Republican candidate Roy Moore was defeated in last nights’ U.S. Senate special election in Alabama. In a close race, Democratic candidate Doug Moore won the race by around 20,000 votes. This is going to hurt for the GOP agenda in the Senate, but perhaps it isn’t all bad. I never cared much for Roy Moore as a candidate and I think the GOP establishment was correct in shunning him from the beginning, it was a necessary action of self preservation and honestly President Trump should’ve kept his opinions to himself instead of reluctantly supporting Moore like he did.
Roy Moore is an alleged sexual assaulter, rapist, and possible pedophile. Is this really the best the GOP could do? I don’t blame the party establishment as much as I do the Steve Bannon and Breitbart crowd. I always knew that the alt-right, alt-lite, and Steve Bannon type of movements are very similar to the left and they are socially conservative, economic socialists. They believe in protectionism, high tax rates, anti-trust, government regulation, lack of separation between church and state, and government control of personal choices other than abortion. I totally disagree with their ideas and they are the reason Republicans lost an easy Alabama Senate seat. Attorney General Jeff Sessions remains very popular in Alabama and someone like Luther Strange could’ve easily kept the seat and it is rumored that even President Trump predicted that Roy Moore would lose the general election because of his checkered past and explosive personality, which is really saying something when it comes from Donald Trump of all people.
While we don’t know for 100% sure if Roy Moore is in fact guilty of multiple counts of sexual misconduct, we do know other things about him. Even if you put the allegations aside and consider other factors, there is a lot to dislike about him and his views. He is one of the most radically anti-gay politicians in recent history. I understand that some people have religious reservations against associating with gay people but that doesn’t mean you can legislate your morality upon the whole country. There is a reason that we have separation between church and state. People are free to practice their religion in the United States unless they somehow encroach upon the rights of others and legislating Christian morality on others is an encroachment of other individuals’ rights. In the United States we have freedom of association and if two consenting adults want to make any kind of personal decision such as marriage, they should be allowed to do it because it encompasses their right to liberty. Roy Moore doesn’t believe in the idea of American exceptionalism because we advocate things like equal rights for homosexuals all around the world. He is a disgrace to the idea of freedom. Moore has no respect for the United States constitution and claims that all of our rights come from God. While some people may believe in God and others do not, our rights don’t have anything to with God per se. The Founding Fathers recognized that the rights in the constitution are our natural and inalienable rights that no government can take away from us but it is up to us whether we choose to believe God gives us those rights or any other line of thinking we pursue. Roy Moore’s statement is just an excuse to have religious institutions and ideas interfere with government policy.
Moore believes that trade protectionism is a good idea for the United States to ostensibly “protect” our businesses. No such thing exists and it is obvious from his ideas that he has not studied basic economics. The theory of comparative advantage which has been proven many times over demonstrates that trade protectionism is ultimately a losers game. Moore is strongly anti-abortion which many people are, but I don’t agree with this line of thinking. My view is that American taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for any abortions, birth control, or products that have to do with private sexual activity. It is someone’s independent choice whether they want to have sex or not, or have a baby or not. But they should bear all of the consequences for their actions, never the taxpayer. If some people find abortion morally reprehensible they shouldn’t be forced to pay for it through government payments to Planned Parenthood or pay for insurance benefits for their employees that cover birth control. America is a nation built on individual and economic freedom and based on our current politics, it looks as if we are slipping further and further away from what our Founding Fathers intended. Roy Moore is rumored to admire Vladimir Putin and that is just ridiculous. Vladimir Putin is a quasi-Czarist thug who wants to challenge American global power and remake the world in his vision. He is no friend to the United States and Roy Moore and President Trump should probably get the message.
Overall, it was probably good that Roy Moore lost because the GOP can assert that the establishment of the party was against him from the start. Doug Jones will likely lose the election to a Republican when his temporary term ends in two years. This episode has demonstrated that Steve Bannon and the Breitbart crowd’s ideas for the future of Republican politics are wrong and are destined to fail. While Breitbart does some strong reporting, they are basically the socially conservative version of The Huffington Post. The GOP needs to tell Steve Bannon to piss off and get back to the business of actually winning elections and governing effectively. I understand America started becoming a very weird place over the last 8 years of hell under the Obama Administration. The political correctness, the socialist economic policies, and the decline of American military and diplomatic power. I realize that it was hell for a lot of conservatives and liberty minded folks, but people like Roy Moore are definitely not the answer.
This is Saint Reagan signing off