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Why I Can’t Stand Roy Moore

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Folks, Roy Moore is a candidate for the United States Senate in Alabama. He’s a Republican. And he has been accused of serial sexual assault, with many of the women he’s allegedly kissed, groped, fondled, or worse being under eighteen years of age.

And I can’t stand him.**

Maybe this sounds weird to have to point out. But in this day and age of extremely partisan, tribal politics, I have to do so.

Mind, I didn’t like Moore before this. And had good reasons for disliking him.

Why?

Well, the man has always been a holier-than-thou sort. There was the whole issue of putting a monument of the Ten Commandments from the Bible up, commissioned by Moore while he was the Chief Justice of Alabama, and how he refused to remove it until he was successfully sued.

To my mind, while I dislike that, it’s not so horrible I’d be writing this post. (Not without the allegations of serial sexual assault, many of his accusers being under eighteen at the time, some as young as fourteen.) But one of the other things he did before all these other allegations came out was extremely troubling, too.

What was that, you ask?

Simple. Moore told judges and justices in his state of Alabama not to honor the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that LGBT couples would now be allowed to marry legally in all fifty states, and was removed from his post as Chief Justice because of it.

So, Moore doesn’t seem to believe the rule of law applies to him. We know this by both of these decisions.

And getting back to the current accusations against Moore, I must point out that some of the accusers who’ve come out against him — again, some being as young as fourteen — have said Moore was a District Attorney (and in his early thirties, at minimum) at that time.

I have a real problem with that, too.

Look at the evidence of the things we do know for absolute facts, that of the Ten Commandments decision and the refusal to allow LGBT people to marry legally in Alabama despite SCOTUS’s decision. These two things show that Moore seems to believe only in himself, and his own views, and dislikes, distrusts, and disbelieves everything else.

If that’s the case, it’s much easier for me to believe that Moore may well have believed that anything he did, said, or felt was right, and didn’t even hear any of the young (or younger) women who have apparently said “no” over and over again.

That Roy Moore may still win the Senate seat in Alabama really vexes me. He is, at minimum, hard-headed, difficult, frustrating, and believes only in the most narrow-minded version of Christianity (the type of Christianity, I think, that Jesus Christ himself would neither condone nor accept). He hates the LGBT community, he doesn’t seem to like women, he doesn’t seem to like anyone other than himself…

And at maximum, Moore has probably assaulted many women. Some as young as fourteen. Which should be an immediate disqualification from office…period.

So why am I writing all this? Because Moore has no shame. Anyone else would’ve gotten out of the race, but not Moore. Instead, he’ll stay until the bitter end, and is making a great deal of money from small, grass-roots donors (who either don’t believe Moore’s accusers, or don’t care; I’m not sure which is worse).

That is disgusting. Shocking. Reprehensible. And should not be borne.

And yet, the GOP Governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey, has said two contradictory things:

  • She believes every single last one of Moore’s accusers.
  • But she will still vote for Roy Moore.

This makes no sense.

So, here’s the upshot, folks. I am appalled that this man is running for the Senate. I can’t stand him, and I wish he’d get out.

But since he won’t get out, I hope the voters of Alabama will do the next, best thing: vote for anyone else. (Including their dogs, their cats, or a wet piece of carpet lint.) Because any of them would make a better Senator than Roy Moore. Guaranteed.

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**Before anyone asks, I am against this sort of behavior. I detest it with a passion. I would hate it no matter who did it, and no matter what his/her political party affiliation. (That I have to even say this in 2017 is both maddening and frustrating. How tribal have our politics become, that I can’t even say I am very angry that a man accused of serial sexual assault is running for the high office of United States Senator without pointing out I’d detest that a Democrat, a Libertarian, or an alien did the same thing?)

Written by Barb Caffrey

November 17, 2017 at 6:16 pm

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  1. Very concisely written thank you for speaking up about this Barb

    Addison D'Marko

    November 17, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    • Thanks, Addy. I appreciate your kind words.

