There is concern among republicans in the Senate about the candidacy of Roy Moore, the candidate in Alabama who is, amid a maelstrom of controversy, seeking the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. There is equal concern among COP party leaders. They should be ‘concerned’, in fact they should be horrified that Alabamans may even consider electing such an abominable ‘man’ for such an important position. But they are concerned for all the wrong reasons.
Mitch McConnell, for example, is worried that Moore will drag down Republican candidates in 2018, which is shaping up to be a tough year for the GOP, and will hurt the party’s brand. Another, a strategist associated with Republican Senate leadership said, “Not only does Moore really hurt Republicans in the Senate and Republicans nationally, he also does great damage to the conservative movement. Roy Moore comes along, claiming to be a conservative, and now all conservatives are saddled with a guy who is known for one thing and that’s assaulting kids.”
At least 13 Republicans have called for Moore, to step aside. Two rescinded their endorsements. The Senate’s GOP fundraising arm bailed on him.
The right thing, but not for the right reasons. There are many reasons Roy Moore should be seen as unfit to even be considered for the position. First, he has been removed from the federal judicial bench, not once, but twice … both times for failure to uphold the law. Why did he fail to uphold the law? In both cases, his religions beliefs were in conflict with the law. Never mind that his religion is not mine, nor is it shared by a large portion of U.S. citizens.
The other reason he must not take a seat in the United States Senate is, of course, the fact that he is accused of sexually assaulting teenage girls when he was a district attorney in his 30s. The accusations appear to have merit, have shown consistency, and several of Moore’s former colleagues have stated that it was well-known at the time that Moore liked to ‘hang out’ with teenage girls. There is enough smoke that there is fire somewhere.
Yet, rather than being outraged because of Moore’s terrible record in failing to uphold the law, rather than being horrified because Moore is a sexual predator, the GOP, McConnell, and a handful of other Republican senators are disturbed because it could cause a few of the senate seats that will be on the ballot a year from now to be lost to Democrats. Were it not for that, apparently they would be perfectly willing to welcome Moore into their club.
And then there are those who support him, despite the overwhelming evidence that he is not qualified nor fit for the job. Among those are Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, and some 48% of Alabama voters. A former judge, who has refused to uphold the very law he was sworn to uphold, putting his personal views ahead of the law of the land. A former law enforcement officer who is in all likelihood a child abuser and sexual predator. And he has the support of the people of his state AND the ‘man’ who occupies the White House for the moment. Mind-boggling, isn’t it?
Donald Trump’s reason for supporting Moore is as wrong as McConnell’s reason for not supporting him: “I can tell you one thing for sure, we don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat, Jones,” And his mouthpiece, Kellyanne Conway further explained, “we want the votes in the Senate to get this tax bill through.” Ah yes, that tax bill that will increase our debt astronomically and benefit only the wealthy.
Now, my take as an independent voter who votes her conscience rather than a particular party, and as a woman … let me tell you the right reasons to reject Roy Moore’s bid for Senate. In the Senate, he would have a vote on every bill that comes before the Senate. His values are nil, obviously. His religious views are the criteria upon which he bases his decisions, and thus his votes. Let us look at a few of his political beliefs:
Roy Moore does not believe in any sort of ‘socialized’ health care, but believes that instead, churches should help poor people with their health care needs. (Good luck with that one)
Roy Moore believes in using the military to keep immigrants out and that Trump’s wall must be built immediately.
Roy Moore believes that LGBT people should not be allowed in the military.
Roy Moore believes that coal mining and oil drilling “should be encouraged”.
Roy Moore believes that the federal government should have no role in education, but that it should be entirely left up to the states to determine educational structures.
Roy Moore is against the United States membership in the United Nations.
Roy Moore is a strong proponent of U.S. increasing its arsenal of nuclear weapons.
Roy Moore opposes a woman’s right of choice, same-sex marriage, LGBT rights, civil unions. (Does the word ‘bigot’ come to mind?)
A quote from Roy Moore sums it up:
“We must remain a moral and virtuous people, “One Nation under God.” I support freedom of worship and the recognition of that God upon Whom we have always relied in peace and war.”
Add to all this his blatant disregard for the law and his disrespect and abuse of women and young girls, and I cannot see how anybody … anybody … with a conscience can vote for or support this so-called ‘man’.
The GOP has lost its way, the people of Alabama seem to have lost those values they claim to be so proud of, and the only thing on the minds of republicans is keeping their majority in Congress, even if it means hiring a pedophile. Way to go, people … way to go.
Is this, then, what the nation has come to? That we put partisan politics ahead of all else, that we are willing to overlook heinous crimes just to keep a conservative majority in Congress? If so, we certainly have sunk to a new low, and we have no right nor reason to be proud of this country. Think about it.