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  •  I accept his apology ... (1+ / 0-)
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    Uncle Moji

    I have a different take on Carson's apology than most of the comments here.  I don't know this man, but it seems to me that he has accomplished a lot - which is not easy to do as a person of color.  It also seems to me that you don't get to come this far in your career without building some character - meaning the guy is not likely one dimensional.

    My point is that, unless he has shown this pattern of behavior in the past, it is very unreasonable to pile on him for what could be an honest mistake.  I accept his apology.  If he was not sincere, then we won't have to wait too long before he puts his foot in his mouth again.

    A little humility on our part ...

    •  Sorry, but I'm not buying that (0+ / 0-)

      He did not make a "mistake" except that he expressed his grotesque, antisocial views in a public forum in which his words would be reported outside his own little extreme right-wing circle.

    •  Dunno, I'm kinda with you on this (1+ / 0-)
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      yonatan

      and I am one of the group being compared to pedophiles and bestialists (?).  

      What differentiates Carson from flash-in-the-pan Herman Cain or idiotic Donald Trump is that Carson works for, and values, his association with a storied and venerable private institution of higher education.  He works for Johns Hopkins, that association has great value for him.  He's accomplished much during his career there and it's been his life's work - for as much as I hate his politics, he is a gifted surgeon.  And Carson has a direct boss, unlike Cain or Trump.  And his boss is responsive to the academic community they share.  That kind of language Carson used won't fly as defensible in any academic institution like Hopkins.  It's beyond the pale.  

      However, this restraint will not put him in good stead with the bomb throwers on the right who are paid to be asses, rewarded for outlandishness, and lauded for rude and churlish behavior.  

      Carson has to make a choice - does he want to be respected for his lifetime of achievement at a great academic institution, or enjoy the fleeting praise for pandering to the lowest basest elements within his own political party in return for an uncertain and probably tarnished legacy.

      "Out of Many, One Nation." This is the great promise of the United States of America -9.75 -6.87

      by Uncle Moji on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 11:39:53 AM PDT

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