remedial English class. Carson knows what he’s doing; he’s stringing boilerplate platitudes together for the sole purpose of throwing red meat to his xenophobic audience who are too stupid to see it.
And he’s very successful; that’s the most mind-numbingly stupid thing I’ve read all week, and it’s not even Friday.