Ben Carson Says He Has Only Declared War On Women’s Insides

Golly! Ben Carson sure had a lot of interesting things to say at a campaign event in Arkansas today! And by interesting, I mean both incorrect and very, very disturbing.

The 2016 Presidential candidate accused the left of trying to drive a “wedge” between people, by making up things like the “war on women” and whatnot!

“They tell you that there’s a war on women. There is no war on women. There may be a war on what’s inside of women, but there is no war on women in this country.”

Sorry, Ben Carson, but a war on “what’s inside of women” is also a war on women. It’s not as though we are somehow far removed from our own insides. They’re our insides, okay? No one is accusing anyone of waging a war against our faces. Well, you know, aside from all the Republicans that opposed the Violence Against Women Act.

Also, it’s not us that is driving the wedge. I’m sorry, but when you’ve got a bunch of dudes talking about how women don’t get pregnant from rape, opposing equal pay, talking about how worried you all are about there being too many lady breadwinners, whining about insurance covering our birth control, trying to make it harder for us to exercise our reproductive choices? You are the ones driving that damn wedge. You are on the offense here.

Carson also said that instead of fighting against racism and sexism, that we Americans should realize we’re “all in the same boat.” Which is decidedly not true. We have got totally different boats here. We’ve got some people in speed boats and some people trying to paddle upstream with no goddamned oars.

In addition to his stupid remarks about women, Carson also had some fairly ridiculous things to say about labor (the other kind)! He discussed the work ethic of immigrants who came through Ellis Island, and people who were brought here as slaves.

“[They] worked, not five days a week but six days or seven days. Not eight hours a day, but 10, 12 hours day. No such thing as a minimum wage. But they worked not for themselves but so that their sons and daughters and their grandsons and granddaughters might have an opportunity in this land.

And hundreds of years before that, other immigrants came here involuntarily in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less.”

“But they too had a dream that one day their great grandsons and great granddaughters might pursue freedom and prosperity in this land.”

As to the first part — wanna guess why we HAVE a minimum wage? Those immigrants did not just accept their lot in life and say everything was fine. They organized and formed the labor movement, and they fought their asses off for the 40-hour work week and the minimum wage. They fought their asses off for better treatment. Take a moment, Ben Carson, and look up things like the 1912 Lawrence Textile Mill Strike, led primarily by immigrant workers.

As to the second — I am pretty sure that the reason why slaves worked so hard (for nothing, not for less) had much less to do with their dreams for their future children than it did with that dude standing behind them with a whip.

He then continued to whine about “wedges,” stating, “If I was trying to destroy this nation and I was in charge, let me tell you what I would do. I would drive wedges between the people. I would have a war on women and race wars and income wars and age wars and religious wars.”

So the solution to all of our nation’s problems, according to Ben Carson, is for people to just shut the hell up about sexism, racism, poverty, etc. and get in line? I don’t think so. The people fighting these things are not the ones driving the wedge –that onus is on the ones who wish they’d stop so they can pretend everything is hunky dory and just go on being oppressive like normal.