Saturday, November 7, 2015

"politics ... intermingled with ...entertainment complex"

Is Ben Carson Running for President?

"But now Carson actually is running for president. Or is he? It is hard to tell. Conservative politics are so closely intermingled with a lucrative entertainment complex that it is frequently impossible to distinguish between a political project (that is, something designed to result in policy change) and a money-making venture. Declaring yourself a presidential candidate gives you access to millions of dollars' worth of free media attention that can build a valuable brand. So the mere fact that Carson calls himself a presidential candidate does not prove he is actually running for president rather than taking advantage of the opportunity to build his brand. Indeed, it is possible to be actually leading the polls without seriously trying to win the presidency."
This is a really good point, Trump/Carson and many of the would be Presidents are simply building their brand.  It's what Trump has done for generations.  There's no substance to it, there is very simply nothing there... other than ego's big enough to do it and a generation raised to want nothing more for themselves and their 'stars' than to be well branded.

More from Chait's piece:
 "And the notion that Carson could be president is preposterous. The problem is not only that he has never run for elected office. He has never managed a large organization; he has not worked in and around public policy, and he lacks a competent grasp of issues. His stance on health care, the closest thing to an issue with which his professional experience has brought him into contact, is gibberish. He mostly thrills audiences by scoffing at evolution and insisting Muslims be barred from the presidency, stances he cannot even defend coherently.

It is possible that Carson has come to genuinely believe that he is qualified to serve as president. (As a follower of the conspiracy theorist W. Cleon Skousen, Carson seems to subscribe in earnest to a series of completely fantastical beliefs.) It is also possible that Carson is being manipulated by staffers who stand to profit off their association with him. But the most likely explanation for his behavior is that Carson himself is in this thing to make a lot of money."
Other than the public's desire to worship at the reality star alter, throw into the fact this is a pretty good way for Carson and his staffers's to make serious cash... we'll it's a win-win for them.

But the great challenge is the damage their demagogy is doing to this country.