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The Carpetbagger Has Landed

Said Allen Keyes on Fox News on March 17, 2000:

I deeply resent the destruction of federalism represented by Hillary Clinton’s willingness to go into a state she doesn’t even live in and pretend to represent people there. So I certainly wouldn’t imitate it.
But that statement of principles didn’t stop Keyes, a resident of the state of Maryland, from announcing this weekend that he would run for the Senate in the state of Illinois.

When asked about this apparent hypocritical stance, Keyes explained that he was not being a hypocrite, nor violating his stated principles, because unlike Mrs. Clinton, he was “invited” to run in the state by the Republican leadership. A leadership spurned on in large part by my Congressman Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. Keyes also stated,

[w]e must continue to assert and stand tall to defend the great principles of God's authority and unalienable rights on which this nation is founded…[I]f, indeed, that land is still Illinois, then I have lived in the Land of Lincoln all my life . . . and I will be proud to call Illinois my home."

I suppose this was a weak attempt by Keyes to further justify his violation of his own principles. How can I trust a man who can so easily violate his own principles, and then invoke God’s name in his misdeed?

Now I have lived in the state of Illinois since 1995, and I have yet to visit the state south of the capitol Springfield, and I am just learning the ins and outs of the city of Chicago. How can Alan Keyes possibly get to know my state, its people, and its concerns in less then three months? He can’t and demonstrated as much this morning when addressing the Republican rally; he asked…”[w]hat do I need to know?” Shouldn’t my Senator already know what issues affect the state? Obama who has practiced law in the state and who has been a sitting state senator for seven years, is clearly the choice for me and the citizens of the state of Illinois.

Keyes ended his speech on Sunday stating that he believed he was “duty-bound” to protect the moral principles upon which the nation was founded. And he invited the states citizens to join him because "the victory is for God." I have to wonder why God would care one way or the other whether or not Alan Keyes sits in the chambers of the United States Senate. I dare say he has much more weighty concerns on his universal mind.

Posted by V. Edward Martin at August 9, 2004 7:45 PM