Ben Carson Disparages Single Parents & LGBT Families: ‘Traditional’ Families are ‘Better’ for Raising Kids (Audio)

ben-carsonI consider myself a fairly knowledgable when it comes to politics. Not to say that I know everything (I clearly don’t), but I do feel that I have a decent grasp on many aspects of our political process.

That being said, I have no shame in admitting that I just don’t get the whole Ben Carson surge. Sure, I get that he bashes President Obama, says a lot of the things tea party conservatives want to hear and he’s a religious nut – but I just don’t get how anyone can look at this guy and say to themselves, “Wow, he would make a great president.” Hell, half the time when I’m listening to him speak I’m wondering to myself how in the world a guy who speaks as if his IQ is around the same level of Forrest Gump managed to become a top neurosurgeon.

It’s not just what he says, it’s how he says it. Eyes glazed over, looking half away with a slow, methodical cadence to his tone. He reminds me of someone who ate two pot brownies an hour earlier and is now trying to convince everyone that they’re not stoned out of their mind.

But putting aside his incredible lack of charisma, personality and even the odd tone in which he often speaks, the bottom line is Carson is an incredible jackass who is absolutely not qualified to be president.

Take for instance comments he recently made during an interview on SiriusXM Patriot (the right-wing satellite radio station) where he disparaged single parents and LGBT families, saying that it’s “PC” to suggest that non-traditional families can raise children just as well as “traditional” ones.

“We have got to stop paying attention to the PC Police who say every lifestyle is exactly of the same value. No, it’s not of the same value,” Carson said when asked about single parent households. “It is very clear that intact, traditional families with traditional, intact values do much better in terms of raising children. So let’s stop pretending that everything is of equal value.”

Now, while he didn’t specifically mention LGBT people, considering the typical Republican rhetoric on “traditional families” (aka husband/wife), it’s pretty clear that he’s saying the “best” way to raise children is in a household with a “traditional” mother and a father.

Personally, I think the best way to raise children is in a household where children are loved unconditionally. I’ve seen plenty of “traditional” households that are absolute train wrecks. It’s insulting to single parents to suggest that they’re not as equipped, or capable of adequately raise their children without the help of a spouse. And it’s just flat-out offensive to suggest that “traditional families” are the only acceptable means by which to raise children. He even went so far as to say that “traditional families” are clearly better than any other “unequal” family structure he doesn’t deem “traditional.”

This sort of nonsense reminds me of comments Jeb Bush made a few months back where he basically said gay parents weren’t capable of raising children.

But this is just another prime example of Ben Carson opening his mouth and once again proving that he has absolutely no business coming anywhere near the White House unless it’s on an official tour.

Listen to his comments below via SiriusXM:

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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