Alabama is back in the news, and of course it is not for anything clearly and demonstrably positive. Tomorrow (12 Dec), in this state, where I am registered to vote, voters go to the polls to fill a seat left vacant by former Alabama senator and current US Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.
The two leading candidates are Roy Moore and Doug Jones. For some, this is an easy decision. For others, it is a difficult decision because history has taught people of color that the enemy of our enemy is not necessarily our friend.
Doug Jones appears to be a good man and has been described as a moderate Democrat, which in the South, basically means a Republican who does not always work alongside the conservative party elders.
Roy Moore is a political evangelist and dyed-in-the-wool conservative bulwark of Alabama whose worldview harkens back to the good ol’ days when secular Whites and White Evangelical Christians openly participated in the systematic extermination of Blacks.
As one who feels disconnected from the US political system and the two major political parties, I cannot say with any degree of conviction that I am impressed with either candidate.
The many allegations brought against Roy Moore cannot be ignored. I do recognize that in the court of public opinion, Roy Moore not only stands accused, but also is guilty; therefore, disqualifying him for public office. Even so, in a court of law, until allegations can be proven, they remain merely assertions. It should likewise be noted that because allegations are not proven (not substantiated), does not mean they are false.
The fact also remains that whether an allegation merits prosecution should be determined through a fact-finding process. Sadly and too often, people are quick to rush to judgment, declaring a person’s guilt or innocence before the facts are known, the evidence is assessed, and a proper determination is made through legal and lawful proceedings.
Alabama voters have a decision to make. While this special election, for many, boils down to the values of the candidates and the good virtues of working-class Alabamians, several questions still linger. In what ways will the outcome of this senate race change the image and character of Alabama? And who stands to gain from continuing battles over jobs, taxes, health care reform and environmental regulations—the citizens of Alabama, lobbyists, or the state power brokers?
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