Alan Keyes writes his usual thoughtful, well-reasoned column for the Worldnetdaily. Just kidding, he’s penned a typically hysterical screed accusing Obama of being a “serial killer” and a hardcore Marxist in the mold of Hitler and Stalin.
When people who approach me as fellow “conservatives” ask me who I support or might support for president in the GOP primaries I immediately feel a mingled sense of irritation and anger. It reminds me of the way I felt in 2008 when media types asked me whether I felt proud to see Obama occupy the Oval Office. Would I feel proud to see a serial killer elected president just because his skin wasn’t white (or, more accurately, pink)? In that case I would regard even the temptation to feel pride as duress, which threatened the life of my soul.
Bridle if you like at the effrontery of comparing Obama to a serial killer. The 20th century offers ample proof that government officials who conform themselves to evil ideologies are more than likely to produce death tolls so massive that no word or phrase truly expresses the enormity of their crimes. What I learned about Obama as I prepared to run against him for the U.S. Senate in 2004 convinced me that he was a hardline socialist ideologue, in the ruthless, self-worshiping mold Hitler and Stalin had in common.
Ah yes, the 2004 Senate election, when Alan Keyes carpetbagged his way into Illinois in order to run against Obama after saying this just four years earlier about Hillary Clinton running for the Senate from New York:
“And I deeply resent the destruction of federalism represented by Hillary Clinton’s willingness to go into a state she doesn’t even live in and pretend to represent people there. So I certainly wouldn’t imitate it.”
When Hillary Clinton does it, it’s the “destruction of federalism” that he resents so much that he would never do what she did. Until he did, in fact, do what she did. Then it’s totally okay. The difference, of course, is that the people of New York didn’t seem to mind Hillary running from that state as they elected her. Keyes, on the other hand, lost to Obama by a staggering 70-27% margin.
And have you noticed that all these right-wingers who claim Obama is a socialist never actually define socialism or point to his policies to show that he’s a socialist? Socialism means government ownership of the means of production. Has Obama seized factories and businesses? Nope. Has he done anything at all that would be in line with actual socialism, as opposed to the imaginary version that exists in their head? Nope. They just think “socialism” is a magic word that makes the person it’s aimed at undeniably evil.
I survey the evidence of Obama’s years in office, and the pattern of activity that emerges confirms my longstanding premonition that, like the hardline socialists of the 20th century, he is a harbinger of death, including the tragic death of the conscience, prosperity and just premises of my country.
A harbinger of death! The more the right uses this lurid, hysterical rhetoric, the more I just can’t help but laugh at the desperation.