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Okay... I disagree with two things that Dr. Keyes believes in. The first is reparations and the second is reinstating Senatorial appointments. One has to wonder why Alan Keyes is taking these odd positions.

Statements like these remind me of the character Stewart on MadTV. Stewart is the freakishly large child (adult actor) who tries to gain attention by saying 'Look what I can do' and then performs a jump-twist-body jerk to add meaning for his call to attention. Recently Dr. Keyes made this ‘look what I can do’ statement. It certainly gained peoples attention, but it did nothing for his election bid.

    Alan Keyes said Friday he would like to end the system under which the people elect U.S. senators and return to pre-1913 practice in which senators were chosen by state legislatures.

    The Republican Senate candidate in Illinois, asked about past comments on the election process, said the constitutional amendment that provided for popular election of senators upset the balance between the people and the states.

    "The balance is utterly destroyed when the senators are directly elected because the state government as such no longer plays any role in the deliberations at the federal level," Keyes said at a taping of WBBM Newsradio's "At Issue" program.

    He said it was one of the reasons "there has been a steady deleterious erosion of the sovereign role of the states."

    Keyes said he did not consider repealing the 17th Amendment a high priority.

    "But if I ever see an opportunity in politics to promote it, I will," he said.
The intention of appointing Senators by state legislature was to create a connection between the appointed Senator and their state as well as freeing them from having pressure from the populace. Unfortunately that only worked for a short while. Soon deadlocks were prevalent do to disputes in state legislatures leading to vacancies in the Senate. In fact, forty-five deadlocks occurred between 1891 and 1905. In one case Delaware went without representation for four years in Washington. Added to those disputes were no less than nine cases of bribery as well as intimidation tactics used to appoint state senators. It wasn’t till 1913 that the 17th amendment was enacted, and the following year elections were held.

Dr Keyes has not added any insight as to how repealing of the 17th amendment would solve some of the issues that occurred early in our history with senatorial appointments. Instead he has further ostracized himself from the Illinois voters by making it public that he wishes to take their right to choose their representatives. Not a winning position. Maybe he should stick to those issues people can identify and agree with.

And in case you are wondering: No, this hasn’t changed my overall opinion of him. Illinois would be far better off with Alan Keyes than with Barack Obama.

posted by: Brian Scott

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