Monday, February 23, 2009

Alan Keyes calls Obama a "radical communist"

There is a great sickness in this country; a sickness of mind and spirit; a sickness that usually represents itself contrarily as "health," or "spiritual," or "godly."

Alan Keyes represents that great sickness. Crooks and Liars reports that when Keyes was interviewed by a reporter from KHAS-TV in Hastings, Nebraska, he said:

"Obama is a radical communist, and I think it is becoming clear. That is what I told people in Illinois and now everybody realizes it's true. He is going to destroy this country and we are either going to stop him or the United States of America is going to cease to exist."

David Neiwert, writing at Crooks and Liars suggests, rightly, that this is a call to action, which with these right wingnut fruitcakes "inevitably translates as violent action."

The video is being hailed by rightwing Websites as "the truth" and "telling it like it is."

No, says Neiwert, what it is, "is classic right-wing eliminationism: Depicting the opposition as the embodiment of evil, intent on destroying the nation. For militia/Patriot types, this kind of rhetoric also becomes a call to action."

Keyes' remarks are not surprising, of course. George W. Bush and his administration used this tactic to enhance and entrench their power for eight years. Alan Keyes is following a long and illustrious Republican tradition.

But dammit all, we're better than that! This country's better than that! Alan Keyes is a pathological remnant of the worst of humanity's traits. As such, he is a reminder that we must always be vigilant, aware, awake, and refuse to be coerced by the scum in our society who threaten the worst if their particular psychoses aren't continually fed.


Anonymous said...

Alan Keyes is loco.

Bob Poris said...

See my previous statement. Keyes has no evidence of such claims. It belongs with the accusations that Obama is a Muslim; a black activist reactionary; or any of the weird claims made to incite a special constituency that accepts anything they are told. So far, Obama is respected even by his Republican opponents. They disagree with his proposals but have not resorted to name calling or crazy accusations. What is Keyes motivation? He is not running for any office. What are his qualifications as judge and jury and where does he get his information from? We usually judge people by their actions. Well, some of us do.

Anonymous said...

Keyes is exactly right. Obama is going to destroy our nation.

Jacob said...

To anonymous: Yup. And there really is a Santa Claus.

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