Friday, November 6, 2015

Ben Carson's Lie . . .

Can American politics get any crazier?

In the pursuit of the White House, the field on both sides is (politely speaking) insane.

Consider this:

- We have a very nice old man who wants the government to pay for everything (including college) while saddled with a $17,000,000,000 debt.

- In the next corner, we have a billionaire whose foreign policy promises us that we will "get so tired of winning" and domestically will force Mexico to pay for and build a wall on our southern border.

- Then there is the woman whose 60% of her own party says she is untrustworthy.

As if that wasn't enough . . .

We now discover that we have a former surgeon who has fabricated parts of his past.  Sections of his autobiography mention being given a scholarship to West Point.  The problem is that West Point doesn't offer scholarships and Ben Carson never even applied to the institution.


I mean, there are lies and then there are lies that make no sense.  First off,  good for him that he admitted he lied - but why did he think he had to lie to us about something so insignificant?  You don't need to have been offered a scholarship to West Point to be President.  This is something that he could have rescinded more than a few times in his past.  But now he is caught.  It is worse when you think of Carson's deep connection to his Seventh-Day-Adventist faith.

But there is more.  It looks like this next big thing in the news will be that his childhood friends cannot corroborate his stories of being a violent youth.  The question now is, "how far does his dishonesty go?"

Remember Brian Williams?

Add in some recent talk about Nazis and Obama supporters, the Egyptian pyramids built by the Biblical Joseph as storehouses for grain and taxes as a form of tithing and it all starts to sound a little nutty.

Hey, the guy is brilliant.  He is a man of faith.  I like him as a person - the kind of guy you want to sit down and explore a dozen ideas with . . . but you can't deny right now he is looking a little kooky.

Which actually brings me to the bigger discussion:  How have we as a nation narrowed it down to these four people?  Have we lost our minds?

Just like you, there are parts of each of these four I really like.  I would love to talk economics with Sanders, business with Trump, Syria and ISIS with Clinton and neuro-psychology with Carson, but thinking of any of them as Commander-in-Chief is scary.   Is this really the best we can do?  Isn't there a better way to figure out who should serve us in government?  I have a sneaky suspicion that if we went to five of the leading industries (Consumer Goods, Tech, Education, Health Care, Economics) and talked with ten of the most innovative minds from each institution we would at least have four people who could lead better than what we have to choose from right now.

But instead, we have . . . politics.


Oh - and think of this - it is still a year away.  We have twelve whole months of crazy to come!

God help us . . .

No comments:

Post a Comment