Jewish World Review August 25, 2004 / 8 Elul, 5764

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An embarrassment for Republicans | If a Democratic candidate came up with the offensive idea that millions of Americans should get a tax break based on skin color, Republicans would denounce this demagogue for his rank racism. Unfortunately, the demagogue in question represents the GOP — since Illinois Republicans made the sad mistake of anointing Alan Keyes as their US Senate Candidate.

Keyes wants all citizens with slave ancestors to enjoy freedom from all federal taxes for 20 to 40 years — meaning that Oprah Winfrey will pay nothing, while the white janitor who services her building would pay more to make up for it.

The fact that Keyes speaks strongly on the abortion issue shouldn't insulate him from well-deserved criticism — for his racist show-boating and his carpet-bagging opportunism as a last minute contender in a state to which he has no connection.

Conservatives need to find the courage and conscience to declare that candidate Keyes is an embarrassment to our cause.

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JWR contributor, author and film critic Michael Medved hosts a daily three-hour radio talk show broadcast in more than 120 cities throughout the United States. His latest book, written together with his wife, is Saving Childhood : Protecting Our Children from the National Assault on Innocence . You may contact him by clicking here.

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