Yeah, I like him. I'm probably going to catch super flack for that later on in one of these discussions, but you're right--he's half genius and half pyscho crazy.
He'd probably be the type of person you would need to slow down if ever elected because he's so committed. You'd have to slow him down and make him compromise in order to get anything done and keep him from going off the deep end, but he could definitely change fiscal policy here.
It's too bad we can't have a government where Congressmen are intelligent people who meet and seriously/passionately discuss ideas and actually can and do change their positions according to what seems to be coming of the debate.
In a situation like that having an Alan Keyes involved, putting out and arguing his positions, would be a plus. Regardless that he is overall eccentric.
In reality, the intellectual merits (if any) of what one Congressman or Senator has to say have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with what any of the rest of them decide to do.
(At least, IMO.)
So having a Keyes present would accomplish nothing.
We are the hollow men We are the stuffed men Leaning together Headpiece filled with straw. Alas! Our dried voices, when We whisper together Are quiet and meaningless As wind in dry grass Or rats' feet over broken glass In our dry cellar
Shape without form, shade without colour, Paralysed force, gesture without motion;
Those who have crossed With direct eyes, to death's other Kingdom Remember us -- if at all -- not as lost Violent souls, but only As the hollow men The stuffed men.
Eyes I dare not meet in dreams In death's dream kingdom These do not appear: There, the eyes are Sunlight on a broken column There, is a tree swinging And voices are In the wind's singing More distant and more solemn Than a fading star.
Let me be no nearer In death's dream kingdom Let me also wear Such deliberate disguises Rat's coat, crowskin, crossed staves In a field Behaving as the wind behaves No nearer --
Not that final meeting In the twilight kingdom
This is the dead land This is cactus land Here the stone images Are raised, here they receive The supplication of a dead man's hand Under the twinkle of a fading star.
Is it like this In death's other kingdom Waking alone At the hour when we are Trembling with tenderness Lips that would kiss Form prayers to broken stone.
The eyes are not here There are no eyes here In this valley of dying stars In this hollow valley This broken jaw of our lost kingdoms
In this last of meeting places We grope together And avoid speech Gathered on this beach of the tumid river
Sightless, unless The eyes reappear As the perpetual star Multifoliate rose Of death's twilight kingdom The hope only Of empty men.
Here we go round the prickly pear Prickly pear prickly pear Here we go round the prickly pear At five o'clock in the morning.
Between the idea And the reality Between the motion And the act Falls the Shadow
[i]For Thine is the Kingdom[/i]
Between the conception And the creation Between the emotion And the response Falls the Shadow
[i]Life is very long[/i]
Between the desire And the spasm Between the potency And the existence Between the essence And the descent Falls the Shadow
[i]For Thine is the Kingdom[/i]
For Thine is Life is For Thine is the
This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper.
This is true and like the other guy said I learned this in my first 15 minutes of watching C-Span years ago. Floor speeches are aimed at constituents, not fellow legislators.
However, Alan Keyes is a rock ribbed believer in the founding principles of this nation who sees his blackness as largely incidental to his being a man or an American. He gets it on so many vital levels and it's probably that very fact that will prevent him from ever going anywhere in the national politics of this country.
I was really addressing the more general matter and only in the context I was addressing, rather than whether a can't-get-Congress-to-go-along-with-anything President might not be a better situation presently than the current one.
I believe it was Obama's potential Democrat opponent that was "punked." Keyes lost from straight out being unpopular, as well as being perceived as being a carpet-bagger hauled in at the last moment.