Republican Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson is reported to have said today:
“I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away,”
If that statement reflects Dr. Carson’s actual beliefs, then he is a dangerously immoral (or amoral) man who shouldn’t be allowed within 100 miles of the Nuclear Football. And, by the way, he should never be allowed to practice medicine again since he’s clearly in disagreement with the Hippocratic Oath. If he made the statement for political expediency and doesn’t really feel that way, then he should be drummed out of the race for one of the biggest displays of hypocrisy in a deceit-filled 2016 Presidential campaign season. I’d have been surprised if even The Donald had made such an absurd statement. But a doctor? A man who has held many peoples’ lives in his hands? A man who supposedly believes in the sanctity of life?
Seriously? Any one body with bullet holes ought to engender in us as human beings a level of sadness, compassion, discouragement and disappointment in humanity that transcends any and all political or policy persuasions or positions.
It is this kind of rhetoric that makes me ache for the old Republican Party of men of honor like Jacob Javits, Everett Dirksen, and Nelson Rockefeller. I was never a conservative (well, there was that one time, but…) but I always had deep respect for the thinking of men like William F. Buckley Jr.
I see no similar politician or pundit on the horizon today worthy of my respect for his or her intellect, sanity and cogent argumentation. The most damning thing about Carson’s incredibly insensitive comment is that I wasn’t surprised by it. The second most damning thing is that I would have believed its attribution to any of the dozen-plus candidates for the GOP nomination.