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I doubt anyone who was an atheist and was theo-phobic would support Ben Carson.

My personal opposition to his candidacy is based on his not having run anything. Run for dog catcher and lets see how you do as that before you roll into the big job.

Or just people who believe in a separation of church and state, like the founders, and don't find personal religious beliefs to be pertinent to qualifications of candidacy.

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Does being prodigious in the medical field translate into being a good president? The same with the rest.

I don't know, does being a career politician translate into being a good president? As for his life story I do think it provides him more insight than the the average white politician and was significant in developing many of his views.

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I doubt anyone who was an atheist and was theo-phobic would support Ben Carson.

My personal opposition to his candidacy is based on his not having run anything. Run for dog catcher and lets see how you do as that before you roll into the big job.

Though I am not a Carson supporter, I would vote for him which is more than I can say for Trump.

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I don't know, does being a career politician translate into being a good president? As for his life story I do think it provides him more insight than the the average white politician and was significant in developing many of his views.

Does having experience doing something make you better at doing something? Generally, yes it does.

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I don't know, does being a career politician translate into being a good president? As for his life story I do think it provides him more insight than the the average white politician and was significant in developing many of his views.

I don't think it does. Reagan wasn't really a career politician and even some Dems liked him. Obama likes to liken himself after him at times.

From what I've read/heard over a long time is the founders wanted ordinary people to come and serve and go back to their careers. I could be wrong on that. But we've come to basically elect doctors and lawyers most likely because of their money. It costs a lot of money to run an election. How much for a Prez now? Please don't say a billion.

We have lifelong politicians that can't stop the IRS from paying refunds to 1 single address in Lithuania over 600 times? Are you friggin kidding me? Why can't these great career politicians fix that?

Some people are fed up and are willing to try something different. Even if posters on this site say we reflect how stupid voters have become if we support Trump. I think it was Oblong or something.

With the check and balances that are supposedly in place, although I question them after the last 4 years, we should be able to survive a private sector approach to governing. Give what some of us feel the founders had in mind a shot. If its wrong, so be it. Trump probably won't make it anyway. I expect he will step in something that will end his run. And I will simply move on to the next person that wants to change DC.

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Or just people who believe in a separation of church and state, like the founders, and don't find personal religious beliefs to be pertinent to qualifications of candidacy.

Right, because that's more troubling than whatever source informed Clinton's values and ethics.

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Right, because that's more troubling than whatever source informed Clinton's values and ethics.

What are you talking about?

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Does having experience doing something make you better at doing something? Generally, yes it does.

Getting reelected, yes, I agree.

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Getting reelected, yes, I agree.

I'm not saying that I like it, just think that someone with no political background could easily get eaten alive in DC.

If one doesn't think that becoming director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins at 33 didn't involve some politicking, then I don't know what to say.

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What are you talking about?

Not directed at you really...I just hear this line of reasoning so often from my so-called progressive friends (which basically all my friends are). They treat religion as a don't ask, don't tell issue and are more suspicious of a person of faith than a person like Clinton (who I think is a liar).

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I'm not saying that I like it, just think that someone with no political background could easily get eaten alive in DC.

If one doesn't think that becoming director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins at 33 didn't involve some politicking, then I don't know what to say.

Of course a hospital involves politics. And he held the position for years. So there is political experience ;)

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I liked Carson more after the debate. I still won't vote for him, but I liked him more. I loved his line regarding operating on what really makes the person the person. That was one of the best lines I've heard from a politician in a while.

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Not directed at you really...I just hear this line of reasoning so often from my so-called progressive friends (which basically all my friends are). They treat religion as a don't ask, don't tell issue and are more suspicious of a person of faith than a person like Clinton (who I think is a liar).

are they so-called progressives, or so-called friends?!?!? EEK

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He is a Yale and Michigan Med School grad who became Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins at the age of 33. I'd say he's pretty bright.

He can talk circles around most politicians when it comes to health care in this country. And his life story, besides being compelling, gives him a pretty unique view on racial issues in this country.

Has he done this? What did he say that others haven't said?

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Oh btw, Carson's support is conservative white guilt.

I wanted to like him but then he started talking about evolution and stuff....

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Not directed at you really...I just hear this line of reasoning so often from my so-called progressive friends (which basically all my friends are). They treat religion as a don't ask, don't tell issue and are more suspicious of a person of faith than a person like Clinton (who I think is a liar).

Its not just that she is a liar, but I feel she knowingly did most of what she's accused of. Dems are turning on her. What is the guy from the Atlanta Journal? Eugene Robinson? who is, and should be, somewhat disgusted by her if I'm reading what he says correctly.

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So do you find all views of the right to be illegitimate and invalid? ....

I don't think I said anything like that in that post. Fox is a significant forum for conservative ideas, a good number of those are air headed, some are just political pandering, and some are serious, just as a good number of the people on Fox fall into each of those categories.

Being variously serious, cynical, and dumb through the course of a day are not mutually exclusive for a media outlet.

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Or just people who believe in a separation of church and state, like the founders, and don't find personal religious beliefs to be pertinent to qualifications of candidacy.

So, you base your political views on your belief that anyone who holds strong religious views is likely to turn the country into a theocracy. :--)

Carson's program is that explicit? All I hear from him is a lot of nice talk. I seldom hear about his bold plan to turn over DoD to Joel Osteen.

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So, you base your political views on your belief that anyone who holds strong religious views is likely to turn the country into a theocracy. :--)

Carson's program is that explicit? All I hear from him is a lot of nice talk. I seldom hear about his bold plan to turn over DoD to Joel Osteen.

Nice assumptions bro. Forget the fact that I never said anything of the sort.

I don't mind religious people, as long as they act atheist in public. ;-)

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Nice assumptions bro. Forget the fact that I never said anything of the sort.

I'm just riffin' Sorry to offend.

Your dislike of religion is documented.

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I'm just riffin' Sorry to offend.

Your dislike of religion is documented.

Not offended, maybe just a little tired yet after sleeping in. FYI, using bro or brah is my equivalent of a smiley.

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Not directed at you really...I just hear this line of reasoning so often from my so-called progressive friends (which basically all my friends are). They treat religion as a don't ask, don't tell issue and are more suspicious of a person of faith than a person like Clinton (who I think is a liar).

OK, I thought you were taking a turn into a rant and didn't bring us along. I wasn't a fan of Hillary the first time, and nothing has changed there for me. I just don't thin that religious beliefs are terribly relevant to a person's qualifications.

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I wanted to like him but then he started talking about evolution and stuff....

Word.

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