Ben Carson: Amateurs built the Ark; professionals built the Titanic

In today’s tweet that launched a thousand freakouts, Ben Carson trolled the Internet hardcore this afternoon by suggesting that he’s just about had it with all these damn experts:

Carson, an amateur politician, is coming off a debate performance in which his central theme played off of Ronald Reagan’s famous (if accidental) adage, “Facts are stupid things.” He’s running to be a dim Christian’s version of what a smart Christian sounds like, and dim Christians say things like this all the time to sound smart. But even in the context of his dim-Christian’s-smart-Christian persona, this was pretty bad.

For starters, one of Carson’s primary justifications for office is that he was a gifted professional, having been by all accounts a brilliant pediatric neurosurgeon. He’s more than welcome to tell us if we should ask our neighbor down the street, or perhaps our local pastor, the next time we need brain surgery.

What’s more, if you really want to get technical, the Titanic was a far better boat than the Ark:

Presuming the Ark actually existed, which it didn’t:

Although, assuming for the moment that the Ark did, in fact, exist, even by Carson’s own telling it was built with the instructions of — you guessed it — professionals!

To be clear, Ben Carson may very well believe that amateurs are better than professionals in a number of respects. After all, he said in 2004 that it was the amateur nutritional supplements provided by Mannatech, Inc. that cured his prostate cancer — not that “professional” garbage peddled by “doctors.”

And the amateur policy wonks over at Carson campaign headquarters know that his tax plan makes sense, so you don’t have to listen to the professionals at the Tax Foundation or any other policy shop who say otherwise.

Which is why the amateur debate-havers in the Republican primary are threatening to take their talents elsewhere, away from the professional journalists who have bothered to ask them questions about their pasts and policy proposals.


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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