June 23, 2014
In my latest blog post, I discuss the poll in which a majority of Americans agreed with the view that the Bergdahl swap warrants Barack Obama's impeachment and removal from office. Outraged over the Bergdahl swap, many people have awakened to the need to deal with Obama's de facto coup d'état attempt, which they may finally have found the eyes to see. But as with a person startled from sleep, crying out and casting about in confusion, this momentary scramble to stave off suddenly-perceived danger is unlikely to be long-lasting or effective.Of course there's no shortage of folk willing to take advantage of it. Listening to the startled cry for help, they respond with offers to arrange and orchestrate the outcry, giving it form in terms of demonstrations, petitions, "pink slips to Congress," and other assorted projects. Such efforts may be useful in helping people to come fully awake. They are particularly helpful when they involve informing people in greater depth about what the nation is suffering, as a result of the attack on its Constitution, rights, and sovereignty, in this or that area of concern.But in the end, none of these manifestations of alarm constitutes the effective manifestation of political will needed to implement the constitutional provisions put in place to deal with such a time as this. As far as that's concerned, the only poll that matters is the one that will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Because it will determine the composition of the new Congress that convenes in 2015, it has the potential to be more than just an expression of opinion or outrage. It could be an expression of effective political will.Tragically, many Americans seem no longer to believe in this possibility. This tragic lack of confidence is no accident. It has been fomented by, and serves the purposes of, the elitist faction forces seeking to discard constitutionally limited government. They don't care how loudly people decry what's happening. They are happy to encourage people to do so, so long as they don't remember and organize to make effective use of the opportunity the Constitution gives directly to the people themselves, to forge the instrument that can bring the march toward tyranny to a halt.The corrupted character of the present sham party system is part and parcel of this elitist faction ploy. Clamoring for accountability, people are misled to believe that they can only hold one party accountable by electing the other. But this leads to the notion that they must vote for some party label, regardless of the fact that the person wearing it is not bound to any particular the course of action that, above all, the country needs. In this respect, the GOP, in particular, has become an example of what Nancy Pelosi said about the Obamacare legislation: "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what's in it." And if you don't like what you get, you can "hold their feet to the fire" in the next election.But when the next election rolls around, the "fire" is put out using the same argument. This results in a political process that leaves people devoid of representation because they can always be talked out of using their vote to achieve it. Hence, even though people vote, their vote never produces a result that corresponds to their conscientious sense of what the country requires.Is there no remedy for this ever deepening electoral anemia? The answer is actually simple: Voters must conscientiously decide what they think is most needful, and cast their vote accordingly, without regard to party propaganda. Perhaps just as importantly, they must make clear their political will in this regard before the election takes place. They must demand that candidates openly pledge themselves to give first priority to dealing with the one thing that is most needful, or else no vote for them will be forthcoming.This used to be the purpose of party platforms. But when tyranny threatens, the one thing most needed is to stop it before the nation is destroyed. We now face such a threat. Obama is its figurehead, but it involves the elitist faction leadership in both parties. So without regard to party or self-interested calculation, the ongoing attack on constitutional self-government must be stopped, or Americans will find themselves living without recourse in a country where they have no choice but to accept the dictates of power. The form of government that empowers their vote will be no more.The pledge to impeach mobilization is not about showing how people feel. It's about making clear what, as voters, they intend to do. It's about helping people come together in a way that concretely manifests their common determination to vote only for candidates who pledge to initiate and follow through on the constitutional process for calling Obama and all his cohorts and collaborators to account. As their number is seen to grow, candidates for national office in the midterm elections will feel the pressure – not as an abstract notion, but as a tangible opportunity to reap thousands of votes by the simple step of pledging to do what the survival of the nation's liberty requires.This is a way of registering voter intent before election day, empowered by 21st-century technology, that will help to assure that the principles of right, liberty, and self-government, which were discerned at our nation's founding in the 18th century, do not now succumb to a power-grubbing clique of old-fashioned would-be tyrants.
Dr. Keyes holds the distinction of being the only person ever to run against Barack Obama in a truly contested election — one featuring authentic Declaration-based moral conservatism vs. progressive liberalism — when they challenged each other for the open U.S. Senate seat from Illinois in 2004.
During the Reagan years, Keyes was the highest-ranking black appointee in the Reagan Administration, serving as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations and as Ambassador to the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
He ran for president in 1996, 2000, and 2008, and was a Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate from Maryland in 1988 and 1992, in addition to his 2004 candidacy in Illinois.
He holds a Ph.D. in government from Harvard and wrote his dissertation on constitutional theory.
His basic philosophy can best be described as "Declarationism" — since he relies on the self-evident truths of the Declaration of Independence to define the premises on which our country was founded, and to which it must return if it is to survive. To Dr. Keyes, the Constitution itself cannot be faithfully interpreted, understood, or applied apart from the divinely-premised principles of the Declaration.
When Keyes ran for president in 2000, the media generally considered him the winner of the Republican primary debates, due to the persuasive eloquence of his defense of the unborn, opposition to unfair taxation, advocacy of school choice, promotion of family values, and focus on what he called "America's moral crisis." As a result, he became the host of MSNBC-TV's "Alan Keyes Is Making Sense" in 2002.
He is best known for thrusting the evil of abortion — which he considers our nation's "greatest moral challenge" — into the national spotlight.
Keyes is also a strong supporter of Israel, and in 2002 he was flown by the Israeli government to the Holy Land to receive an award for his staunch defense of Israel in the media. He is the only American ever to receive such an honor from the State of Israel.
When Keyes ran against Obama for the Senate in 2004, he did so because he was incensed the Democrat "community organizer" refused to support the Born Alive Infant Protection Act in Illinois on several occasions — a measure approved not long afterward by the U.S. Senate, 100 to 0.
Dr. Keyes blogs at LoyaltoLiberty.com, and writes commentary for WorldNetDaily.
An archive titled "Alan Keyes' Pro-life Advocacy" is available at Faith and Freedom Foundation.
Alan is available to address interested venues of students, educators, civic groups, professional organizations, public servants, political advocates, churches, and others who are interested in preserving our nation's institutions of liberty.
To arrange a speech or special appearance by Dr. Keyes, contact his scheduler, Carla Michele, at 469-301-0776.
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