In case you don't know Ben Carson you will as America schleps towards the 2016 Presidential Election. I was reading the Christian Post article 5 Reasons Why Christians Should Rally Behind the Candidacy of Ben Carson, and right now I will predict this man will be a force in the Republican Presidential debates. He'll never get the nomination for no other reason that the man is African-American. (The most politically illiterate American can identify that the GOP is the official supporter of the white evangelical industrial-complex.)
Ben Carson is no ordinary poorly educated know-nothing. The man was a neurosurgeon and the first person to separate identical twins connected at the head. He was a pro at what he did.
But that does not make him fit to lead.
I was explaining to my son the halo effect. The halo effect is when an observer's overall impression of a person influences the observer's feelings and thoughts about that person's character. Celebrities commonly enjoy the halo effect. Did you like that actor or actress in a particular movie? You're probably more likely to think that person is a great human being. This is why people are shocked when someone famous (Michael Vick, a prominenet football player, for instance) was found to be a scumbag who organized dog fights. How could he do such a thing and still throw that football so well?
Same thing with Ben Carson. Good neurosurgeon. Bad politician.
Here is an excerpt from Charisma News' article Ben Carson Discusses Presidential Aspirations, Christian Persecution
CN: Given today's atmosphere of Christian persecution in America, do you think that an unashamedly born-again Believer could ever again be elected to the highest office in this land?
Carson: Absolutely, it can happen, especially when people stop being afraid to express themselves. I believe the majority of the people in this country are Believers. It's just that they've been beaten into submission. We need to recognize that this is who we are and not allow ourselves to be changed into something else by a pop culture that tells you, "Yeah, this is cool. This is how you have to act." Anybody that believes that stuff is wacky. I think the majority of the people in this country have traditional beliefs, have common sense and think in a logical way. That's why they're so alarmed at what's going on today. The only thing that's lacking right now is the courage to stand up for their beliefs.While Dr Carson says things like, Intelligent people tend to talk about the facts. They don't sit around and call each other names. That's what you can find on a third grade playground. He then said this about marriage equality and what category he thinks gays are in: “Marriage is between a man and a woman. No group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality, it doesn’t matter what they are. They don't get to change the definition.” When challenged on his lumping homosexuals in with NAMBLA and bestiality he retreated to that old defense of professing love for the gays and had no idea his statement would be so incendiary.
He doesn't recognize the science behind evolution either.
Yup, I'm getting prepared for the 2016 election craziness.
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