Can 2016 be over already (Ben Carson edition)?

Celebrated pediatric neurosurgeon and certifiable loon Dr. Ben Carson is apparently an admitted plagiarist. I’m old enough to remember when you couldn’t run for Senate with a plagiarism scandal hanging over you, and I’m even old enough to remember when that kind of thing was enough to wreck, or at least seriously delay, a person’s presidential aspirations. But I’m always prepared for disappointment, so I expect Carson’s inevitably doomed presidential campaign to go ahead full force, at least for the month or so that he manages to stay in the race. Which means we’re in for at least another year of stuff like this:

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson on Thursday said Americans can learn from the Islamic State’s willingness to die for their cause, comparing ISIS to the Americans who waged the Revolutionary War against the British.

Carson, a conservative who’s considering running for president, made the comments at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting.

“A bunch of rag-tag militiamen defeated the most powerful and professional military force on the planet. Why? Because they believed in what they were doing. They were willing to die for what they believed in,” Carson told a luncheon audience of national committee members. “Fast forward to today. What do we have? You’ve got ISIS. They’ve got the wrong philosophy, but they’re willing to die for it while we are busily giving away every belief and every value for the sake of political correctness. We have to change that.”

Carson then preemptively criticized the press, who he said would seize on the comments. “Now I recognize that there’s press here and some of the press will say, ‘Carson said that ISIS is the same as the United States,’” he said. “They are just so ridiculous, so ridiculous.”

Yes, where would the press get the idea that you just favorably compared ISIS to the founders of the United States, person who just favorably compared ISIS to the founders of the United States? It’s a mystery!

Carson isn’t a particularly sophisticated loon, as you’ll note he can’t be bothered to articulate what beliefs and values we’re “busily giving away…for the sake of political correctness” apart from the Palinesquely lazy “every.” It couldn’t be that he hasn’t really considered exactly how or if we’ve been giving our beliefs and values away and is just shouting the first ridiculous thing to cross his defective mind, could it?

Also too, George Patton wasn’t exactly right in the head either, but on the subject of dying for one’s beliefs I tend to think that he was on the right track.

Apparently Carson is upset by the “craziness narrative” that has started to define him in the press and public, which is understandable. My advice to him would be, if you don’t want people to think you’re crazy, you probably want to stop saying things that make you sound crazy.

"Well, OK, as long as I still get to talk about how America is just like Nazi Germany."
“Well, OK, as long as I still get to talk about how America is just like Nazi Germany.”

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