Curiously, this common sense approach to a hypothetical situation drew unbridled (and unwarranted) fire from the left. Coalition to Stop Gun Violence spokesman Ladd Everitt called Carson's exposition of an evolutionarily embedded self-survival tactic "the ugliest comments that I've ever heard."
"Carson," Everitt ranted," basically blamed the victims for their own deaths. ... His suggestion that if he had been there he could have taken the shooter down through the power of Christ of somehow, it's just unbelievable. You begin to question this man's mental health..."
Of course, Ladd Everitt's incontinent exposition of the state of his own mental health had nothing at all to do with reality. Ben Carson simply pointed out the option that a real man would normally choose in such a situation – the same option that the passengers on United Flight 93 chose on 11 September 2001. And those men, who crashed their airplane into a field in Pennsylvania rather than allow the Muslims on board to crash it into the White house or the Capital Building, are generally considered heroes.
Everitt's embarrassing himself is a common liberal phenomenon that I call discreditomania. Discreditomania is an almost insane compulsion to paint every conservative comment or observation with the Alinskyite brush of ridicule, which Saul Alinsky called "man's most potent weapon."
Like Al Sharpton lurking in wait for an offhand White remark he can twist into a racist affront, discreditomaniacs are continually on the lookout for any comment by a conservative that they can contort into an embarrassment. The intent is to discredit the speaker and, by implication, to discredit the conservative core of the United States and the conservative principles that have made this country the greatest nation in the history of the world.
This is not a new tactic. Ronald and Nancy Reagan were attacked for reading their horoscopes in the newspaper each morning – and even for eating jelly beans! But surely the newspapers all over this great nation didn't run horriscopes for the exclusive enjoyment of the Reagans. If there were not a wide popular demand for daily horoscopes, newspapers would find more profitable use for the space they occupy. So Nancy and Ron were simply indulging a pastime that was obviously popular with many of their fellow Americans.
And if jelly beans weren't widely popular, Mars, Mondelez, Bimbo (Mexico), Nestle (Switzerland), Hershey, Meiji (Japan), Perfetti (Italy and Netherlands), Haribo (Germany), Storck (Germany), Yildiz (Turkey), Orion (South Korea), Arcor (Argentina), General Mills, United Confectioners (Russia), Roshen (Ukraine), Lotte ( South Korea), Morinaga (Japan), Ferrara, Crown Confectionery (South Korea), and Cloetta (Sweden) would stop manufacturing them.
In short, discreditomania is a silly game played by silly people in the hopes of convincing other – even sillier – people that their atavistic plan to replace American exceptionalism with a Fascist return to feudalism is the wave of the future.