Alan Keyes entered the 2008 presidential campaign Friday, September 14. He announced his candidacy on Janet Parshall’s nationally syndicated radio talk show.
Alan Keyes has expressed concern over the current welfare system. He recalls the history of the first Public Works program that was a result of the New Deal, and advises voters that the system created an allegiance to the government which surpasses that to the family and Church. He stated, in a Sept 2, 2007, article that welfare states are particularly destructive to black Americans.
Keyes states that he believes that slavery did not denigrate Black American families, as we have been taught. He cites, in his book, Master’s of the Dream, that rather than pulling families apart, slave families reached for each other, and they did it through faith in God and the Church. He indicates that the structure of today’s black family is “devastated.”
Regarding the effect of the welfare state versus Christian faith to bring about change Keyes has noted, “Where the church provided social support and help in times of need on a basis that often encouraged marriage and self-discipline, the government welfare system did so on a basis that systematically discouraged and undermined marriage and actually rewarded self-destructive behavior.” His conclusion that rather than a Constitutional government derived from the consent of the people, proponents of welfare have created a government based on the needs of the people. Thus, those who favor social and nationalized programs are seeking voters based on dependency, not consensus of national needs and policy. Accentuating human need, according to Keyes, undermines human potential.
Further, in his comments on the welfare state, Keyes stated that the institutions that have been created by dependency on federal and state governments undermine the principles of individualism upon which the Declaration of Independence was based. According to Keyes, depending on the government, as opposed to self reliance creates a paternalistic government from which the forefathers fought to free themselves.
Keyes summation of the welfare situation is that when the self-centered family replaces the God-centered family the family is bound to breakdown. One cannot be self-centered and united at the same time.
Alan Keyes brought these issues to the table in his 1996 and 2000 run for the presidency. The basis for his beliefs are grounded in faith based conservatism which, according to Keyes dictates a morally strong government and society.
Keyes, Alan. “The Crisis of the Republic: Alan Keyes on the 2008 Election:
Freedom as dependency: the aim of the welfare state? Part 13 of ‘The Crisis of the Republic'”
September 2, 2007. http://www.renewamerica.us/columns/keyes/070902
RenewAmerica staff, “Alan Keyes announces for President!
Will appear in Values Voter Debate Sept. 17″, Renewamerica, September 14, 2007.