The truth about Ben Carson: West Point, vaccines, meaning of Easter and more

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UPDATE (Nov. 7, 2015):

Politico has changed its report by Kyle Cheney of yesterday, which is tantamount to an admission that Cheney’s article was erroneous, but there’s no apology.
Breitbart reports that Politico has rewritten the headline and several portions of the text of an article accusing Ben Carson of “fabricating” part of his personal biography involving the Military Academy at West Point. The revised version of Cheney’s article now omits the original version’s declarations that Carson’s statements were false or fraudulent, as seen in an archive of the article.
The original headline reads: “Ben Carson admits fabricating West Point scholarship.” The updated headline reads: “Exclusive: Carson claimed West Point ‘scholarship’ but never applied.”
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Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, who has overtaken Donald Trump in some polls, is no messiah for Republicans.
In his autobiography, Gifted Hands, Carson claimed that in 1969 when he was 17 years old, he was awarded a scholarship to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point after having been introduced to and dined with Gen. William Westmoreland, who had just ended his command of U.S. forces in Vietnam. That meeting was followed by a “full scholarship” to the military academy.
As Carson described it, Sgt. Hunt” — his high school ROTC director — “introduced me to General Westmoreland, and I had dinner with him and the Congressional Medal winners. Later I was offered a full scholarship to West Point.”
Carson said he turned down the scholarship offer because he wanted to be a doctor.
According to Politico, however, West Point has no record of Carson applying, much less being admitted.
This morning, responding to an inquiry from Politico, Carson’s campaign admitted that the story is false: Carson neither applied to West Point nor was he awarded a scholarship.
A West Point spokeswoman said that while it’s possible that Carson had spoken to Westmoreland, the general would never guarantee him entry into the military academy, which would be the case if Westmoreland had offered Carson a scholarship.
One does not simply “apply” to West Point out of the blue. A person must be nominated by a member of Congress or another prominent government or military official, after which, a rigorous vetting process begins. If offered admission, all costs are covered, but there are no “full scholarships,” per se.
Carson immediately disputed Politico‘s account. From DailyWire:

West Point doesn’t offer scholarships: all admission is free contingent on serving in the military afterwards. It thus seems probable that Westmoreland or another military figure tried to recruit Carson, telling him that he wouldn’t have to pay for his education – and that Carson read that as a “full scholarship,” and never applied.
In fact, that’s exactly what Carson’s campaign manager said to Politico in an email:
Dr. Carson was the top ROTC student in the City of Detroit. In that role he was invited to meet General Westmoreland. He believes it was at a banquet. He can’t remember with specificity their brief conversation but it centered around Dr. Carson’s performance as ROTC City Executive Officer. He was introduced to folks from West Point by his ROTC Supervisors. They told him they could help him get an appointment based on his grades and performance in ROTC. He considered it but in the end did not seek admission.

Politico‘s report Carson’ and West Point follows previous questions about the truthfulness of his claim in his memoir to have attempted to stab a close friend. Carson said on Meet The Press:

“As a teenager, I would go after people with rocks, and bricks, and baseball bats, and hammers. And, of course, many people know the story when I was 14 and I tried to stab someone. You know, fortunately, you know, my life has been changed. And I’m a very different person now.”

As described by Carson, the attempted stabbing was a pivotal moment in his life when he recognized his temper and began to find God.

The problem, as Gideon Resnick at the Daily Beast points out, the story has shifted considerably over the years. Sometimes Carson and his psuedonymous friend “Bob” are at Bob’s house; other times, it’s painted as a random street encounter. Sometimes, it’s “Bob” who’s the villain, as in 2014: “I had been minding my own business when a classmate came along and began to ridicule me.”

In every instance, Bob ends up nearly-stabbed, with his belt buckle to thank for deliverance. However, CNN asked Carson’s childhood friends and acquaintances, and no one recognizes the story or the violent kid being described:

All of the people interviewed expressed surprise about the incidents Carson has described…. Some of those interviewed expressed skepticism, but noted that they could not know what had happened behind closed doors.

Gerald Ware, a classmate at Southwestern High School said he was “shocked” to read about the violence in Carson’s book.

