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This is what we’re saying about Republicans. A guy gets up for 13 minutes — or 13 hours — and says something sensible and someone in the GOP forms a PAC to run him for president.
Dr. Ben Carson wowed the crowd at CPAC with a thoughtful speech that mixed tidbits about neuroscience with current politics and policy and in the process managed to firmly cement his position as a conservative darling. Carson drew a loud and sustained applause when he said toyed with the crowd about a possible 2016 crowd…
“Let’s just say you magically put me in the White House,” he said, eliciting a roar of cheers and long applause from the crowd. [More]
Yes, applaud, jump up and down, kick Sarah Palin to the side of the road and form a new Tea Party chapter in Bumfart, Idaho.
Wake the @%!% Up!
Just the other day Dr. Carson was saying some pretty hinky things to Glenn Beck (another 25-minute conservative rock star) about gun control.
Asked by Beck for his thoughts on the Second Amendment, Carson gave the popular pro-gun argument: “There’s a reason for the Second Amendment; people do have the right to have weapons.”
But when asked whether people should be allowed to own “semi-automatic weapons,” the doctor replied: “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,” Carson elaborated.
However, if you live “out in the country somewhere by yourself” and want to own a semi-automatic weapon, he added, “I’ve no problem with that.”
Thank you, Dr. Feelgood. Now if you will please just cure evil in the world, no one will be around to steal my semi-automatic rifle… or my .22 Ruger target pistol, or any other gun I may happen to lawfully have in my home.
Most Second Amendment conservatives, all the way back to Wyatt Earp’s Tombstone, believe in the right of local government to pass ordinances regulating the use of firearms. However, that is a far cry from legislating what firearms citizens may own.
Dr. Carson seems to be prescribing the same old ‘fix the citizen, not the criminal’ rhetoric Republicans can get at any garden variety Democrat rally. Put simply, Dr. C: Come to my house looking to steal a gun, leave in a body bag. That will fix the problem, no mater what neighborhood you live in.
This is the same old ‘Republican Messiah’ meme all too many on the right jump into before getting their facts straight. Dr. Carson’s rationale on guns makes about as much sense as electing Dianne Feinstein to the board of the NRA.
How did this whole business get started to begin with? This is how: A communist named Lee Harvey Oswald shot a president, and the Left moved immediately to ban the sale of mail order firearms.
Did it help? In a word, no. The Manson Family killed Sharon Tate and her friends (with one gun and several knives), two attempts were made on Gerald Ford’s life, Ronald Reagan was shot; and John ‘Give Peace a Chance’ Lennon got his wheels blown off in that gun-free mecca of the Western World, New York City.
Republicans, how about getting it right next time? Send Karl Rove packing with a wedgy and nominate a conservative.