Who’s the ignorant one?
As I often do, I recently explored a blog that one of my liberal friends “liked” on Facebook. I tend to do this to get insight into the mindset that drives the ideology and other misguided information that is pushed by the left.
Recently I came across a real eye opener. If it weren’t written in such a serious manner, I would think it was satire. It’s that laughable. And you don’t have to get very far before you see where I’m going with this. The title speaks for itself. Here is the title and link to the blog:
I am hesitant to give you the link to this blog because it will just increase its popularity by adding to the hits it receives, but you really need to read it just to get a sense of the ridiculousness involved here. The blogger writes, “As a neurologist in practice for 20 years and one who has worked closely with many neurosurgeons I can assure you, Dr. Ben Carson is not smart. Not even close. He is a painfully ignorant person. This is an easy point to defend. We are all familiar with the litany of uninformed, intellectually shabby statements he has made over the last few months; a list that I won’t waste electrons repeating.” What?! You launch a damning accusation against Dr. Carson and then follow it up by telling the readers you won’t support your position?
The blog continues, “Smart” is a multifaceted cognitive feature composed of excellent analytical skills, possession of an extensive knowledge base that is easily and frequently augmented, possession of a good memory, and being readily curious about the world and willing, even eager, to reject previously accepted notions in the face of new data. Being smart includes having the ability to analyze new data for validity and, thinking creatively, draw new insights from existing common knowledge.” I don’t know about you, but it sounds like this blogger has made the case against himself. If he has “extensive knowledge” that supports his claim against Dr. Carson, why not share?
It would also appear this blogger is the one who lacks the curiosity and is unwavering in his views. This kind of resembles these “global warming” folks too, doesn’t it? But I digress. You see this is indicative of the left as well as the mainstream media. They will go out of their way to spread their narrative, but when faced with the truth, they have only one way to turn. They turn to name calling and branding anyone who disagrees with them as a “hater” or someone who has a “war on ________” (fill in the cause). The problem here is simple. Their followers NEVER question them! Their feet are never put to the fire. Instead the left just go along and treat their narrative as if it were gospel.
So why let facts get in the way of a good liberal narrative, right? Here are a few facts about Dr. Ben Carson:
- graduated at the top of his high school class
- enrolled at Yale University and graduated in 1973 with a BA degree
- enrolled in the School of Medicine at the University of Michigan and earned his medical degree in 1977
- became chief resident in neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University in 1982
- authored Gifted Hands after spending time serving as a neurosurgeon in Australia
- while only in his early 30’s, he became director of pediatric neurosurgery after returning to John Hopkins Hospital in 1985
- while at John Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Carson performed performed a radical procedure, a hemispherectomy, in which he removed half of a child’s brain to end her seizures and save her life
And of course Dr. Carson performed the first successful separation of twins who were joined at the head. If you’re a person with any sense of reasoning, you’d find that it takes the intelligence and necessary “smarts” to lead a team of approximately 70 people over a 22 hour period to make this happen. But perhaps Dr. Carson’s most important display of “smarts” occurred early on in his life when he made the decision to turn his life around. To work hard, control his emotion, and turn to God for guidance. That took a great deal of courage and intellect.
But this blogger didn’t lose the opportunity to level another accusation at Dr. Carson. He also believes Dr. Carson suffers from a rather severe case of egomania. I’m not much of a gambler, but I would say it’s a safe bet that this blogger is also an Obama follower. If you want to talk ego, if you want to talk lack of smarts, and if you want to talk about unworkable policies, look no further than Obama. Where are all of his academic records? Why are they sealed?
Since the above-mentioned blog included a rather detailed explanation of what it means to be smart, here’s a little something for the left: (http://psychcentral.com/disorders/narcissistic-personality-disorder-symptoms/)
“Symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder
In order for a person to be diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) they must meet five or more of the following symptoms:
- Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
- Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
- Believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
- Requires excessive admiration
- Has a very strong sense of entitlement, e.g., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
- Is exploitative of others, e.g., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
- Lacks empathy, e.g., is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
- Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
- Regularly shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes”
The blogger suggests we all stop using the word, “smart” to describe Dr. Carson. He also invites you to inquire about why Dr. Carson’s health plan proposals are “dumb” (because he conveniently left out the details in his blog). Be careful what you ask for….inquiring minds may want to know what “painfully ignorant” really is.