Probable candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 Ben Carson is no stranger to controversy. He infamously announced in 2013 that Obamacare was “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.”
Commenting on the problems at the VA last spring, he said that the discovery of the problem was a “gift from God” because it exposed what happens when bureaucracy takes control of health care.
In his latest bit of pontification at the winter meeting of the Republican National Committee on Thursday, Carson told Republicans from across the nation that he sees a comparison between the Founding Fathers and ISIS:
“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.
They got the wrong philosophy, but they’re willing to die for what they believe, while we are busily giving away every belief and every value for the sake of political correctness. We have to change that.”
Apparently his message was well received as the audience interrupted him often with approving applause.
Carson anticipated that the remarks would generate a lot of critical press and went on to say:
“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.’ They are just so ridiculous, so ridiculous.”
There is a reason that Carson is a long shot for the nomination, he doesn’t behave like a candidate. He makes these remarks deliberately knowing that they will stir up controversy. When the party chooses a candidate for president, he or she has to appeal to more than just the party base; the candidate has to move more to the center if he is to have any chance of winning. Carson is not that candidate.