Greetings from another Ruby Red State just a bit north of you and a tad west, where the grass grows tall and oil is to be found. Where the buffalo roam and the antelopes play and women receive more respect than a "there, there" pat on the derriere - or anywhere else that an ill-behaved Alabama Senatorial candidate might want his fingers to do the walking. Even in South Dakota, we know that Roy Moore is a bad man.
A few months ago, on these very pages, the story of the Governor and his plaything evolved from an Alabama State House scandal into a National Joke.
At the time I observed that the Governor, House Speaker and the Chief Justice of the State of Alabama were taking turns meandering through the court system with such regularity that revolving doors were insufficient to the task of quick entry. I even thought of submitting the suggestion that Alabama Crest of Arms should be modified in a fairly simplistic, but meaningful manner.
My recommendation? The ribbon text edited to read "Here We Arrest" which would be a far more accurate description of what needs to happen in Montgomery. Or anywhere else in the State where Roy Moore is conducting himself in his typically poorly behaved and less than law abiding manner. Which would appear to be just about everywhere.
(What many people fail to realize is that Moore is not defending their "Christian values", he is dictating to the citizenry what they are. And that he is not so encumbered. Coveting, anyone?)
At the time of my original article I had observed that no Senator was currently under investigation, indictment or had been suspended from their specific office, and thanks to the twice-disgraced Roy Moore (you have to hand it to the man, it takes true arrogance to defy the USA Supreme Court twice. It could easily be argued that Roy just was not up to the job of Chief Justice and pulled the stunt for the second time because of how well it had worked before. One has to wonder if Moore filed for unemployment...) the role of criminally charged Alabama Senator might be weeks within being cast.
It is because of the distinct and exceptionally distressing possibility that one of the greatest victimizers of Alabamans of the modern era will be provided a chance to take a seat in the Senate - though it will be likely one in front of an ethics committee that would be hard-pressed to find any legitimate reason to allow him the opportunity to provide the same level of disservice to America's citizens that the woefully inadequate Roy Moore has conducted on behalf of his electorate.
Roy Moore? Seriously? You mean to tell us that there is absolutely no one else in the Republican Party in Alabama that is a better candidate than someone who prefers his women too young to offer consent? A man incapable of filing the simplest of forms to prove that he was not actually trying to evade the IRS or defraud the charitable organization that he formed in order to pay himself? A man who believes that America was greater as a slave nation than it is now?
Moore also faced criticism for comments he made in September (2016) at a campaign rally. According to the Los Angeles Times, when asked by a black member of the audience when he thought the last time America was great, Moore answered, "I think it was great at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery — they cared for one another. Our families were strong, our country had a direction."
Another Moore classic comes from an interview he provided back in 2011 conducted by the Aroostook Watchmen - two guys from Maine who think everything from 9-11 to the Boston Marathon Bombing is fake.
"Yeah, it had very serious problems with its approval by the states," Moore replied. "The danger in the 14th Amendment, which was to restrict, it has been a restriction on the states using the first Ten Amendments by and through the 14th Amendment. To restrict the states from doing something that the federal government was restricted from doing and allowing the federal government to do something which the first Ten Amendments prevented them from doing. If you understand the incorporation doctrine used by the courts and what it meant. You'd understand what I'm talking about."
(The amendment addresses citizenship rights and equal protection of the laws and was proposed in response to issues related to former slaves. Yes, the suspended Chief Justice believes that slaves did not deserve citizenship protection - unless it was provided by the State. In Alabama. Right).
There is just so much, much more that is wrong with Roy Moore that time and space prevents more than the briefest of epistles explaining why even David Duke compares favorably to the utterly incompetent GOP Senatorial candidate. Which is why every single one of my personal friends from Alabama - judges, engineers, doctors, professors, teachers, and business people, all - are not just disgusted by Moore, but know that he cares not one whit for anyone other than himself.
Roy Moore will harm America when given the chance. With that fact firmly entrenched in mind:
GS Jade Barrett, SANE60 Chairman