“I don’t know nothing about that,” said Ware, who still lives in southwestern Detroit. “It would have been all over the whole school.”

Carson’s campaign manager told CNN they would not answer questions about the attempted stabbing incident.
Whatever the truth is about Carson, Westpoint, and the childhood stabbing incident, there are other reasons for us to have reservations about Ben Carson. They include:

1. Carson believes no one should be exempted from vaccination

In February 2015, Carson told The Hill that there should be no “philosophical” or “religious” exemptions for vaccinations. He said:

“Although I strongly believe in individual rights and the rights of parents to raise their children as they see fit, I also recognize that public health and public safety are extremely important in our society. Certain communicable diseases have been largely eradicated by immunization policies in this country and we should not allow those diseases to return by foregoing safe immunization programs, for philosophical, religious or other reasons when we have the means to eradicate them.”

2. Carson’s strange views on Christianity

Ben Carson is a Seventh Day Adventist (see here on whether SDA is Christian). As reported by Steve Dease of, Caron posted “on Facebook that Easter wasn’t about Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for the sins of the world, and ensuing resurrection proving he was the only Son of God. Rather, Carson posted Easter was about ‘acceptance’ and said Christians and Muslims are children of the same God. That, of course, would be news to Christians and Muslims alike. Since one side says the basis for their faith is Christ’s resurrection from the dead, and the other side claims he was never crucified in the first place. One side says ‘God has no son’ and the other begs to differ. Christians and Muslims could both be wrong, but they can’t both be right unless you’re bi-polar and have no problems with glaring contradictions.”

3. Carson’s common ground with rabid racists Al Sharpton and Julian Bond

In an April 2015 opinion piece in National Review, Carson wrote that while they have different methods, “Sharpton and I have the same goal – to build a brighter, stronger America that provides equal opportunities and access to the underserved and forgotten.” In August, on the death of former NAACP chairman Julian Bond, Carson wrote, “I am deeply saddened to learn about [the passing of] America civil rights leader, Julian Bond. May we continue to honor him for his contributions to society.”
Conservative black columnist Mychal Massie takes exception in both cases. Massie writes:

My question to Carson is: Just what contributions to American society did Julian Bond make? Does Carson suggest that hatred, racist diatribes, racist accusations, fomenting racial acrimony, messages of Leninist ideology that rivaled Du Bois, ad nauseum were in some way beneficial to America? I demand Carson enumerate just what Julian Bond did to improve America?
[…] Julian Bond lived in a day and time when he could have moved America forward, instead, as an autocrat of animus and immiseration he led the NAACP and racial harmony into decline.
[…] The very fact that Sharpton isn’t serving a lengthy prison sentence for the laundry list of racial melees he has instigated over the years, suggests to me that Carson is either blindly or purposefully ignoring how good all people have it in America.

Dease has these parting words to say about Carson:

America needs the Sharptons of the world sent back under the rocks from whence they came, not genuflected to. Carson is a healer, and a great one at that. But what this nation really needs is a wartime president, capable of defeating our enemies both foreign and domestic.

Massie is even blunter. He warns us that Ben Carson “is another Colin Powell but this time disguised as renowned doctor. You will remember that immediately after Obama was elected, Powell ceased his charade of being a conservative.”

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0 responses to “The truth about Ben Carson: West Point, vaccines, meaning of Easter and more



    • When I heard about him trying to knife a friend, but miraculously he hit his belt buckle instead and didn’t kill him,I was immediately reminded of a similar story I had read a number of years ago about a black man who did the same thing and who later went on to make something of his life. It seemed strangely coincidental. I think the doc has some major explainin’ to do.

  2. All this confirms my suspicions that Carson is just another Trojan horse like Obama. A lot of Republicans are looking to prove they are not racist by being open to this man who, let’s face it, came out of nowhere and was given exposure by Fox over the last year and a half. I am also suspicious of anyone who gets involved with any pharmaceutical corporation,
    Even though he has since stepped down, citing his presidential run as the reason, it may more likely be because thousands of parents with Vaccine injured children are pointing out this relationship. BTW, someone I know personally joined an online live chat with the good Dr. on Facebook about a month or so ago, and when the hard questions about vaccines started coming in, Dr. Carson simply shut the discussion down.

