January 29, 2015

OF THE BASE, NOT BELTWAY:

With Liberal Views Like These, Ben Carson's Going to Have a Tough Time Winning the GOP Nomination (Tim Murphy, Jan. 28, 2015, Mother Jones)

Tea party favorite Ben Carson has said some out-there stuff. The former neurosurgeon, author, and possible Republican presidential candidate once compared women who get abortions to dog-abuser Michael Vick, blamed the decline and fall of the Roman Empire on gay marriage, and concluded that believing in evolution was like thinking that "a hurricane blowing through a junkyard could somehow assemble a fully equipped and flight-ready 747."

But in his writings and public remarks, he has also voiced views on hot-button issues--immigration, foreign policy, gun control--that place him well outside the tea-party mainstream. He once embraced a universal catastrophic health care plan, and some of his other past positions--gasp!--sound downright liberal. Here are some of the comments that may put him at odds with the conservative GOP base.

Stop the deportations:

Even today we exploit our fellow human beings for work. Is it moral for us, for example, to take advantage of cheap labor from illegal immigrants while denying them citizenship? I'm sure you can tell from the way I phrased the question that I believe we have taken the moral low road on this issue. Some segments of our economy would virtually collapse without these undocumented workers--we all know that--yet we continue to harass and deport many individuals who are simply seeking a better life for themselves and their families. (From his 2012 book, America the Beautiful.) [...]

Make alternative fuels, not war:

Whether America's ensuing steps into war in Afghanistan and Iraq will be seen as positive or negative remains to be seen, but I can't help thinking there may have been a better way to react that would not have cost us so many lives and financial capital. I believe that if the president had seized the moment and declared that we would become petroleum independent within the next ten years as part of our effort to strip terrorism of its resources, that business, industry, academia, and everyone else would have been foursquare behind him, and we would have been much further ahead in the fight against terrorism than we are today

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