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Dear News & Views Reader:

I know many of you are big Alan Keyes fans and have written me asking how you could 
help him in his campaign for the U.S. Senate in Illinois.  Please find below a special 
message from Dr. Keyes telling you how to do just that. Please read his letter below.

Thank you.


Dear Friend:

I received THOUSANDS of calls, letters, and emails urging me to accept the Illinois 
Republican Party's nomination for the United States Senate. I am humbled and honored 
by your overwhelming pledges of support in this endeavor.  After careful deliberation, 
and on the strength of deep and contemplative prayer, I have decided to accept this 
But I'm going to need your help NOW.
When I was first approached with the offer to run for the Senate in Illinois, I was 
hesitant to agree, since I am not from the state. However, when all of these friends 
of mine sent me information on the unopposed Democrat candidate, Barack Obama, I 
agreed that it just seemed wrong that somebody with his record should kind of waltz 
into the United States Senate unopposed.
Like most Americans, I didn't know much about Barack Obama other than what I saw when 
he was a keynote speaker at the Democratic national convention. And though he looked 
to me like a pretty standard liberal with whom I disagree about most everything, I 
have to say that from the way he came across at the convention, he didn't seem to me 
to be some rabid threat to the future of the country. He looked like a pretty likable 
guy. Certainly intelligent and articulate.  And I saw no particular reason to believe 
that I should leave Maryland, the home of my family and my heritage, in order to go 
and oppose him in this race.
And then I looked at his record, and what did I find?
I found somebody who, as we would expect from the kind of liberalism he professes, has 
never seen a spending bill he couldn't find some excuse for, and has never seen a tax 
increase he didn't like.
I found somebody who, in the tradition of a lot of liberals, would prefer that our 
children were educated in schools controlled by impersonal bureaucracy, rather than in 
schools under the influence and control of the parents who love them and care about 
their future.
I found someone who appears to believe that even when a violent criminal has entered 
into the sacred precinct of your home with intentions you couldn't possibly fathom, 
you don't have the right to defend your life and the lives of the people in your 
And as you might expect with someone who won't defend the right of citizens to defend 
themselves under the Second Amendment, he doesn't seem to understand the necessity 
that when terrorists and others come against the people of this country, the President 
of the United States has an obligation to act upon intelligence that suggests there 
are threats and dangers to the American people!
And I'll tell you clearly and unequivocally. By the time I got through those parts of 
his record, I was absolutely convinced that SOMEBODY had to run against Barack Obama!
Please help this campaign:
I'll also tell you quite clearly and unequivocally that if those had been the only 
points of difference between us, it would not have been me!
What finally caught my eye, however, and what we have to spend some time thinking 
through so that we will understand -- not just the significance of the decision I have 
taken, but the significance of this election overall -- what we have to look at is 
what finally, fully arrested my attention and forced me to consider whether I not only 
had the opportunity to oppose him, but the obligation.
And that was when I learned that in April 2002, Obama had cast a vote that would 
continue to allow LIVE BIRTH ABORTIONS in the state of Illinois.
It's very important that you understand what I'm talking about.  We are talking about 
a situation in which, in the course of an abortion procedure, a child has been born 
alive -- she is out of the womb, breathing and living on her own -- and Obama cast a 
vote AGAINST the idea that that child's life should be spared. Obama's position and 
his vote would make it legal to condemn that innocent babe to death!
Now, some may see in this only an issue of sentiment and emotion, but I have to tell 
you that this involves an issue of the deepest principle for the people of Illinois -- 
and for our nation as a whole.
And those issues of deep principle are actually the only valid reasons for limiting or 
otherwise tempering our respect for and allegiance to the sovereignty and rights of 
the states.  I say that with confidence in the Land of Lincoln, for it is the lesson 
taught to us by the statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln.
In the 19th century, rather than accept a course that would have vitiated and 
destroyed the principles of our national union, Lincoln opposed Stephen Douglas in 
debates, in order to maintain a posture for this nation that would produce the 
extinction of slavery rather than the extinction of our great national creed.
He accepted the awful prospect, even of a civil war, because he understood that 
federalism is, in fact, truly reflected in the state motto of Illinois: "State 
Sovereignty, National Union."
And for the sake of the principles that define our union, the war came.
Now, Lincoln also understood that those principles were peculiarly involved as the 
cause of the war. He said so in that eloquent address which has come down to us 
through the ages and which is now one of the most renown pronouncements of any 
statesman in the history of the earth:
"Fourscore and seven years ago our forefathers brought forth on this continent a new 
nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created 
equal.  Now we are engaged in a great civil war to test whether that nation or any 
nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure."
Do you remember those words?
