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Roy Moore not the savior Buchanan paints him to be

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POSTED November 29, 2017 1:02 a.m.

Dear Editor,

Pat Buchanan’s opinion of why Roy Moore matters is more shallow than the water that fills the floor of Death Valley. The Republican majority in the Senate badly needs a victory, any victory, and pedophile Roy Moore is painted by Buchanan as its savior. 

Buchanan, I am sure, is also very hopeful of getting that hugely fraudulent so-called middle-class tax cut-jobs bill passed. But he reasons that the Supreme Court needs to have a conservative majority to ensure that Roe-Wade gets overturned. His use of certain phrases like, “they (Democrats) need only two more (seats) to recapture the Senate, and with it the power to kill any conservative court nominee, as they killed Robert Bourke.  

So far as I know, nobody lost their lives as a result of not being confirmed to the Supreme Court. Not one conservative has been killed due to the loss of a single seat in the Senate. Buchanan purposely chose words that are intended to create a mental picture of some kind of criminal behavior on the part of Democrats who refused to confirm such a nomination.

I feel that what is truly at risk in the case of Roy Moore is the soul of the Republican Party. Even if Roy Moore is only guilty of a single pedophile act with a 14-year-old girl when he was in his early 30s he is unfit to serve in the chambers of the highest lawmaking body in the land. If the evangelicals and the rest of the Republican voters in Alabama vote to send Roy Moore to the Senate, they will have shown that their moral code is nothing more than a thin veil of hypocrisy. Their beliefs will be shown to be more tribal than religious.

I hold the Democrats to the same standards of morality. If Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi in any way excuse those individuals who have harassed women in the past, then they are no better than those in the Republican Party who seek to excuse Roy Moore’s behavior.

It has been the practice of both parties to pack the court with conservatives or liberals. The Supreme Court is a body that should be filled with the brightest legal minds in the country, irrespective of party or political leanings. It should not be a political football that gets tossed into the winds of conservative or liberal thought. Perhaps we need a different method of selecting those judges who serve there.  

 

Mike Killingsworth

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