The shrieking mob running through village streets carrying pitchforks and flaming torches is looking for someone, anyone to hunt, harry, and harass. Probably most of the sexual predators ending up being tarred and feathered deserve it from Spacey to Weinstein to Segal.
But, the mob is intoxicated and will only be satisfied with a higher level victim–a right wing, Christian, senatorial candidate–Roy Moore of Alabama! To make it worse, Moore is a potential senator who will not go along with the establishment. The establishment requires his defeat at any cost in the special election Dec. 12, of this year.
It is charged that Moore was indiscreet with some teenagers when he was in his 30s and unmarried, or so the story goes. I’m not sure if the script was written in Hollywood or in the inner sanctum of Washington, D.C. It is unlikely the authors are Democrats although they are very experienced with fake news. However, this script probably came out of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (or similar people) that have cut off funds for Moore’s campaign.
Moore is known mostly for being removed twice as chief justice of the Alabama State Supreme Court in 2003 for refusing to take down a Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama judicial building, Then in 2016 he was removed for telling state judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized “gay” marriage. Most of his controversial decisions were highly principled ones that cost him dearly; so with a record like that, I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt.
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Jerry Falwell, President of Liberty University, declared–”It comes down to a question who is more credible in the eyes of the voters — the candidate or the accuser….And I believe the judge is telling the truth.” I agree with Falwell.
The charges against Moore are about 40 years old. Every day a woman hesitates in making charges lessens their influence and importance. It is also very telling as to the timing: only a few weeks away from one of the most important senatorial elections in our history!
We are expected to believe that a Washington Post reporter stumbled over information that Moore “sought relationships with teenage girls” when he was in his 30s and single. Over the next three weeks, two reporters chased down four women who were “initially reluctant to speak publicly.” Well, yes, I would think decades of silence qualifies as being reluctant but after “multiple interviews” the women were convinced to report their “interactions with Moore.”
Of the four accusers, it is noteworthy that only one makes any real charges. The other three women admit that Moore kissed them and “they did not have intercourse.” One accuser, Gloria Thacker Deason, said her mother thought Moore “was good husband material.”
Debbie Wesson Gibson said when she told her mother that she was dating Moore, she replied, “I’d say you were the luckiest girl in the world.”
Doesn’t sound very ominous to me. At least the mothers didn’t think so.
Leigh Corfman was a 14-year-old girl who said Moore took her to his home and he allegedly gave her alcohol. They kissed then she got nervous and asked him to take her home–which he did. They dated again, so evidently she was not too nervous and scared. She was lying on a blanket on the floor and Moore came into the room wearing “tight white” underwear. She charges that Moore kissed her and touched her through her bra and underpants then guided her hand toward his underwear and she pulled back.
At that point, she asked to be taken home–which he did! Isn’t it great to have a child molester with manners! Moore, the molester with manners! She never filed a complaint but now wants the world to know how much she suffered. She did not tell her story–until now–because she had three divorces and three bankruptcies and people might not believe. You think?
It must be emphasized that none of the women say that Moore forced them into any kind of relationship or sexual contact. So, whatever happened, if anything, was consensual. While that doesn’t justify any criminal or immoral behavior, it was not forced.
“These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” Moore, now 70, said. Well, I’m convinced that it is the Republicans behind this. But who knows? It will have the same affect.
Whoever is directing this witch hunt is determined to bring down a good man. Leftists don’t usually hunt witches but with Moore and Trump they would make exceptions. It has been historic that bad men delight in destroying good men. Makes them feel better and less low-life.
I am willing to concede that the charges may be true; after all, it is possible, however improbable they may be. I am thoroughly convinced that if all members of congress were held to the strict standard they are demanding of Moore–putting them under the spotlight when they were single and young–there would be two very empty chambers on the Hill. It seems hypocrisy is a necessary ingredient to be a politician these days.
Let me pursue the hypocrisy thread. No one likes a hypocrite in any area of life and sanctimonious hypocrites are the worst kind. Note that members of the GOP reacted quickly to the Moore allegations–allegations that have not been proved. And while every female should be heard, they should not be believed if they can’t be supported with facts.
But one of the Senate’s leading hypocrites John McCain, true to form said, “The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying. He should immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of.” Others followed McCain with basically the same response. Jeff Flake, David Perdue, John Thune, Lisa Murkowski, Cory Gardner, Richard C. Shelby (senator from Alabama!), and Patrick J. Toomey called on Moore to step aside as well without couching their statement with “if true” language.
President Trump said he was convinced Moore would do the right thing. Vice President Pence also “found the allegations in the story disturbing and believes, if true, this would disqualify anyone from serving in office.”
McConnell confidant Josh Holmes said, “If it’s true, the Republican Party doesn’t have any place for pedophiles, and he should step down immediately.” However, McConnell doesn’t have a record of being queasy about working with adulterers, fornicators, homosexuals, pedophiles, and drunks in the Congress. When did McConnell become so fastidious about his associates?
Judge Moore is a man of character, courage, and commitment and should be sent to the U.S. Senate where he will be as out of place as a diabetic football player at a Sugar Bowl game.
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