Roy Moore: Here’s a radical idea – let the AL voters decide


While many like to wallow in accusations of scandal and to debate all the details, I am disturbed by how this L’Affaire de Roy Moore represents the latest example of the increasingly compulsive need to nationalize the conducting of state and local elections and to shout to the world how you think those voters should think and act.

Perhaps this is just reflective of the spreading plague of weaponized mob outrage in our land that in turn has created the execrable defense mechanism of virtue signaling, a pallid attempt to preserve purity and one’s standing in the eyes of other in a world where moral standards and enforcement of said standards have been usurped by self-appointed commissars of the public good, subject to the shifting sands of convenience and expediency.

As a result, it seems almost that everyone from the President on down feels the need to demonstrate their intellect and superior wisdom and virtue by intruding into other peoples’ business, in this case to educate the “benighted” voters of Alabama as to how they should conduct their affairs of state. We don’t seem to have enough to keep our own lives in order and to engage our own communities, to clean up our messes: we want to run other peoples’ lives as well. But I’m sure that we really don’t want the same were the roles reversed and have to endure a multitude of folks haranguing us.

Once again we seem to be living more in Alice’s Wonderland surrounded by Red Queens operating under the principle of “verdict first, then the trial” in their increasingly frantic calls on Roy Moore to resign.

Perhaps we need to recall the Golden Rule.

Sure, we’ve heard the accusations; let’s give both sides the opportunity to present their evidence and then let the chips fall where they may. We have a race for the Senate, the voters of Alabama have selected their two candidates, the deadline for ballot changes has passed, so it’s up to the same electorate – individual by individual – to weigh all the various factors concerning both candidates that are involved in making a political decision as to who will represent them. And our system also provides recourse if egregious violations of the public trust are demonstrated after the votes are cast. The rest of us need to respect that privilege and responsibility of the citizens of Alabama.

The tinctures of time and reflection have a highly therapeutic effect of bringing clarity out of confusion and restoring rationality to the mob. Let’s use them to help tamp down the fever.

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November 11, 2017 5:59 pm

Yes. And one more thing – At least as disgusting as the GOPe calls for Moore to step aside just because of the seriousness of the charge (and a lot of people are still doubtful about what the charge actually IS) are the claims by many that Moore isn’t fit to be a Senator in the first place because he resisted the removal of Ten Commandment plaques in the courthouse square in Alabama.

vassar bushmills
November 12, 2017 7:08 am

Good to see a few words of wisdom injected, Civil. So many people of good will and sense have given away the secret supplications of their hearts because of this man, this type of man. It’s almost like it were 1966 all over again. I’m content to let the people of Alabama decide.

November 12, 2017 1:04 pm

Well said, Civil Truth. I missed the news yesterday because of house repairs and was shocked to see how this has escalated. The GOPe, media, etc. denigrating and lambasting the citizens of Alabama because in the eyes of the collective, the voters are making the wrong decision. Regardless of what may or may not have occurred, it is up to the voters. CNN and NBC who will cut the interviews off in a New York minute quoted for the first time in years those who dared mention “forgiveness” and “God” in the same sentence. Once they’re over the shock, expect… Read more »

November 12, 2017 7:01 pm

Hello Civil, glad to see you here. Words of wisdom yes, us folks in other states than Alabama, including JOHN KASICH should just let them decide who their rep will be.