Sunday, August 22, 2004

It's not that it's the ONLY senate race I'm watching

Alan Keyes has officially moved from the 'discordantly enigmatic' portion of my radar to the 'utterly incomprehensible.' It appears that Mr. Keyes, who is a (often extreme) conservative, is supporting reparations!

Waaah?

So manifest is the illogic behind the reparations movement that it has been
recognized by none other than Alan Keyes. Discussing the Civil War in a column
in 2002, Keyes wrote, “The price for the sin of slavery has already been paid,
in blood.” This would make Keyes’ second major flip-flop since announcing his
candidacy last week, the first being his carpetbagger candidacy itself.

Now it's not that the reparations movement is completely illogical, but I think Keyes is suggesting that blacks be exempt from all taxation outside of Social Security. That doesn't quite seem fiscally sound. Could this perhaps be a tactic to further divide the black vote in Illinois? Well I suppose running a black candidate is better for public relations than disenfranchising voters like they did in Florida.

Read the entire article here.

I don't know whether to laugh or to cry.