It’s official. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), an organization that’s supposed to serve all Americans, has been politicized.
The federal housing agency that was created to address noble causes such as affordable housing and anti-discrimination has become a mouthpiece for Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. And it’s all Ben Carson’s fault.
I’m referring to an op-ed the deceptive duo wrote for The Wall Street Journal, entitled “We’ll Protect America’s Suburbs.”
In that piece, Donald Trump and Ben Carson railed against “the left” and conjured all kinds of scary but mostly fictional ideas. The left wants to destroy America. The left wants to take away your homes.
You’ve heard this drumbeat before.
Here Comes the Boogeyman
Let’s be clear about something. The Wall Street Journal op-ed is straight out of the autocrat’s playbook.
It works like this. You scare your followers by demonizing your opponents, painting the latter as an evil force hellbent on stealing people’s rights and livelihoods. Then you rally those frightened masses to do your bidding.
Trump does this all the time. He’s a one-trick horse, in that regard. Demonizing his enemies with baseless accusations designed to scare his base is “his thing.” It’s his only thing. It’s the thing he comes back to time and time again, because he has nothing else to work with.
(We’re talking about a man who claimed that Joe Biden, a devout Catholic, wants to “hurt God.”)
According to the baseless conspiracy theory Trump and Carson authored for The Wall Street Journal, democrats want to “remake the suburbs in their image so they resemble the dysfunctional cities they now govern.”
And before you accuse me of exaggerating another person’s words to make them sound crazy, know that the above is a direct quote.
The Wall Street Journal piece is rife with inaccuracies, mischaracterizations and outright lies. I won’t delve into that morass of mendacity because it’s beyond the point of this article.
And the point is this: If you run a government agency that was created to serve all Americans, regardless of their race, religion or political views, then you should be doing exactly that.
Sadly, we’ve come to expect this kind of baseless fear-mongering and wholesale vilification from Trump.
But from Ben Carson? That’s where I draw the line.
HUD Has Forgotten Who It Serves
Ben Carson, a retired surgeon and failed presidential candidate, currently heads the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This cabinet-level department creates housing policies that are supposed to serve all Americans, regardless of their race, religion or political leanings.
Under Ben Carson’s questionable leadership, HUD manages a number of housing-related programs. Many of those programs are built around the concepts of fairness and equality. On its website, HUD has an entire section dedicated to “fairness.”
HUD’s entire mission statement is built around the principles of fairness and inclusion. Here is the Department of Housing and Urban Development mission statement, copied verbatim from their website:
“HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination, and transform the way HUD does business.”
You’ll notice the word “inclusive” is featured twice in that statement.
In this context, inclusive literally means “including everyone.” It means to include people regardless of their race, gender, sexuality, age — or political views.
But Ben Carson, like so many other Trump appointees, has forgotten the core mission of the organization he leads. He now engages in exclusive behavior.
Carson believes that his current mission is to get Trump reelected, by any means. Even if it means lying. Even if it means demonizing an entire class of Americans. Even if it means politicizing his own “fair’ and “inclusive” organization.
It’s Time for Ben Carson to Resign
Ben Carson is a stooge for the president. He has used his government office for personal gain. He is disturbingly clueless on many of the housing-related concepts that are central to HUD’s core mission. He has stripped away many of the fair housing principles his department was founded on.
As a result of all this — and not surprisingly — he has driven employee morale at HUD to its lowest level ever.
But mainly, this: Ben Carson has become a mouthpiece for the Trump administration and is clearly more concerned with getting his boss reelected than doing his actual job. In his view, anyone with a liberal agenda is the enemy.
It’s hard to imagine a less effective, more damaging HUD leader than Ben Carson. But let’s circle back to the main point of this article.
As Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson is supposed to serve all Americans equally. His organization preaches the importance of inclusive policies. It preaches fairness. But under Carson, HUD has become a misinformation delivery system for the Trump administration.
And when you do that — when you show obvious bias toward one group, and an outright hatred toward another group — it’s time for you go.
The Home Buying Institute has been covering HUD’s policies and actions for nearly 15 years. We’ve seen them make some questionable moves in the past. Questionable from a policy standpoint. Questionable from an efficacy standpoint.
But in all those years, we’ve never seen them cast ethics and fairness aside so eagerly and completely as they are doing now.
Shame on you, Ben Carson.
Do the right thing and resign. You have no business leading HUD.