It is more likely than not that Roy Moore will win a seat in the United States Senate on December 12. It is also likely that he will win the election in Alabama by five points or more. At that point, it is said, he will become a liability for the Republican Party. In truth, however, discussions about a future Senator Moore could soon be overshadowed by multiple media reports of inappropriate behavior by many more congressmen.
That matter aside, those who disapprove of Moore because of allegations made against him are demonstrating a very narrow perception of morality. Past behavior, even if as reprehensible as is claimed, cannot be undone. The moral crusaders should, instead, be concerned with eradicating the evils that are yet to come and can still be prevented.
A Personal Perspective On Roy Moore
Being more libertarian than conservative, I do not care for Roy Moore or his style of politics. I am not comfortable hearing religious leaders talk politics and I do not like to hear politicians preaching religion. There is no harm in accepting that America – and almost the entire western world – built its society and government upon Judeo-Christian values. That many politicians publicly profess their religious faith is also not problematic in the least.
Certain political figures, however, seem unable to comment on any issue without bringing their religion into the discussion. They are unable to view society in any terms other than those dictated by their faith. Therein lies the real problem with those politicians; they are not merely ‘God-fearing’ but genuine religious fanatics.
Structured, hierarchical religions were not created by God, nor by any prophet through whom His message was delivered to mankind. They were created by men and constructed to interpret the supposed word and nature of God in a manner designed to give those same men great power over other men. By definition, then, religion is largely incompatible with true individual liberty. Put simply, the more religiously regulated a society, the less personal freedom there is. The Roy Moores of the world would, in the blink of an eye, limit personal freedom in the name of their respective religious beliefs.
The Firebrand judge, however, is but one man. In the Senate, he would be one among 101 men and women. He does not represent an existential threat to anyone’s freedom. His own religious zeal will neither damage the country nor hold back Americans in their pursuit of liberty and happiness.
Quite apart from the revelation that one of the accusations against Moore has been embellished with fabricated ‘facts,’ there is a broader argument against rejecting him on the grounds of these widely-publicized allegations.
A Greater Crime Against Morality
Once in the Senate, Moore preserves a much-needed vote to advance the agenda of President Donald Trump. That agenda is one of limiting government interference in the growth of private sector business, as well as the protection of Constitutional rights. That agenda is one of preserving national sovereignty and keeping the nation safe from external threats. Opportunities for success can be expanded, freedoms preserved and traditional American values protected and, once again, promoted and shared.
If Moore were to lose the Alabama special election, the left will gain an additional vote in an almost deadlocked Senate. If morality is the real issue here, then consider the morality of providing progressives with even more power to promote their own values or lack thereof.
Moore’s Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, will always vote against any attempt to further restrict the barbaric practice of abortion; Moreover, he will always vote to expand and promote abortion ‘rights.’ Jones will vote to advance the progressive agenda, not only with regard to abortion but in every other way that tears at the very cultural integrity of America. The progressive ideology is one of limited liberty, suppression of free speech and dismantling of all time-honored moral values. Progressivism is not merely an alternate view of how society is best governed, but an all-out assault upon the freedoms, traditions and, yes, the very sense of morality and civil discourse envisioned by the nation’s founders and held dear by generations of Americans.
Consider, too, the barbarity and immorality of Islamist extremism. American progressives seek to defend that ideology and even to co-opt it for their own purposes. Moore would stand against that; Jones would not.
Only The Future Can Be Changed
What Moore may, or may not, have done cannot be changed. To date, still, nothing has been presented that proves, beyond any doubt, Moore’s guilt. If he was, indeed, guilty of inappropriate behavior, moral turpitude, unethical conduct or anything fitting any similar description, his losing an election will never change the past. No moral transgression, once committed, can be undone. Those who refuse to support him, based upon his supposed actions four decades ago, then, are motivated by revenge – hardly a Christian value.
Compare this to the ability to prevent immoral acts yet to take place; acts that may be, in part, facilitated by the votes cast by Doug Jones in the Senate. Is it nobler to punish a man for possible past transgressions or to prevent future ones?
Call me heartless, uncaring or cynical, but, were I a resident of the great state of Alabama, I would vote for Roy Moore because not doing so changes nothing in the past – and not doing so sends to the Senate a man who will support an entirely immoral agenda for the future.