Ben Carson was a man highly revered among the academics that I congregated with. Being the youngest major division director in Johns Hopkins history (as director of pediatric neurosurgery), he was set on achieving major things. Eventually, he successfully separated twins that were conjoined at the head. From there, I didn’t think it could get any better. Ben Carson was synonymous with immeasurable success.
Now, he is working hard to become synonymous with “conservative and out-of-touch”.
I knew he was headed down this road from earlier this year. Once he started making all of these unnecessary remarks about the Affordable Health Care Act and other things, I knew he was coming at an angle. In fact, I knew he was readily becoming a conservative over all. Then again, this is the same man that noted he was skeptical on the existence of evolution. So, Carson’s turn for the worst doesn’t surprise me.
Now, his new venture into “open-his-mouth-without-telling-the-entire-story” deals with something different: illicit drug use and the gateway drug known as marijuana. While being interviewed by Greta Van Susteren, Carson noted these opinions:
I don’t think this is something we really want for our society. You know, we’re gradually just removing all the barriers to hedonistic activity. We’re changing so rapidly to a different type of society, and nobody is getting a chance to discuss it because it’s taboo. Well, do those same people argue for freedom of choice when someone says, ‘I want to buy a gun, I want to buy an Uzi? Let’s be consistent with this thing. (source)
With his logic of the human body and such scholastic matters, Carson should be a name you can trust. Yet, he didn’t know about/notify himself on the error of his ways. It is easy to see that one of his fellow people did not save him from himself.
To be more direct, Carson is sounding more and more like a conservative flunky with little understanding/cognizance of his words.
Here is one of the biggest problems about his beliefs: they are, at worst, highly misguided and short-sighted. While he mentioned that reports showed marijuana being a gateway drug, there are other studies that show that those claims are overblown. As mentioned by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (long name, right):
Patterns in progression of drug use from adolescence to adulthood are strikingly regular. Because it is the most widely used illicit drug, marijuana is predictably the first illicit drug most people encounter. Not surprisingly, most users of other illicit drugs have used marijuana first. In fact, most drug users begin with alcohol and nicotine before marijuana — usually before they are of legal age.
In the sense that marijuana use typically precedes rather than follows initiation of other illicit drug use, it is indeed a “gateway” drug. But because underage smoking and alcohol use typically precede marijuana use, marijuana is not the most common, and is rarely the first, “gateway” to illicit drug use. There is no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are causally linked to the subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs.
As we go along, this won’t be the only study noting this. After that, they mention that more and more government related studies have turned out the same type of results. Thus, Ben Carson’s argument doesn’t hold that much weight at all.
Even worst, his commentary is judgmental as all hell. All of a sudden, society has to worry about becoming hedonistic because it has evolved? Maybe the outlawing of marijuana has become a waste of taxpayer money to fight a pseudo war on drugs? Maybe there are other legalized drugs we should be more concerned about that do more to society (tobacco and liquor, for example)? Or maybe, just maybe, Ben Carson just may be lost within the sauce of his own intentions.
Then I came to a conclusion: Ben Carson is selling out. It is one thing to be openly opinionated about political issues. But, when you dive into the anti-societal half-cocked and half-true/mostly misguided jibber jabber that occurs on Fox News then you know you are selling yourself to the highest bidder. Whether or not he is running for any political office is beyond me. However, it is quite evident that he is positioning himself to reap the benefit of alliances that only work to keep Americans deaf, dumb, and blind.
As much as I respect Ben Carson, he is starting to lose me. I don’t fault him for being outspoken and taking a side. What I do fault him for is actually being a scientist of sloppy scientific disposition. A man in his field should always bring “pure fact” and not “misaligned misfortunate ideals”. In the end, Ben Carson has continuously pushed the line toward becoming a conservative with an ulterior motive.
Congratulations, Ben Carson. You are coming closer and closer to your goal of selling out America.