November 06, 2015

Ben Carson: The Good, the Bad, and the Weird

 The Good:
  • Ben Carson believes the Bible (link).
  • Ben Carson supports religious liberty (link).
  • Ben Carson supports gun rights (link).
  • Ben Carson wants to abolish the IRS (link).
  • Ben Carson has a bit of a libertarian streak (link).
  • Ben Carson is against illegal government surveillance (link), though not without some inconsistency (link).
  • Ben Carson doesn't care about political correctness (link, link).

The Bad:
  • Ben Carson is a feminist (link).
  • Ben Carson is a member of the heterodox Seventh-Day Adventist sect (link)
  • Ben Carson is not consistently pro-life (link).
  • Ben Carson supports the unconstitutional and ineffective drug war (link).
  • Ben Carson supports a needlessly aggressive foreign policy (link, link, link).
  • Ben Carson supports useless government make-work programs like NASA (link).
  • Ben Carson is a fascist/statist who believes in forced inoculations (link).

The Weird:
  • Ben Carson believes, in spite of a complete absence of biblical and archaeological evidence, that the pyramids were built to store grain (link).  
  • Ben Carson has been endorsed by UFC fighter Vitor Belfort (link).

Overall:
Ben Carson is a typical Tea Party Republican with the added advantage of being a token business candidate. He's better than the average Republican in that he's more principled and socially conservative, but he still leaves a lot to be desired from a libertarian perspective. His positions on gun rights and the confederate flag are good, and his tax plan is a step in the right direction, but his positions on foreign policy and vaccination are deal-breakers. I would take Carson over a Clinton or a Bush in a heartbeat, but that's not saying much.

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