Ben Carson is in another controversy.
This time it’s over what he said about the tragic case of Terri Schiavo — the woman who died in 2005 from dehydration and starvation, after years of legal and political battles, and 15 years after slipping into a coma that doctors later called a persistent vegetative state.
On Nov. 14, 2015, Adam C. Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reported that Carson disagreed with then-Florida governor Jeb Bush’ attempt to bypass court rulings to force the re-insertion of feeding tubes for Schiavo, and referred to the Terri Schiavo case as “much ado about nothing.”
Consistent with his reaction in previous controversies, Carson insisted in an exclusive to LifeSiteNews on Nov. 18 that his remarks had been “taken out of context and misinterpreted.” He said: “When I used the term ‘much ado about nothing,’ my point was that the media tried to create the impression that the pro-life community was nutty and going way overboard with the support of the patient.”
Ben Johnson reports for LifeSiteNews, Nov. 19, 2015, that some pro-life leaders remained uneasy after hearing Carson’s explanation, and numerous LifeSiteNews readers said they wished they could know “the context” via a full recording of the exchange between the Tampa Bay Times (TBT) reporter and Ben Carson.
The same day, Nov. 19, TBT reporter Adam C. Smith posted a full transcript of the exchange with Carson during the Florida GOP’s Sunshine Summit conference:
Times: Dr. Carson, a few years ago when Gov. Bush was in charge of the state, he and the Florida Legislature moved to overturn the court decision on Terri Schiavo to force the feeding tube to be reinserted. What was your view of that as a doctor at the time? Carson: Well, I said at the time, “We face those kinds of issues all the time and while I don’t believe in euthanasia, you have to recognize that people that are in that condition do have a series of medical problems that occur that will take them out. And your job is to keep them comfortable throughout that process and not to treat everything that comes up.”
Times: Did you think it was appropriate for Congress and the Legislature to — Carson: I don’t think it needed to get to that level. I think it was much ado about nothing.Those things are taken care of every single day just the way I described.
From the transcript above, by “much ado about nothing,” Carson clearly was referring to the efforts by then Florida governor Jeb Bush to intervene in the Schiavo casein order to save her life.
Schiavo’s brother, Bobby Schindler, who leads the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network and has praised Governor Bush’s handling of his sister’s case, said in a column that Carson’s followup comments are not reassuring. Schindler wrote in TBT‘s Buzz blog:
“I have deep respect for the accomplishments and commitment Dr. Carson has shown for life. But our family remains deeply troubled that in seeking to clarify his remarks, he has not unequivocally condemned what happened to my sister. In fact, his suggestion that simple ‘consensus’ among family members and health care providers could justify what happened to my sister is problematic. If I had agreed with Michael Schiavo (Terri’s husband) to starve and dehydrate my sister to death, would that have made it right?”
Orlando lawyer, John Stemberger, one of Florida’s most prominent social conservative activists, said Carson’s Schiavo comments have seriously damaged his appeal to many voters:
“I like Ben Carson a lot, but it is very disappointing that he does not even understand the basic pro-life principle that life begins at conception and ends at natural death. Terri was never in an active dying process. She was a severely disabled person who was killed through the brutal and painful process of starvation and dehydration. While Ben Carson may think this is ‘much to do about nothing,’ for most pro-life voters, it morally disqualifies him as a candidate. He is not thinking clearly about this matter and should reconsider his careless comments.”
Ben Carson has a painting in his home of himself in the foreground, with Jesus standing behind him.
Painting of young Carson and Jesus in hallway
Would our Lord Jesus Christ call Bush’s and others’ efforts to rescue Terri Schiavo “much ado about nothing”?
There are also important policy reasons for conservatives to be skeptical about Ben Carson, see Kelleigh Nelson’s article in NewsWithViews. ~Eowyn
Editor’s note As I was saying on another thread that the GOP will only back RINOs. The GOP is falling apart and/or pulling a Newt. They want Romney, but he will be crushed. Please America, time to put the boots on. We are going to have to fight like it’s for all the marbles. That means donating…even if it’s a buck. Donate money, time, anything, because I think we have a very good chance with a third party or tea party platform. It’s time to put these RINO bastards out to pasture, or better yet, let them go with Skippy to the big outhouse.
~Steve~ The Anguish of the RINOs.
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There is a sound heard all across America today. No, it is not the cicadas, which in some parts of the country are rising from their 13-year slumber. It is the sound of establishment Republicans crying.
Mitch Daniels isn’t running for President.
