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Although there is time between now and the election, I’m not sure there is enough time to make up for such a large deficit. But stranger things have happened in elections. If he wishes to win, he must address two major issues to the satisfaction of 51% of the voters come November. It can be done, but he is marching up a steep slope for sure.
First, he recently stated that he was in favor of slavery reparations. A topic most voters feel is taboo. Maybe that’s an understatement. I’ve seen some pretty angry reaction to his recent comments. I can’t say I disagree with the concern most have, I don’t like the idea of reparations either, but I am far from angry about it. I’ll explain why in a moment.
In 2002 on his MSNBC show Renew America, Dr Keyes had this to say about the issue of reparations:
I mean, sure, we need to address the real question of damage done and the heritage of that damage. But what's that got to do with paying the price for slavery? Wasn't that done by the generations that died in the bloodiest war in our history? A war that claimed more lives than all our other wars put together?
Then in an apparent change of mind, Dr. Keyes recently came out in favor of reparations. His plan would exempt decedents of slaves from having to pay federal taxes for a period lasting a generation or two.
This has the advantage of letting people help themselves, rather then pouring money into government bureaucracies that displace and discourage their own efforts. It takes no money from other citizens, while righting the historic imbalance that results from the truth that black slaves toiled for generations at a tax rate that was effectively 100 percent.
I have also made it clear that while I believe that the descendants of slaves would be helped by this period of tax relief, my firm goal and ultimate objective is to replace the income tax, and thereby free all Americans from this insidious form of tax slavery. It is well known that this is one of the key priorities of the Keyes campaign
If conservatives are ready to abandon Dr. Keyes because of this issue, maybe they should ask themselves what chance this piece of legislation has of passing. I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest a 0% chance. It is an issue he both believes in but understands will never happen. People are wasting time and energy being angry about a non-issue. Especially when considering the alternative. Make no mistake Dr. Alan Keyes is a conservative’s conservative, save this one issue.
The second mountain Dr. Keyes has to climb is that he’s a carpetbagger. Up until recently his main residence was in Maryland. Being a carpetbagger is something he ridiculed Hillary Clinton for when she ran for NY’s Senate seat, and now he is doing the same thing in Illinois.
I’m not really in favor of carpet baggers, but I can certainly understand why he changed his mind. In April of 2002 Barack Obama voted in favor of legalizing live birth abortions in the state of Illinois. Dr Keyes explains that this is the pivotal reason for his decision to enter into the race.
“It's very important that you understand what I'm talking about. We are talking about a situation in which, in the course of an abortion procedure, a child has been born alive -- she is out of the womb, breathing and living on her own -- and Obama cast a vote AGAINST the idea that that child's life should be spared. Obama's position and his vote would make it legal to condemn that innocent babe to death!”
If Dr. Keyes is a conservative’s conservative, Barack Obama is a liberal’s liberal. His world view is in direct opposition to my own on a myriad of issues.
On education: B.O. wants even more money than is already allocated for students and teachers and will create an even deeper bureaucracy of Illinois publicly run schools. Illinois residence will end up footing the bill. A vote against Dr. Keyes is a vote for the NEA and their will over your own child, plus higher taxes.
Health Care: B.O. believes that Health care is a right. Need I say more? Maybe I should. No where in the constitution is health care listed as a right. Socialized medicine is a terrible idea. Just ask Canada. Women need to wait 6 months to a year to receive the results of their pap smear test. That’s a little long if you have cervical cancer. How about year long waits for head scans? Any takers? Not me. A vote against Dr. Keyes is a vote for Socialized medicine.
Dr. Keyes has more on Mr. Obama.
I found somebody who, in the tradition of a lot of liberals, would prefer that our children were educated in schools controlled by impersonal bureaucracy , rather than in schools under the influence and control of the parents who love them and care about their future.
I found someone who appears to believe that even when a violent criminal has entered into the sacred precinct of your home with intentions you couldn't possibly fathom, you don't have the right to defend your life and the lives of the people in your family!
And as you might expect with someone who won't defend the right of citizens to defend themselves under the Second Amendment, he doesn't seem to understand the necessity that when terrorists and others come against the people of this country, the President of the United States has an obligation to act upon intelligence that suggests there are threats and dangers to the American people!
Important note: This Friday, Dr. Keyes is speaking near my place of business. I will be in attendance to hear what he has to say about the defense of marriage in our country. But if given the chance I will (and I will try hard to make this happen) I will ask him about his apparent change of mind in regards to reparations. I will also ask him if the GOP understood his position on the matter before he accepted the invitation. Look for my full report on Monday.
posted by: Brian Scott