Alan Keyes on Families & Children

American Independent nominee for President; 2004 Republican challenger for IL Senate

Culture of selfish hedonism replaces marriage partnership

When you allow the family to break down, when you have government regulations that drive the father from the home, you have established the conditions for the upbringing of children to be nonproductive, to be violent. And when you add to that the promotion of a culture of promiscuity, a culture of selfish hedonism, that leads people not to understand that that marriage partnership is the most important foundation of any real economic life, then you have especially destroyed the Black community.
Source: 2007 GOP Presidential Forum at Morgan State University Sep 27, 2007

2-parent households rear kids with better health & education

[We should] do what is necessary to support married couples, to encourage marriage, to encourage the rearing of children in the context of a two-parent household. Not because one is disparaging one-parent households, but because the statistics show that people are more likely to sustain their education, to be in better health, both mentally and physically, if they are raised in that environment. I think itís vitally important.
Source: 2007 GOP Presidential Forum at Morgan State University Sep 27, 2007

Respect God-given institution of the natural family

The simple fact of the matter is, if we donít take action at the federal level, then our government will have defaulted in its respect for one of our most precious unalienable rights, which is the right to respect Godís God-given institution of the natural family. Abandon God, with respect to the family, and we have no claim to rights.
Source: 2007 GOP Values Voter Presidential Debate Sep 17, 2007

The God-ordained family preceded the government

We have to restore the understanding of what marriage is. I heard tonight a shocking statement, that somehow the state can withdraw its respect for and support for the natural family, as ordained by God.

I would like to remind you that the family preceded the government. Before we had a government, we had a God-ordained family that supported and represented the natural rights of our humanity, & the government is obliged to respect those natural rights, not to destroy them.

So, I think it will important to restore that understanding which supports our reasonable belief that the family ordained by God, and tied in its mission to procreation that represents our bond to our posterity, must be respected under law and understood by the American people in terms of that respect.

Source: 2007 GOP Values Voter Presidential Debate Sep 17, 2007

We have suffered because of our abandonment of His name

We have suffered in this country, in the failing schools, in the broken marriages, in the rising tide of crime and violence; we have suffered, since they withdrew our right to reverence God, all the consequences that must follow from our abandonment of His name. We know that the Founders put this right first for a reason: because it is, above all, the foundation from which comes our ability to stand for and understand and defend all the other rights we claim.
Source: Rally in Blairsville, Georgia Oct 21, 2003

Donít lower crime age as a result of adult moral failure

Q: What should be the minimum death penalty age for young felons convicted of deadly crime?
A: [I do not think] we ought to be lowering the age at which we judge people to be adults. I believe that the tendency in that direction now, to want to treat our children as if they are adults, is a confession of our own failure, our own failure as a society to maintain the structures of family life, to maintain the basis of moral education. As a result, yes, we have children now in whom there exists a howling moral void and those children engage in some acts that are heinous and shocking to us. But at the same time, I think we need to respect the difference that exists between children and adults. We need to insist from adults on moral accountability and moral responsibility. We need to help our children develop that ability to be mature adults. But I donít think that we should take out our failure of moral education on younger and younger children. I think that this is a great error.
Source: GOP Debate in Manchester NH Jan 26, 2000

Save kidsí souls-they donít need free speech

Q: In free-speech terms, do people have the right under the First Amendment [to view anything on the Internet, or] should they be kept from that right on these computers? A: I donít think itís a free speech issue. Itís an issue of public decency. Anyplace you let our children into ought to be subject to standards of public decency that make it clear that they are not going to be polluted with garbage. Donít use the First Amendment as some excuse to destroy our childrenís lives and souls. It doesnít have to be -- itíd be easy as pie to put a few computers off in a room you donít let children in and let adults have access to them? You can solve the problems if you want to. The libraries right now are egregiously ignoring their responsibility to our kids, trying to claim free speech rights. Iíve got to tell you something. My kids donít have the right to free speech. And they donít need to have it until they grow older.
Source: GOP Debate in Michigan Jan 10, 2000

Kids need love from a two-parent marriage

Q. Whatís the number one challenge facing children today?
A. Children need love. Those who by nature and the customs of a healthy society are most obliged to give this love are the childís parents. The well-being of children is therefore primarily dependent on the health of the marriage-based, two-parent family. The most pressing ďissueĒ for children is, then, will we as a people sustain, defend, and honor marriage, and its consequences, including the very life of the child, born or unborn.
Source: National Association of Childrenís Hospitals survey Jan 8, 2000

Health insurance is family responsibility, not governmentís

Q. Even if Medicaid and the State Childrenís Health Insurance Program enroll all ďeligibleĒ children, there would still be millions of uninsured children. How do you propose insuring each and every child in America?
A. It is not the office of government directly to insure children or anyone else for health costs. Tax and fiscal policies that promote opportunity and responsibility will restore to families the capacity to do what they can do with maximal discretion and love.care for their own flesh and blood, and those they have adopted in love. It is a common duty of all members of society to attend to the needs of children neglected by inadequate family care, but this duty falls first to the extended family and the local community, including most of all the churches, and then to localities and states. Institution of a national governmental program is a confession of failure in charity and self-government.
Source: National Association of Childrenís Hospitals survey Jan 8, 2000

Radical gay agenda is destroying the family

Itís about time we all faced up to the truth. If we accept the radical homosexual agenda, be it in the military or in marriage or in other areas of our lives, we are utterly destroying the concept of family. We must oppose it in the military. We must oppose it in marriage. We must oppose it if the fundamental institution of our civilization is to survive. Those unwilling to face that fact and playing games with this issue are doing so irresponsibly at the price of Americaís moral foundations.
Source: (X-ref Civil Rights) Republican Debate in Durham, NH Jan 6, 2000

Shape our childrenís consciences in the fear of God

Q: How would you interrupt this culture of violence? A: The first thing we have to do is restore this countryís allegiance to its basic moral principles. We express great shock and outrage that we are bloodying the hallways of our schools with the blood of our children. What about the blood of our children killed in the womb on the basis of a doctrine that completely rejects the basic principles on which this nation was founded? If our rights come from God, then we ought to shape our childrenís consciences in the fear of God. And I think that what weíre seeing in our schools is the direct result of our failure to respect that heritage and to pass it on.
Source: Des Moines Iowa GOP Debate Dec 13, 1999

Disintegration of the family causes social ills

We must end government programs like the family-destroying welfare system and sex-education courses that encourage promiscuity. These programs actually hasten the moral breakdown. Our first priority should be restoring the moral and material support for the marriage-based two-parent family. The disintegration of the family is the major contributing factor in poverty, crime, violence, the decline in educational performance, and a host of other expensive social problems.
Source: (Cross-ref from Welfare Reform) www.keyes2000.org/issues/wel Jun 14, 1999

Other candidates on Families & Children: Alan Keyes on other issues:
GOP: Sen.John McCain
GOP V.P.: Gov.Sarah Palin
Democrat: Sen.Barack Obama
Dem.V.P.: Sen.Joe Biden

Third Parties:
Constitution: Chuck Baldwin
Libertarian: Rep.Bob Barr
Constitution: Amb.Alan Keyes
Liberation: Gloria La Riva
Green: Rep.Cynthia McKinney
Socialist: Brian Moore
Independent: Ralph Nader
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