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Alan Keyes: Romney Is Just Like AIDS

Jim Burroway

October 25th, 2012

Damn you Keyes! Don’t make me stick up for Romney!

When I was U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, I was briefed on AIDS while visiting the World Health Organization. In an effort to make the effect of AIDS understandable to a non-scientist, they explained it to me this way. The disease syndrome develops because more and more of the body’s cells are reprogrammed to mistake the disease-causing agent for a disease-fighting product of the immune system. It’s as if the people assigned to man the defenses of a city were to be replaced by loafers with no will or capacity to do so. They consume the rations set aside for military personnel, but when the enemy shows up, they never leave the mess hall.

Barack Obama is like a deadly bacterial infection attacking the body politic of the American Republic. Once he was recognized for what he is, the body began to mobilize to resist the infection, first with a view to preventing its successful growth, then with a view to suppressing it altogether.

Mitt Romney is like the disease vector for AIDS. He makes the elements of the body politic that naturally mobilize against the Obama faction think he will lead the fight to stop and then eliminate Obama’s damaging policies. But in fact, he means only to draw power from the body politic to service his own faction, effectively allowing any damaging infections to spread without opposition.

In 2008, Keyes made a similar comparison, calling Sen. John McCain “an opportunistic infection that threatens to ravage and destroy its defenseless body.”