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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Ben Carson, Faith-Based Bigot and Likely Presidential Candidate


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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.

Why?

This is Purgatory.


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10 comments:

  1. Re: your statement: "Same thing with Ben Carson. Good neurosurgeon. Bad politician."

    Actually, he's a GREAT neurosurgeon, arguably the premier pediatric neurosurgeon on the planet.

    You are correct when you say that he's a "bad politician," especially if by "politician" you mean:
    (a) a person without any personal integrity, guiding principles, or moral character;
    (b) a person willing to say anything, lie to anyone, or cover-up any scandal to get (re-)elected;
    (c) a person with more allegiance to party ideology than to American ideals or constituents' real needs.

    Washington is filled with "good politicians" who exemplify (a), (b), and (c), above. Ben Carson is more of a statesman, a principled leader who draws followers because he speaks the truth, regardless of how it angers those who insist on political correctness.

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    1. I'm glad we don't disagree on the bigot part.

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    2. Hear! Hear!

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    3. So Dr. Carson is a bigot because he believes (as the Clintons did and the Obamas did before it became politically expedient to reverse their "beliefs") that marriage is between a man and a woman?! Are you kidding? His unfortunate wording about gays is proof, if anything, that he is NOT a politician. Did you jump on Obama's "unfortunate" statements (like his having visited "all 57 states in this country" or the now-obvious lies he told about Obamacare, or "there isn't a smidgen of corruption in the IRS, or (and this is especially egrigious given the fact that he's Commander in Chief) mispronouncing the word "corpsman" -- and claim that made him stupid, or dishonest...or just a professional politician...?
      Dr. Carson is striking a cord with Republicans and Independents all across the country because of his background, his convictions, his accomplishments and his fresh ideas. The fact that you believe Republicans won't support him only shows your own ignorance. Rasmussen just polled likely candidates against Hillary, and he came within one point of the most popular candidate, Rand Paul. But Carson is much more mainstream in this beliefs than Paul, and most Americans don't even know who he is yet. Stick around -- you're going to be shocked at his popularity -- particularly BECAUSE he's not a politician --.even while Hillary's sinking like a stone. We will draft him like we did Eisenhower, with the same results.

      Your own bigotry is showing, Andrew...just as Bill Maher's was when he called Dr. Carson a "drooling moron." If Carson is a drooling moron -- what does that make Bill Maher? Or you...?!

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    4. Wow !!! People like you can actually procreate !! That's scary !!

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  2. Hmmm.. let's see: I'm white, Jewish, conservative and don't consider him to be a bigot, nor do I consider his religious beliefs to be a threat. Then again, I've actually taken the time to research the man, and understand what stands for.

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    1. So, if he suddenly said Jews can't get married you'd be fine with that?

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  3. "Bigotry is the state of mind of a bigot: someone who, as a result of their prejudices, treats or views other people with fear, distrust or hatred on the basis of a person's ethnicity, evaluative orientation, race, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, disability, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics." -- Wikipedia

    I don't see fear, distrust, or hatred in Dr. Carson. What I hear is disagreement about how one defines marriage.

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  4. Hmm, if he can separate twins at the head, perhaps he can seperate the church from the state, supposedly head from heart? Then the moral folks without religion can show the religious how religious folks don't need religion to be good?

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  5. Every person has its own notion on the concept of life and sees its own perceptions of life like gays concept is that they can marry each other but it is true that rule of nature cannot be changed as the marriage is between male and female. This concept is one of the most 11 typical concepts of human life.

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