But in a sense Carson has done us a service - in illuminating a rather huge pitfall along the path to a Republican victory in 2016 (which I think is a virtual certainty - or ought to be.) That pitfall is "social conservatism" and the strategic suicide that is emphasizing religious governance in the middle of a Presidential campaign season.
Folks, there is a reason why the Democrat-Socialist Party, for the last year and a half, have been aggressively shoving the gay marriage issue to front-and-center of the political arena: They, unlike the feckless Republican "leadership," (not to mention outright traitors like Boehner and McConnell,) understand strategy. They know that with either Dolores Umbridge-Clinton or Chief Fake Eagle Warren as their 2016 candidate, they stand to lose in a landslide to make Mondale smile.
But they know something else: "Social conservative" issues are the Republican Party's single greatest weakness with potential voters, if only they can get Republicans to bury themselves in them.
The gay marriage issue is bait.
The Democrat-Socialists have shoved it to front-and-center because they know they have a handful of absolute zeros as their 2016 candidate pool, so they are hoping beyond hope that the Republicans will take that "social conservatism" bait and implode into a frenzy of the kind of religious moralizing which invariably wipes out vital support from "moderates," libertarians and Blue Dog Democrats, as well as huge swaths of Constitutional Republicans.
We have seen, time and time again, rank-and-file voters elect Republican majorities on the expectation that they will secure our national defense and bring leviathan government under control, only to see those Republican "leaders" immediately squander their mandate - immediately pushing to the back burner pressing, crisis-level issues like: government attacks on the Constitution and our most basic rights, criminal negligence on national defense, an out-of-control Orwellian regulatory state, and out-of-control spending and taxation - in favor of bizarre, tangential lurches into religion.
While America burns, they're busy fighting to preserve Ten Commandment steles at courthouses; while neo-fascists declare ownership of every American's body via a government takeover of medicine, they're swan-diving into the rhetorical quicksand of abortion; instead of establishing a separation of education and state - thereby privatizing both schools and curricula - they're busy pushing for prayer in schools... which they blithely allow to remain "public."
Yes, morality is a gaping void in contemporary America, particularly among its elected officious. But the last genuine Republican candidate, Ronald Reagan, was wise and Constitutionally-savvy enough to promote a powerful morality indirectly, by example - since the Constitution strictly proscribes religious legislation in any case. The result was the '80s decade - in which America positively glowed with a renewed moral purpose, a consequently-renewed sense of national self-respect, of civilized society, of enduring peace and prosperity.
But the minute politicians start talking about people's bedroom activities or about intractable, polarizing issues like abortion, Republicans lose. Period. The people who win in their stead are people who enact precisely the kinds of legislation that religious Republicans abhor most in any case. So three cheers for "sticking to your religious convictions," and a big fat zero for what you've achieved as a consequence, both for your own goals and for the country's vital issues alike.
If the Republicans take the Democrat-Socialist Party bait and plunge into religion in the runup to 2016, the Democrats' real-world Dolores Umbridge, lame a candidate as she is, will gain an advantage in the only way she can: by Republican default.
If the Republicans instead demonstrate moral character by example and remain laser-focused on those crisis-level issues - the shambles that is our national defense; the Orwellian nightmare that is Agenda 21 and the explosive growth of the regulatory state; the black hole that is the national debt; the de facto communist nationalization of the medical, banking and automotive sectors of our economy; the de facto drug-pushing that is the Democrats' attempt to addict scores of people to the welfare dole - the Republican ticket will trounce whatever corrupt clown the Demo-Socialist Party runs in '16, in a landslide to have her envying Walter Mondale's 1984 returns.
Personally, I'm looking forward to seeing the Cruz-West Administration inaugurated on January 20, 2017. Lobby for your religious issues then, if you think they have merit and pass Constitutional muster. Not now. The alternative is to watch a Clinton or Warren Administration take over in 2017. So essentially, what we have in the religious conservative "purist" mentality is identical to what we have in the Libertarian "purist" mentality touched upon on this blog previously - with the same consequence in the offing for embracing it.
We are at a fork in the road. We can take the Democrat bait and follow the path to instant defeat which Carson illustrated with his facepalm-inducing comment, or ignore the bait and keep hammering away at the multitude of pressing, do-or-die issues that must be dealt with. Which latter are also the policy issues that will bury the Democrat Party under a landslide defeat in 2016.