Ben Carson Implies That America Would Benefit from Some ISIS-Like Zeal

You know what America needs a little more of? That same fanaticism that drives ISIS. Or so Dr. Ben Carson seemed to imply in (well received) comments to a Republican National Committee meeting in San Diego.

Carson, who has gone from feeling the fingers of God pushing him to run for President to fending off charges of plagiarism in the last few months, started on safe ground… then quickly abandoned it.

“A bunch of rag tag militiamen defeated the most powerful and professional military force on the planet. Why? Because they believed in what they were doing. They were willing to die for what they believed in,” Carson told a luncheon audience of national committee members. “Fast forward to today. What do we have? You’ve got ISIS. They’ve got the wrong philosophy, but they’re willing to die for it while we are busily giving away every belief and every value for the sake of political correctness. We have to change that.

It might be me, but when we’re talking about a group of religious fanatics that murders infidels, sanctions slavery, condones rape, and attempts genocide, it’s a little hard to find the positive. Especially when the positive is the very fanaticism that drives them to rape, murder, enslave, and otherwise harm people.

It also seems something less than a compliment to compare the Founding Fathers to ISIS — which Carson, later during the same speech, insisted he was not doing:

“Now I recognize that there’s press here and some of the press will say, ‘Carson said that ISIS is the same as the United States,'” he said. “They are just so ridiculous, so ridiculous.”

Carson’s initial words were pretty clear, and they were pretty clearly making a comparison between early Americans and ISIS. Regardless, though, I think the fact that he would contrast — to America’s detriment — what he sees as our culture of “political correctness” to that of ISIS is rather telling.

At any rate, I’m starting to understand the plagiarism… it’s probably a good idea for him to stick to someone else’s words, when this is the sort of thing he comes up with on his own.

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Rachel Ford is a programmer, and since 8:00 to 5:00 doesn't provide enough opportunity to bask in screen glare, she writes in her spare time. She was raised a very fundamentalist Christian, but eventually "saw the light." Rachel's personal blog is Rachel's Hobbit Hole, where she discusses everything from Tolkien to state politics.