A hard look at Ben Carson

Ninja edit: Another clip that confirms I can’t reasonably support this guy. I get that its hard to put yourself in a position you are unfamiliar with, but to actually say that a women should not have the right to decide to terminate a pregnancy if it has to do with rape, incest, or may cost her – her own life… that is absurd. To compare that difficult decision to the woman acting as a slave holder.. seriously? I’ve only known a few people who have had to make that difficult choice… and for people to act as if its just people willy-nilly making those decisions obviously has never spoken, and can’t empathize someone put in that position. /ninjaedit

Problem #1. Its hard for me to fully support someone who shows reluctance running for President in the first place.

If the only reason you are running is because others are “clamoring” that you run that may be a problem.

I still don’t want to be president . . . Whether I run or not, I don’t want to. ” ~ Ben Carson

Carson told onlookers in Iowa

I really don’t want to do this, to be honest with you,” ~ Ben Carson

The View was asked: “Do you have presidential aspirations”

It is not something I desire to do and my hope is that someone comes along that excites the people.” ~ Ben Carson

Sanity check. While its nice that others may “want” you to do the job, If your hearts not in it.. I actually don’t want you anywhere near it. We need a president whose heart is in this.

#2. When asked if he would want to bring back water-boarding as president, Carson replied with the following:

What we do in order to get the information we need is our business, and I wouldn’t necessarily be broadcasting to everybody what we are going to do. We’ve gotten into this mindset of fighting Politically Correct wars. There is no such thing as a Politically correct war. “

Here is the thing; While there may be no “Politically Correct War” (which is questionable, because most wars tend to always be politically charged in some way or another, so it depends on your view of it), the only reason I could see engaging in war in the first place would be over “Morally Correct” issues. If you are trying to promote moral behavior abroad, but harbor the attitude that we can do whatever we want here if it benefits us, that is hypocrisy pure and simple. 

#3 Not willing to rise above personal biases

On Meet the Press Ben Carson stated:

I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.” ~ Ben Carson

He also said that Islam, as a religion, is incompatible with the Constitution.

In a later interview meant to blow over frustrations over his earlier statements that he rejected taking back, he further stated:

Now, if someone has a Muslim background, and they’re willing to reject those tenets and to accept the way of life that we have, and clearly will swear to place our Constitution above their religion, then of course they will be considered infidels and heretics, but at least I would then be quite willing to support them,” ~ Ben Carson

The main problem I have with Ben Carson, is that I’m not actually interested in electing someone that seems to be a step backwards for America, rather than a step forwards in encouraging peace and discouraging discrimination. I want to know that the any president I vote for is someone who is sensible enough to understand what is wrong with making blanket statements like that.

Even George W Bush in 2001 said

The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don’t represent peace.  They represent evil and war.” ~ George W. Bush

If they don’t know better than to phrase things in a blanket statement, and they harbor biases, then they won’t do a good enough job in working for our diverse citizenship.  Islam is the 4th most common religion in the United States. Islam doesn’t equal Terrorism and anyone  who believes otherwise is far too simple to handle our country’s most complicated elected office.

The last point I want to throw out there is that its important to know that regardless of what we often hear, there is a separation of “Church and State” for a reason. This countries founding documents support a “freedom of religion for Americans” and prohibit people from being treated unjustly because of their religion.

Again…. the first amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

as well as:

…no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.  ~ ARTICLE VI of The United States Constitution