I had hoped never to write another piece about Roy Moore, candidate for a U.S. Senate seat from Alabama. But, as sometimes happens, this story just keeps adding layers and my fingers itched, so here we are again.
The latest? Well, it began yesterday with Donald Trump giving his full endorsement to candidate Moore …
“Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama. We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more.”
In contrast, another notable republican, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, said …
“No vote, no majority is worth losing our honor, our integrity.”
Well, at least there is some honour, some conscience somewhere in the republican party. The party itself, however, has none, for just after Trump endorsed Moore, the Republican National Committee (RNC) reversed their prior decision not to support Moore, and came out in support of him, pledging to renew its efforts and devote its resources to seeing Moore elected next Tuesday. How low they have sunk.
Then just this morning a spokesperson for Moore’s campaign, Janet Porter, appearing on CNN, began her interview with pregnant host Poppy Harlow thusly …
“Thank you, it is great to be with you, and by the way, congratulations on your unborn child. That’s the reason I came down as a volunteer to speak for Judge Roy Moore, because he stands for the rights of babies like yours in the womb, where his opponent will support killing them until the moment of birth.”
Say WHAT??? I might be a bit behind the times here, but since when does supporting a woman’s right to make choices concerning her own body equate to wishing to kill other people’s babies? Support of women’s choice is not comparable to genocide, folks! Nobody in this country is supporting forced abortion! And how terribly inappropriate, gruesome, in fact, for Ms. Porter to make that statement to an expectant mother. Since Ms. Porter is Moore’s representative, what she said reflects on Moore and he is just as responsible for her words as she.
Ms. Harlow responded to Porter’s comment with, “leave my child out of this. Let’s leave my child out of this.” Quite so.
Though Jones is pro-choice, he made clear during a recent interview with AL.com that he supports Alabama’s existing abortion laws, which ban most late-term abortions.
“To be clear, I fully support a woman’s freedom to choose to what happens to her own body. That is an intensely, intensely personal decision that only she, in consultation with her god, her doctor, her partner or family, that’s her choice. Having said that, the law for decades has been that late-term procedures are generally restricted except in the case of medical necessity. That’s what I support. I don’t see any changes in that. It is a personal decision.”
Not exactly a threat to all unborn babies in the nation, now is it?
I will not repeat all the reasons that Moore should not fill the senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, for I did so at length in my post of 24 November titled, For All The Wrong Reasons Suffice it to say that he is the most inappropriate candidate imaginable, and yet, I sense that he will win the election to be held in just one week.
After multiple and credible accusations of pedophilia and sexual harassment, one would think it would be a no-brainer, wouldn’t one? But today, the polls, depending on which one you believe, show him leading or trailing by a very narrow margin, and most interestingly, only a scant 3% of Alabama voters are either undecided or support a write-in candidate. Since all polls show him within the margin of error, and now that Trump and the RNC have given their blessing, unless Alabamans suddenly find their consciences in their back pockets, I would bet that Moore will become the next senator from Alabama. What a damn shame for this nation.
I have heard many people say it is the choice of Alabama voters and that the rest of us should stay out of it. But what they fail to realize is that any member of Congress ultimately makes decisions that affect every man, woman and child in the nation, so even though, thankfully, I do not live in Alabama, I do have a right to be concerned, to voice my opinion. And my opinion is that nobody in the RNC or in the Trump administration are concerned with what is best for the nation, but rather are only concerned with packing Congress and the Judicial branch full of republicans in order to push through anti-humanitarian policies that hurt all but the wealthiest among us. That, folks, is the goal … the only goal. The powers that be have one mantra: Anything But A Democrat.