[UPDATE: I've made no changes to the text below. I'm just adding a personal thought here. On the rare occasion that I write about social issues, even knowing that my audience on these pages is more socially conservative than I am, I'm struck by the sharpness of the comments. People are so sure that being gay is a choice even though I bet they wouldn't say that their being heterosexual is a choice. People use words like "deviant" and compare homosexuality to pedophilia. I know I'm not going to change the minds of people who believe and say such things, but for the record I find those comments reprehensible and ignorant.]
I'm a big fan of Dr. Ben Carson as a spokesman for conservative principles. I'm not such a fan of his running for president.
But whatever he does, if he intends to be in the public's consciousness and to try to influence public opinion, he needs to be credible.
And for those conservatives who want to really make a difference in American politics, they need to be especially credible with moderates, independents, and Millennials.