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Roy Moore, 2011
Judge Roy Moore in 2011 (Wikimedia CC public domain image)
Alabamans can help Make America Great Again by sending this good and wise man to join Al Franken in the Senate!

 

John Adams:

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

 

Patrick Henry:

“Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.”

 

James Madison:

“To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.”

“The aim of every political Constitution, is or ought to be first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust.”

 

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I’m not a fan of Al Franken as a senator.  I once (literally) ran into him, by accident, at Reagan National Airport in Washington DC.  Perhaps I should have hit him harder.

 

So, now that Senator Franken has (very credibly) been accused of inappropriate behavior toward a woman, I find it deeply gratifying that we have a man in the White House who has the moral authority to condemn the senator’s misbehavior — although the President has been silent as a Trappist monk on the subject of Judge Roy Moore.

 

“The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words,” tweeted President Donald J. Trump.  “Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?”

 

While reading President Donald J. Trump’s tweet, I could not help but think of the first four lines of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s 1842 poem “Sir Galahad”:

 

My good blade carves the casques of men,

My tough lance thrusteth sure,

My strength is as the strength of ten

Because my heart is pure.

 

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As I write, it seems that Judge Moore will remain in the race, likely delivering a safe Republican Senate seat to the Democrats.

 

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Here’s some recent commentary on the subject:

 

“Roy Moore and the Sorry State of Evangelical Politics”

 

“Roy Moore Is Pure Steve Bannon”

 

“Bannon’s Failed Candidates”

 

“Kennedy, Clinton, and Weinstein: A Convenient Reckoning”

 

“The Uses of Disgrace”

 

“Liberals’ Sudden Concern About Bill Clinton’s Behavior Is Cynical”

 

“We Were Young”

 

“Al Franken Gives Liberals Another Chance at Virtue”

 

“Al Franken Staying in the Senate Would Be a Gift to the Republican Party”

 

“Daily Beast writer says he ‘never liked Mitt Romney’ but is now ‘desperate for his comeback'”

 

 

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