There’s no question that Ben Carson is a very, very smart man. You don’t become a neurosurgeon and teach at Johns Hopkins Medical School without being incredibly intelligent. But boy, does he say some astoundingly stupid things. The Washington Post covered an event at which he spoke and captured a few of them:
“The vast majority of people in this country actually have common sense; the problem is they’ve been beaten into submission,” Carson says, standing onstage between two mounted moose heads and beneath a series of chandeliers made of antlers.
This is pure pandering. There is no such thing as “common sense.” It’s a phrase invented to make ignorant, uneducated people think that they have access to some special type of intelligence that those overeducated eggheads don’t have.
I’d love to make a bet with him: If there is an election, he moves to Australia. If there isn’t, I’ll do anything he wants me to do. It’s the same dumb thing people said about Bush. It’s ridiculous paranoia. Or it’s just plain demagoguery. Take your pick.
He speaks softly, almost as though he’s reading a child to sleep. But this is a scary story. If Republicans don’t win back the Senate in November, he says, he can’t be sure “there will even be an election in 2016.” Later, his wife, Candy, tells a supporter that they are holding on to their son’s Australian passport just in case the election doesn’t go their way.
Carson says that at the time of the prayer breakfast, he was planning a relaxing retirement. He even bought an organ with designs on honing his musical skills and spending his days away from “The People’s Republic of Maryland,” as he calls it, in sunny Florida.
He did retire from surgery last year, but his retirement plans changed.
“Sometimes I realize there are forces greater than me,” he says. “I am an instrument that’s being used to help restore this country.”
Beware anyone who thinks they’re being used by God to do something. The men who bombed the World Trade Center believed that too.