Ben Carson is Not Conservative
Ben Carson is all the rage amongst conservatives right now. Many see him as a favorable 2016 presidential candidate. I have personally listened to formally rational men breaking down into ridiculous sentimentality over him, some even suggesting that if we only prayed God would make Carson the next president of the United States.

Any rational person knows that the conservative rage surrounding Carson is based on his race. Carson is a black man, and, somehow, Conservatives will triumph by proving they aren't racist.

Besides this, Conservatives hope that after supporting Obama with 98% of their vote in 2008 African Americans will back the new black candidate and vote for Republican policies. America can finally unite behind our Uncle Tom.

But is Carson the conservative savior? Not likely.

Firstly, Carson has never held public office in his life (not even on the state or city level). In fact, Carson isn't even a member of a political party. Unlike most of America's other presidents, Carson has never practiced law or been to law school. He has no formal education outside of medicine (although he minored in psychology).

The idea that Carson will somehow come out of nowhere and hold the highest political office in the world is absurd. The idea he would actually make an effective president is even more wild.

Secondly, Carson has alienated a huge portion of the conservative vote with his position on gun control. While he formally backed gun registration he has now switched to only banning semi-automatic rifles in the city.

When Glenn Beck asked Carson if semi-autos should be legal he responded: "It depends on where you live. I think if you live in the midst of a lot of people, and I'm afraid that that semi-automatic weapon is going to fall into the hands of a crazy person, I would rather you not have it, [but if you live] out in the country somewhere by yourself... I've no problem with that."

His position is unacceptable to the large, rich, and passionate conservative gun owners who make up a huge portion of the Republican base. I know several urban gun owners who have very bluntly told me they would never vote for Carson because of his gun control views.

Thirdly, Carson supports positions which discriminate against white people. In one of his books, he openly advocates affirmative action:
"A lot of people, including myself, have benefited from affirmative action...and have, in fact, taken advantage of the opportunity it afforded them. And I think that is the best possible reason for advocating the continuation of some program that allows minorities to have opportunities and improved access to mainstream America. I would love to hear people engage in a very different conversation—on how we might maintain the benefits of affirmative action but change it and even call it something else. We have to be smart, you see. What I would like to call it is compassionate action." [2]
Carson also expressed his support for mass immigration when he said:
"Even today we exploit our fellow human beings for work. Is it moral for 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 - we continue to harass and deport many individuals who are simply seeking a better life for themselves and their families." [1]
In one of his books Carson admitted that as a youth he was supportive of the Black Panther party and other radical groups fighting for "social justice." [1]

Fourthly, Carson supports EXPANDING the food stamp welfare program to include healthcare. As he said at the Congressional Black Caucasus' 35th Annual Legislative Conference:
"Why don't people starve to death in our nation? Because we have a government sponsored program called Food Stamps... It is a safety net... you could do the same thing with health care policy where you could give people a health account and now when Mr. Smith gets that diabetic foot ulcer, instead of going to the Emergency Room...he's going to go to the clinic where it costs one fifth of the amount."
In 2010, Carson backed this position again in a Megadiversities interview when he advocated for the government takeover of healthcare: "The first thing we need to do is get rid of for profit insurance companies. We have a lack of policies and we need to make the government responsible for catastrophic health care."

Fifthly, Carson is a terrible and undisciplined speaker.

Anyone who has heard Carson debate on a panel knows that he has a weak and unconvincing voice. Worse yet, he often says things which would sink a 2016 presidential campaign.

In one interview with Sean Hannity Carson compared gays to pedophiles and those who practice bestiality: "...marriage is between a man and a woman. It's a well-established, fundamental pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality. It doesn't matter what they are. They don't get to change the definition [of marriage]."

While most conservatives would back Carson for these statements the fact is that the majority of Americans support not only homosexuality but gay marriage. Such statements would be disastrous in necessary swing states. The liberals would make sure such sound bites were played ad nausea the entire campaign.

Sixthly, Carson could never impress the major donors necessary to run an effective campaign. The big wigs like Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers are not going to invest in a candidate they view as essentially un-electable.

Ben Carson may have been a descent doctor, he may have some conservative positions, but he supports mass immigration, gun control, affirmative action, and government controlled healthcare just like any liberal candidate. Conservatives should not support him in 2016.


[1] Ben Carson. 'American the Beautiful.' Zondervan. 2012.

[2] Ben Carson. 'The Big Picture.' Zondervan. 2012.