In Carson's defense
In the fiercely competitive and rough-and-tumble world of presidential politics, it is easy to misarticulate one's thoughts, even for a neurosurgeon.
When Dr. Ben Carson spoke of eligibility for a scholarship at West Point, he was probably about 17 years old, and, in a state of exuberance, he may have misunderstood or misinterpreted what he heard.
As to his analogy to the Founding Fathers, he may have been trying to contrast today's modern bureaucracy, subject to intense attention from powerful lobbies, with the first Congress of the United States.
The first Congress lasted for a term of two years, from March 4, 1789, to March 4, 1791. Lawmakers met in three sessions, the first two lasting about seven months, the last about three months.
While lobbyists have always been with us, even in Colonial times, today's lobbyists maintain a higher degree of influence with elected officials.
We live today in more complicated times.
Dr. Carson has devoted his life to pediatric neurology, which demands intense training, leaving little time for other pursuits.
He is not a career politician, unlike most of his current competitors.
At least he didn't say: “What difference does it make, anyway?”