This weekend Fox News Sunday interviewed the Tea Party flavor of the week, Dr. Ben Carson. The interview (video below) was notable for some of the uncharacteristically clear-headed questions from host Chris Wallace that exposed Carson as the extremist nut case that he is.
Wallace introduced the segment by noting that Carson has made some controversial remarks for which he will be held to account. That is an understatement, to say the least. Comparing ObamaCare to slavery, and America to Nazi Germany are not your conventional campaign slogans. Wallace even told Carson point blank that “I think you would agree that, at best, your a distinct long shot.” But the statement that Wallace singled out was when Carson warned that, somehow, the 2016 election would be canceled. It was a profoundly stupid notion without any rational foundation, which Wallace seemed to recognize when he asked his question.
Wallace: You said recently that you thought that there might not actually be elections in 2016 because of wide spread anarchy. Do really believe that?
Carson: Well, I hope that that’s not going to be the case, but certainly there is the potential because you have to recognize that we have a rapidly increasing national debt, a very unstable financial foundation, and you have all these things going on like the ISIS crisis, that could very rapidly change things that are going on in our nation. And unless we begin to deal with these things in a comprehensive way, and in a logical way, there is no telling what could happen in just the matter of a couple of years.
Huh? There is a potential that democracy will be dispensed with because of the national debt and ISIS? What in holy hell is he talking about? The United States and its democratic system has endured for over 200 years, through economic catastrophes, civil and world wars, Nixonian corruption, and assassinations. Yet Carson thinks that it may all soon be over because of our present economy (with it’s soaring stock market, record profits, and low unemployment), and a band of desert rats 8,000 miles away?
It is stunning that anyone would take this man seriously as a candidate for president. But the party that has previously placed at the top of their presidential wish list people like Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Donald Trump, Rick Perry, and Sarah Palin, is just the party to hoist Carson’s flag. He recently placed a close second (after fellow Tea-publican Ted Cruz) in a straw poll by attendees of the right-wing, evangelical Values Voters conference.
For a party that vehemently castigated President Obama as lacking the necessary experience to be president when he launched his campaign, the Republicans have an intense infatuation for candidates with even less experience. Wallace also addressed this hypocrisy in the interview with a cleverly worded question.
Wallace: After looking at Barack Obama and what’s happened with his lack of political experience in the last six years, wouldn’t putting Ben Carson in the Oval Office be akin to putting a politician in an operating room and having him perform one of your brain surgeries?
Carson: I don’t think so. What is required for leadership is wisdom.
Indeed. And the wisdom demonstrated by a political neophyte who thinks that there may not be an election in 2016, but if there is it will be dominated by voters who “have been beaten into submission,” is exactly what the “doctor” ordered, if that doctor is Dr. Strangelove.
Even the Wall Street Journal noticed that the bizarre rantings of Carson were trouble for the GOP. Columnist Peter Wehner, who served in the past three Republican administrations, wrote that “This is the kind of rhetorical recklessness that convinces many Americans that Republican leaders are extreme, irresponsible, and fundamentally unserious.” […and that…] “Dr. Carson’s comments are evidence of a political mind that is not simply undisciplined but also fanatical.” […and that…] “Any political party or movement that is associated with such utterances will pay a price.”
Carson recently declared that the “likelihood is strong” that he will run for president, despite his having none of the requisite knowledge or skills for the job. His putative candidacy rests entirely on his support from Tea Party zealots and Fox News who, in breach of every code of journalistic ethics, continues to employ him as a commentator despite his admitted status as a candidate.
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7 thoughts on “Ben Carson Reveals Himself To Be A Delusional Conspiracy Theorist On Fox News Sunday”
I’m reminded of that Jim Carrey in which he asks his female co-star what was the odds she would go out with him. She says 1,000,000 to 1. He answers, So there is a chance! That seems to be the road Carson wants to take us down. And if none of his doom-and-gloom comes true? Would he tell us it was his warning that saved us all? His type of political discourse seems to come straight from a traveling revival tent.
It’s the nutcases like this that make another Romney run believable. The republican stable is so full of “not ready for prime time players” it’s a wonder anyone can think they have any serious notions of how to lead this country.
Our system was designed by our founders with the people in mind, and with the will of the people in mind not with the will of the government. If you want the will of the government then, yes, you need people who spend their whole lives in politics and they are much more likely to impose the will of the government , but I don’t think that is what we need. Jefferson said, “when things get so bad the PEOPLE need to make that correction.” I think it’s that time, a time to make that correction now. You would all do yourselves a massive favor by looking beyond ideology , Democrat, Republican etc. and beyond labels, white, black etc. to what is needed by this nation right now. What is required for leadership is wisdom, the ability to assemble an appropriate team an ability to listen and the ability to make wise decisions.
Your comment is some of what Carson said in the video. OK, you can transcribe pretty well. So what?
It is another ignorant statement from Carson that implies that people with experience ought not to be given jobs where their experience can be put to good use. Our system has always exploited the wisdom and skills of those with experience, including our founders who spent much of their lives in public service. I, for one, prefer representatives who know what they’re doing, rather than ignoramuses like Carson, Sarah Palin, Rand Paul, etc., who would only foul things up.
In politics, experience comes with a lot of baggage, and not necessarily any wisdom or smarts. I can think of a LOT of politicians who never should have been in public office, and Ben Carson is one private professional with scads of the right kind of experience, and none of the baggage. His moral compass is unexcelled.
When a nation has fallen so far from the decency that is the Judeo-Christian ethic, and so far from the strength that used to characterize it, it is no longer a safe place. Dr. Carson understands correctly that this country faces possible existential crises, most of them caused by our economic and moral issues. We are in essence bankrupt. You cannot have nearly $18 trillion of debt and enjoy the luxury of thinking everything is okay.
Folks, nothing is okay, and it is our fault, and if -God help us- we should find ourselves “temporarily” under martial law in the next two years, due to a host of possibilities, this administration would dearly love to change the rules during that period of ultimate power. Remember that promise to “fundamentally change America”?
Ben Carson does not start fires, but any truly moral person is going to try to alert the household if the house is already smoldering. I do fear that many Americans no longer have the moral and spiritual strength to hear any warnings at all.
WOW, what a putz. He is no more qualified to be president than Trump is.
Wow…..that is all a great big bowl of total insanity. Way to be vague with the ‘baggage’ line. What do you even mean by that? The right kind of experience? Like what? Talking crazy in an echo chamber at fox? His moral compass…unexcelled? I didn’t know moral compass was synonomous with reckless hyperbole and uncaring and offensive divisiveness. I see you ride that train all day long though, ‘no longer a safe place’. Cause religion owns morality (everyone knows that, nonbelievers are only contributers to the amoralization of America, right?), and I don’t have any idea what ‘the strength that characterizes it’ even means. But ‘no longer a safe place’?? HOLY SHIT, REALLY? Smacks a little bit of ‘Fuck everything that isn’t Judeo-Christian’, if you ask me. Oh geez, bankrupt? That’s news to the ecocnomy, seeing as how we’re back to pre Bush total clusterfuck-up levels. Moral issues…yeah, ok. Go ahead and play that out, see how much sense that makes and how well America resonates with neocon ‘morals’. Keep fuckin that chicken!!
Aaaand you lost me at the martial law line. Shit like that makes it absolutely easy to chalk it all up to batshit. Which it is…all batshit. Rationalized batshit. ‘Moral and spiritual strength’, why that’s just the hershey kiss atop that mound of guano.
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