A lot of people think Alan Keyes doesn't matter. Obama's gonna crush him, so who cares what he has to say? He should simply be laughed at, written off as a raving lunatic. He IS a raving lunatic, but he shouldn't be written off. Statements like these
should be put front and center:
WHAT KEYES SAID IN A MAY 7, 2004, ADDRESS:
"Now, you think it's a coincidence that on Sept. 11th, 2001, we were struck by terrorists an evil that has at its heart the disregard of innocent human life? We who have for several decades killed not thousands but scores of millions of our own children, in disregard of the principle of innocent human life -- I don't think that's a coincidence, I think that's a warning. I don't think that's a coincidence, I think that's a shot across the bow.
"I think that's a way of Providence telling us, "I love you all; I'd like to give you a chance. Wake up! Would you please wake up?"
WHAT HE SAYS NOW
"What distinguishes the terrorist from the ordinary warrior, is that the terrorist will consciously target innocent human life. What is done in the course of an abortion? . . . Someone consciously targets innocent human life.
"As I often point out to folks, the evil is the same. And that means, quite frankly, in fighting the war against terror, as I have often put it to audiences, the evil that we fight is but the shadow of the evil that we do."
These quotes should be on the front page because they lay bare the true meaning of these "values issues" the GOP love to talk about: they're fueled by hatred, pig-ignorance, sexism, and a peculiar type of fundamentalist insanity. It recalls the words of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson,
just days after the Twin Towers fell:
"The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America, I point the finger in their face and say: you helped this happen."
These statements by Keyes should be put on the front page of every paper in America, and when they are, I believe all rational people will see them (and the Republican theocratic positions behind them) as disgusting, unAmerican, and deeply, deeply dangerous. And that will put to bed this ridiculous wedge Republicans have tried to push through the American people, once and for all.
Alan Keyes, the newest member of the American Taliban.