Dr. Ben Carson

carson“No, I don’t want to be president. Why would any sane person want to do that? I think I have to consider that, with so many clamoring for me to do it.” — Dr. Carson

Dr. Carson’s story is one of “rags to riches.” From humble beginnings with hard work he rose to wealth and prominence as a neurosurgeon. He attributes his success in part to faith in God. Politically he is inexperienced and seems naive. He writes:

We need to understand that we are not each others’ enemies in this country. And it is only the political class that derives its power by creating friction. It is only the media that derives its importance by creating friction… that uses every little thing to create this chasm between people. 

All our differences and problems are due to politicians and media? It seems unlikely. Certainly, many Americans have sound reasons for disagreeing with Dr. Carson’s libertarian views.

Carson believes that the success he enjoyed is available to all who work for it responsibly. He sees the social safety net as stifling initiative. His preferred solution to social problems is prayer, self-reliance, and private charity. There is nothing wrong with any of those concepts, except the naive idea that many ills of society might be magically swept away.

On politics Carson writes:

I detest politics, to be honest with you. It’s a cesspool. And I don’t think I would fare well in that cesspool because I don’t believe in political correctness and I certainly don’t believe in dishonesty.

This view suggests that any role Dr. Carson might play in government would be stormy and unlikely to be productive. Government may well be a cesspool with many irresponsible players and competing special interests. Carson is right in thinking that he wouldn’t fare well in that cesspool. Nevertheless, Carson reportedly is likely to seek the Republican nomination for President in 2016. As much as we dislike devious politicians, qualities necessary for success in politics aren’t necessarily those leading to success in medicine. Carson might better think twice.

© William Hungerford – November 2014



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26 Responses to Dr. Ben Carson

  1. Deb Meeker says:

    “No, I don’t want to be president. Why would any sane person want to do that? I think I have to consider that, with so many clamoring for me to do it.”
    False modesty, expressing one’s hatred for politics (and government), and thus admitting insanity – is a sure fire winner for today’s political atmosphere.


  2. whungerford says:

    President Truman said, “He’ll sit here, and he’ll say, ‘Do this! Do that!’ And nothing will happen. Poor Ike—it won’t be a bit like the Army.” Dr. Carson might expect the same–it wouldn’t be a bit like medicine.


  3. josephurban says:

    Which Ben Carson ? The man who in 1996 said that we should eliminate all private insurance companies ? Or the one who recently came out against Obamacare because it is socialist ? The guy who believes everyone should raise himself by his own merits or the guy who has admitted that he got where he is due to Affirmative Action programs? The guy who claims he has a logical, scientific mind yet rejects the basic principle on which all biology is based, evolution. This guy who is “waiting to be drafted” yet who has a committee working toward “drafting” him that has already raised $ 7 million.
    Beware. Anyone who changes ideas to fit the current times is not a “naive” person at all. But a calculating politician.


  4. whungerford says:

    Joseph, how likely is his nomination and election do you think? What is his chance of effectiveness if elected?


  5. josephurban says:

    I have learned to never underestimate the gullibility of much of the American public. that said, I don’t think he has any chance of getting nominated. Zero. I expect the GOP Tea Party candidates and moderates to eat each other in the primaries, don’t you ?


  6. whungerford says:

    Yes, but even more the GOP, looking for a winner, will go with the candidate they judge most electable however unprincipled or distasteful to the far right.


  7. BOB McGILL says:

    but it didn’t work for Martha, did it 🙂


  8. BOB McGILL says:

    i think we should do away with the presidency, this country is far too complex for one person to comprehend and no one person should have that much power. 🙂


  9. pystew says:

    You want to disregard the US Constitution? That sound like treason to me.


  10. whungerford says:

    The Constitution can be amended; that’s one of its strengths. Wasn’t it Krushchev who made a similar observation about the UN recommending a troyka at the top?


  11. josephurban says:

    The reason we even have a Constitution in the first place was the abject failure of the Articles of Confederation which gave power to the individual states instead of a central government. When the founders saw the catastrophe that came from this “states rights” approach they devised a more flexible system. One that works when people vote. Of course the main difference between the president and Congress is apparent.
    The president represents the interests of ALL the people. He is elected by all the people to do what is best for the nation. Each Congressman, on the other hand, is elected locally. Very often they get elected by appealing to the short-term, narrow interests of the power elites in their individual district.
    There will always be this dynamic between the two branches. One elected to do what is right for the nation, long term. The other elected to do what the particular narrow, momentary interest is for the relatively few folks thy represent.

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  12. whungerford says:

    I agree with Bob–American Presidents have great power. Presidents are not even necessarily elected to the office. Someday we may have one who is dangerously irresponsible.


  13. BOB McGILL says:

    some of the founding fathers who wrote the constitution didn’t even like it. Is progress treason, it something doesn’t work any more why not fix it ?
    Ben Franklin… said, “There are several parts of this constitution which I do not at present approve, but I am not sure I shall never approve them.”


  14. BOB McGILL says:

    ” The president represents the interests of ALL the people. He is elected by all the people to do what is best for the nation”
    do you really think that when people vote they have ” whats’ best for the nation ” in mind ?
    More like ” WHAT’S BEST FOR ME ” 🙂


  15. Deb Meeker says:

    If that’s so Bob, isn’t what’s best for the country, what’s best for you? If the country fails, do you succeed?


  16. josephurban says:

    Bob..that is exactly why we elect a president nationally. So he can look at the nation as a whole, not take a shortsighted parochial view of what is “best” for a few special interests. And yes, I think most people, during presidential election years, look at the candidates and ask what us best for the nation. Since we are all citizens, what us best for the nation as a whole in the end is what is best for all of us in the long term. It is the difference between short term thinking and long term planning.


  17. BOB McGILL says:

    HOG WASH, most politicians do what will get them re-elected, and most aren’t smart enough to figure out what is best for the country as a whole.


  18. BOB McGILL says:

    Deb, you don’t even understand what you just said. This blog is all about bashing corporate America and wealthy people. Gas companies, banks, Wall Street are all good for this country as a whole, but you hate them all 🙂


  19. whungerford says:

    Bob, can you find an example where one has bashed corporate America or wealthy people? Please be specific. I suspect it is only your fantasy.


  20. BOB McGILL says:

    first tell me your definition of ” THE TOP ONE PERCENT “. YOU WOULDN’T BE SUFFERING FROM DEMENTIA, by any chance, would you ? 🙂


  21. whungerford says:

    Can’t do it I see Bob, I thought not.


  22. BOB McGILL says:

    next you’ll deny that you’re a democrat 😛


  23. josephurban says:

    Some people are long on Fox News rhetoric but very short on real evidence.

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  24. BOB McGILL says:

    you are nothing but a bunch of ” SOCIALISTS ” :-p


  25. Deb Meeker says:

    Well Bob, since all who share our thoughts here are hating, lame brained liars who fantasize about unreality, it’s no wonder you find yourself joining and enjoying our group discussions – you fit right in..
    And bonus! You’ve become the perfect foil against which to expound on the facts.


  26. BOB McGILL says:



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