August 09, 2004

Barack Obama: Still Awesome

Today, Alan Keyes said the following ridiculous thing about abortion:

"I would still be picking cotton if the country's moral principles had not been shaped by the Declaration of Independence," Keyes said. He said Obama "has broken and rejected those principles he has taken the slaveholder's position."

Obviously, the point was to have the quote picked up. He's said something similarly preposterous in a number of other interviews - for example, arguing that Barack Obama (by supporting gay marriage) has turned his back on everything decent in the world and that Keyes, like Lincoln, must defend our fundemental principles of Union.

Will Barack Obama, the greatest thing to happen to Democratic politics in a generation, be sidetracked like so many others by the social issue sideshow?

Fuck no.

"As I travel around this state, I don't get asked about gay marriage, I don't get asked about abortion. I get asked, 'How can I find a job that allows me to support my family.' I get asked, 'How can I pay those medical bills without going into bankruptcy.'"

Alan Keyes, Barack Obama is a righteous political whirlwind. You are but the cracked out trailer park in his path.


Mom said...


Chester said...

Ditto on the amen. I can't believe that Keyes -- a Republican -- is pulling out the "Uncle Tom" card on Obama. But, given the idiocy of his statements, that sort of logical fallacy is unsurprising.

Someday, we're all going to look back at the gay rights movement in a way totally analogous to how we look back at the black civil rights movement. On one side will be leaders like Julian Bond, Coretta Scott King, Al Sharpton, and Barack Obama, who have all spoken out in favor of ending discrimination against all Americans.

On the other side will be people like Alan Keyes, who will be following in the ignominous tradition of predecessors like Bull Connor and Strom Thurmond.