Sunday, September 20, 2015

I Do Not Believe a Muslim Should be President: Like Most Conservatives, Ben Carson Loves the Constitution Except When He Hates the Constitution

As is our habit and tradition, please do consider this a Sunday semi-open thread.

Ben Carson is a smart stupid man. A person ought not to hire a car mechanic to fix the roof of their house and automatically expect a successful outcome.

On this morning's Meet the Press, Carson explained that a Muslim should not be President of the United States because their religion is incompatible with the Constitution.

Republicans love the Constitution except when they hate the Constitution. Movement conservatives have a very odd and unhealthy relationship with their fetish object. Is this some type of psycho-sexual guilt projected onto civics and the public sphere?

Carson's statement is a direct violation of Article VI of the Constitution which reads:
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
Ben Carson is not alone in his contempt for the United States Constitution. He is a presidential primary candidate for a political party led by Christian Dominionists and the American Taliban.

Some truth did slip through Ben Carson's lips when in the same conversation on Meet the Press, he said that he does not believe that a person whose religious values conflict with their ability to fulfill their job as President of the United States is qualified to hold the office.

By this standard, most of the Republican presidential candidates for president in 2016 should be disqualified. But of course, for today's Republican Party the United States is imagined to be a Constitutionally mandated Right-wing Christian Evangelical theocracy and they are its saviors.

The Republican Party and its candidates are the American ISIS. Unfortunately, the mainstream news media would never have the courage to state such a basic fact.

How did we get here? And is American politics--and Republican politics especially--more comedy than tragedy at this point?

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