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CAN JUDGE MOORE HELP DRAIN THE SWAMP? 28 Oct. 2017 PDF  | Print |  E-mail

CAN JUDGE MOORE HELP DRAIN THE SWAMP?

 

28 Oct. 2017

 

Dear Friends and Patriots,

 

            Those of us who live in Alabama are acutely aware of the potential of the special election that pits the Republican Party candidate, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore against Democrat Doug Jones for Alabama’s junior US Senate seat.  Many of you who live in other states are either unaware of the race or believe it’s of little consequence to you.   I hope to convince you to think differently. 

            If you’re paying attention to the national scene, as you’re all supposed to, you see a trend in the making.  Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has announced he’s retiring.  Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) already announced the same thing.  Others are making noises that they may follow suit.  All seem to hint there’s something about Donald Trump that’s behind their decisions.  Really?  I suspect it’s more that in the states where Republican Senators are quitting there’s a pro-Trump sentiment that they don’t want to run on, and also can’t run against.  There’s a conundrum in the Republican Party today.  As time goes by President Trump is gaining strength and so-called moderate Republicans are increasingly uncomfortable. 

The 2018 mid-terms are shaping up to be a fascinating scenario.  Pro-Trump advocates are setting up to primary incumbents all over the country.  They’re looking for staunch conservatives to take up the challenge. Weak-kneed Republicans are either trying to beef up their conservative bonafides or attempting to hide.  They’re hoping to avoid attention.  But, they all end up voting, don’t they?  Their legislative records can’t be denied if they choose to stand for reelection.

            Republicans in the House of Representatives have been busy as beavers for once.  They’re bragging about how many bills they’ve pushed through and sent up to the Senate.  Whenever anyone points at Congress and uses that “do-nothing” attribute, it’s likely half a dozen members of the House will run full-tilt for the nearest open microphone to shriek, “It’s not US, it’s THEM!” as they point across the front of the Capitol to the Senate chambers.  And, they have a point.  The house has pushed a lot of bills, but without close examination it’s very hard to say how many of those are worthy of becoming law.  And, they certainly have a point regarding the production of the Senate this term.  Those guys have been mugging for the cameras, but otherwise haven’t earned their salaries at all. 

Of course, it’s hard for the Senate to do a lot when Republicans only have a two-vote majority.  On some legislation it’s easy to predict the joker in the Republican delegation’s deck will be John McCain, accompanied by one or more of his regular sidekicks.  Other legislation is almost certain to be blocked by one or more members of the Freedom Caucus.  Want to deal with immigration or health care?  You have to kiss McCain’s ring.  Want to raise a tax or propose a new one?  Count on the Freedom Caucus shaking their heads “No!”  It’s not easy, is it?  The voters are completely frustrated.  The President is frustrated.  Many in the Senator are frustrated.  There seems to be no way forward.

The prospect of Judge Roy Moore as a member of the Senate should intrigue you all.  It surely intrigues the media.  It intrigues the Democratic Party.  It intrigues every progressive in the country.  In some cases intrigue can be considered positive, while in others it’s decidedly negative.  Even many Republicans are negatively intrigued.   I’ve heard and seen evidence that many are contemplating crossing the line and casting their vote for the Democrat, Doug Jones.  Really?

My intent here is not to disparage Mr. Jones.  When I refer to him as a progressive Democrat, which he certainly is, it’s accurate, and to my mind, disparagement enough.  Instead, I’ll reserve my disparagement for those who think there’s something smart about crossing party lines to cast a vote for any progressive.  Progressive are behind most things that are wrong in our country today.  The thought that any who considers themselves Republicans or conservatives to any degree would do that is just inconceivable to me.  Yet, I know there are those whose present intent is to do just that.

Judge Moore is almost certain to win the special election in December.  There are polls out iundicating the race is a toss-up, but that’s mostly indicative of inaccurate or purposely slanted polling.  Remember, many polls said Judge Moore couldn’t beat the incumbent, Senator Luther Strange. But he did, and most astute political watchers in Alabama knew all along he would. And, he will defeat Doug Jones, too.  Just wait and see.  My concern isn’t so much that he won’t prevail, but that many Republicans in the state still refuse to comprehend what a Roy Moore victory will mean to Alabama, the US Senate, and to the nation as a whole.

If Alabama’s delegation is split between the Republicans and Democrats our state will become neutered as a power player in the Senate.  Our voice on important legislation will be half as loud, regardless of the bill.  We would do much better with both our Senators sitting on the same side of the aisle.  Besides, what is the gain for a “red” state to send a Democrat to Washington?  Mr. Jones could never represent even half of the citizens of the state.  The Republicans who vote for him certainly won’t love him if he gains office.  How could they?  That makes any vote for Jones by a Republican a cynical act, and a double waste.  Crossing the party line out of misplaced misgivings over Judge Moore is just not smart.  And, on the outside chance that Jones might actually win, any Republican who votes for him will surely regret it.  If any Republican feels that strongly against Judge Moore it’s far better just to stay home on Election Day.  It’s far less shameful.  All you need to do to understand the truth of this is ignore Jones’ advertisements and concentrate on his personal belief system.  No real Republican or conservative who does so could ever vote for him.

The Republican delegation in the Senate only has that two-vote majority. If Doug Jones should prevail, two would become one.  The Senate hardly ever moves now.  What chance do you see if the majority is by only one vote?  Doug Jones would be welcomed as a hero by the Democratic Party delegation.  Is that what any of us should want to see?  Despite any misgivings about Judge Moore, he would be playing on our team. 

