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