By HANNAH PARKER
Compared to other presidential candidates, Ben Carson’s political background is not very impressive, yet somehow he climbed his way into second place right behind Donald Trump for the Republican nomination.
Carson was born in Detroit, Michigan where he grew up a child of divorce. He was raised by his single mother, and despite his childhood adversity he found himself accepted to Yale University. Carson majored in psychology at Yale, and later received his Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan Medical School.
Clearly unstoppable, he then became a neurosurgery resident at John Hopkins Hospital where he completed his most successful surgery, separating two conjoined twins. Carson retired from his work as a surgeon in 2013 after receiving numerous awards such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Later, Carson wrote multiple articles and books about his accomplishments, work ethic and faith basis.
Although he is an extraordinarily gifted and intelligent person, Carson’s political career is shortlisted. He did not even affiliate with the Republican Party until Nov. 4, 2014.
However, just because Carson does not have a fruitful political background does not mean he would not make a good president but his lack of experience could cloud his immediate judgment.
Other presidential candidates that have political background have dealt with public opinions and concerns, but how would someone who solely has medical history appeal to all public concerns in a progressive way even when they oppose his views and the views of his party?
Carson’s lack of experience does not only question his ability to be America’s next
Republican nominee, or possible president, but also his knowledge of the political system and how it works.
Just recently on Sunday, Sept. 27, Carson said in an interview with CNN, that for a Muslim to be president they must “reject the tenets of Islam.”
“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.”
With Carson generalizing all Muslims into one category, making them “unfit” to run the nation, he contradicts himself. Is it not one of our first amendment rights to freedom of religion?
By Carson saying a Muslim would have to abandon his faith to be a political leader is a perfect example of someone who does not have the experience or knowledge to run the country.
Further, Carson has a strong Christian faith, which begs the question, does that mean he should not be president?
Does every candidate have to abandon their faith to be able to “subject to American values and the Constitution?”
Carson’s lack of social progression is evident from his lack of political history. It is important that our next president has political experience to understand the political system in order to lead our country appropriately.