Ben Carson is this anomaly candidate who doesn't have the typical presidential demeanor (or political experience) yet has a substantial, loyal following. Many of us don't know a ton about his past and where he has stood on important issues. Here is what Matt Walsh, conservative blogger at The Blaze, says about Carson in his latest Facebook post:
"OK, a lot of people have asked my opinion on Ben Carson. I feel like I've articulated it on many occasions, but maybe not fully or completely. Here it is, in short:
I think he's a good guy, but he's not my choice for president. I like that he's pro-life, but he's also been very confusing on the subject. At various points recently he's said that life begins at "heart beat" and that some women should "avail themselves" of the abortion pill. He later walked back both comments. He's also admitted that in his medical practice he did research on an aborted child and referred women to doctors who perform abortions. It's hard for me, with these things in mind, to say that he's stronger on the life issue than, really, anyone else in the race (except for Trump).
On gun rights he said that your ability to own certain guns should depend on where you live. Later he walked that back and claimed the statement was the result of "political inexperience."
On immigration, he wants to close the border, but repeatedly said during the debate that illegals who will "do jobs Americans won't do" should be allowed to stay. I really hate that "jobs Americans won't do line" and I was disappointed to hear him repeat it over and over again.
On the economy, he advocates a flat tax, which is better than what we have, but he hasn't articulated much beyond that. From what I've seen, he really won't talk about entitlement spending at all. This is a problem for a number of reasons, not the least of which being that his tax plan wouldn't come anywhere close to funding our current entitlement programs. That's fine with me because I want to cut them down considerably, but he hasn't endorsed cutting them. Therefore his economic plan, as it currently stands, is unworkable and incoherent.
On foreign policy he comes across as severely lacking in knowledge. There isn't much else to say about him in that area.
On religion, I appreciate his faith, but I pretty seriously disagree with his theology. Back around Easter I remember he posted something on Facebook saying that "Jesus was a man of values and principles, and he ended up being crucified for it. But, he rose again to advocate godly principles..." This was disappointing. Jesus wasn't a man who was crucified "for his principles" and then came back to "advocate principles." He was and is the Son of the Living God who died on the cross and rose from the dead to bring salvation to mankind.
Anyway, I could go on but I won't. The point is, I think his stances on the issues are in some cases good, but often conflicting, half baked, implausible, and confusing. He is by no means the most "conservative" candidate in the race. Not even close.
Beyond that, I respect his accomplishments and I think his personal biography is quite compelling. But I do think that being the President and Commander in Chief is a job that requires SOME base of relevant experience, and a certain specific skill set. I mean, you probably can't even get a job as assistant manager at Pizza Hut without having worked in the industry before. Carson has experience neither in politics, nor the military, nor business. There is NOTHING wrong with that, but I happen to believe we should expect our Commander in Chief to have a resume at least as relevant to his job as a fast food shift manager would be expected to have for his.
I think Carson wouldn't be running at all had he not become a political celebrity when he criticized Obama at that prayer breakfast back in 2011. I liked what he said then, but I think we have to stop trying to make a person president just because we agree with something they said on TV once.
I like him as a man. I disagree with him on a number of the issues. I believe he lacks critical knowledge and experience in certain areas.
That's my opinion of him. It's not an attack. It's not an insult. These are just the facts as I see them.
That said, if it were him versus Hillary, I'd vote for him. If it's him versus Trump, I'd vote for him. If Cruz, Paul, Rubio, Jindal and some of the others drop out, I might go to him. But right now I just don't see how he's more conservative, more knowledgeable, more principled, more consistent, or more experienced than several of the other options. That's all."
Interesting information, right? What do you think about that? Did you know all of that about Carson's history? How do you feel about him as a candidate? We would love to hear from you in the Comments! Thank you!