As for the nation, surely we all know the majority in our nation are conservatives of one kind or another.  For Alabama to send a progressive to Washington wouldn’t exactly make heroes of us, would it?  The nation begs for action from Washington.  What we have is near gridlock. 

Republicans promised to repeal Obamacare, then didn’t.  They promise tax reform, but it’s best not to have many illusions regarding the extent of any reforms.  We may see the tax rates and brackets change, and we may see some changes in deductions and the corporate tax rate, but if we end up with a tax code that’s over 10,000 pages long, we may smile and nod our heads, but we shouldn’t cheer.  Republicans in Congress have little to be proud of, and they’re out of legitimate excuses.  A Jones win would serve to give them a new one.

I want to talk about Judge Roy Moore a bit, and about the impact he may have in the Senate and in the nation’s discourse.  I hope you pay heed.

If you read the Alabama newspapers and press reports from the national media, you’ll find few laudatory articles about Judge Moore.  There are some, but those are far outnumbered by those that repeat old slanders and myths.  Judge Moore does seem to bring out the beast in those who dislike him. 

The most frequent knock on the Judge has to do with his tendency to weave Biblical references into his normal dialog and even in his rulings.  There are those who appear to fear the Judge’s religion.  The will often cite that old “separation of church and state” nonsense.  It is nonsense, you know.  Our founders never intended for America be ruled according to the dictates of secular humanism.  They acknowledged religion as a key, central factor in how our country was formed and run, from the days of the Pilgrims to their own times.  They established our country on the principles of Natural Law and Natural Rights, and clearly understood those as grants from God.  The founders’ expectation was America would always be a religious country and our politicians would always consider that fact in their deliberations.  The First Amendment is supposed to guarantee free expression of religious thought in America.  As for the government, the only thing proscribed is for the government to establish a state religion, as old King Henry VIII did when he established the Church of England. Judge Moore understands that.  He does express religious sentiments constantly.  But, that’s his right, and it’s your right, too.  What is there about it that creates fear?

My personal belief is Judge Moore understands justice in ways most in our land no longer do, and many others don’t want to.  He never confuses justice with fairness.  Progressives are far more invested in fairness and go to great lengths to convince us the two concepts are the same.  They often substitute the word “justice” for “fairness” to confuse us.  Where and why do you think the terms economic justice, social justice, and all the other phony justice movements come from?  They’re not about justice.  They’re about some perverted notions of fairness.  They’re sheer nonsense. 

Here’s a good way to think of it, in case you have any confusion:  where there is justice there is always fairness, but fairness only occasionally concerns itself with justice.  Another way to consider the difference is justice, when properly applied, is truly blind; it favors no one.   Fairness is arbitrary.  In far too many instances when fairness is the objective of any ruling you can be certain that while one side may benefit another will be dealt with unjustly.   Justice is based on principles.  Fairness is based on situational ethics; moral relativism.  Ask yourself which you really want.  I know I will always opt for justice.   True justice may not give me what I want, but it will give what I deserve.  Judge Moore knows these truths better than anyone around.

I’ve never exchanged as much as a handshake with Judge Moore.  I’ve been in the room with him, but I won’t lie and say I know him.  But I do know he’s one of the few people around who will sacrifice for principle.  He sacrificed his elected office twice by adhering to his principles.  People like Judge Moore strike fear in the hearts of far too many in politics.  He’s a man who can’t be “turned.” He’s a man who’ll stand up and speak out when he sees something wrong.  He’ll point his finger at those who don’t live up to their obligations.  He’ll hold up a mirror and force lesser people to see themselves as they are.  That’s why he instills fear in so many.  And they do fear him.

Though I don’t actually know the Judge, I have friends who do.  They tell me of a man who is a spell-binding conversationalist, a blindingly intelligent man with a photographic memory, a man who is quick witted and funny.  He didn’t get where he’s been by being an average guy.  Some may fear him and some may despise him, but he deserves neither.

In a way, Judge Moore can be the bellwether Ted Cruz aspired to be.  He can be the conscience of the Senate.  He can be the catalyst for a new way of thinking about the qualities needed in a Senator.  His election could signal the start of an electoral revolution.  We could see a dozen like Judge Moore elected to the Senate in the next few years.  A dozen such people would have a dramatic effect on the course of our nation.  If we ever hope to see the best dreams of our founders realized, a perfected vision of America, we need all the Roy Moores we can find and elect.

I have no concerns regarding Judge Moore as my Senator.  He won’t betray his principles, and in doing so he’ll represent my own.   I couldn’t ask for better.

As for you who live in other states, I encourage you all to start looking for the right candidates.  Let me give you a profile to consider.  Look for people who routinely characterize issues in terms of principles.  Look for people whose actions evidence adherence to principles.  Look for people who aren’t afraid to stand up for their principles in all they do.  Look for people who won’t make a deal if it involves compromising any of their principles.   If you look hard enough you’ll find them.  They’re the ones you want.  They won’t sell you out.  They won’t compromise for the sake of comity.  They’ll make you proud you voted for them.

Washington was founded on swamp land.  It’s a truth that’s become a metaphor.  The current swamp is deep and wide, and it reeks of rot.  If that swamp is to be reclaimed we need to consider doing new things and electing a different kind of candidate.  It’s past time to get to it.

 

In Liberty,
Steve