Panama Jackson – Very Smart Brothas:
I hope that I’m wrong. I hope that on Dec. 13 anybody other than Roy Moore is the new senator from Alabama. But I will not be surprised one bit if he’s the choice and if it’s not even that close. But I read the news and I see how many people think it’s idiotic that he’s even still in the race and, well, I’m sure that most in the state feel like it’s their monkey and their circus, and they’ll decide what to do with it.
That’s how a state like Alabama elects a man like Roy Moore to national public office: Outsiders and Northerners tell them not to do it.
Clear-eyed analysis of Roy Moore’s chances in Alabama’s upcoming special election. It’s a short read and worth a few minutes of your time. Jackson is correct.
I recall rejecting Mr. Trump’s chances last November 8. I was wrong – not by much, but enough – and here we are with a Trump presidency. Moore is only incrementally more egregious a choice than Trump and, as Jackson stated, his electorate sees the evidence against him as the product of so-called “elitist northerners.” He’s like catnip to a cat.
The nub of such a choice is this: in Trump we had a history of deceptive, self-dealing behavior, and allegations of sexual misconduct. In Moore we have an admission that he “dated” under-age girls. Elected, we got a shyster as president in the case of the former, and an entire state sends a child molester to the United States Senate in the case of the latter. “Alleged,” my ass.
I am continually reminded of that Asimov quote these days – “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge’.”
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