I am trying to understand Dr. Ben Carson's political appeal. I don't understand it. He has never said anything that would make me immediately say, "This man must be our next president." To be honest, I've never heard anyone say, "His policies line up with my thinking." He certainly isn't a compelling speaker, certainly not a charismatic man. So what is it?
Dr. Ben Carson has made lots of controversial headlines this week with his assertion, that turns out to be qute common in certain Adventist/Fundamentalist Christian circles, that the biblical Joseph, of the book of Genesis in the Bible, in fact built the Great Pyramid of Cheops--the one that appears on the back of our U.S. dollar bill as the "Great Seal" of our nation.
The goal of such a propaganda campaign is to teach conservative Republican values like unquestioned obedience to authority, the ethical superiority of capitalism, and the sanctity of American exceptionalism, which is a given if one erases our shameful history of slavery, the genocide of American Indians, and Jim Crow.
Society is not colorblind. Men like Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Dr. Ben Carson, though rising to the very pinnacles of society, must renounce the very safety net which helped propel them to such dizzying heights as the ticket to admission to the monochromatic conservative country club.
If it is frightening to Dr. Carson that I want equality, then he is being irrational. If he views my desire to be equal as divisive and merely an aspect of "PC culture," that makes little sense. If he believes that wanting to be treated equally under the law is provoking some sort of war, making enemies and destroying this nation, then he is not thinking clearly.