Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 30 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H3'ed 9/2/15

Understanding Trump, Easy: Carson, Hard? Well, No

Follow Me on Twitter     Message Steven Jonas
Become a Fan
  (20 fans)

Reprinted from Greanville Post

Donald Trump
Donald Trump
(Image by Gage Skidmore)
  Details   DMCA

Understanding Trump is easy, for he is just saying out loud what the Repubs. have been saying since the time of Nixon, with "a-wink-and-a-nod" slogans and what have come to be known as "dog whistles." He is an open racist and usually makes no bones about it.

It happens that lately he has also delved into racist dog-whistle territory, using the hoary old Nixon one, the "silent majority." Trump defenders say that "oh that's not racist; it just refers to 'fed-up' people." Well, a) there are plenty of fed-up people who have nothing in common with Trump (e.g., Bernie Sanders). And b), what it meant was well-known when Nixon used the phrase to help launch his not-secret and highly successful "Southern Strategy" to electorally take over the South from the Democratic Party. Not to say that every Trump supporter is a racist, but he certainly appeals to a racist electorate, which is a significant part of his base. Those who are not racists should know better than to associate themselves with him, but that is another matter.

So what about the African-American neurosurgeon Ben Carson? If the GOP is so racist, how can he be doing so well (at least for now)? Well, while racists often react to people they don't know on the basis of the color of their skin, when such (rare) African- and Latino-U.S. persons (e.g., Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio) come in on the reactionary side of politics, racists obviously do listen to what they have to say. After all, if that were not so, how come South Carolina, the Cradle of the Confederacy, has a Republican African-American Senator, Tim Scott? And then think about the meteoric rise (followed by that precipitous fall, of course) of Herman Cain in 2012.

Ben Carson
Ben Carson
(Image by Gage Skidmore)
  Details   DMCA

And so, let's to go to Dr. Carson's website to see what he stands for: he is firmly anti-choice (apparently with no exceptions); for a "Balanced Budget" Amendment (apparently excluding the military); for "local control" of schools (something already built into public education in the U.S., but what the hey); for keeping the prison at Guantanamo Bay open (shows U.S. "strength," donchaknow); for repealing Obamacare (of course); big on "faith" (when questioned about what that means, he comes across as a closet Dominionist, which is presumably why he is so popular with the Right-wing evangelicals currently boosting his poll numbers in Iowa); for preparing to attack Russia (even though he didn't know that the Baltic States are part of NATO [of course, John McCain thought that Iraq bordered on Afghanistan, but no, John, there's another country whose name begins with "I" that stands between them]); for amending the Second Amendment so that only its second clause is operative (just as Scalia did functionally in Heller); for maintaining the Likud/Republican alliance; and shutting down the IRS.

And then there's what he doesn't talk about: how racial discrimination affects every part of life for African-Americans; mass incarceration; police violence and the militarization of the police; Republican voter suppression; and so on and so forth.

He is VERY mainstream Republican (while apparently a closet Dominionist as well). Holds to no positions that would get Republicans upset. Has no chance for the nomination. And he is a "non-politician."

So if you are a Republican and want to pretend that your party does not run on racism and has not ever done so -- Nixon, Reagan (of the "welfare queen" dog whistle), G.W. Bush of the "Willie Horton" ad, down to the present time -- why not Carson? At least for now. And then you can say, "see, I'm not a racist. I support the black guy."

Must Read 1   Well Said 1   Valuable 1  
Rate It | View Ratings

Steven Jonas Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Steven Jonas, MD, MPH, MS is a Professor Emeritus of Preventive Medicine at StonyBrookMedicine (NY) and author/co-author/editor/co-editor of over 35 books. In addition to his position on OpEdNews as a ├ éČ┼"Trusted Author,├ éČ Ł he is a Senior (more...)
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Pope Francis and Change in the Roman Catholic Church

Limbaugh, Santorum, Sex, and the Origins of the Roman Catholic Church

The "Irrepressible Conflict" and the Coming Second Civil War

Gay Marriage and the Constitution

The Republican Party and the Separation of Church and State: Change Does Happen

What the Gunners Want: What's in Rick Perry's Pocket, Unlimited

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend