Ben Carson is polling just behind Donald Trump at the top of the GOP 2016 campaign herd. Carson continues to astound via his over-the-top lack of acumen in expressing his zany ideas, thoughts and his expression of comments which are supposed to advance his question for the nomination.
Last week Carson spoke about his aversion of any Muslim serving in the White House. His comments were comprehensive regarding the Islamic Faith without any discerning qualifiers that would leave room for the perception religion should not matter in accordance with the US Constitution.
"I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation." The comment drew criticism from both Republicans and Democrats.
What follows is an eight minute CNN interview Jake Tapper and candidate Carson. As you view the segment, pay close attention to Carson as he literally seems to stumble through the interview. The segment ended as a voice off camera declared: "this interview is over." Why do we find this strict handling of some GOP candidates with each general election cycle? If the candidate aspires to lead the free world and serve as Commander in Chief of all US armed Forces, why should it be OK for a handler to censor any news related interaction?
As the interview moved towards the middle of the segment, Tapper pressed the stumbling Carson and seemed to push him into a corner that only a lie would help serve to extract the candidate.
"I would have problems with somebody who embraced all the doctrines associated with Islam," Carson said. "If they are not willing to reject Sharia and all the portions of it that are talked about in the Quran — if they are not willing to reject that, and subject that to American values and the Constitution, then of course, I would."
Tapper and Carson spent several minutes of back and forth.
"You're assuming that Muslim Americans put their religion ahead of the country," Tapper said to Carson.
"I'm assuming that if you accept all the tenets of Islam that you would have a very difficult time abiding under the Constitution of the United States," Carson replied.
If a candidate cannot speak frankly about her/his beliefs to end an interview in a professional and "presidential" manner, the candidate shouldn't be considered a serious candidate for the Oval Office.
Other GOP candidates are drawing unwelcome attention across US media. One such candidate is Ted Cruz (R-TX). Last Friday morning House Speaker John Boehner announced he will vacate his Speaker positions and the US Congress in late October (2015). Boehner's reason for resigning the US Congress may have much to do about the recent visit of Pope Francis, but his interaction with the Pope is hardly the sole reason for divesting himself for, GOP politics.
During an interview with Face the Nation this past Sunday, Boehner spoke plainly about frustration with the US Congress and he spoke even more clearly about GOP "False Prophets."
If You Only News offers a concise and cogent piece regarding Boehner's comments this past Sunday.
If You Only News (via Creative Commons License)
BY RYAN DENSON ELECTION 2016, POLITICS, THE TEA PARTY SEPTEMBER 27, 2015
Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner is burning his bridges, and he is not mincing his words when it comes to the right-wing extremists who have plotted against him.
In his first interview since his announcement, on CBS’s Face the Nation, the Speaker from Ohio chastised the fringe Republicans of Congress as “absolutely…unrealistic” in their approach to governing, comparing them to false prophets who promise to do things they cannot do.
When asked by host John Dickerson if Republicans were “unrealistic about what can be done in government,” Boehner enthusiastically exulted:
Absolutely, they’re unrealistic. But, you know, the Bible says beware of false prophets, and there are people out there spreading noise about how much can get done.
Boehner pivoted to the failed 2013 shutdown over defunding Obamacare as an example, saying:
This plan never had a chance. We got groups here in town, members of the House and Senate here in town, who whip people into a frenzy believing they can accomplish things that they know — they know! — are never going to happen.
When asked about how the Speaker felt about Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), the architect of the 2013 shutdown, Boehner quipped as he sipped his coffee mug:
Listen, you can pick a lot of names out; I’ll let you choose ’em. I refer you to my remark at a fundraiser I made in August in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
The remark Speaker Boehner is referring to? “Jackass.”
It looks like the American people are getting their first glimpse inside the world of the Congressional GOP: Hollow, empty promises with no chance of becoming reality. AKA – lies. Take note, voters in 2016. The Tea Party is all rhetoric, not action.
John Boehner, in a way, just called Ted Cruz a jackass on television. Where was this Speaker Boehner two years ago when the fanatics brought forth a shutdown on America? Perhaps if Boehner flexed his arms like he did on Face the Nation, a lot of headache could have been avoided.
Watch soon to be ex-Speaker John Boehner trash the extremist GOP:
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