Saturday, November 08, 2014

Dr. Ben Carson? Good Man, But Not Quite Ready For President

Now that the 2014 mid-terms are over, one political season has ended, and another will begin...meaning the 2016 run for President.

But now, rumors are flying that one likely contender for the GOP nomination is about to be the first to throw his hat in the ring (CNN).
On Friday, amid media reports about Carson's preparations to possibly run for president, Carson and Fox confirmed that his relationship with the cable news channel had been severed.
...While contributing to Fox programs, he openly flirted with the possibility of a presidential run in 2016. In September, he told the radio host Hugh Hewitt that the chances of a run were "reasonably good," but that he was waiting for a "few more months."
It's been a couple of months, at least. Earlier this week, The Washington Times (which publishes columns by Carson) reported that a flattering documentary about him, titled "A Breath of Fresh Air: A New Prescription for America," is set to air this weekend in local markets across the country.
"A production company run by conservative personality Armstrong Williams filmed the documentary and is paying for the airtime," The Times reported. "Mr. Williams is also Mr. Carson's business manager."
...Carson said in a statement Friday evening that "at this time, no decision has been made to run for president."
The fact that Dr. Carson is now separated from Fox News and has this prime time special is a good indicator of what he's thinking about.  But would a Carson run for the Presidency be good?

Make no mistake. Dr. Carson's story of his beginnings, and how he rose to his success as a neurosuregon, is an inspiring one and an example of the greatness of America. He had a courage few have shown, when in 2013 he criticized the direction America was headed without directly mentioning Richard Milhous Hussein-Obama's name, and while Obama was sitting at the same table. His words were right on the money, but does that speech make him Presidential material?

In my mind, no. Any one of us could have given the same speech in front of the President, but it doesn't necessarily qualify us to be President.

Remember back in 2008, during the Democrat Primary, Hillary Rotten Clinton said the following:
I think that I have a lifetime of experience that I will bring to the White House. Sen. John McCain has a lifetime of experience that he'd bring to the White House. And Sen. Obama has a speech he gave in 2002.
There is no doubt that Dr. Carson is an admirable and inspirational person. But if some are pushing him to run for President based on his National Prayer Breakfast speech, aren't we as conservatives treating Dr. Carson as Democrats did Obama?

Joe Cunningham wrote the following back in August at RedState.
What makes Ben Carson eligible to be president? What political experience does he have? I don’t dislike the guy, mind you, but in terms of realistic chances of pulling the country (and the world) from the cesspool it’s gone into, what can he bring to the table?
Under a Republican House and Senate, a President Ben Carson can repeal Obamacare… then what? He gives Republicans a chance to escape the whole racist banner Democrats have put them under? Of course not. Carson would just join the ranks of Herman Cain and Clarence Thomas as “tokens” for the Republican Party. Our image wouldn’t change that much with our political opponents.
...This cult of personality surrounding the good doctor is too in love with what he says and not with what he will actually be able to do. My biggest fear in these types of situations is what happens when that personality flops in a campaign – some of those devotees take their ball and go home, proclaiming how done they are with the party and the process. However, he is almost guaranteed to flop as he is now – a politically inexperienced man with a quote that is now easy to exploit and use against him. Further, the latter betrays the former. Someone with political experience would (should?) know better than to make a quote like this because it will hurt their chances in an upcoming election.
It’s not that I don’t think Ben Carson is qualified to be in the political world, but I definitely don’t think he’s ready for the biggest political job there is. The best presidents have political experience under their belt before they reach the top. If Carson wants to run for president one day, then it is my hope that he does. Just not in 2016. Let the man get some experience under his belt first. Then we can push him to run.
Which is true. We recently recalled the 50th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's political debut "A Time For Choosing." Keep in mind that this speech did not elevate Reagan to the White House. Sure, he'd been President of the Screen Actors Guild, but that's a different beast from being President of the United States. Instead, Reagan used his skills at SAG and learned the political ropes as two successful terms being Governor of California. This gave him the opportunity to show voters how his political philosophy worked and would work as President when he first ran (unsuccessfully against incumbent Gerald Ford for the GOP nomination) in 1976, and successfully ran in 1980.

Ben Carson doesn't have that.

Plus, what all do we know about Carson's beliefs on several issues important to conservatives? Here's one that Dana Loesch found which she said is a "deal breaker" for her, and it is for me as well.
(GLENN) BECK: Do I have the right to own a semiautomatic weapon?
CARSON: It depsnds on where you live. I think if you live in the midst of a lot of people, and I’m afraid that that semi-automatic weapon is going to fall into the hands of a crazy person, I would rather you not have it.
In this interview, Carson says that our Second Amendment natural rights are predicated upon where we live, completely antithetical to the Founders's intent and written law. 
Later, Carson said this: 
The caller said, “I’ve heard some conflicting things from people and I’m curious what your thoughts are on the Second Amendment and what this administration is doing to gut it, right now?”
Dr. Carson said, “Well, it’s always good to hear it from the horse’s mouth. First of all, I am a very strong believer in the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment is there for a very good reason, and I think our Founding Fathers were very wise to recognize that the populace could be a tremendous aid to the military. They could form their own militia; they would be a tremendous deterrent for invasion.”
He then invokes Piers Morgan's tank argument as an example of restrictions. He added:
“You do need to have a discussion about how we deal with situations where there is a tremendous amount of crime and easy access to the kinds of weapons that can create a lot of damage quickly. But that needs to be done in context of always preserving Second Amendment rights.”
We need to have a discussion on how we deal with easy access to weapons that "create a lot of damage quickly?" Sorry, but this sounds vague and seems like he's trying to say "assault weapon" without risking penalty in the conservative sphere for borrowing Bloomberg/Feinstein language. 
By the way, the caller was referring to Carson's own quote above, or, "from the horse's mouth," so to speak. Perhaps I've missed it, but I haven't seen Carson address his statement in the video above. So where does Carson stand on this issue? And why are we seriously considering presidential support for a candidate when we don't know where he stands on one of our most basic natural rights? 
Exactly! I know we as a nation are desperate for real leadership. But it shouldn't be at the expense of giving away a portion of our rights, or because we have found our own "cult of personality" that we can run against the Democrat's version in two years.

1 comment:

D.A. Jamzon said...

It seems you are still 'marooned' wherever you are. Dr. Carson is so much more than your weak attempt here to define him for your reader. Your premise that he is being supported seriously as a potential candidate for POTUS mainly due to one speech is quite misleading; it reflects a hasty effort to put him in a box, as well as your effort to portray the idea that he is vague on 2nd Amendment Rights. It basically demonstrates that you have not done your homework as a writer, and it is hard to take writer's seriously when they do not. In an appearance on Wednesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Dr. Ben Carson, discussed his views on the Second Amendment and stated that in high-crime areas, “We should be able to engage in conversations about [the Second Amendment],” and the discussion should center around “what can we agree on that doesn't violate the Second Amendment?” He also said “the Second Amendment is the essential part of our Constitution,” and clarified afterwards that expanded background checks and an assault weapons ban would be off the table in any discussions on the Second Amendment. He also cautioned against a “litmus test” on the right to keep and bear arms. Stop bearing false witness against friends!