By Duane Gross
February 4, 2008
When I talk to people of like mind who I think would be supportive of the presidential aspirations of Alan Keyes, sometimes their response is, "I'm familiar with Alan Keyes, I agree with everything he says. But, he can't win." In response to these objections, Dr. Keyes asks the question, "Who would you have voted for on the day of our Lord's crucifixion: Jesus or Barabbas?" Barabbas was the favorite, since he had the approval of the most influential portion of the population. But, which person has received the approval of history and, most importantly, which one had the approval of God?
The average responsible citizen in the voting booth has gotten used to making an electoral choice that is all-too-often based upon the "lesser of two evils". However, thoughtful people are beginning to realize that when votes are cast for evil in any form, evil gradually accumulates power and influence. After years of choosing the "lesser of two evils", the influence of evil upon our country has been steadily increasing. Why would we be surprised that we have ended up where we are now?
Unfortunately, the policy of the opposition Republican Party in recent history has not been to correct the evils that our country has been moving toward, despite their campaign rhetoric. The policy of today's Republican Party has degenerated into a simple desire to defeat their political enemies at all costs. But, when one's prevailing desire is to defeat an enemy at all costs, one risks becoming like the enemy in order to accomplish this. In order to appear palatable to a liberal media, the Republican Party has adopted many policy positions that are similar to those of the Democrat Party, although not always as extreme.
In our media-driven society, the broadcast elite have created a perception in the minds of the general public of the only type of candidate that is electable. However, Alan Keyes is disregarding the fabricated perceptions created by the elite media and is following the long-neglected counsel of George Washington. Washington was a man who knew how to win at war, but he also knew what type of leader was vital to the survival of our republic. Washington's advice for people with aspirations for political office was to "raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in God's hands."
If we are to survive as a free people, the responsible citizens of our country must hold our politicians to a much higher standard than we have thought possible in recent years. At this urgent time of our nation's life, the candidacy of Alan Keyes gives us the opportunity to do just that.
What Alan Keyes is offering in this election cycle is a true abandonment of politics as usual. He hasn't assembled focus groups to discover the most popular talking points and delivery style that will appeal to the superficial interests of the largest number of voters. He hasn't sought out wealthy corporate contributors who he will have to "pay back" with favors if he were to win the election. He is largely bypassing what he refers to as the "godless media" and is taking his appeal directly to the grassroots people of faith by using the Internet at http://www.alankeyes.com/ to gather people of like mind around a common cause.
As a candidate, Alan Keyes has two substantial things going for him: he is the most qualified candidate in the field, and he has a growing base of grassroots support. Voters who object to "politics as usual" are making a mistake if they withhold their wholehearted support from a quality candidate like Alan Keyes who is doing just what we have wanted a candidate to do-abandon politics as usual.
Dr. Keyes is aware of the ambivalence of the electorate toward the highly publicized but lackluster field of current Republican presidential candidates. Moreover, there is an increasing awareness of the possibility that no clear winner will emerge from the current Republican primary election process. This could mean that the nominating convention would play a pivotal role in choosing the Republican presidential candidate for the November election. Alan Keyes' mounting grassroots support, coupled with a good showing in the Texas Republican primary prior to the convention, might give him sufficient momentum that he could take into the convention nominating process. The rest is in God's hands.
Alan Keyes' positions can be found at: http://www.alankeyes.com/pdf/iowa_tabloid.pdf