Sunday, June 08, 2008
Over at Alan Keyes' website, there's a recent blog-post by an individual who calls himself KMD describing an encounter with a Republican friend who had assumed he would be supporting John McCain. Seems his friend was a bit surprised to find that was not the case, and that KMD was supporting Alan Keyes. After describing the incident, KMD brings some very important and profound things to light:
How many times have we heard it? I plan to vote for the lesser of two evils. Was anyone that enthused with our recent elected officials? Dukakis? Bob Dole? Clinton? The Bushes? John Kerry? Carter? Ford? With the exception of Reagan, our leaders make a mockery of what the Founding Fathers had in mind and provide opponents of Darwinism with some ammunition. Exhibit A against evolution? George Washington to George Bush. Exhibit B? John Adams to John Kerry.I doubt that even I, in my infinite wisdom, could have said it much better.
Something has gone wrong with the American experiment. We seem to recognize this every four years and so Bill Clinton, Ross Perot, George W. Bush, Ralph Nader, Barack Obama and countless others rage against Washington and promise to change things. And nothing happens.
Maybe the old songs still have their value just like the old ideas and dreams do. The state of our nation can not be improved by politics and government alone. I am always amazed how many conservatives seem to think things will be changed if only Republicans can win office. Republicans have had the White House for 28 out of the last 40 years. Republicans have named 7 of the 9 Nazgul to the Supreme Court. Republicans have had control of both houses of Congress for most of the last decade and a half.
And not much has changed.
Electing Alan Keyes as president in and of itself is not enough to change the course of the republic. But it is a start. Of the various candidates, Keyes seems to be the most aware that this nation should be what it once was. He is a man who recognizes that government has its limits and that the most important events should happen in a man, in a woman, in families, in churches and in our daily life and interactions, away from the corridors of power in Washington and New York and Hollywood. Keyes seems to know that the cultural war can not be won on the political front; it can be only be won in the human heart and mind.
Keyes gets that. While everyone seems to want change, Keyes alone seems to understand that change happens in spite of politics, not because of it. Some things are more important than politics. That would be news to the likes of John McCain and Barack Obama.
Change for the sake of change is not enough. Someone had better tell that to Messrs. Obama and McCain. The sort of change that KMD speaks of is exactly the change we need.
And the point about constantly having to choose the lesser of two evils cannot be disregarded. Americans are weary of the lack of a clear choice for POTUS and all the rest of the offices in Washington. By his very nature, each and every candidate for public office is evil. It will ALWAYS be the lesser of two evils, even when one stands out as basically good. The problem with America is that a candidate like Keyes who seeks to minimize the effect of the evil nature of government upon himself isn't even considered a serious candidate by the public at large.
America truly needs a wake-up call.