Carson incorrectly taps Jefferson as Constitution craftsman

23 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Ben Carson Praises Thomas Jefferson For ‘Crafting Our Constitution’ (He Didn’t).

Ben Carson may want to brush up on his American history before his next interview, especially if of his favorite topics — the Founding Fathers — comes up. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, already under fire for his foreign policy acumen, is now being criticized for his grasp of history, particularly that of Thomas Jefferson.To wit, Carson this weekend cited Jefferson “as one of the most impressive of the Founding Fathers” who “tried to craft our constitution in a way that it would control peoples’ natural tendencies and control the natural growth of the government.” Never mind that Carson acknowledged—in his own book about the constitution—that Jefferson was away serving as an ambassador when the constitution was drafted. (Never mind that Carson incorrectly quoted Thomas Jefferson in the same book and then acknowledged in a footnote that the quote was incorrectly attributed.) Because Ben Carson isn’t one to let facts get in the way of a good anecdote, and there’s a good lesson there, I think.

Ben Carson signs a replica of his e-book “A More Perfect Union” as a supporter takes his illustration on Fri., Oct. 23, 2015, at Barnes & Noble in Topeka, Kan. (Chris Neal/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)It’s a standard false impression in that Thomas Jefferson took part in drafting the USA Constitution in 1787. Just a few weeks ago, Carson tried to diffuse criticism of his lack of political experience by saying that “every signer of the Declaration of Independence had no elected office experience.” That statement is totally false, as a number of signers had been elected to political office prior to 1770, and that included Jefferson. The Washington Post, which reported on Carson’s flub, also noted that “it’s not the first time Carson has abused Jefferson’s history.” The Post reported: “Thomas Jefferson himself said, ‘Gun control works great for the people who are law-abiding citizens and it does nothing for the criminals, and all it does is put the people at risk,’” he told Fox’s Neil Cavuto after the shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. in early October. In his book, Carson repeated a version of the same statement, noting what he called “Thomas Jefferson’s warning: ‘Laws that forbid the carrying of arms …disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes …Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather than encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” The supposed Jefferson comment on gun control is listed among many “spurious” quotations by the Monticello Web site. “This is not something Jefferson wrote,” say the researchers at Monticello, but rather comes from a passage he included in his ‘Legal Commonplace Book.’ The passage, they note, was written by Cesare Beccaria in his “Essay on Crimes and Punishments” and was copied by Jefferson.

Police: Student stabbed at Baltimore high school dies

20 Jan 2016 | Author: | No comments yet »

Police Identify Student Killed In City School Stabbing.

Baltimore police spokesman T.J. The teen had been in class on the third floor of the school building in the 1300 block of McCulloh Street when a sophomore went into the classroom and stabbed him at approximately noon on Tuesday, Nov. 24, police reported. Police said Sunday that investigators are collaborating with the state’s attorney’s office to file additional charges now that the victim has died. Crawford remains in police custody, officials reported. “It’s a tragedy anytime we have someone killed in an act of violence, even moreso when it’s a child.

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