This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, September 13, 2017:
In his attack on former Alabama Judge Roy Moore (shown below), Matthew Sheffield, writing in the left-liberal Salon magazine, actually got it right: former Alabama Judge Roy Moore is a radical. Wrote Sheffield:
If you think Trump is radical, wait until you see who the GOP is likely to nominate in Alabama!…
Roy Moore … is perhaps the best embodiment of just how radicalized the Republican Party has become in recent years … President Donald Trump seems to have radicalized the conservative base in ways that have benefited Moore immensely.
Sheffield should have checked his dictionary: radical is defined by Merriam-Webster as “designed to remove the root of a disease or all diseased and potentially diseased tissue – i.e., radical surgery; radical mastectomy.” And Moore is certainly aware of the problem: the cancer of collectivism and deliberate ignorance of the Constitution have combined to infect the body politic with a potentially fatal disease: the loss of liberty.
That’s what Sheffield hates, and Moore’s supporters love: he honors the Constitution and its deliberate intentional limitations of the federal government. So much so that his honor has cost him his job as an Alabama judge not just once but twice. The first time was when Moore, serving as a judge on the state’s Supreme Court, erected a monument to the Ten Commandments at the Alabama State Supreme Court building and then refused to remove it when ordered to do so. The second time followed his ordering of county clerks to refuse the granting of marriage licenses to same-sex couples, contravening a Supreme Court ruling that he considers unconstitutional.
In an interview with Alex Newman at The New American, Moore explained why. The Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges is “just the law applied to a case, to a specific set of circumstances … when people said it was the supreme law of the land, they neglect what the definition of the Supreme Law of the Land is [the Constitution].” Moore’s position is the same as that taken for decades by members of the John Birch Society: that a decision by the Supreme Court is just the law of the case and not the law of land. Laws can only originate in the legislative branch of the federal government and not in the judicial branch, according to the Constitution.
Others agreeing with Moore because of his Constitutional stance and his backbone include martial arts champion and actor Chuck Norris, Phil Robertson of the Duck Dynasty TV show, Rep. Mark Meadows (the head of the House Freedom Caucus), Gun Owners of America (GOA) chairman Tim Macy, National Association of Gun Rights (NAGR) president Dudley Brown, Maryland Republican Rep. Andy Harris (also a member of the House Freedom Caucus), Fox News Commentator Sean Hannity, former governor Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, the Senate Conservatives Fund, radio commentator Mark Levin, former ambassador Alan Keyes, and founder of Focus on the Family James Dobson.
The polls are lining up behind Moore as well. Real Clear Politics’ average of four polls show him leading his opponent Luther Strange (who was appointed to Jeff Sessions’ seat in the Senate after Sessions was named Trump’s Attorney General) by double digits. Other polls, like Opinion Savvy, Emerson College Poll, and Strategic National, show Moore ahead by between 12 and 15 points going into the runoff election scheduled for September 26.
The primary advantage that Moore has is that he can’t be bought: He has been savaged by all the right enemies, including McConnell, along with the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Karl Rove’s Senate Leadership Fund, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Council of Alabama, and –surprisingly – the National Rifle Association.
Moore doesn’t care: “Our country is in crisis right now,” he told Newman. “In 1776, Thomas Paine wrote these are the times that try men’s souls. I believe these are not only times that try men’s souls, but the soul of our nation as well. The people know what I stand for, they know what I’ll do, and they know that I’ll stand on the principles upon which our nation was founded. All the money, power, and prestige in Washington, and the folks there, can’t change the facts of how my opponent got appointed to the job, nor can they change the fact that the people of the great state of Alabama will elect the next senator for the United States Congress.”
The runoff takes place on September 26. If he beats Strange (despite the support of Republican elites like Mitch McConnell), he’ll face a local Democrat in the general election in November. Assuming he wins that election, Moore can be counted upon to cause all manner of heartburn for the Senate Majority leader, which he most decidedly deserves.
Strategic National: Alabama Runoff for U.S. Senate
Southern Political Report: Alabama: Moore headed to victory
Alex Newman’s interview with Judge Roy Moore: In Senate Race, Alabama Judge Moore Takes on D.C. Establishment
Merriam-Webster’s Definition of “radical”