In a midnight email, Daniels told supporters of his decision. His reasons were personal. His wife and his four daughters did not want him to and it is hard to undertake running for President with anything less than full family support.
The establishment spinmeisters have gone into warp speed to try and spin this and pressure another establishment candidate to run. The Daily Caller’s headline read, “In the wake of Daniels’ announcement, will GOP turn to dream candidates?” Of course their idea of dream candidates included Paul Ryan (not running), Chris Christie (thankfully not running) and Jeb Bush (please never another Bush anywhere near the White House).
Politico featured a similar story with a similar cast (Substitute Rick Perry for Jeb Bush, and Perry has said he isn’t running).
On Meet the Press, or as Rush Limbaugh likes to call it, Meet the Depressed, GOP consultant Mike Murphy parroted the establishment lines. First, the race would come down to the three establishment candidates, Romney, Huntsman and Pawlenty and there would be one candidate there for “entertainment value,” possibly Herman Cain.
There is fear and loathing in the establishment. Fear because they know they do not have a good candidate. Romney manages to raise a lot of money but everyone knows that if he is the nominee, the Obama team is going to beat him to death with Romneycare. Huntsman is a joke. He is the poster child for being a RINO. He once wrote fan boy letters to Obama telling him what a great leader he is. Team Obama will beat him to death with his own quotes about the greatness of Obama. Pawlenty seems like a nice guy, but he has the political firepower of a dead armadillo.
The establishment loathing of the Tea Party could not be more obvious. While the GOP cannot seem to get out any type of messaging to oppose the Obama regime, they are doing a good job of trying to message against anyone with Tea Party support. Charles Krauthammer used the term “entertainment value”on Herman Cain’s candidacy. He also used a similar term referring to Donald Trump’s candidacy, as Trump started surging in the polls. Expect a similar treatment for Michele Bachmann, if and when she starts to surge in the polls.
The GOP establishment does not get it and is doing its best to relegate the GOP to history right next to the Whig party it replaced. There is a huge disconnect between the establishment and the rank and file GOP as well as conservative Americans. Earth to GOP: This is your base.
The GOP base loved it when we heard Donald Trump rip the Chinese or for that matter Obama. The rank and file love Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann when they do the same thing. The base wants the GOP to go after the other side. The base is ready for a fight. The base wants to get into a fight. The base wants to win this fight. Meanwhile, the establishment Republicans, Romney, Gingrich, Huntsman and Pawlenty stagger around like freshly castrated cattle, wondering what has happened to an important part of their anatomy.
The GOP needs to understand, this election is a cross roads for it. If the GOP establishment pushes another legacy candidate like Romney or another RINO like Huntsman or Pawlenty, the conservative base will bolt from the GOP. Unless the GOP buys a clue and returns to its conservative roots and nominates a real conservative fighter for President, by 2016, there will be a third party in this country…
If the Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus is really so concerned about the whereabouts of her president, we have good news: there was a recent sighting in Florida.
Our fearless leader went there under the auspices of promoting public education – with a Bush at his side!!! – in this important state. No, it has nothing to do with Florida being a key swing state with a lot of electoral votes. It’s just conveniently the place where he ended up. We promise.
But hey, since he’s down there he might as well do a favor for a friend. CNN gives us the dish:
President Barack Obama teams up with Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida later Friday, to help the state’s Democratic senator raise campaign cash for what could be a rough road to re-election next year.
The president, Nelson, and Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, will attend two fundraisers in Miami Beach. The first will be held at the Fountainbleau Resort Hotel and the second at the Miami Beach, Florida home of Judith and Michael Adler, large contributors to Democratic candidates and causes.
Nelson is a career politician, now 68 years old, and a dependable Democrat vote in the Senate. He’s polling at 45% right now. The GOP has pinpointed his seat as one of the more winnable races in 2012.
So you see, it doesn’t much matter to Obama if people in Florida are tired of Nelson. Public approval, shmublic approval. We have a Democrat to protect here. And March of 2011 is totally not too early to start campaigning for November 2012.
And the next time I hear some liberal whine about the Koch brothers, I’ll ask them why Obama is busy partying with the Adlers while the rest of the country struggles to get by. When even the liberal CNN identifies a Democrat donor as a “large contributor,” that’s a bad sign.
Meanwhile, agents on the Mexican border are asking why their president keeps phoning it in. I guess those people don’t have enough money to pay for Obama’s personal attention.
Or do those rules only apply to Republicans?