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If only everyone else would do this …

Instead of running around (and talking) in circles.

You’re going to say things that are going to offend and outrage some people (regardless of what  you say – politically you’re on the other side, so that, in and of itself is “offensive”), even if what you say isn’t really offensive or outrageous.

[Ben] Carson’s response to the howls of the PC left is the right one: We’ll call it “apathetic conviction.” He’s not outraged by the outrage; he simply doesn’t care. The outrage bores him. And no response is better calculated to rob critics of their power than boredom. You’re offended by my comments? I’m trending on Twitter? Wake me when the shame-storm is over, and then let’s debate my arguments on their substance.

And that’s the way to handle it.  As soon as you back down or apologize, they own you.  When you jut your jaw out and essentially say, “welcome to the real world, now grow up”, they’ve lost their power.  Carson’s response is an adult’s response.

Time to take these children’s pseudo-power away from them.

~McQ

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16 Responses to If only everyone else would do this …

  • Carson’s comments on the school shooting were illuminating in relation to his own personal story. Carson claims he would have rushed the shooter and all that heroic stuff. Then, he tells the story about how he once had a gun pointed at him, but instead of using some sort of Chuck Norris move, he instead convinces the gunman to go threaten someone else. What if that poor cashier in the “Popeye’s organization” had been shot?

    Chris Kyle would be ashamed of this tool.

    • Please link an article that quotes him as saying that is what he would do instead of what I’ve read as to that is what you should do if the alternative is to just sit there and be systematically executed like sheep.

      • “But speaking on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends,” he said he would have taken action to stop the shooter if he had been at the scene.

        “I would not just stand there and let him shoot me,” Carson said. “I would say ‘Hey, guys, everybody attack him! He may shoot me but he can’t get us all.””

        Notice how Carson said “I WOULD do”, rather than “SHOULD”.

        In this artcle: http://www.komonews.com/news/national/Ben-Carson-on-Oregon-school-shooting-I-would-not-just-stand-there-and-let-him-shoot-me-330992991.html

        • The comment left off before he made that statement. “Not only would I probably not co-operate with him…” Not as affirmative as made out by that heavily editted comment.

          • So your contention is that Carson is just vacillating here and did not state explicitly that he would heroically tackle any gunman in his sight? Fine. Defend the vacillator.

            Did he then go on to say that he would direct that gunman to the nearest menial employee who has access to the cash, thus putting that employee in jeopardy? That’s what he did in real life…

    • Well ya know realistically when you consider what actually happens in these cases – I guess the plan where you huddle in the corner and go “baaaaaaaah” before you get shot in the head is a way better plan than the ‘heroic’ thing you’re going on about.

      Tell ya what, if the circumstances ever arise, you stick with the “bahhhhhhh” plan, come back and let us know how it turns out….but….probably not huh.
      But you’re probably neither wolf, nor sheep dog in the first place.

      Why you think defending YOUR own life makes you ‘heroic’ is beyond me, and I’m tired of being all polite about it.

      • Hey moron, I am not saying what I personally plan to do. I am saying that Carson said one thing but did another. Worse, Carson claimed to be a sheepdog, but then when he was actually faced with danger he just pawned it off onto someone else (the cashier). I don’t really understand why you defend him (is that what you are doing, it’s tough to tell).

        • No, moron, just wondering how it’s heroic when a person defends themselves.

          I guess you normally expect people to wait for the designated uniformed government approved ‘hero’ to appear to save people – usually 10 to 15 minutes after it will be effective.

          It’s not Carson I’m specifically defending it’s the concept of defending ones self instead of going out like a bleating sheep. It’s the idea that when you defend yourself you’re a hero.

          You’re contrasting what Carson suggested we do in the case of lunatic killers versus what he did in the face of a guy looking to score quick cash.
          In the Popeye story, the story is – “your money or your life” not “if it moves shoot it”.
          Not sure what I’d do myself because by way of distinction a gunman trying to take your pocket cash and plastic is in no way in the same category as a ‘mass’ shooter right? Not sure I’d do a damn thing if it was just a holdup because no one has to die for ‘the money’. The money doesn’t care who takes it and I’m pretty comfortable that someone’s life is worth more than whatever I have in my wallet.

          Carson wasn’t ‘the hero’ because he didn’t tackle the guy, because as far as Carson could tell the guy was after cash count, not a body count.
          He would however be considered a ‘hero’ I suppose by tackling a lunatic gunman even if his plan was only to save his own life, but I doubt “I’ll be a hEEEE-RRROWWWWWWWWW!!!!!” is what’s going to go through any rational person’s mind in that situation.

          Your comment down below more than adequately demonstrates you can’t make the intellectual distinction between the situations in the first place –
          “as in the case of his suggestion to engage in kickboxing with any gun-toting criminals…”

          So is it Carson or the idea of defending yourself in appropriate situations that cheeses you off most?

          • Carson specifically sent the gunman to go see the cashier. If that is not a dirty move on Carson’s part, then nothing is. Plenty of people get shot and killed during robberies.

          • But your complaint shows you’re holding him responsible for saying we should rush mass killers and then claiming he’s a hypocrite because he didn’t do that during an armed robbery.

            Apple – orange.

            If someone has a gun barrel literally stuck in my face or ribs, even if I’m armed, I’m not going for my weapon because the time it takes to bring the piece to bear and fire is longer than it will take the robber to pull the trigger on his.

            If the clown is shooting everything that breaths I’ve got nothing to lose by making a try for my weapon, nor do I have anything to lose by trying to tackle him if I don’t have a firearm. Different. Situations.
            If I save my life, I’m not a hero for doing it, I’m just someone who chose not to be yet another victim.

            On the other hand if I die trying to protect the ownership of the paper with the Andrew Jackson picture in my wallet, I AM an idiot.

            You’ve claimed Carson is all about being the hero, and that’s not what the man said we should do, and not what he says he did.

          • “If someone has a gun barrel literally stuck in my face or ribs, even if I’m armed, I’m not going for my weapon because the time it takes to bring the piece to bear and fire is longer than it will take the robber to pull the trigger on his.
            If the clown is shooting everything that breaths I’ve got nothing to lose by making a try for my weapon, nor do I have anything to lose by trying to tackle him if I don’t have a firearm. Different. Situations.”

            Would you tell him “hey, you might be looking for that guy over there instead”? That is what Hero Carson did. The man is a coward.

          • “Hero Carson”.

  • I’ve taught my kids that there are 3 major states of relationships: Love, Hate and Indifference.
    Love and Hate take effort. Indifference takes none.
    99% of all relationships are based on Indifference.

    Carson’s approach takes no effort on his part, except the effort required to stand by your convictions.

    • Except that his stated “convictions” don’t always match his actions, as in the case of his suggestion to engage in kickboxing with any gun-toting criminals…

  • If only everyone else would do this then Social Justice Inquisitors would be powerless. Holiness signalling spirals would come to an end. The Dignity culture would not descend into the Victim culture.

  • assoNY is one of those who recommends that women threatened with rape piss themselves.

    Except he’d crap himself in an exigent circumstance.