After The Donald and Carly Fiorina, Dr. Ben Carson is the Republican presidential wannabe that WC finds most offensive. Not because of his skin color; not because he is a neurosurgeon; not even because he has staked out an impossibly right-wing political position.
WC dislikes Dr. Carson because he intentionally says stupid, offensive and outrageous things he knows to be untrue because he think it serves his political purposes. And anyone with intelligence above a box of rocks should be repulsed by a politician who deliberately, knowingly lies and offends for a selfish political purpose. How in the world could you trust them if the worst happened and they got elected?
You want examples? WC has examples.
Dr. Carson has referred to the Affordable Care Act as “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery” and compared it to slavery. Remember, this comparison is coming from a physician. A very modest health insurance program, something every first world, developed country on the planet has in place, is worse than slavery? Can we think about that for a moment? On the one hand we have the very real scenes in, say, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and on the other we have a requirement for health insurance. This from a physician who happens to be African-American. Carson knows the claim is utterly false. He has made the claim purely for shock value. He’s lying to try and get elected.
Dr. Carson refers to the United States as a Christian nation. He doesn’t think the President should be a Muslim (although he claims he was misunderstood). Never mind that there is overwhelming evidence that those same Founding Fathers that Carson claims to revere were absolutely determined to separate church and state, having suffered under a state-mandated religion as colonies. Never mind the plain language in historic documents. And never mind the constitutional prohibition on a religious test for the presidency. Dr. Carson knows all this; he knows his statements are lies. But he thinks that what his constituents want to hear, so that’s what he says.
Then there are the Nazi analogies. Candidate Carson has implied that America under President Obama is like Germany under Adolf Hitler. Seariously, WC has somehow missed President Obama’s jack-booted SS troopers. There don’t seem to be any concentration camps. There don’t seem to millions of people being murdered for their religion or racial heritage. Did WC miss a second Holocaust?
Do you know about Godwin’s Law? It’s “inappropriate, inordinate, or hyperbolic comparison of other situations (or one’s opponent) with Nazis – often referred to as ‘playing the Hitler card‘”. Dr. Carson, who knows the analogy is completely wrong, violates Godwin’s Law in each stump speech he gives.
WC has very low expectations for politicians. Especially Republican candidates for President. And ignorance or stupidity are flaws. But lying, intentional misstatements of fact, are much more serious. They raise a self-answering question: If a candidate will repeatedly lie to get elected, can we trust them if they are elected?
So Dr. Carson, apparently a very good neurosurgeon, gets crossed off WC’s list of possible tolerable Republicans. Because you can’t.