Did Ben Carson Lie?

I don’t care, though it seems like he didn’t. Just usual political reporting from the national media.

Either way, whatever he said didn’t result in innocent people being killed. It didn’t violate the Constitution or get us into another war of occupation. It didn’t result in a tax increase or force me to comply with some new regulation.

It’s so stupid that something so trivial in his past is a cause celebre.

It’s amazing that everyone focuses on this trivial aspect of a presidential candidate’s life. If he were found to have four mistresses and six illegitimate children but no blood on his hands, he’d still be morally superior to the typical politician running against him. Yet the illegitimate child would do him in faster than 70,000 murdered children due to illegal wars of aggression, or bombing a hospital.

By the way, I don’t mind watching politicians get crucified, but when they do it bothers me when they’re crucified on the wrong cross.

Carson is not always wrong, but neither is he always right. What plagues so many otherwise rational thinkers is the idea that they should support or oppose a person instead of the ideas they espouse. Thus, they must defend or attack a person even when he is wrong or right.

By doing so they are forced to resort to fallacies of some sort, as I once did.

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2 Responses to Did Ben Carson Lie?

  1. The problem doesn’t begin or end with the West Point story. There’s the Yale psychology class lie (another one from Gifted Hands just debunked in the WSJ), and the false narrative of him having been some kind of violent thug redeemed and transformed by religious conversion. When a candidate makes up (or allows other to make up) a false biography to re-cast themselves as more of a hero, it speaks to their general veracity. Here’s a better article than Politico’s about the various lies:
    http://m.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/11/ben-carson-seems-have-serious-personal-honesty-problem

    MY problem with Carson is that he says and believes a bunch of wacky stuff NOW. Everyone has a past, and most people made mistakes when young. It doesn’t make us heroes, just better, if we can learn from the mistakes.

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    • The Question says:

      MY problem with Carson is that he says and believes a bunch of wacky stuff NOW. Everyone has a past, and most people made mistakes when young. It doesn’t make us heroes, just better, if we can learn from the mistakes.

      Which is why I don’t support Carson, either, or anyone for that matter. I just find it so absurd that the same people who think nothing of our current president bombing a hospital in Afghanistan make a big deal about something like this. I also find it amusing that the same media that didn’t give Obama’s past or his two autobiographies (what exactly did he accomplish to merit two?) any scrutiny suddenly think this particular aspect of Carson’s life is relevant. Like you said, I’m interested in what his views are right now.

      Looking back at how I would defend a preferred candidate, I realize how often I had to rationalize things I couldn’t justify. Thankfully those days are done.

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