|Yes, Dr. Carson, By All Means Please Run|
And Run As Far Away From South Dakota As You Can
(photo from politically-inclined.com)
As one who has, ah (how do I put this mildly?), soiled his undergarments while receiving fire on the battlefields of Vietnam I think I know something about reptilian fear. Carson's chest-thumping bragadoccio about how he would Rambo-ize himself and attack the shooter is laughable on the face of it, considering people simply can't possibly know how they'd react in a firefight. He might turn out to be the hero that he imagines himself to be, but Carson's assertions certainly come across as critical and victim-blaming when contrasted against the behavior of those dead people who didn't have the heroic gumption that he fancies himself as possessing. Not only are his remarks ignorant and insensitive, they're plain nutty.
As off-putting as Carson's glib reaction to the massacre in Oregon is, probably a more disconcerting dimension of nuttiness emerges when he talks about the prosaic aspects of running the country. In a long interview with Marketplace.org (the widely followed and excellent
|The Gold Standard, Ca 1900|
Carson Waxes Nostalgic For This?
From our agriculturally-dominated perspective here in South Dakota, a gold-backed money supply would be ruinous. This is what the great prairie populist William Jennings Bryan railed against more than a century ago when he condemned "the cross of gold" upon which mankind was being "crucified." Farmers depend on the liquidity created by modern monetary policy principles to keep money expanding in order to get decent prices for their crops and plenty of credit for working capital. South Dakota's commodity and natural resources-based economy would be hammerlocked if Carson's heavy-handed approach were applied to it. I give this guy a big "no thanks."