Skip to comments.Obama: Civil War Disguised as Politics? - ALAN KEYES
Posted on 02/09/2009 12:20:24 PM PST by EternalVigilance
When I ran for the U.S. Senate against Barack Obama I did my best to speak the truth. I knew when I accepted the invitation of the Illinois Republicans that I stood little or no chance of victory. With few exceptions, everyone I consulted advised against it. Most thought it political suicide. But the facts convinced me that Obama is a dangerous left-wing extremist. When confronted with the proven depravity of his moral views, my faith and conscience convicted me as well. After years of telling audiences that we had to stand for right and truth no matter what the cost, I felt that the Lord would hold me accountable if I refused to walk the talk. Sometimes we are not called to victory, but to witness for truth, as Jesus did, even unto death.
So when I campaigned in Illinois I let no false ambition; no kind of blandishment or intimidation; and no whispers of political gain or loss distract me from speaking the truth. I talked about Obama's extremist support for abortion (including his unconscionable willingness to tolerate infanticide in Illinois hospitals); I described him as a hard line socialist, pointing out his uncompromising commitment to central government control of health care and education; I pointed to the contradiction between his professed support for traditional marriage and his consistent promotion of the homosexual agenda. I remember talking to people, including Republican leaders, and others who have built little empires and big reputations as leaders of the so-called "Christian right", (what I call more appropriately the moral conservatives). Time and again I heard in response feckless mumblings about how moderate he seemed in his speech at the Democratic convention. Time and again I felt the implication that I was somehow exaggerating, imprudently "demonizing the opposition." They did little or nothing. And when the pro-abortion elements of the Illinois Republican Party openly went on the offensive against my refusal to back down from my stand for moral principle and real conservatism, in silence and inaction these leaders complied with their politically ruthless intention.
Meanwhile I and my family encountered from the Obama forces the ugliest indignities I have ever experienced in politics: Parades in which Obama's marshaled minions shouted curses and epithets almost every step of the way; and forums in which they rudely launched expletives with gestures just short of physical violence. At one such forum the environment they created was so ugly that my wife was visibly shaken, and my daughter in tears. Even on Election Day, when we went to the polling place to vote, a man there created a disturbance. He shouted insults. He acted in a physically threatening way. Nothing was done to stop him, and the pandering Illinois media breathed hardly a word about it in their so-called news coverage.
In all of this there was a hard edged disdain for decent civility that reminded me of the murderous invective Lenin launched against those who opposed the communist agenda. But it all took place behind a media fabricated façade of false hope and moderateness, like the propaganda screen behind which the totalitarians of the twentieth century hid their perpetration of atrocity.
Having felt the cutting edge of this reality, on election night I refused to engage in the nice ritual usually associated with the resolution of our political contests in America. Obama's people treated politics as war. But in war only gutless servility congratulates a ruthless opponent on the victory he has gained without civility. Mine was to be sure, a silent protest but loud enough to have some so-called leaders, supposedly on my side, losing no opportunity to "apologize" for my behavior.
Since 2004 I have walked in the political wilderness. This walk is not without its burdens, but I am heartened when I remember whose footsteps I find there: those of people like Reagan and Winston Churchill who in their dedication to right refused to let ambition triumph over truth. Assaulted, ridiculed, caricatured, ignored, at times reduced to a small and almost covert band of like-minded adherents, they kept their faith. They witnessed the rising power of the evils they warned against. They witnessed the policies of appeasement, retreat and surrender practiced by unprincipled leaders in the face of those evils. They witnessed the day when hard experience finally forced those who had all but forgotten their existence to turn and make a stand against wickedness triumphant over freedom.
I have an ominous feeling about the years ahead. With Obama, we have crossed the line that separates civil politics from civil war disguised as politics. Occupying the White House is a man known for his support and association with people (like leftist Kenyan politician Raila Amollo Odinga) for whom that line appears never to have existed. I predict that American politics as we have known it is gone. And unless we Americans wake up, more than civil politics will end up dead. For there are other footsteps in this wilderness, left by leaders who opposed the Communists when they took over Eastern European countries in the late 1940s, or Asian countries in the fifties, or African countries in the sixties, or South American and South African countries in the eighties, and so on. Mostly we do not know their names, nor can we mark the spot where their lives were overtaken because their compatriots did not wake up in time. But, with the Psalmist, I will fear no evil, for here, as everywhere, I see the footprints of the one who conquered death itself. Wherever they lead, there is life renewed.
