The more I hear from Ben Carson, the more obvious it is to me that he’s really just the second coming of Sarah Palin. Like Palin, he appears to write his speeches using a Wingnut Madlibs game. His speeches are nothing but a jumbled series of well-worn cliches with virtually no original cognitive content at all. The latest begins with this:
“Don’t let the secular progressives drive God out of our lives,” Carson told listeners at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City.
“We have to stop letting them bully us,” he said of secular interests. ‘We back down too easily. It’s an important part of who we are.”
How amusing. Those people are bullying us into not oppressing others in the name of our religious beliefs!
“The fact of the matter is that I believe our founders set up a system that wasn’t supposed to cater to a political class,” Carson said. “It was supposed to cater to the people.”
“We’ve gotten everything confused,” the retired neurosurgeon said of today’s political landscape.
“We’ve got to stop making everything into a political issue,” he added. “Our unity is through our strength.”
Just meaningless platitudes.
“This country has so much energy,” Carson said of U.S. fossil fuels. “It is unbelievable what God has blessed us with. Developing our energy, our fossil fuels, does not have to be at odds with people who want green energy.”
So did God “bless us” by putting a lot of fossil fuels here hundreds of millions of years ago in anticipation of our later arrival? And if he really wanted to bless us, why wouldn’t he have given us vast resources for energy production that didn’t pollute the air and water and cause massive health harms to millions of people? Wow, what a…blessing.
Carson said he saw partisan divides over the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya as another unnecessary schism.
“Every issue is a pro-American or an anti-American issue,” he said.
What the fuck does that mean? What the fuck could that mean?
Carson charged that a key source of disunion was the influence of special interests and outside money.
“Sever ties with special interest groups,” Carson urged politicians.
“I personally don’t have ties with any of those people,” the 2016 hopeful said. “And I’m not going to develop any of them, either.”
Carson called on voters to remember they all live in and love the same country. The overall U.S. was infinitely more important than party affiliation, he argued.
“It’s not about some elite class of us,” he said. “It’s about all of us. This country belongs to all of us.”
Pretty much any talk about “special interests” is an empty cliche. They just conveniently label any group they disagree with as a “special interest” and any group they agree with as not one. Voila!
This man has nothing of interest or intellect to say about any political issue and the few times he does venture away from just repeating platitudes, he’s completely wrong.