Friday, November 6, 2015

Good Advice

Dr. Ben Carson told interviewers in Miami, where he’s on a book tour to promote his presidential campaign (or is it a presidential campaign to promote a book?), that he doesn’t need to know much as president; that’s what advisers are for.

“Even Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, said, ‘A multitude of counselors is safety.’ The real question [about candidates] is, after they’re informed and have an opportunity to digest and talk about it, can they make a wise decision? It’s a false narrative that you have to know everything.”

Yes, that plan has worked out so well in recent administrations, hasn’t it?

While he was in Miami, he admitted he wasn’t familiar with the Cuban-American policy known as “Wet Foot – Dry Foot” (is it a new take on the Hokey-Pokey?), and while he was equally unfamiliar with the Obama administration’s plans for restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, he was against them because Obama.

No one expects the president to know everything about everything that comes across the desk, and yes, that’s what advisers are for.  But Dr. Carson doesn’t seem to be of a mind to accept the advice of people who might hold a different or even contrary point of view.  What good is having people who disagree with you as advisers if you ignore what they tell you or dismiss their ideas completely?

This is why Booman thinks the Pyramid story is important.

Does Carson really examine why the archeologists believe that the pyramids were erected as tombs for the pharaohs? Does he have any compelling reason to reject their unanimous opinion on this matter other than his own nifty idea for explaining how Joseph stored all that grain?

So, then, what if Carson gets some neat idea to explain how to deal with the Chinese or the Russians or the Iranians or the North Koreans? Will he stick with that idea even if all the experts tell him that he’s nuts?

It’s not that Carson is a very religious man that should concern us. Even his Biblical literalism is only troubling up to a point. The problem is this juvenile way of coming to strong conclusions and the lazy willingness to put his own pet theories ahead of the conclusions of the Scientific Community.

I seriously doubt that Dr. Carson will ever be president, but the idea that someone so unable to listen to anyone other than his own ideas is polling at the top of his party’s preferences is just downright scary.

3 barks and woofs on “Good Advice

  1. To me most of the republican candidates don’t know anything, Remember Michelle Bachman? Now that was also scary!

  2. G.H.W. Bush has written why a novice in the Oval Office shouldn’t depend on advisers to run the presidency. He specifically mentioned Cheney and Rumsfeld and we know how that turned out. Anyone who intends to be President must have deep knowledge of the complexities of the world as well as understanding high finance and the intricacies of the offices his cabinet officers are responsible for. And then there’s the CIA and the NSA and the FBI and on and on. Trump and Carson as well as Christie and Fiorina are running ego-trips with no real expectations of winning. We hope.

  3. Dr. Carson seems delusional to me. How can we elect a president who doesn’t think the Egyptians built their own pyramids? Seems like he just makes some s— up!

Comments are closed.