The more I watch him, the more I come to the conclusion that Ben Carson is not ready for prime time. He seems completely incapable of saying anything that isn’t an empty platitude. When he does go off-script, he comes off like an idiot. Case in point:
At the end of a speech filled with broad platitudes about patriotism and how, until only recently, the U.S. upheld Judeo-Christian values, Carson implored that “we need to bring spirituality back to this country.”
“It was our Judeo-Christian values that allowed this to be an exceptional country, that allowed us to move forward so incredibly quickly and as we abandon God, you can see that we are spiraling downward just as quickly,” he said.
Are we really spiraling downward? By what measure, exactly? Typical measures of social dislocation and dysfunction — teen pregnancy, drug abuse, violent crime — are all going down and have been for a couple decades now. The only measures by which things are getting worse, like poverty and income inequality, are exactly the things that Republicans refuse to do anything about and, in fact, want to make worse. Oh, wait….gay people are now getting married. Clutch those pearls, Ben.