  3. He would be acceptable to NWO managers of humanity with his views regarding public health. Earlier, he was not supportive of the Second Amendment.
    Just what I heard, maybe someone has more information, but he had been to the White House more than once during GWB administration.
    A big question, how could he have his medical credentials along with the other factors?

    • “how could he have his medical credentials along with the other factors?”
      What do you mean?
      Ben Carson received a B.A. from Yale University, and an M.D. from the University of Michigan. He was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland from 1984 until his retirement in 2013.

  4. Noting that it is most unusual to have such apparent contradictions in character if all that I have heard is true. If the wild/crazy stories are also valid, I will look at my doctor differently on my next visit. Something doesn’t fit, although the comments about mandatory vaccinations are true.
    In his speeches, we is most calm and reasonable.

  5. Mandated vaccines are a deal killer. Chumming up with Sharpton and Farrakhan is a deal killer. The Seventh Day of Adventists are begnign, and Carson has not indicated he wants to appease ISIS. Not a factor.
    The WP story is fuzzy and stupid, but it shows that doors were held open for Carson as a youth once he shaped up. It’s a schmear job from Valerie and Debbie.

  6. I wonder,if he’d said he’d never worn a blue tie with a brown suit,if that’d be a lie,too. Granted,there’s nobody who hasn’t ever lied,but how low are people going to go to find something to ruin a Candidate’s Campaign? WE could start going through all the Liberal/Socialist Candidates in a similar fashion,but:
    *A-They don’t HAVE anyone who could be considered a viable Candidate by anyone with more than two brain cells.
    *B-It’s just TOO easy. Most of their lying is already known and acknowledged by greater America,and they’ve been brainwashed by-
    *C-The Leftist/Socialist Media,who will do or say ANYTHING to protect and further a Liberal/Socialist Candidate’s Campaign.
    I’m thinking,if a Candidate lies about something IMPORTANT,okay,lay it out there,examine it,dispel it,admit it,do the penance for it and deal with it properly. But unless lying’s a habitual problem for a Candidate,i.e. Obama,the Clintons,etc.,why stress over it? We can just KNOW that if it was said by a habitual liar,it’s gonna be a lie-as is usual.
    I don’t believe Carson lies,as a rule,and this particular situation doesn’t seem to be a matter of National Security,so I’d be inclined to not worry about it. (Of course,there’s a possibility this is the “tip of the iceberg”,in which case Carson would have to be removed to the list of “Unsuitable Candidates”.)

  7. It certainly seems to me that a number of politicians are CONFABULATORS: They seem to enjoy spinning warm and fuzzy yarns that, frankly, are false: False on the facts, and false in the use of the voter’s perception of them. They want to be perceived by the public in a certain way.
    Hillary’s confabulation of having to dodge enemy fire in Serbia comes to mind.
    We’re not talking about children trying to impress their friends. We’re talking about adults here, and their willingness to do this indicates a psychological instability.
    We sure don’t trust either of the Clintons as far as we could throw them. And we sure never trusted Al Sharpton! Now we don’t trust Ben Carson, and I would now like to see a thorough investigation of his career at Johns Hopkins.
    Going beyond Carson, I would like to see the same level of investigation into Donald Trump: Mr. Braggadoccio has cackled and crowed and it can be entertaining, but I wonder about his previous bankruptcies and his business dealings. I find it peculiar that no one has come out to warn us about his character. No former business partner has criticized him. This is not to insist that Trump must be guilty of something, but no one has come forward to tell us of his virtues, either.
    One of the things that lead me to believe the New Testament must be true is that the Apostles themselves are not painted in the best light. We see them at their weakest or worst, only to follow Christ and be transformed, transformed to the point where they are willing to die for Christ (which they did. except Judas Iscariot). This demonstrates a conspicuous lack of confabulation and a lack of foklore, legend and myth, something our politicians seem to use as their public images’ lifeblood.
    Farewell to Carson. And hopefully, farewell to the Bush Clan, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and the Vampire Hillary!

