Speaking at the Values Voters Summit in Washington on Friday, conservative commentator Ben Carson declared that "Obamacare is, really I think, the worst thing that's happened in this nation since slavery."
Carson, a retired prominent neurosurgeon, rocketed onto the conservative scene in February when he lambasted President Obama--who was sitting just a few feet away--at a prayer breakfast. Since then, he's inked a columnist deal with The Washington Times and earned buzz as a long-shot presidential candidate.
Carson has never shied away from rhetorical bomb-throwing, and Friday was no different when he made his slavery remark. Carson, who is African-American, explained that Obamacare "was never about health care; it was about control" and making Americans "subservient." Given that logic, here a few things that have happened since the abolition of slavery that are apparently, according to Carson, less bad than Obamacare:
- Hurricane Katrina (and all other hurricanes since 1865)
- The Great Depression
- The Dust Bowl
- Pearl Harbor
- The assassinations of JFK, RFK, and MLK
- The assassination of Abraham Lincoln
- The attempted assassinations of Ronald Reagan and Theodore Roosevelt
- The sinking of the Titanic
- Every tornado since 1865
- World War I
- World War II
- Black Hawk Down
- Jim Crow
- Japanese internment
- The Challenger space-shuttle disaster
- The Vietnam War
- The Crack Wars
For more, we'll let Billy Joel take it away.