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Keyes screamed from the roof tops Hillary Clinton was a ‘carpet bagger’ for running for Senator of New York.
If I’m not mistaken, Alan Keyes then moved to Illinois, and did the same thing.
I am correct about this, aren’t I?
Bring it on you Pukes!
Alan gets it.
Oh, go away, Alan. If not for your carpet-bagging and ineptitude nobody more than an hour’s drive from Chicago would have ever heard of Barack Obama.
You are correct, though it doesn’t justify the ugly treatment he received. But, it’s naive to assume that leftist will be civil.
Clinton went to NY because of her insatiable ambition, knowing she would have the political/media establishment in her corner.
Keyes went to IL because no one else was willing to stand in the way of a wicked man’s ascension to power, all the while knowing that he would have the political and media establishments directing their power against him.
That’s just hogwash.
Absolutely right on, Alan!!!
You are correct, and he was roundly and correctly criticized for it...including right here.
He sure does. Better than anyone else I know.
Basically, he’s a hypocrite.
If Im not mistaken, Alan Keyes then moved to Illinois, and did the same thing.””
Nice observation, but the difference is Rotten is a marxist carpet-bagger while Alan is supporter of the US Constitution. Pray you see the difference.
Ummmm, actually, its a YES.
After Jack Ryan withdrew and Mike Ditka declined to run, who, 86 days before the election, was going to beat Obama?
I see an opportunistic hypocrite.
If my memory serves, you're a Romney supporter. If so, I hope you typed that while looking in a mirror.
I thought Romney was the best CEO available in a field without a Conservative that could be elected.
I never claim Romney was a ‘Conservative’ so nope, no hypocrisy on my part.
God bless Alan Keyes for his bravery and his patriotism. He has accurately assessed this crisis of American leadership.
Absolutely every sentence of this is the truth. I think Keyes is right. Obama and his barely-hidden goon squad scare the socks off me.
I will say I’m a little encouraged by the fact that some of the GOP does seem to be opposing him. I thought they’d just all roll over and have their bellies scratched. But maybe there’s some hope yet.
Keyes: "Time and again I heard in response feckless mumblings about how moderate he seemed in his speech at the Democratic convention."
Well, now is the time to explain the Alinsky agenda and methods, and how radical they are.
Kinda like Hillary in New York, less Ditka?
I don’t see any real difference, other than the R after his name.
I know, I know, that isn’t a popular viewpoint here at FR with some.
Perfect analysis of the article. Such wisdom is rare./s
I think Alan Keyes is right.
O doesn’t care about winning the right way. They plan to entrench their side forever. ZANU-PF USA
I will support Alan Keyes for any political position he runs for. He has more diginity than any of the others that ran for the office. He knows the constitution, and he loves his country.
O would have won unopposed, believe it or not
I really like a candidate who loves to cast stones at other people. /s
Indeed he has. The man has vision and foresight; two qualities that are sorely lacking in American politics now.
I'm about an hour's drive from Chicago, And I still have a couple of Keyes' yard signs.
Is he wrong about Zero?
Keyes was asked.
wow. we have a hardcore socialist in the WH who will use the power of government to entrench socialism and destroy everything you say you believe in and your complaining that Alan Keyes moved to Illinois to run for Senate way back when
like moving deckchairs on the Titanic my friend
Alan is one of the few honorable men left in the political realm.
I’ll pass that along to Dr. Keyes.
Probably because it's wildly inaccurate.
That was the original intention, you better believe it.
And I bet you voted for McCain /s
Actually, the state legislature was responsible for it, Romney agreed, and has since noted it was a huge mistake.
How’d that work out with McCain instead of Romney again...oh, wait, thats right....President Obama.
You should stop pretending that its ‘okay’ if a Pubbie does it, but not a Libbie.
Don't be silly. If Keyes had not said yes to the Illinois republican party when they asked him to run against Obama and generated such intense anti-republican sentiment in Illinois, then Obama would have lost the statewide Senate race while running unopposed. It was only the presence of Keyes in the race that enabled the Chicago political corruption machine to foist Obama on the American people.
I don't really need a sarcasm tag, do I?
I live in Taxachussetts, and the healthcare fiasco is a mess. Romney also made it harder to buy and carry weapons.
He did the same thing Clinton did. Thats fact.
Did the mainstream media do even ONE (1) story on Obama's Alinsky background and just how radical his socialist agenda is?
If the 37% figure for support of the Stimulus bill is accurate, many of the people who voted for Obama didn't realize what they were voting for.
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