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Watch Out Trump, Here Comes Carson-claus

Due to the recent upheaval at the possible candidates for the American Presidency, I have decided to highlight a particularly sparkling member of the Republican party who continues to surprise; Ben Carson, Dr. Ben Carson. As a neurosurgeon and Senator, you would assume this man is an outstanding citizen with everything going for him. This man is a gun enthusiast and has many a controversial view on many of the US’s major topics in politics.  Allow me to shed some light on his views.

At the Values Voter Summit in October 2013, Carson remarked that “Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.”

“And it is in a way, it is slavery in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government, and it was never about health care. It was about control,” he said.

On a separate occasion, Carson suggested that Obamacare was worse than 9/11 … 

 

We will take this creative work by Carson and continue on to create a series of premises that would support such a statement.

 

Premise 1: Obamacare affected more people as it caused a major shift in power between the people and the government.

 

Premise 2: Unlike 9/11, Obamacare has spread over a large expanse of time and is continuing to cause problems for Americans.

 

Conclusion: Obamacare was worse than 9/11.

 

 

Now, take into account that I am not supporting this man in any way, and I strongly disagree with his comments on this topic.

If we are to look at truthfulness, we can mathematically state that Obamacare has technically affected more Americans than 9/11 if looking at it from an objective standpoint. Obamacare was set out for the whole 318.9 million citizens to make use of and supposedly ‘took away’ their ability to regulate their own healthcare. On the other hand, the 9/11 incident left us with a memorial to only 3000 men and women. So, the first premise can be passed off as true. The second premise states that the effects of Obamacare stretched over a longer period of time than those of 9/11. Again, looking at this objectively, Obamacare has so far lasted 7 years starting March 2010. 9/11 took 9 months after September 11th, 2001 to clean up the tragedy and attempt to patch up the gaping wound. Alright, so the truth of the statements checks out, what about the validity?

Right out the gate we can tell that the first premise isn’t valid. If we are to take into account that the whole world was shaken by the events that day, it automatically destroys the argument that Obamacare affected a larger mass of people. In terms of governmental power, 9/11 triggered several wars in the name of justice and retaliation which cost America more lives than the original tragedy. 9/11 is also still recognised ’till this day on multiple continents with a great deal of empathy for the families who lost someone dear to them. That’s both statements debunked. Global recognition just seems to be a little larger than America.

 

Ben Carson needs to stop. Kthxbye

 

 

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