Ben Carson, the world-renowned African American neurosurgeon, could be the new black face of the Republican Party.
Considered a rising star in the conservative movement, Carson has implied that he’s open to running for president and proved he certainly isn’t shy about criticizing President Barack Obama.
Carson, 61, who grew up in Detroit, says Obama is dangerously divisive.
“Let’s say somebody were [in the White House] and they wanted to destroy this nation,” Carson said during last month’s National Prayer Breakfast. “I would create division among the people, encourage a culture of ridicule for basic morality and the principles that made and sustained the country, undermine the financial stability of the nation, and weaken and destroy the military. It appears coincidentally that those are the very things that are happening right now.”
And this past weekend, during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Carson received a standing ovation after he speculated about what could happen “if you magically put me in the White House.”
Republicans can hardly contain their excitement about Carson mentioning the “White House” at a political confab.
I don’t have a problem with Carson jumping into politics. And I don’t have a problem with Carson running for president as a Republican if he plans to call out Republican leaders for being racially insensitive, racially divisive, and unresponsive to minority voters.
If Carson seriously intends to run for the highest office in the land, then he should be honest about the Republican Party and shake up the party by telling the truth.
But when Carson told conservatives that the Affordable Care Act should be dismantled; and that wealthy Americans have always given back; and that people are not going hungry on the streets, that government social programs are providing for them, his rhetoric sounded like it came straight out the Republican political playbook.
And Carson didn’t stop there. He also took aim at blacks who chastised him for criticizing Obama.
“When did we reach a point where you have to have a certain philosophy because of the color of your skin?” Carson asked.