Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Ben Carson

Face it: the Republican Party is never going to nominate a Ben Carson for president in 2016, just like they're never going to nominate Donald Trump. Both men will have their time in the polls, but remember last primary season, when Michele Bachmann, Herb Cain, and "Oops!" each had the polling lead for a while?  None of the three holds political office in 2015.

Carson and Trump have been leading the polls because big chunks of the GOP are stark, raving mad: Anti-Muslim, anti-Black, climate change deniers, libertarians, evolution deniers, "birthers", anti-immigrant, etc. Is there an end to it? Although all the chunks together might make a majority, many of those chunks will have nothing to do with some of the others.

Dr. Carson's chunk is the Christian right. They love what he says, even though they're very uneasy about the black thing. They will turn off completely, though, when they learn he is a Seventh Day Adventist. That's just the way they are. So he'll get support for a while, but it will fade away as we get closer to next year's election. Like, maybe, next month.

And do we need to say that there is a huge chunk of the Republican Party that wouldn't vote for a black man under any circumstances?

While we watch the air go out of his balloon, here's a sample, via BuzzFeed, of Dr. Carson's thinking:
“Now what about the big bang theory,” said Carson at speech to fellow Seventh-day Adventists titled “Celebration of Creation,” about the theory for the origin of the universe.
“I find the big bang, really quite fascinating. I mean, here you have all these highfalutin scientists and they’re saying it was this gigantic explosion and everything came into perfect order. Now these are the same scientists that go around touting the second law of thermodynamics, which is entropy, which says that things move toward a state of disorganization.
“So now you’re gonna have this big explosion and everything becomes perfectly organized and when you ask them about it they say, ‘Well we can explain this, based on probability theory because if there’s enough big explosions, over a long period of time, billions and billions of years, one of them will be the perfect explosion,” continued Carson. “So I say what you’re telling me is if I blow a hurricane through a junkyard enough times over billions and billions of years, eventually after one of those hurricanes there will be a 747 fully loaded and ready to fly.”
Carson added that he believed the big bang was “even more ridiculous” because there is order to the universe.
“Well, I mean, it’s even more ridiculous than that ‘cause our solar system, not to mention the universe outside of that, is extraordinarily well organized, to the point where we can predict 70 years away when a comet is coming,” he said. “Now that type of organization to just come out of an explosion? I mean, you want to talk about fairy tales, that is amazing.”
Later, Carson said he personally believed Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution was encouraged by the devil.
“I personally believe that this theory that Darwin came up with was something that was encouraged by the adversary, and it has become what is scientifically, politically correct,” said Carson.

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