DrBenCarson

Dr. Ben Carson.

Ben Carson, conservative author and noted neurosurgeon, is acting as if he may run for president as a Republican. Despite his conspicuous lack of political experience this man is taking steps to run for the most powerful office in the country. And he appears to have some of the Republican right excited at the prospect.

He’s given up his position on Fox News as a commentator (broadcasters can’t employ political candidates because they would then have to give their opponents equal time) and over the weekend he aired a 40-minute documentary/political ad called “A Breath of Fresh Air: A New Prescription for America” in 37 markets. The infomercial details his rise from poverty in Detroit, and the difficult journey from having a 13-year old mother, to graduating from Yale University, to being the first person to separate twins that were conjoined at the head. And while these are all admirable things, they alone in our opinion, are not qualifications to be president.

The ad, like his speeches, is light on policy prescriptions. Carson, who is fond of the phrase “I don’t want to offend anyone but…,” is staunchly against political correctness, hates Obamacare and is prone to comparing himself to the Founding Fathers and Jesus. There are very few instances of people being elected president without having served as some sort of elected official. Dwight Eisenhower was one; however, he was a five-star general in the Army and was the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II before becoming president.

When you hear Carson go off on one of his many diatribes against political correctness, (and really, who is against taking other people’s feelings into account before saying something?) he sounds like the kind of person who says, “I’m not a racist but…” right before telling a racist joke.

And just as you would strongly suggest to someone who started a sentence that way that they stop before something unfortunate comes out of their mouths, Ben Carson should re-evaluate his presidential ambitions. There are myriad ways he could help America and the Black
community.

This isn’t one of them.