Remember the snake, Kaa, from the movie “The Jungle Book?” He would get his prey by hypnosis. Kaa would sing a soft soothing song to put them to sleep before he ate them. Dr. Ben Carson uses the same strategy. He speaks softly in his quiet bedside hypnospeak, and that’s all people hear. They don’t even notice how often he tweaks or outright changes his position on issues. He oozes warmth and caring for his fellow man and somehow that translates to presidential material.
Sunday Newsmax writes that Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd says Carson resonates with voters in Iowa because he is “transparent” and “seemingly very believable.” Operative word is “seemingly.” What is it that is unbelievable? Floyd went on to say, “He’s likable via the camera and that’s a very important thing.” He then added, “He’s shown some real good wisdom in some matters. (Some?) But most of all is that he’s relating with the cultural social issues.” This response is typical from the majority of Carson supporters, not just evangelicals.
While being nice can be a good thing, the truth is Carson wasn’t always so nice. In an interview with the American Academy of Achievement, he recalled trying to hit his mother over the head with a hammer because of a disagreement over what clothes he should wear.
According to CNN on Sunday by his own admission Carson says he hasn’t always been so calm. “As a teenager, I would go after people with rocks, and bricks, and baseball bats, and hammers. And, of course, many people know the story when I was 14 and I tried to stab someone,” Carson said Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press. “You know, fortunately, you know, my life has been changed,” he added. “And I’m a very different person now.”
It’s amazing that people are not at all disturbed by Carson’s history of physically assaulting people. Everyone makes mistakes as teenagers, but is a history of attacking people with rocks, bricks, and baseball bats something that should be overlooked in a presidential candidate? Is he completely past his anger or is it carefully hidden beneath the surface?While he may be a great leader in the OR, can he lead a nation?
Justin Dimick, a University of Michigan surgeon who runs a leadership development program mused in an interview, “Does being a surgeon make you a better leader?” He added, “I haven’t seen any evidence to suggest that.” Dimick co-authored a recent study that found rising surgeon-leaders admitted to having gaps in key administrative skills, like setting a vision and getting others to follow them.
One of Carson’s dysfunctional beliefs is that he and Al Sharpton share the same goals. They just have different ideas on how to achieve them. Earlier this year, Carson wrote an article regarding this connection. While one can appreciate Rodney King’s plea of “Why can’t we all just get along,” Al Sharpton’s only desire is to feed his lust for money and power. He is a far left liberal, filled with hatred and negative rhetoric for America, for whites, police officers, and for anything conservative. The question is why would Carson even consider speaking at an Al Sharpton convention?
Regarding amnesty, Carson told a prominent group of Latino elected officials that he also supports giving illegal immigrants a path to legalization and eventual citizenship. Carson feels there needs to be a way to “share the wealth and still maintain our borders, our integrity.”
On mandatory vaccines Carson held a hard line stating “Vaccinations should be mandatory, with no religious or philosophical exemptions, and schools should check to make sure children have received them. We already have policies in place at schools that require immunization records and things of that nature.” His argument is that we now have open borders, and filth and disease is coming into America which hasn’t been here previously.
After receiving a huge backlash, months later on CNN, Carson scaled back his defense of mandatory vaccines. Taking a cue from Donald Trump’s playbook on vaccines Carson issued a new statement. “It is true that we are probably giving way too many in too short a period of time,” Carson said. “A lot of pediatricians now recognize that and I think are cutting down on the number and the proximity in which those are done.”
On the Glenn Beck program, Carson stated his preference that people who live in cities should not own semi automatic weapons. After receiving heavy criticism from conservatives, Carson turned hard to the right in future statements on guns.
The constant change in position on issues is a hallmark of the Carson campaign. He tends to adjust his position according to whom he’s speaking to at the moment and what is currently popular. His policies are vague and amateurish, at best making Carson seem ill-equipped at leading the country. Being friendly and a great doctor does not necessarily make for a great president.
This statement speaks volumes about what we can expect from Carson, “For me, since I’m not a politician, I don’t really spend a lot of time strategizing about how I’ll do this and how I can get this and that,” Carson said, according to USA Today. “I’m going to be who I am, and that’s it. If that works, great, and if it doesn’t, that’s fine, too.”