Keyes is a walking encyclopedia on a variety of subjects, including the Constitution, the proper role of government and foreign policy. He was ambassador to the United Nations during the Reagan administration and we can count on him to address the important issues that were conspicuously missing from Obama's keynote address to the Democratic National Convention in July.
Obama is one of the most left-wing Senate candidates Illinois has ever seen, a me-too vote for Kennedy and Clinton to raise taxes and toady to teachers unions. Obama supports abortion rights, socialized medicine and affirmative action. He opposes private gun ownership.
Obama voted against a "live-birth abortion" bill designed to protect live babies born of botched abortions. Obama voted "present" on an Illinois bill to ban partial-birth abortion and voted "present" on a bill to notify parents when their minor children seek an abortion.
Obama wrote a letter to the Windy City Times, Chicago's premier gay news source, to promise his support for gay marriage. "I opposed DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) in 1996," Obama wrote. "It should be repealed and I will vote for its repeal on the Senate floor. I will also oppose any proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gays and lesbians from marrying."
Keyes, on the other hand, is the country's most eloquent defender of the right to life. He is supremely ready to tackle the cultural issues that will be the key to victory in the 2004 elections - abortion, traditional marriage, parental control over education and supremacist judges inventing "rights" such as abortion, sodomy, same-sex marriage licenses and sending pornography into your children's computers.
Bill Cosby recently made headlines by decrying the decline in education for blacks. Keyes is ready to take on teachers unions and hold them accountable for failing to teach youngsters how to read.
Bush-haters rally behind Obama, not because his father was African, but because he can be counted on to protect teachers unions, abortion and gay marriage. Democrats had hoped to elect Obama by simply playing the race card, but the nomination of Keyes has checkmated that strategy.
Obama's campaign contributors tell you what you need to know about his liberalism. His donors include George Soros, Hillary Clinton's Leadership political action committee, People for the American Way, Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Rights League, the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers and Progressive Choices.
Keyes has exposed the lie that the Democrats are the party for advancing minorities. Those who want a leader, regardless of race, one who will speak up for traditional values, such as marriage, life, and education choice, will vote for Alan Keyes.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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