Dr. Ben Carson, Fox Contributor and Tea Party favorite, said that he’s probably going to seek the Republican nomination in 2016 for the office of the presidency. This is not news; this is fodder for Saturday Night Live. However, on Fox News Sunday, Carson expressed concern about the possibility of the 2016 election. Why? Because according to him, the country may well be in “anarchy” by that point, caused by the “growing” national debt, ISIS, and the Senate’s refuse to meet the demands of the commedia dell’arte running the House.
Well then. If we’re going to be rational about this, Dr. Carson. . .
Host Christ Wallace noted that in light of Carson’s potential presidential campaign, any of his previous comments were now going to face greater scrutiny — just in case there was anyone who doubted he was a lunatic. Wallace dug up some comments from August regarding his concern over the 2016 election, and asked Carson if he stood by them. Carson did, despite all evidence (regular elections every four years since 1788, come rain, sleet, war of secession, two world wars, or Great Depression) to the contrary:
WALLACE: You said recently that there might not even be elections in 2016 because of widespread anarchy. Do you really believe that?
CARSON: I hope that that’s not going to be the case. But certainly there’s the potential because you have to recognize that we have a rapidly increasing national debt, a very unstable financial foundation, and you have all these things going on like the ISIS crisis that could very rapidly change things that are going on in our nation. And unless we begin to deal with these things in a comprehensive way and in a logical way there is no telling what could happen in just a couple of years.
Carson added that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) “has over three hundred bills sitting on his desk,” and that Reid had no intention of bringing to the floor for vote. According to Carson, this was “thwarting the will of the people.”
And as for the Republican House’s refusal to consider the popular Senate-approved bipartisan measures, such as comprehensive immigration reform and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act? What can we say? The right-wing concept of “We the People” is like God; it works in mysterious ways. Mysterious ways that always benefit them and advance their goals.
Proving that the Gathering of White Geriatric Voters is open to the concept of diversity, Carson finished second in the Saturday straw pool at the 2014 Values Voters Summit. No, it’s obvious they learned nothing from 2012. Yes, this will probably make 2016 equal amounts amusing and terrifying as a result.
Chris Wallace had an interesting take on the prospect of Ben Carson running for President: