Now that is Rationalization Par Excellence. Hey, it is what it is. Compared it/listed it, tomayto/tomahto. He's no fool, right? We really only have two choices - either he knows damn well that placing gay marriage, bestiality, and pedophilia in the same conversation equates them all in the listener's mind, OR he's not quite as bright as legend would have us believe. I say he's brilliant, so..... Obviously he realized the demeaning nature of the "listing" after the fact, because he apologized. End and period.<quoted text>First of all he was not comparing homosexuality to bestiality, as much as people wish he had. he was saying as Bad Bob says that any group can want to change the definition of marriage and was listing them. I don't agree one leads to the other but I see where people get concerned when you start redefining things. He also had the guts to apologize for how it was taken and didn't get all ruffled about the insults lobbed at him.
It's no wonder that the more open-minded among his defense team completely avoid or rationalize away the actual >reason< he received so much attention. It makes them uncomfortable as well, so they focus instead on the more extreme fringe of the inevitable and deserving backlash, relying on these few questionable examples to call it all "vicious" attacks on a conservative who happens to be black. But his demeaning statements? Not vicious. hmmm...
Condi Rice? How did she make her way into this? Oh, I get it.<quoted text> I guess that's the surgeon in him, a surgeon can't get ruffled. See now I don't understand how calling him a token isn't vicious, or saying republicans are trying to assuage their guilt isn't. I suppose that Condaleeza Rice dressed as Aunt Jemima didn't offend your sensibilities either.
Well, this misdirection to a blast from the past leads me to suspect you know the backlash against Carson's statements aren't as vividly nasty as needed to make a point?
C'mon, do I really have to bring up the truly scurrilous statements that have been lodged at the "Halfrican in the Black House"? The guy that allegedly has a "deep-seated hatred for white people"? Or the ugly sexism still being lodged at a woman for speaking in public on a public issue? I really can't process how people can seem to see "viciousness" with such clarity, but ONLY if it comes from the left side of the street. Curious, that.<quoted text>She took it with astonishing good grace though, didn't run to Al Sharpton (who wouldn't have helped her anyway). I'm asking for fairness among those in the media, and manners. Toure is a so called journalist for MSNBC. You have never heard me base a criticism of Obama on his race, and I've never heard you criticize a republican based on race. I expect the same from people who have a national podium. If democrats can't stop making it about color how can they expect anyone else to. Isn't that what we are going for here, not the color but the character.
Point being, this crap flies back and forth from the fringes, and you on your side and I on my side are embarrassed by their freedom to loose whatever crap oozes from their lips. But! This crap lives a life much beyond their worth due NOT to their origin, but to the inevitable repeats by the newly sensitive and outraged opposition. More of this stuff in one "party" over another? Sorry, No sale here.
That's all I'll say on the the misdirection ploy. It's about Carson, not every other "outrage" over the last 20 years. As for the defense rationalization for Dr. Ben, I see both a Backhanded race card and a victimization ploy - not sure which one is being employed more gratuitously.