Ben Carson and Donald Trump are leading the pack among conservatives voters, and it will take an army of voters to keep them out of office. For Ben, there should be an atheist army prepping for the war right now.
Ben has been in the news constantly for his strange ideas on life, but is never called out for his religion; and religion is what is driving the strangeness. Here we have a neurosurgeon who's lack of understanding of how the world works is unfathomable. Many are familiar with the Doc's lack of education on almost everything besides his chosen field of expertise, but we must make sure in discussions that his unbelievable ignorance, his willful ignorance, is driven by the nonsense of religion.
And willful ignorance it is. He has the mental capacity to understand, but he refuses because facts conflict with his chosen god. The reason that he is so dangerous though is because of his acceptance of other religions. All religions in his mind our superior than no religion.
Ben states “As a Christian, I am not the least bit offended by the beliefs of Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Mormons and so forth,” Carson wrote. “In fact, I am delighted to know that they believe in something that is more likely to make them into a reasonable human being, as long as they don’t allow the religion to be distorted by those seeking power and wealth.”
In Ben's mind, believing in flights of fantasy apparently makes people more reasonable than those who are well grounded on the planet. Religion is the key to all things good. If this man is elected - and he is number two nationwide right now in the polls - America would be closer to a theocracy.
Although Ben thinks that the LGBT community should be protected constitutionally, that doesn't mean equal rights.“Well, my thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s a well-established, fundamental pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality. It doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition.” Religion finds choice offensive, and choice is what homosexuality is about. “Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight— and when they come out, they’re gay.” See, it's all choice
Science is no match for Ben and his mighty savior. Science is the devil's making, a witches brew of evil that permeates society:
“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.”
One of the most egregious statements a man who is involved in the life sciences can make, Ben has made:
“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.
“Amazingly, there are a significant number of scientists who do not believe it but they’re afraid to say anything,” Carson added, saying he would be writing a book, “The Organ of Species,” that shows how the organs of the body refute evolution.
Ben thinks that god's technology used thousands of years ago is more than we can do now:
“I think of some of the things that Joseph did as the prime minister of Egypt. Here was a man who was basically able to save the entire world with his big thinking: building grain reserves that would last for seven years of famine. Can you imagine having the technology, the wisdom, the knowledge to be able to do that? We can’t do that now. He was able to do that back then.”
His views do set him apart from the rest of the candidates, and hopefully from the majority of voters. He knows that climate change isn't relevant to life. He sees similarities between ISIS and the Founding Fathers. He knows abortion and healthcare is akin to slavery. He thinks that teaching honest American history is just too darn negative. He believes Obama to be a psychopath, and you should as well. There is no racism, there is no slavery, there are Planned Parenthood facilities in poor black neighborhoods to control population. The list goes on.
As America, including conservative America, gets more secular, the religious fight all the harder. Choice, science, human rights; all under attack because the religious are looking to find some relevance in a world that has passed them by.
Donald Trump - Truth Mucker of Epic Muckiness
There's a legal term applied to advertising called "puffery." For example, if Coca-Cola says Coke is the best-tasting soda in the world, that's just puffery. They can't prove it, but that's okay, even if polls show that most people prefer Pepsi. Legally, statements like this are evaluated not as strictly factual claims, but as mere ordinary boasting, something that "ordinary consumers do not take seriously."
The same concept applies to politics. Presidential candidates always say their tax plans will balance, they'll crush every one of our enemies, and the current incumbent is the worst ever in history. This is just puffery. It's worth pushing back on, but it's not generally a hanging offense.
But Donald Trump is different. Sure, his picture is probably in the dictionary next to the word "puffery," but he also tosses out wild howlers with a con man's breezy assurance and tells flat-out lies as a matter of routine. He'll say things one day, and 24 hours later he'll blandly insist he's being malignly misquoted even though it's all on tape. These aren't just exaggerations or spin or cherry picking. They're things that are flatly, incontrovertibly wrong.
And that's not all. Trump doesn't do this only in private or only when he's under pressure. Nor does he do it to cover up dubious past deeds. That would at least be normal human weakness. Rather, he does it again and again in front of huge crowds and on national TV, whether he needs to or not. It's just his normal, everyday behavior.
We need an official list of this stuff. Like I said: not exaggerations or spin or cherry picking. Things that are just plain wrong. Here's a start:
This is not normal political hucksterism. It's a pathological disregard for the truth. Trump knows that the conventions of print journalism mostly prevent reporters from really calling him out on this stuff, and he also knows that TV reporters won't usually press him too hard because they want him back on their shows. And when he does get called out, he just bluffs his way through. He knows his followers will believe him when he says the fault-finding is just another example of how the liberal media has it out for him. Within a day or three, he's repeated the lie often enough that it's old news and enters the canon of what "everyone knows." Journalists don't even bother with it anymore because they're already trying to play catch-up with his latest whopper.
Anyway, this list is meant only as a start. It's what I came up with just by digging through my memory and doing a bit of googling. I'm sure there are plenty of others. Feel free to add them in comments.