This is a neat little collection of some objectionable things that Ben Shapiro has said.
Ben Shapiro doesn’t know the Constitution of the United States, yet he talks about it authoritatively.
Which part of the Constitution allows you to seize and redistribute
Motivation: He talks about “in the name of your utopian vision here”, which some apologetic fans could see as an out for him (Not trying to make a straw-man here; just preemptively addressing some more pedantic arguments i can think of), but i think the larger argument that Ben is putting forth is about the common conservative talking-point that “Taxation is theft”. Which it very may well be, but that doesn’t change the fact that the US has in its constitution that congress can actually make people pay their taxes.
“The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States”
~Article 1 section 8 of the United States Constitution.
The part where you seize is the taxes and the part where you redistribute is in the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States. It’s clearly a very Democratic Socialistic passage of the constitution, but it’s there, clear as day; supporting Bernie, full stop.
Ben is wrong about this, and it’s really quite embarrassing that he would even ask this rhetorical question without having looked it up first. I guess if he retracted it or took the tweet down, that’s forgivable, but as far as i can tell, there’s no retraction from him. He really doesn’t seem all that worried that this is out there for all to see.
The Israel v Palestine Conflict is not a Difficult Issue
Motivation: I looked up if i could see a broader context to this quote, but i honestly do think that Ben believes this. It’s pretty strange that he would say this and expect anyone to take his opinions on geopolitics seriously ever again. Here’s the quote
Israelis like to build. Arabs like to bomb crap and live in open sewage. This is not a difficult issue.
More to come…
Disclaimer: I’m not an expert on anything, so I’m always looking for anyone who wants to expand or contradict what i said. Why am i wrong? Am i missing something?