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Mon Sep 29, 2014, 01:48 AM

Top Republican Presidential Candidate Says Anarchy May Force Cancellation Of 2016 Election

[font color=green]Note: I posted this article earlier in Late Breaking News, but the hosts decided that it belonged in General Discussion instead. I also inadvertently truncated the URL link to the story at Think Progress. Here is the story once again with the corrected link. The prior comments to this article are available under the locked thread at http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014905802 .[/font]

Dr. Ben Carson, a popular Tea Party activist and Fox News contributor who says he will likely seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016, said on Sunday that he is seriously concerned that there will not be 2016 elections in the United States because the country could be in anarchy by that point. His reasons: the growing national debt, ISIS, and the U.S. Senateís refusal to consider legislation passed by the GOP-controlled House of Representatives.

Host Chris Wallace noted that in light of his potential presidential campaign, Carsonís previous comments were now under a greater spotlight. He noted Carsonís August comment that if the Republicans donít win a majority in the Senate this year, the 2016 elections might not even be held and asked the retired neurosurgeon if he stood by it:

WALLACE: You said recently that there might not even be elections in 2016 because of widespread anarchy. Do you really believe that?

CARSON: I hope that thatís not going to be the case. But certainly thereís the potential because you have to recognize that we have a rapidly increasing national debt, a very unstable financial foundation, and you have all these things going on like the ISIS crisis that could very rapidly change things that are going on in our nation. And unless we begin to deal with these things in a comprehensive way and in a logical way there is no telling what could happen in just a couple of years.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/election/2014/09/28/3573103/ben-carson-anarchy-election/

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Reply Top Republican Presidential Candidate Says Anarchy May Force Cancellation Of 2016 Election (Original post)
TexasTowelie Sep 2014 OP
Major Hogwash Sep 2014 #1
valerief Sep 2014 #2
longship Sep 2014 #3
pnwmom Sep 2014 #4
cali Sep 2014 #6
Mutiny In Heaven Sep 2014 #7
pnwmom Sep 2014 #8
blkmusclmachine Sep 2014 #10
cali Sep 2014 #16
pnwmom Sep 2014 #17
snooper2 Sep 2014 #18
Drunken Irishman Sep 2014 #5
bigdarryl Sep 2014 #9
DeadLetterOffice Sep 2014 #19
red dog 1 Sep 2014 #21
B Calm Sep 2014 #11
brooklynite Sep 2014 #12
Vinca Sep 2014 #13
DeadLetterOffice Sep 2014 #20
hobbit709 Sep 2014 #14
brush Sep 2014 #15
Tom Ripley Sep 2014 #22

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 01:54 AM

1. Ann Arky responds: Fuck you Ben! I'm not even registered to vote!

So how could that force the cancellation of the election in 2 years??

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 02:15 AM

2. I wish I found these ninnies funny, because I'm suffering from outrage fatigue.

Thanks goodness for Nathan For You binging.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 04:28 AM

3. Get a bowl and some milk. This guy is Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. nt

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 04:30 AM

4. Mark my words, he'll be the Republican 2016 nominee.

He's perfect. Just the right combination of bat-shit crazy and giant ego.

And they think President Obama only got elected because of his color, so why not their guy?

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #4)

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 05:37 AM

6. mark mine: no way. History teaches us differently

 

who won Romney or Huckabee?

Repubs never nominate their bomb throwers for President. It won't be Cruz or Paul either.

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Response to cali (Reply #6)

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 05:44 AM

7. Yep. If he runs again, even Romney would beat them.

In fact, all it might take for the perfect storm to send the nomination his way again is Christie being too damaged by the bridge debacle and Jeb Bush deciding against running.

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Response to cali (Reply #6)

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 05:56 AM

8. Barry Goldwater was a bomb thrower.

And his descendants have taken over the party.

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #8)

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 06:16 AM

10. Today's Republican Party is 100% frothing at the mouth looney tunes batshit crazy. And grossly

 

anti-American. There is nobody, and I mean nobody, that they don't hate with the fury of a thousand supernovas. And they lie, cheat, and steal, with impunity. They are the 1%. The Police State. And an extreme far right Theocracy meshed with 1930's German authoritarianism. And that's on their good days.

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #8)

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 09:33 AM

16. goldwater was, in many ways, an establishment repub

 

beyond that, it's actually not his ideological descendents who have inherited the party, and in addition, that was 50 years ago.

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Response to cali (Reply #16)

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 10:13 AM

17. He wasn't an establishment repub. Dwight Eisenhauer was.

Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford were.

Not Barry Goldwater.

As a strongly libertarian-leaning conservative, Goldwater is the ideological grandfather of today's tea baggers.

And 50 years ago is about the right amount of time for the GOP to have forgotten the lesson it should have learned: not to nominate an extremist bomb thrower.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Goldwater

He was viewed by many traditional Republicans as being too far on the right wing of the political spectrum to appeal to the mainstream majority necessary to win a national election. . . .

Goldwater's provocative advocacy of aggressive tactics to prevent the spread of communism in Asia led to effective counterattacks from Lyndon B. Johnson and his supporters, who claimed that Goldwater's militancy would have dire consequences, possibly even nuclear war. In a May 1964 speech, Goldwater suggested that nuclear weapons should be treated more like conventional weapons and used in Vietnam, specifically that they should have been used at Dien Bien Phu in 1954 to defoliate trees.[34] Regarding Vietnam, Goldwater charged that Johnson's policy was devoid of "goal, course, or purpose", leaving "only sudden death in the jungles and the slow strangulation of freedom".[35] Goldwater's rhetoric on nuclear war was viewed by many as quite uncompromising, a view buttressed by off-hand comments such as, "Let's lob one into the men's room at the Kremlin."[36] He also advocated that field commanders in Vietnam and Europe should be given the authority to use tactical nuclear weapons (which he called "small conventional nuclear weapons" without presidential confirmation.[37]

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #4)

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 10:20 AM

18. are you actively taking bets?

 

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 04:32 AM

5. I'd take four more years of Obama.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 06:14 AM

9. Hey Uncle Ben.stick to brain surgery

 

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #9)

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 05:10 PM

19. While I'm not the one who alerted on this...

I did vote to hide it. Since it didn't get hidden, I would like to publicly agree with the alerter that calling a black man "Uncle Ben" comes off as racist.

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Response to DeadLetterOffice (Reply #19)

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 05:34 PM

21. I voted to hide it too.

While I'm definitely not a fan of either Ben Carson OR the damn Tea Party, I think the racist reference to "Uncle Ben" was unnecessary.

(I probably should have posted this as a response to bigdarryl...my mistake)

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 06:54 AM

11. and the increasing national debt is the republicans fault. . .

 

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 06:57 AM

12. I think it's a real stretch calling Catson a "top Republican Presidential Candidate"

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 07:02 AM

13. The clown car is now loading.

I don't understand this guy at all. How can someone be so smart (his profession) and so dumb all at the same time?

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Response to Vinca (Reply #13)

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 05:11 PM

20. Maybe he's an idiot as a doctor too...

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 07:03 AM

14. Projection, they name is Republican.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 09:06 AM

15. We have to be watchful. The repugs maybe testing this idea . . .

of no 2016 election so the Supreme Court would then be "forced" to select an interim president.

Don't laugh, they've selected a president before, only thing was, W's reign wasn't an interim one.

It lasted 8 interminable, fucking years and we're still suffering from it's humongous mistakes.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 06:12 PM

22. Fuck Uncle Ben

 

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