Alan Keyes is running for president. President of the United States of America. I believe Alan Keyes is the best candidate running for president in 2008. Hands down. The problem is, he doesn‚Äôt stand much of a chance at winning, but regardless, I think you throw away your vote when you vote against your conscience or when you vote for the least of two evils or if you vote uniformed, or even if you vote for ‚Äúyour party‚Äôs choice‚Äù and not the best choice.
Alan Keyes is fighting for real liberty‚Ä¶ real freedom. As I mentioned in my previous article on John McCain, true freedom is not the ability to do whatever we want, it is the power to do what is right. The Founders, while some were deists and others theistic rationalists, put themselves under the authority of God, and recognized a key principle: moral authority cannot be based on (or defined by) individual choice.
The idea that our rights come from God is key. Candidates step forward to tell us how they are going to fix this problem and that problem, all the while not recognizing those are just symptoms. The root problem is deeper, although I think it is simple and complex at the same time. It is simply recognizing the authority and wisdom and providence of God. Even when immoral man (In this case the Founders‚Ä¶ and every American) enacts principles based on the authority and wisdom of God they will have positive outcomes‚Ä¶ blessing. ‚ÄúWisdom is justified by all her children.‚Äù Must a person be a Christian to reap those rewards? No.
It truly is amazing to look back and see the vision of the United States.
‚Äú…that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.‚Äù
In George Washington‚Äôs farewell address (which I would encourage everyone to read) he notes:
‚ÄúOf all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.‚Äù
And again, ‚ÄúWhatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.‚Äù
And again, ‚ÄúIt is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government. Who that is a sincere friend to it can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?‚Äù
And yet again, ‚ÄúCan it be that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a nation with its virtue ? The experiment, at least, is recommended by every sentiment which ennobles human nature. Alas! is it rendered impossible by its vices?‚Äù
Did you hang with that? Do you get that? Alan Keyes gets that. I fear too many Americans do not get it and they give their consent to elected officials who neither get it, nor can articulate it, nor care to. Many Americans are opposed to Alan Keyes just because he mentions God. They fail to see that many Founders (the majority) were not Christians and yet they submitted to the wisdom and principles of God. They were not followers of Jesus, but they recognized that our rights come from God and moral authority cannot be based on (or defined by) individual choice.
Many Americans want to change and be like other countries who are more socialistic in nature. There are plenty of countries they can look at, visit, or even move to‚Ä¶ but I desire to stay true to the vision that was the United States‚Ä¶ I think it unique and worthy of staying so. Alan Keyes understands and can articulate this vision. The problem again is that most Americans do not understand half of Mr. Keyes‚Äô vocabulary. He would have to slow down his speech and continually clarify with synonyms to educate most people. Many times, when people do not understand, they just automatically ridicule or berate the person or idea‚Ä¶ instead of stepping back and thinking about the issue and becoming more educated.
So when looking at the issues and looking at Alan Keyes on the issues. I agree with him and can see how he is looking at the vision of the United States, and the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence, and those things shape his view on limited government, national sovereignty, moral sovereignty, income taxes, the sanctity of life, war, healthcare, the institution of the family, and on and on‚Ä¶ all of the issues that candidates pander to and yet never really get to the root of the issues.
In closing, I found it most interesting how George Washington repeatedly mentioned his imperfectness. Not too many candidates do that today. ‚ÄúI will only say that I have, with good intentions, contributed towards the organization and administration of the government the best exertions of which a very fallible judgment was capable.‚Äù
And again, ‚Äú…I am nevertheless too sensible of my defects not to think it probable that I may have committed many errors. Whatever they may be, I fervently beseech the Almighty to avert or mitigate the evils to which they may tend.‚Äù
Can you imagine an elected official saying this in a farewell address? Me either.
A link for Mr. Keyes.