    • “Farewell to Carson. And hopefully, farewell to the Bush Clan, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and the Vampire Hillary!”
      While we’re at it,Farewell to ALL the current Candidates-every last one can and has been found guilty of either making up stories from the past,denying their pasts or doing things IN their pasts that take them out of the Perfect Candidate category. Maybe we can get lucky and GOD will throw His hat in the ring,but I’m not gonna hold my breath for that one…(sarc)

      • I agree, Truck. I am reminded of the old adage that when God is angry with His People, he sends them BAD SHEPHERDS. Well, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, and we have seen in the West, since the retirement of Reagan and Thatcher (flawed that they may have been) is a conspicuous lack of good leadership. So it seems to me that far from throwing His Hat in the ring, God has REMOVED HIS HAND OF PROTECTION from most of the world.
        Strap yourself in and get ready for what we in the cab industry call a “death ride”!

  8. It is really pathetic that one of the top GOP candidates (Carson) thinks that the pyramids were places for storing grain, when there is definite archaeological evidence that they were royal tombs. This guy will never be able to defeat either Hillary or Sanders.

    • If either Killary or Sanders gets elected,I’m leaving-this will have become a Nation,and a People,I don’t want to associate with,chosen by a “manufactured majority”. (Ongoing Voter Fraud and Election Corruption.)

  9. The more I watch him,the more questions I have. Knowing a surgeon needs to be calm and in charge is one thing, but he just seems like Milquetoast most of the time. When things get a little tough, he simply says, I am not going to go there or comment on that. What?
    He does have some questionable actions, i.e., Sharpton, vaccines, his surgical record, change of party, etc.
    I sometimes wonder if his demeanor is a cover of something we haven’t seen yet.

    • I think the first/worst Red Flag I saw was his complete,sudden about-face on the Guns issue. I just can’t believe he’s suddenly,sincerely pro-gun,especially after giving such compelling arguments for outlawing our “greater-than-necessary” firepower. Any gun owner knows that when it’s for defending you and yours,there’s no such thing as “too much gun for the situation”. You can always use “too much” more sparingly if warranted,but what do you do when you realize you only brought a 9 mm revolver to a large caliber full-auto shoot-out?
      I’m not advocating a war-hungry President,but I seriously doubt Carson would push the button,if necessary,to cause thousands in a foreign Country to die,to prevent thousands of Americans from dying. (I doubt that’d come to be the case,but we need to consider-“What if…”?

  10. Southside Johnny

    While I was a draftee in Army Basic Training in 1972, I was offered a spot at West Point, probably due to high test scores. There must have been plenty of empty desks at WP during the later years of Viet Nam, because after graduation an Infantry ‘second louie’ , leading a platoon, had a life expectancy of about two weeks! I declined for several reasons, such as not fitting in with the other political appointees, and I just wanted to do my two years and come home. So if Ben Carson was offered a spot in 1969, without filling out an application, I believe him. I have no concrete proof that I was ever offered a spot. This story, and the rest of the Main Stream Media nitpicking, smells of Saul Alinsky tactics.

  11. I’m not endorsing Carson but just commenting on what he said on O’Reilly’s show tonight about the attempted stabbing incident. He said the other boy was a relative, but was not going reveal his name. He also said the people they interviewed with whom he went to school did not know his relative.

  12. Michael Buccasio

    This is total bull. Politico is full of progressive crap. cmon,man,get with it…

  13. Politico has changed its report by Kyle Cheney of yesterday, which is tantamount to an admission that Cheney’s article was erroneous, but there’s no apology.
    Breitbart reports that Politico has rewritten the headline and several portions of the text of an article accusing Ben Carson of “fabricating” part of his personal biography involving the Military Academy at West Point. The revised version of Cheney’s article now omits the original version’s declarations that Carson’s statements were false or fraudulent, as seen in an archive of the article.

  14. Attacks by MSM give Dr. Carson worthiness for U. S. President as they do for Trump. Every choice offered for such positions calls for some compromise with one’s own opinions. Judgment should be based partly on a candidate’s honor, understanding of our history and Constitution, and focus on serving our country, not the oligarchs, international bankers, and global NWO would-be tyrants.
    It is natural to say, “I would never vote for that person,” and other is justification for that thought, but, consider the alternative you will be given, the worth of lack of worth of the inferior offering.


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