“If Melania’s speech is similar to Michelle Obama’s speech, that should make us all very happy because we should be saying, whether we’re Democrats or Republicans, we share the same values. If we happen to share values, we should celebrate that, not try to make it into a controversy.”
—Dr. Ben Carson, making an absurd but original argument to justify Melania Trump’s plagiarism.
Observations while I clean up bits of my skull and brain and get the superglue:
1. Has anyone so completely, bizarrely dumb and unqualified ever had such success running for the presidential nomination of a major party as Ben Carson? Carson’s statements make Donald Trump seem astute by comparison. In retrospect, the fact that a dufus like Carson had any support at all was the clue that Republicans and conservatives had left reason far, far behind.
2. Gee, plagiarizing students should try this logic! “True, my original short story has whole paragraphs and the same plot as a Flannery O’Connor work, but shouldn’t we rejoice that a Northern born male teen and a Southern female writer share the same values?”
3. Those same values that Republican and Democrats share, Ben, are cheating, lying, and “the ends justify the means.” Or is that what you meant?
4. It is astounding what an idiot Ben Carson is. All by himself, he has destroyed the illusion that successful doctors and surgeons have to be intelligent. Heck, he’s destroyed the illusion that successful doctors and surgeons have to be as intelligent as short-order cooks. I would think physicians across the nation would be furious at Carson for revealing this.