How Outside Normalcy Should an Outsider Be?

Published on Dissident Voice, by James Hoover, Nov 10, 2015.

Ben Carson is the quiet, almost somnolent, version of Donald Trump. He is, like Trump, a political outsider, but a crafty politician all the same, without the reality TV persona of Donald Trump. Carson seems to share other attributes with “the Donald” though not commonly discussed in the media.  

In an era of celebrity when we are encouraged, in fact, marketed to placate and coddle ourselves, flaws in the character of public images are usually deflected in the glow of spotlight. The image is often falsely projected and the best of it amplified for effect. Motivations and flaws are hidden behind the glow.

I don’t believe we could argue with the notion that both Carson and Trump are self-centered. We live in a society that encourages and rewards this feature, but does not consider how these traits affect ourselves and others we come in contact with.  Accordingly, our culture fosters a predisposition to ignore the needs of others, including human investment for the common good. Interdependent cultures, like those in Asia, find Asians easily able to put themselves in the shoes of others, displaying more empathy. For example, pathetic voting practices in most US elections, the latest in Kentucky, show a lack of concern for the consequences of not voting, including the harm it might do to others … //

… Thus, adding to an apparent altar of self emulation is other evidence, including espousing views that seem to deny a connection with reality. His pronouncements include six controversial views, boyishly simplistic, if not totally naïve, and far out of the mainstream: Hitler wouldn’t have been able to exterminate the Jews if they had guns; he advocates no Muslim as President; “Obamacare” is the worst thing that has happened in this country since slavery; he wouldn’t stand still, but enlist other unarmed people, not letting a gunman kill him (after Oregon shooting).

All of these signs are rather troubling for a candidate who is clearly leading in the polls for the Republican nomination for president. He is a political outsider, but how far outside reason and normalcy can you be when vying for a position that has so much control over the free world, not to speak of a nuclear arsenal? … //

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(James Hoover is a recently retired systems engineer. He has advanced degrees in Economics and English. Prior to his aerospace career, he taught high school, and he has also taught college courses. He recently published a science fiction novel called Extraordinary Visitors and writes political columns on several websites. Read other articles on Dissident Voice by James).


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