This is important, because we hear them, but sometimes I think we forget that for the 
sake of that idea, for the sake of those words, for the sake of those principles, this 
nation was bathed in blood, tens of thousands lost their lives in what remains to this 
day in human life the costliest war that America has ever seen or participated in.
Why did he do it? Because he believed that, even at the cost of such a terrible 
struggle, our allegiance to the principles of our national union must be preserved.
Now, what are those principles? They're stated in our great Declaration of 
Independence, the document from which he quoted: "All men are created equal and 
endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights."
We know, we KNOW, that that great principle involves our claim to rights. We must 
remember that that great principle also involves our respect for the authority of our 
When Barack Obama embraces an extremist position on abortion that countenances even 
the murder of living young children outside the womb, he abandons the principles of 
our Declaration, and destroys the foundations of our national union!
When he refuses to stand forward in support of those measures now critically essential 
to defend that family which, ordained of God -- the married, one-man/one-woman family 
that is the dictate of God's authority -- when he refuses to support those measures 
that defend the existence of that family, he abandons the principle of our respect for 
that authority from which our unalienable rights have come.
We MUST stop Barack Obama from promulgating his extremist positions in the U.S. Senate 
-- PLEASE help now:
Since the days of my youth, when I first encountered the terrible reality of slavery 
and the suffering and oppression that my ancestors have gone through, I have been 
preoccupied with the question of justice that was involved in that heinousinstitution.
And I will say clearly here that without the influence of the principles of the 
Declaration, slavery would not have been abolished. Without the influence of the 
principles of the  Declaration, the Civil Rights movement would not have succeeded.  
Without the principles of the Declaration, we would not have seen advances in workers' 
rights and women's rights and the protection of the rights of our innocent young.
We cannot as a nation, we cannot as a people, afford to abandon the great principles 
that have been the foundation of our liberty and that have made our nation strong, and 
great, and free!
And I believe that, for the sake of those principles, for the sake of their 
preservation, for the sake of their defense, for the sake of that allegiance and 
reverence without which we shall not remain a self-governing people, I am morally 
obligated to leave the land of my forebears in order to defend the land of my spirit 
and my conscience and my heart.
And I believe that that land is Illinois -- the Land of Lincoln.
I make to the voters of Illinois, and all those watching this race in the coming 
months, just one promise: I will conduct a campaign, a fight of principle, worthy of 
your support. All those with whom I share core convictions regarding life and liberty, 
faith, family and freedom; all those who are committed to American renewal and the 
revitalization of this Republic -- we all, in the extraordinary circumstances of this 
contest, are confronted with a great challenge. Yet, we are also thereby presented 
with a great opportunity.
Now, there are those that would say that at this point I should, with resounding hope, 
promise you victory. But I'll be frank with you. We face a great challenge, not just 
because I face an opponent with a bit of a head start, and whose party has attempted 
already to export him to national leadership.  We also face a great challenge because 
many Americans have forgotten -- or have never been taught -- the essential principles 
of responsible self-government.
But I will tell you what I will promise. I will promise you a fight with the HOPE of 
And if you are willing to join me in that fight, to join me with your money, to join 
me with your work, to join me, especially, with your prayer, then I will promise you a 
political contest like this nation has not seen for generations!
I cannot do this alone. We are going to need all the help, all the heart, and all the 
financial commitment you can muster. Our cause requires -- and, in fact, demands -- no 
less. Various political allies are fundraising on my campaign's behalf, and I greatly 
appreciate their efforts.  Please click through now to my friends at 
KeyesForSenate.com with the best contribution for Keyes 2004 that you can offer:
The battle is for us. But I have confidence, because the victory is for God.
Thank you, and God bless you.
Keep Faith,
Alan Keyes
P.S.  There's less than THREE MONTHS until the November election. Obviously, the 
single biggest obstacle facing the Keyes for Senate campaign is lack of time.
It takes time to get a message out. And in this particular campaign, message is 
everything -- in a race that pits an extreme, even radical liberal against my life's 
work of defending our founders' vision for America.
Lack of time, however, can be compensated by ample funds -- which are vital to 
communicating a campaign's message. So if you've been wondering what you can do to 
help the campaign, consider an immediate donation -- as large as you can make!
The Keyes campaign needs every available contribution at this point to make up for 
lost time. Individuals can give up to $2000 per person.
Don't hesitate. Do it now, if you possibly can!
Also, ask your friends, and everyone on your e-mail list (or website), to do the same. 
And be sure to sign up for activist e-mail updates at this grassroots site: 
www.KeyesForSenate.com and for campaign news at the campaign website, Keyes2004.com. 
Thank you!

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