It looks like Ben Carson is still confused about American history, particularly as it relates to the United States Constitution.
In a Fox News interview on Sunday, Carson referenced Thomas Jefferson as the author of the Constitution. He praised Jefferson because he "tried to craft our Constitution in a way that it would control peoples' natural tendencies and control the natural growth of the government."
Jefferson was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, but he was in Paris during the crafting of the United States Constitution--a document that was written about eleven years after the Declaration.
This is not the first time that Carson has had some trouble with Jefferson references. The Washington Post reports:
Carson needs to be more careful in the way he references American history. I think we should expect our presidential candidates to have a working knowledge of our country's history. (I know this is asking for a lot).
I will not be voting for Carson, but part of me wants to give the guy a break on this latest Jefferson blunder. Perhaps he just misspoke. I do this all the time when I am lecturing. Maybe he got confused for a moment.
On the other hand, this mistake does not look good in the context of all the other Jeffersonian blunders. The Carson camp might say that this is another one of those "gotcha" issues. But shouldn't we expect more from a guy who wrote a book called A More Perfect Union?
Actually, Jefferson would probably agree with Carson's remarks about limited government--though he would have done so from Paris, not from the floor of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.