Does the GOP have any vetting ability at all for its “saviors?”
Hailed by Fox and other conservative outlets as the “savior” of the GOP (because he’s a well-educated, successful neurosurgeon, and also because he’s a black dude), Ben Carson has proven that the new savior of the GOP is kinda like the old savior of the GOP – bigoted, offensive, with a background of violence toward others, and drowning in his own gaffes.
Asked by Sean Hannity about his views on same-sex marriage, Carson channeled Palin-Bachmann-King and the Family Research Council, saying, “My thoughts are that, uh, marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s a well-established, fundamental pillar of society, and no group – be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality – doesn’t matter what they are, they don’t get to change the definition. So it’s not something that’s against gays, it’s against anybody who wants to come along and change the fundamental definitions of pillars of society. It has significant ramifications.”
And then the walk-back, speaking to Andrea Mitchell, when – based on his bigotry and intolerance – students and faculty at Johns Hopkins petitioned to revoke his invitation to speak:
“And, you know, I think, you know, in terms of what was said on Sean Hannity’s show, that was taken completely out of context and completely misunderstood in terms of what I was trying to say . . . You know, as a Christian, you know, I have a duty to love all people and that includes people who have other sexual orientations, and I certainly do, and never had any intention of offending anyone. What I was basically saying, and if anybody was offended, I apologize to you. But what I was basically saying is that there is no group. I wasn’t equating those things, I don’t think they’re equal . . . My point was that once we start changing the definitions, then where do we stop? . . . They should be treated just as anyone else. But being treated just as anyone else, no one else gets to change the definitions of standard, you know, societal pillars.”
Dude, you lumped gays together in a category with NAMBLA (North American Man Boy Love Association), a group of pedophiles and pedarasts; you lumped gays together with people who practice bestiality, which is basically sexual relationships between humans and lower animals; and then you go on to claim that heterosexual marriage is somehow a newly-minted “pillar of society.” Oh, and then there’s the part where, as a christian, you love all people, including gays.
Blacks as slaves, women not being allowed to vote, interracial marriage being against the law, children being allowed to work in sweatshops, bigamy and polygamy – all of these things were once well-established practices, as well. They shouldn’t have changed?
When you listen to Ben Carson, he’s a completely non-dynamic person who speaks in a monotone and resembles nothing short of vanilla pudding, and yet, though he obviously considers himself a “pillar of society” now, he has a very dark side – a past struggle with a violent, psychopathic temper: He tried to hit his mother with a hammer; inflicted a head injury on a classmate; and stabbed his friend with a knife (an unsuccessful stabbing, since the knife broke on his friend’s belt) while arguing over a radio station. The fact that he’s presumably overcome his psychopathy and anger issues (after the stabbing, he locked himself in the bathroom with the bible and “found god”) to become a “pillar of society” doesn’t mean that beneath the semi-polished exterior doesn’t lurk a mean-spirited, angry, only semi-reformed bad boy. It’s always special when someone who couldn’t control his violent temper with close friends and family lectures us on appropriate conduct, isn’t it?
And, of course, he spoke first and walked it back later, which is pretty much par for the course for GOP “saviors.” From Ted Nugent and Donald Trump and Herman Cain to Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, the GOP picks its mouthpieces for their ability to be hateful and mean-spirited and then later claim they were “misunderstood” or their words were “taken out of context.” They picked a doozy this time.
Maybe this bad-boy-turned-neurosurgeon is the best thing since sliced bread when it comes to cutting into someone’s skull, but when it comes to human compassion and open-mindedness, it appears that the bad boy wins the day.