We can only speculate at this point what it would be like if Dr. Ben Carson were to become President of the United States. But we can surmise that his seemingly disconnected approach to reality would continue on its strange course. So here’s a little primer on how Ben Carson might respond to situations of real consequence, tragedy and progress. All of the following remarks are drawn straight from the mouth of Dr. Ben Carson.
Imagine Ben Carson responding to the 9/11 tragedy. With a massive terrorist attack staring him right in the face, Dr. Carson would more likely wax poetic on how people perceive the thing. This is one of his actual quotes: “Quite frankly, having an uninformed populace works extremely well, particularly when you have a media that doesn’t understand its responsibility and feels more like it’s an arm of a political party. They can really take advantage of an uninformed populace.”
And how right Dr. Carson would be. Because following the 9/11 tragedy, the media followed the lead of the George W. Bush administration by cheerleading for war. The public largely went along with the idea that attacking Iraq after bombing Afghanistan was the right thing to do despite the fact that there was no connection between Saddam Hussein and the terrorists who committed the crime? So in his daft way, Dr. Carson accurately predicted how stupid much of the American public can be.
Of course, Dr. Ben Carson would never actually call people stupid. That is, unless he disagrees with them somehow. This is what the erstwhile President might have to say about that. “I just happen to believe that people are not stupid. And the way I will come at it is to educate people, help people to actually understand that it is that progressive movement that is causing them the problems.”
Well, isn’t that a dandy little contradiction in terminology? It’s only progressive people that are stupid. So would Dr. Ben Carson be a President for all the people, or just the people with whom he agrees?
“Here’s a nation, one of the founding pillars was freedom of speech and freedom of expression. And yet, we have imposed upon people restrictions on what they can say, on what they can think. And the media is the largest proponent of this, crucifying people who say things really quite innocently.”
Yes, Dr. Carson. It’s really quite innocent to suggest that the progressive movement is the cause of the problems in America despite its innocent motivations of social justice, economic fairness and racial equality. And then turn around and claim that it’s the media that is burying fairness and that progressives are the cause of social ills when you’ve already admitted that having an uninformed populace is rather handy when it comes to propagandizing certain messages that go unexamined by people who listen to news media that bark their so-called “fair and balanced” beliefs 24 hours a day?
That’s not selfish thinking at all, now is it, Dr. President? But Ben Carson thinks he’s got it all figured out. Despite representing a party whose entire priorities seem to be satisfying the richest and most famous (Donald Trump, for example) of all Americans, Dr. Carson thinks that the “rich and famous” are depressed because they don’t “have a cause.” He’s what he has to say about that.
“There is no fulfillment in things whatsoever. And I think one of the reasons that depression reigns supreme amongst the rich and famous is some of them thought that maybe those things would bring them happiness. But what, in fact, does is having a cause, having a passion. And that’s really what gives life’s true meaning.“
So perhaps Dr. Ben Carson is on to something. Maybe the reason Republicans such as he…are so dissatisfied and depressed about America is that the cause they are representing, making the rich even richer while dumping social woes and costs on the middle class and poor, is really not all that satisfying?
We can only imagine what it would be like to have Dr. Ben Carson as President. But frankly, we’ve already imagined that, and America is suffering for it.
So let’s skip the whole Ben Carson thing altogether, can we? He’s obviously a parrot for the pathetically vacuous virtues of an ideology that has long gone bankrupt.