By Paul Bremmer
Ambassador Alan Keyes is not a fan of Barack Obama.
The candidate who lost to Obama in the 2004 U.S. Senate race in Illinois believes the president has committed several high crimes and misdemeanors that warrant impeachment.
And Keyes, a WND columnist who was given the prestigious Christopher Reeve First Amendment Award by the social and political advocacy organization The Creative Coalition on Oct. 14, is not shy about using his First Amendment rights to express his opinions.
Keyes, who was appointed U.N. Economic and Social Council ambassador by President Reagan, made a case for impeachment in a September column. In a new interview with WND, he laid out three areas in which he believes the president has committed impeachable offenses.
First, he said, Obama has abused executive orders. He explained the U.S. Constitution does not explicitly mention executive orders, and such orders are simply meant to be directions from the president to the various executive departments and agencies. In other words, they are the president’s way of telling the bureaucrats under his control how to enforce laws and regulations.
But that only applies when the orders follow the country’s law and regulations, Keyes said.
“If the orders deal with things not authorized by law or [are] contrary to the Constitution, then he commits an impeachable offense,” Keyes said. “He is basically violating his sworn duty, which is to see that the laws are faithfully executed, and to uphold and preserve the Constitution of the United States.”
Second, Keyes said, Obama has abused the force of law by coercing people into violating their consciences. He specifically mentioned policies that force people to either accept or subsidize abortion, “gay marriage” and the homosexual lifestyle, saying such policies violate the First Amendment.
“When Obama gets out there and starts abusing, and others like him, they abuse the court system in order to force people to accept the view that something is right, when according to the laws of nature and of nature’s God it is self-evidently wrong. They are abusing conscience,” Keyes said.
He compared this abuse of conscience to slavery.
“When I read about the slavery of my ancestors, what touched me most and what seemed most horrific to me was not that somebody would force you to labor, not that somebody would force you with whips and stripes and things like this to do their bidding, but when their bidding absolutely contradicted your conscientious understanding of what God required. That they could force you to do evil. And that’s what’s happening in our country now,” Keyes said.
Third, Keyes pointed to Obama’s national security policies. Regarding Benghazi, the former ambassador saw not incompetence but treason.
“[There is] the possibility, and we need to investigate to make sure of the facts, that we actually have people who are vested formally with the power of the executive branch of government who have been aiding and abetting open and declared enemies of the United States,” Keyes said. “That’s treason. Last time I looked, it was an impeachable offense, a high crime against the Constitution of the United States.”
Benghazi wasn’t the only issue in which Keyes saw possible treason.
“I think even now people are looking at the world and their jaws are dropping. How can we have a president who’s taking steps to weaken our military, and now to expose the general population of our country to [a] dreadful disease? That’s dereliction of duty at the very least, but it may very well be a malicious attack on the people of the United States,” Keyes said.
The former ambassador ripped Obama for failing to take necessary steps to limit the spread of Ebola in the United States, such as regulating travel from certain countries and quarantining any infected persons who manage to get to the U.S. He compared the administration’s lackluster response to the strict measures that other countries have taken with infectious diseases.
“If you came from a part of the world where there was a problem with a given disease, and you didn’t get your vaccinations and you hadn’t been properly vaccinated, if you landed in a country like India, you were put in quarantine. Three weeks, as I recall, while they observed you to make sure you weren’t going to develop the signs and symptoms of this disease. … And they wouldn’t let you go home, either, on the reasonable premise that they had a responsibility to the rest of the world,” said Keyes, who worked at the U.S. consulate in Mumbai, India, in the late 1970s.
Keyes also blasted the president for sending American troops into Ebola-ravaged African countries to try and fight the disease.
“If you are at war with the Ebola virus, do you fight the virus by exposing Americans to the virus, by putting them in an environment where without the proper training and preparation, they are likely to become infected?” Keyes asked. “And then if they return to the United States under the regime he’s established, they won’t be properly quarantined when they come back, so that they can go into the general population.”
Obama’s response to the Ebola crisis may not make sense to many Americans, but that’s because assumptions about his motives are wrong, according to Keyes. The former ambassador does not assume Obama is acting in the best national security interests of the United States. Instead, he believes the president is a “hard-line communist” who is engaging in what Marxists call “creative destruction.”
“He sees himself in the vanguard of the dialectic that is going to destroy and replace bourgeois, constitutional self-government based on rights and respect for the dignity of the human person,” Keyes said. “He’s going to replace that with his vision of the historical imperative of communist socialism, or whatever he’s about.”
Keyes believes all of this is grounds for impeachment, but he doesn’t think the Republican Party is courageous enough to impeach the president. Keyes himself used to be a Republican – he ran for the U.S. Senate and the presidency three times as a Republican. But after failing to gain any traction in the 2008 Republican presidential primary race, he quit the party and ran in the general election under the banner of America’s Independent Party. Now he doesn’t think much of his former party’s backbone.
“[The Republicans] pretend that there is no national issue in this election, but the truth of the matter is, the only reason they’re having to pretend there isn’t one is because they know good and well what all of us know: that Obama’s destructive abuse of the powers of the executive branch is the national issue, and they just don’t want to talk about it,” Keyes said.
The bottom line, according to Keyes, is that President Obama seems determined to destroy everything that makes America strong – the military, its nuclear deterrent, the moral premises of the Constitution and the foundations of family life. And if one assumes he wants to destroy America, it makes him look not incompetent, but brilliant, he said.
“The facts suggest he is kind of brilliant,” Keyes said. “He’s a brilliant destroyer of everything American, of every right, of every liberty, of every constitutional premise of this country’s life. He’s brilliant at it, and we are now starting to look like stupid fools for letting him get away with it.”