This is an excerpt from the 2018 Steve Dustcircle book, Trump’s Cabinet: The Rise of Each Appointed Deplorable, available in ebook and paperback from Amazon.com. The book contains links to multiple references and citations.
SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development was created by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965 in order to increase homeownership, increase access to discrimination-free housing, and support community development.
The most recent appointment to the position of Secretary of H.U.D. is neurosurgeon, Benjamin “Ben” Solomon Carson, the former Republican candidate in the 2016 Presidential Primaries.
Ben Carson was born in Detroit, Michigan, a son of a preacher man. He was educated with full scholarships at Yale University and the University of Michigan Medical School.
Carson’s father married his mother in Tennessee when she was thirteen; Robert Carson was twenty-eight. They then moved to Detroit and eventually bought a detached home in the industrial, southwestern Boynton neighborhood.
Shortly thereafter, Ben Carson’s mother, Sonya, learned that Robert had previously been married and had a family from which he had never officially divorced. She left him three years later because of his bigamy.
This brought Carson, his mother, and his brother to move in with his aunt—a Boston Seventh-day Adventist—who lived in a multi-family dwelling. It was there that his mother attempted suicide and was hospitalized several times for depression. While she worked, Carson and his brother attended Adventist school services.
They moved back to Detroit when Carson was ten years old into a mostly white neighborhood. They rented out their previous house to make a few dollars.
In elementary school, Ben Carson was an average, though temperamental student, and was essentially a year behind the other students his age. However, he had caught up with them when his mother started to limit television time and require book reports to be given to her from the two boys.
Carson dreamed of being a missionary doctor to foreign countries, but later wanted to become a psychiatrist because the lucrative lifestyle seemed more suiting for his wants.
Ben Carson spent his high school years in a predominately black school where he did fairly well, graduating third in his class and was involved with JROTC and several after-school clubs. His SAT scores were also brilliantly high.
These accomplishments are shadowed by his violent tendencies: once trying to hit his mother with a hammer, once attacking a student with a combination lock, and once trying to stab a friend with a knife. None of his former classmates remember the incidents, alluding that they were possibly made up.
Carson claims that he protected white students when a race riot broke out after the assassination of Martin Luther King, but again no one can confirm the claim (however, it was confirmed that there was indeed a riot).
Carson claimed in his autobiography that he was offered a scholarship to West Point, but they deny this saying that Carson is in none of their correspondence records and that they don’t award scholarships. He also was caught lying about in regards to the University of Michigan in a similar fashion.
After these violent streaks, he tried to calm down by reading Proverbs, a book of wisdom in the Jewish (and Christian) scriptures.
In another fib, Carson was caught by the Wall Street Journal claiming in his autobiography that he alone retook a test given by Yale. The tests taken previously were accidentally burned, and while other students bailed out on retaking the test, he alone stayed and was commended, given $10 and had his picture taken by the Yale Daily News. No record of this had ever taken place, the scapegoat became his co-author, Cecil Murphey.
Ben Carson and his wife, “Candy,” are members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and he’s been warned by co-workers in the church not to be partial in political matters.
Still, he announced in 2014 that he thinks America will have a role in a “coming apocalypse,” where Christians think Jesus will come back to earth, flying on a horse, and Christians—both dead and alive—will fly to a eternal place beyond the known universes that has a pearl gate and gold streets.
Many Seventh-day Adventists say that Carson’s endorsement of gun ownership and theocracy both conflict with their core teachings of peace, gentleness and keeping government separate from religion.
Many Christians also believe in a torturous place within the center of the earth that some will go after they die; Carson doesn’t believe in such a place. But he does believe that the earth was formed in just a handful of days only a few thousand years ago, and that Jesus’ father, Joseph, built the pyramids in Egypt.
From 1984 to 2013, Carson was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, becoming the youngest chief of pediatric neurosurgery at thirty-three years old.
In the 1990s, Ben Carson changed his political affiliation from Republican to Independent after watching the bickering and arguing his party did over the Bill Clinton / Monica Lewinsky affair. In 2013, Carson said be no longer belonged to any party. He criticized President Barack Obama’s policies but quickly admitted that he was a doctor and not a politician.
He’s received many honorary doctorates and awards, been published and cited all over the place, and has several books published about various medical and spiritual topics.
Carson gives paid speeches, several of which were for the pyramid scheme, “multi-level marketing business,” Mannatech, which he credits for curing his prostrate cancer. He’s been connected to them on an intimate level for a decade. This is the same corporation that settled a deception lawsuit for $7 million in 2009. He again spoke for them in 2013 and his photo was on Mannatech’s website the following year.
In the same year, he was a frequent guest on Fox News and was hired by The Washington Times to do opinion pieces. He is on the boards for Kellogg and CostCo and was chairman for Vaccinogen, a bio-tech company.
Carson accidentally announced his candidacy for president to the media in May of 2015, the next day joining the race for the White House. In five months, he rose in the GOP race ranks, but with stardom comes the spotlight. Then the blemishes show.
There was a lot of criticism and skepticism over his history and character. Some of his tales in his books seemed to have been debunked, his lies were getting caught, and he couldn’t handle the media’s questions about such matters. In the Republican debate? He did worse.
March of 2016, Ben Carson pulled out of the race for the presidency after spending $58 million on it, endorsed Donald Trump as presidential candidate, and then set up camp as chairman of the theocracy group, My Faith Votes.
After Donald Trump won the Electoral College vote for the 2016 presidency, Carson joined the transition team and was offered a cabinet position. He declined. With no political experience, he didn’t want to cripple the administration.
Still, he was offered and was confirmed to head up the Housing and Urban Development agency. Housing advocates and HUD itself criticized Carson’s nomination. He didn’t have the experience, nor did he have the compassion (he is against HUD’s anti-discrimination laws). He even called historical black slaves in America, voluntary “immigrants.”
Surprisingly the left-wing gave Carson applause for the nomination. The Democrats that gave Ben Carson the confirmation thumbs up: Sherrod Brown (OH), Joe Donnelly (IN), Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Joe Manchin (WV), Jon Tester (MT), and Mark Warner (VA).
Under President Trump’s budget for 2017, the housing department will cut 13% ($6.2 million) in funding in order to increase the military and war budget which Carson issued an agreeing statement.
Back in 2008, he received the highest honor a civilian can receive: the Presidential Medal of Freedom—an honor that has also been awarded to Joe Biden, Angela Merkel, Mother Teresa, Aretha Franklin and former President Ronald Reagan.
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