Watching A Man Surrender His Soul To The Devil On National TV

psychopath: a person suffering from chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent social behavior.

almost a year ago, presidential dropout and outspoken Christian Ben Carson called President Obama—a family man who has had but one wife and no personal scandals of any kind—a “psychopath.” Do you remember that? It happened. Here’s the context from GQ:

On the nightearlier this year that Barack Obama stepped before the nation to deliver his sixth State of the Union address, Ben Carson—a political newcomer who harbors dreams of soon giving his first—settled into a sofa just a few blocks away. He was eager to hate everything the president was about to say.

Carson had come to the Capitol Hill home of Armstrong Williams, a conservative media impresario who officially serves as Carson’s business manager and who lately has functioned as Carson’s unofficial image-maker and political adviser as well. As the two men turned to the TV, they began dissecting Obama’s performance.

“He looks good,” Williams said. “He looks clean. Shirt’s white. The tie. He looks elegant.”

“Like most psychopaths,” Carson grumbled. “That’s why they’re successful. That’s the way they look. They all look great.”

Later, CNBC’s John Harwood asked him about such stupidity:

“Obama, you referred to him as a psychopath,” Harwood said. “What did you mean by that?”

“I said he reminds you of a psychopath,” Carson corrected.

“And tell me how,” Harwood pressed.

“Because they tend to be extremely smooth, charming people, who can tell a lie to your face with complete — it looks like sincerity, even though they know it’s a lie,” Carson replied.

This morning Ben Carson endorsed a guy, Donald Drumpf, who claims he is successful and thinks he looks great and is sure he is smooth and charming and who has told so many lies that fact-checkers are dying from exhaustion. This morning Ben Carson endorsed a guy who has made fun of him before the world, and as we all know, just last November said this about the former brain surgeon:

I could say they don’t say, as an example, a child molester, you don’t cure these people. You don’t cure a child molester. There’s no cure for it. Pathological, there’s no cure for that. Now, I didn’t say it, he said it in his book. So when I hear somebody’s pathological, when somebody says, I went after my mother with — and he’s saying it about himself with a hammer and hit her in the head, I say, ‘whoa, that’s a big statement.’

The guy who suggested that Ben Carson’s psychopathy was akin to being a child molester stood beside the strange doctor this morning and listened to the strange doctor say that there were “two” Donald Drumpfs, as if one wasn’t enough. He said Drumpf was “a very intelligent man who cares deeply about America.” Carson called the guy who compared him to a child molester “cerebral.” And, perhaps to warn us, Carson said that we are “going to see more and more of” that cerebral Donald Drumpf.

When a reporter asked Carson about Drumpf’s child molester comments, which were the political and rhetorical equivalent of taking a hatchet to Carson’s presidential campaign, Dr. Ben said, “We buried the hatchet.” So, the murder weapon, the weapon Drumpf used to kill Carson’s presidential aspirations, will never be found. Unless you have the Internet.

For me, the strangest moment this morning, during the weird press conference in which viewers actually got to see a man surrender his soul to the devil, was when Ben Carson, Christian extraordinaire, said that after spending time with Drumpf, he discovered that there was, “A lot more alignment philosophically and spiritually than I ever thought there was.” I’m pretty sure that doesn’t help Drumpf all that much.

The whole thing strikes me as very sad, not just for the country, but for Ben Carson himself. There is clearly something wrong with the once-great doctor, but, unlike Donald Drumpf, I don’t know what it is. I suspect it has something to do with how fundamentalist religion has poisoned his brain. And I suspect it would take every psychiatrist and psychologist in the entire world, working till Jesus returns, to even begin to explain how a man who makes a show of his Christian faith could call President Obama—about as good an example of a Christian family man as one could imagine—a psychopath, and a year later could stand up and endorse a disturbed and disturbing man for president, a man who not only compared the now soulless doctor to a psychopathic child molester, but a man who is electrifying real psychopaths all over the country, especially at his campaign rallies.

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  1. Dayan Edwards

     /  March 11, 2016

    I couldn’t bear to watch the whole endorsement (once again, Trump got a lot of free TV time), but I saw Carson’s pardon of Trump’s comments about him and description of Trump as “cerebral” – a “head case” would be more accurate. I’m assuming Carson’s endorsement, like Christie’s, was the result of promises Trump made to them regarding future employment with the Trump administration, or maybe Trump just promised them a free lifetime supply of Trump steaks and wine. Carson’s interview with Harwood confirmed what was already apparent – that something is not right with Dr. Carson’s thought processes. Trump equating Carson’s psychopathy to that of a child molester was not really unexpected, but Carson’s conclusion that Obama is a psychopath and now his endorsement of Trump confirms that it’s a good thing Carson is retired. The whole thing IS very sad and made me recall a word I hadn’t thought of in a long time – weltschmerz.

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  2. His Uncle Tom is showing.

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  3. Weltschmerz indeed. It defies logic, how a successful man can be so encapsulated in his own world, in this case that of a surgeon, that the outer world becomes a thing not of substance but some kind of fantasy imagining. It makes me think of existentialism, about which Wikipedia includes this:

    In the view of the existentialist, the individual’s starting point is characterized by what has been called “the existential attitude”, or a sense of disorientation and confusion in the face of an apparently meaningless or absurd world.

    A surgeon’s world, I perceive, is a thing. It has standard procedures, instruments, medications, anesthetics, teams, systems, the building blocks from many decades of trial, error and science. How then to transport one accustomed to accolades in such a specialty to the very different world of politics, one which is comparatively free-ranging, nuanced and subtle in every way, but also pulsing with power? Heady stuff for a primed narcissist.

    Perhaps it is only to be expected that such a man as Carson would then refer to his Seventh Day Adventist religion for context. And if that world view is chaotic, inconsistent, irrational and superstitious, as his is/was, then this is apparently the result, a man floundering in an existential attitude. How else to explain it?

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    • Jim, you have done as good job as I think it possible to do in explaining Ben Carson. I can’t think of two better words to describe him: disoriented and confused. Bravo.

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