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11/13/2014 10:35 am ET Updated Jan 13, 2015

For Dr. Ben Carson, It's Time for Government 101

Dr. Ben Carson, who resigned from Fox News as a first step towards running for U.S. president, has been no stranger to controversial statements, seems to have gone a bit overboard, in likening the United States to Nazi Germany.

According to Inquisitr, "Carson has said that the United States 'is very much like Nazi Germany,' adding, 'I know you're not supposed to say Nazi Germany, but I don't care about political correctness.'"

How about just plain-old correctness?

If we're Nazis, then Dr. Carson would have been arrested long ago for being a dissident. His words would have been considered treasonous in a totalitarian state. He might have been executed for them.

Instead, he gets a primetime broadcasting slot. He gets to raise lots of money, run for president, and even win. As we say in this country, "Ain't that America."

In fact, he's not alone. Across America, millions turned out to express their political views. The president's party lost the U.S. Senate (they lost the U.S. House of Representatives four years ago). Just the fact that we have multiple parties (the GOP largely won by copying Libertarian ideas) already makes this country different from Nazi Germany, which had a one-party state.

So how does Carson liken this country to a state that murdered a great number of its people? Again, Inquisitr provides Carson's answer.

As the basis for his comparison between the United States and the fascist state of Nazi Germany, in which Jews and other minority groups were persecuted, imprisoned and murdered by the millions, Carson cites his view that, "We now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they actually believe."

I've listened to Dr. Carson's radio broadcasts. He says pretty much anything he wants. He said that Obamacare was worse than 9/11, or other similar controversial things, so folks will pay attention to him. Dr. Carson and I, like thousands of other armchair politicians, are pundits that can do that. This is thanks to the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, who gave it their all so that other countries, like Nazi Germany, couldn't control us. They still serve to protect us from threats abroad.

Throughout our history, we've had Founding Fathers, members of the opposition party, civil rights leaders, protesters, reporters, progressive Captains of Industry, and yes, even immigrants from lands afar who fought for the freedoms you and I and Dr. Carson currently enjoy.

I know Dr. Carson's wife has said that they plan to move to Australia if the Democrats prevail in 2016. The two of them are free to do that as well. But as for me, I plan to stay in this great country no matter whether Democrats, Republicans, or Libertarians win.

John A. Tures is a professor of political science at LaGrange College in LaGrange, Ga. He can be reached at jtures@lagrange.edu.