MEET THE 2016 REPUBLICAN CLOWNS! (Part One of a Series)

Apr. 9, 2015  By Jack Jodell. 

The Republican Party, infested as it currently is with extremists, reactionaries, and government-hating Tea Party kooks, is starting to fill its clown car to the White House  with wackos, much as it did in 2012.  In this post, I begin an intermittent series which will feature the declared and / or desiring wannabe candidates who will be making a bid for the presidency in 2016. I will start with the man known as Dr. Ben Carson.    

beb carsonBen Carson is, by trade, an author and a neurosurgeon. On the surface, he seems to be a brilliant, highly educated,  and accomplished man, seemingly well qualified to be President. But when we dig deeper, we find him to be just another in a long line of unsuitable, far-right crackpots. You’ll see. As of this writing, he is 63 years old. He is also an African-American, which would make him, if he were to win the presidency, our nation’s second (and consecutive) African-American President. However, you will soon find that he has little in common with our current President.  

carson 2Carson grew up in Detroit, the son of a Seventh-day Adventist minister. Both of his parents came from rural Georgia. At age 8, his parents were divorced, so he and his older brother were raised by his mother.  In one of his books he claims to have had a violent temper in his youth, but says he overcame it permanently by reading the book of Proverbs. He excelled in school and was given a West Point scholarship. He earned a degree in Psychology from Yale and his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School. He did his residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in neurosurgery, and later delved into pediatrics. He rose rapidly in the ranks of medicine amd specialized in a wide variety of brain disorders. These included, among many others, brain and spinal cord tumors, traumatic brain injuries, neurological and congenital disorders, and epilepsy. He eventually became a professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, and became, at age 33, their hospital’s youngest-ever director of pediatric neurosurgery. In 1987, he successfully separated the Binder twins, who had been joined at the back of the head. His team wotked for 22 hours on this successful endeavor, and both twins survived. He retired from surgery, at the top ofd his game, in 2013.

Prior to his retirement from surgery, Carson had begun writing. Over a period of more than two decades, he has authored six best selling books, all of which have been published by Zondervan – a worldwide Christian media and publishing company. His first book was am autobiography, while two others were about his personal philosophies of finding success through faith and hard work. This is unsurprising, for Carson has been a member of the American Academy of Achievement as well as the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. He has received numerous awards over the years, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which George W. Bush gave to him in 2008. With a pedigree of success such as this, one might assume this blogger would be very enthusiastic about his candidacy for President in 2016, but such an assumption would be dead wrong.

ben carsonFor Carson has followed a conservative philosophy for many years, and has made (too many) far right, controversial statements over that time.  In 2013 he joined the conservative Washington Times as a weekly opinion columnist  and has also written for an online publication which targets conservative African-Americans, called American Conservative. He was keynote speaker at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, and was widely lauded by the far right media, from Rush Limnaugh to Neil Caputo to Sean Hannity. He gave interviews on Fox “News” to both of those latter two, and even said to Hannity that he would run for President “if the Lord grabbed me by the collar and carson babblingmade me do it!” Shades of George W. Bush – God forbid! Carson was a featured speaker at yhe Conservative Political Action Committee Conference (CPAC), and has been a darling of the Values Voters crowd for some time now. I find both of these groups to be overrun with extremist, narrow-minded zealots/ With his opposition to same-sex marriage (he compares it to “bestiality”), has said “marriage is between one man and one woman…they {gays} d0n’t get to change the definition.” On another show, in an interview done with a fifferent host, Carson said that being gay was “absolutely” a choice, and added that “a lot of people go into prison straight, but when they cone out, they’re gay.” Hmmm…ok… if you say so, Carson. As for evolution, Carson once stated, “I don’t believe in evolution…I simply don’t have enough faith to believe that something as complwex as our ability to rationalize, think, and plan, and have a moral sense of what’s right and wrong, just appeared.” (Methinks someone should remind the good old doctor that the concept of evolution does NOT involve the human race “just appearing”). He is also opposed to the legalization of recreational marijuana, making the same tired old unfounded puritanical claim that it is a gateway drug that leads to “hedonistic activity.” As for health care, he is critical of the for-profit system we currently have (and I strongly agree with him on that), but his preposterous “solution” to the problem is “at birth, give {everybody} a birth certificate, an electronic medical record and a health savings account.” Pretty hard to believe, considering how long Carson has been a part of the medical establishment.

Some other revealing quotes will shed light on Carson’s political mindset, and will help you understand why I view him as an extremist and a clown. Regarding the Affordable Care Act, he said, “Obamacare is the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. In a way, it is slavery, because Ben Carsonit is making all of us subservient to the government.” Right, Carson – just like traffic lights and speed limits and drivers licenses also make us “subservient” to the government. A little more than six months ago, Carson implied that President Obama may declare martial law. He told Fox “News” (who else?) “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.” It is shocking to see such a learned man be so horribly ignorant of the negative role his party, under the Bush administration, rubber-stanped huge tax breaks for the rich while simultaneously launching (yet not paying for) a highly costly and wholly unnecessary war in Iraq, and that the Iraq War was a major contributor to the founding of ISIS. Can we afford another ignorant President like W? I DON’T THINK SO! But perhaps the wackiest thing to ever come out of Carson’s mouth was last August, when he fearmongered over the spreading of Ebola by theorizing, “So if there were a container of contaminated urine,  and somehow it managed to find its way to someplace a lot of damage could be done. Someone comes up to a lab worker – he knows he’s got the urine. ‘How would you like a million dollars?’ Such things have been known to happen.” Typical unbalanced paranoia from a way-out wacky extremist Republican.  

I don’t know where this guy got some of his craziest notions – whether it derived from fundamentalist Christianity, or his time at West Point – who can really tell? Need I say more? Ben Cohen is definitely NOT FIT TO HANDLE THE JOB OF U.S. PRESIDENT! 

About jackjodell53

I am an American Dissident trapped in a country where poor and middle class people are constantly being exploited and lied to by a very rigid and conservative plutocratic elite. I believe in government OF, FOR, and BY the people, not one controlled as it now is by corporations and special interests.
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