      I just don’t understand this at all. It’s so disgusting. Why has this guy gotten away with it for so long, and why is it that evangelical Christians, among others, are backing him and not his accusers? (Yes, everyone should be forgiven — if he or she asks for it, from Jesus, I always was taught — but the accusers are the ones who need the support.)

      Personally, _I_ am praying for the women who were (apparently) victimized by Moore. I hope they’ll get the help, support, care, and nurturing that they need.

      Barb Caffrey

      November 18, 2017 at 4:44 pm

  2. There’s another part to this Barb. Moore will now be known by the majority of people as a nasty, bigoted, child molester. There is no way he can shrug that off. He may win his little Alabama election, but at the end of the day he will go to his grave vilified and loathed. He can pretend he doesn’t care, but deep inside he can’t escape the truth.
    You see, once they become public property they never actually win.

    Woebegone but Hopeful

    November 18, 2017 at 11:03 am

    • Thank you for pointing that out, Roger. You are quite right.

      And that does make me feel much better.

      (BTW, this was very well-written. You need to believe in yourself more. I know, I know…pot calling the kettle black, but still. :D)

      Barb Caffrey

      November 18, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      • Glad to have helped Barb. They can never avoid the Cosmic/ Historic perspective.

        Thanks for the compliment too! Don’t worry, writing and honing writing I love. I’m just cheerfully ragged and jagged when it comes the modern ways of getting stuff onto the media and publishing (or self-publishing)- more like a 1960s garage band. 😄

        Woebegone but Hopeful

        November 18, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      • LOL to htat, Roger.

        You’re welcome, and again, I appreciate your comment.

        Barb Caffrey

        November 22, 2017 at 8:30 pm

      • 👋🙂

        Woebegone but Hopeful

        November 23, 2017 at 3:51 am

  3. I’ll be blunt.

    Because of him being a public and controversial character, I don’t understand why it is only coming out now.

    Unfortunately, it comes across to me that because he’s running to be a US Senator during a time when Democrats are screaming about the Evil Trump and the Evil Republicans and trying to “save the country” that these stories are becoming public.

    Why having these stories been public before?

    It would surely would have come out when he posted the Ten Commandments in his court-room.

    What better way to make this “Religious Fanatic” look bad by publishing these stories?

    Sorry Barb, but my “BS monitor” is buzzing.

    It’s too convenient that when Democrats want to block the “evils” of the Republicans and want more Democrats in the Senate for these stories to come out.

    To be extremely blunt, “Women do lie about Sexual Harassment” and there’s a big Political reason for them to lie about Moore.

    For that matter, I’ve heard enough garbage about Democrats involved in Sexual Harassment being “defended” because in the minds of the defenders Republicans want to “Destroy Women’s Rights”.

    As far as I’m concerned, if Roy Moore was an extreme Liberal and behaved as it is claimed that he behaved, then many (not you) would defend him because “Republicans Are Evil”.

    • Paul, I hate this behavior no matter who it’s from.

      Right now I’m trying to figure out what the Hell Al Franken did, though it’s far, far less than what Moore has been accused of…and the reason it does *not* ping my BS meter (the Moore stuff) is because sometimes it does take women years to come out and say they were assaulted.

      After all, I was, and it took me at least fifteen years to come to terms with it. (I was in my mid-30s before I could even say the words, and it happened when I was nineteen.)

      That said, I’ve laid out my reasoning for why I believe Moore seems to believe himself above the law. He was the district attorney at the time he was either coming on to (at best) or assaulting (at worst) a number of women, many under the age of 18, and he was *over thirty* at the time. He does not dispute “coming on to” these young ladies, either, which is incredibly distressing even if he didn’t do anything else. (It would show very poor judgment, as a DA, to be “dating” young women under the age of 18, if you’re over 30.)

      Anyway, I would hate this if he were in Wisconsin. I would not vote for Moore were he a D, an R, an Indy, or a Martian.

      I would write in my dog, Trouble, before I’d vote for Roy Moore, and yes, I know that’s throwing my vote away. (But I’d rather vote for Trouble than Moore. Trouble would not be assaulting anyone.)

      Barb Caffrey

      November 22, 2017 at 8:29 pm


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