It’s normal. It’s natural. Happens all the time. Always has. And it will always be so.
Those claims can be used to describe the election of people to public office who are ignorant, dishonest, unscrupulous, racist, immoral, have questionable character or - in some cases - should be locked up.
As an old Oregonian - and a former Republican - I’ve cast a ballot or two for someone who had one or more of those characteristics. One of the reasons I say “former” is because my political party, at the time, was putting forth candidates I couldn’t accept - candidates I didn’t believe should be in any elected office. After a period of non-participation, I turned independent.
But, in 60 years of voting, I’ve never seen a candidate more vile and unfit as in the case of Roy Moore in Alabama. Making a bad situation even worse, is the acceptance by the hierarchy of the state Republican leadership - and most Republicans in the U.S. Senate - who’ve not renounced him and are continuing to support him.
And don’t give me that “innocent-until-proven-guilty” B.S.. We’re not talking legal matters here. We’re talking immorality and deviant behavior in society and public office. Heavily researched, cross checked and corroborated in depth.
Look at what’s happening in the entertainment and business worlds. When more than a few victims come forward and details of the assaults against them can be substantiated, the perpetrators are fired, shunned or are otherwise forced from public view. In Moore’s case, more than 30 people have supported the multiple victim’s claims. On the record.
Aside from this latest mess he’s created, his public life is one of repeated proof he can’t be trusted. He’s exhibited terrible judgement time after time. He’s proven he lacks the moral turpitude expected of the high positions of responsibility he’s been elected to. Look no further than being forced off the Alabama Supreme Court - not once, but twice - for defiance of the law and bad judgement.
Some of his defenders crazily claim Moore’s behavior can be backed up by the Bible. “Joseph was in his 30's and Mary was a teenager,” they say. “And that relationship brought us Jesus Christ.”
How twisted is that? Hey, Bible-thumpers. Christ’s birth was the immaculate conception. Joseph had nothing to do with it! Zealotry, ignorance and stupidity wrapped up in one foul-smelling package.
But, the disgusting, deviant behavior doesn’t end with Moore. It includes all those Republicans who - knowing his background and behavior and the depth of the accusations against him - lack the guts to denounce him.
It appears Senate leadership is ready to accept Moore into the fold if he’s elected. And, when you get right down to it, all they want is his vote for a tax bill that should be aborted before it even gets to the floor for debate. It’s as simple as that. They even brought him up to Capitol Hill to discuss how they could help his candidacy.
Republican leadership at large - and Congressional “leadership” in particular - have become enablers for Moore. Rather than condemn him and his well-documented deviant behavior, they seem willing to accept someone who’s repeatedly proven himself unfit for trust and responsibility for his one vote. More like 30 pieces of silver.
The world of politics is large enough for many opinions, differing approaches to common problems and strenuous debate about any issue. But, that world has become contaminated in recent years with an overwhelming desire on the part of officeholders to perpetuate themselves in office rather than to do what’s right - what’s required. The cancer of money has replaced the healthy dignity of achieving the common good.
Moore - for all his proven failings and repeated deviant behavior - is the poster boy for the emergence of zealotry in politics - a calling of honorable service inhabited by honorable people. To our shame, he may be an aberration but he’s not the only one.