Politics, free speech and Ben Carson’s kampf

Today Ben Carson sat down with ersatz model for Picasso’s Weeping Women, Glenn Beck, and the two had a little chat about politics. At one point Beck asked the candidate to flex his anti-gubmint muscles by telling listeners which of the federal departments he would shutter once he became president.

…Beck asked whether Carson would shut down the Department of Education. Carson responded that he had a plan to make the federal agency useful.

Carson’s new Education Department? Would look a bit like the old Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda.

“I actually have something I would use the Department of Education to do,” Carson said. “It would be to monitor our institutions of higher education for extreme political bias and deny federal funding if it exists.”

Carson’s Ministry would police all higher education for what he famously hates: Political bias. Well, anyone could certainly understand why – his own political biases recently landed him on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of extremists. He was shocked – shocked – by what they did:

“It’s worked to shut people up because they are afraid that they might be on their list,” Carson said in response to O’Reilly’s claim…

Shaken by his near-death experience with contrasting political opinions, Carson spoke with epic humility and wisdom:

“We need to be in a place where people feel free to express themselves and not to be intimidated by political correctness. It’s destroying our nation,” Carson continued, “and there is a reason that our founders, one of the very first amendment freedom of speech, freedom of expression.”

Exactly. Which is why, when he says this:

…Carson said if people want to know the truth about President Obama, they should simply “read ‘Mein Kampf’ and read the works of Vladimir Lenin.” “Mein Kampf,” of course, was written by Adolf Hitler…

Carson has previously claimed that Obama wants to turn America into Nazi Germany and a Gestapo-like state, warning that “we live in a Gestapo age.”

That’s fine. Because Ben is only exercising his First Amendment rights. But if a college student should criticize his administration for monitoring what everyone says then deciding what is acceptable speech, in this manner:

President Carson is a fucking Nazi!

That’s bad. And Carson’s Department of Education will pull the student’s federal loan funding then ask for its money back. Because a politician talking shit at Newsmax is freedom, but a sophomore talking shit at Oberlin College is politics. Given Ben’s feelings, I think you can understand.