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URL of the original posting site: http://humanevents.com/2017/12/13/why-i-secretly-wanted-moore-to-lose-brooks-2020/
Obviously, the GOP would be in a much better position right now if only Republicans had learned to hang on my every word. Instead, everyone did exactly the wrong thing, and they got the worst of all possible worlds.
Trump should have endorsed Brooks in the primary, but he endorsed Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s pro-amnesty candidate, Luther Strange, on the advice of his son-in-law. Because who knows Alabama politics better than Jared Kushner? (I guess we can scratch the expression, “As goes Kushner, so goes Alabama!”)
Now Trump has lost twice in a state that voted for him by a nearly 3-to-1 margin over Hillary just last year. Apparently, Trump’s voters won’t blindly follow him, whatever he does. I wonder if this is relevant information for the midterms …
McConnell spent millions upon millions of dollars in nasty ads to defeat Mo Brooks in the primary, because Brooks takes sensible positions on immigration.
Can’t have that! McConnell pulled out all the stops to block Brooks, so he could keep big donors rolling in cheap foreign workers. Soon they’ll have all the labor they need — and a federal government run by Hugo Chavez. The Chamber of Commerce is “diversifying” Republicans out of their jobs.
Thanks to McConnell’s brilliant strategy of opposing Brooks, now he’s stuck with another Democrat — and a razor-thin Senate majority. McConnell fully deserves to lose his majority, but the rest of us don’t deserve the horror of a Democratic Senate. Unfortunately, I can’t figure out a way to do one and avoid the other.
The most status-conscious Republicans were hysterical about Roy Moore’s holy roller Christianity. I hope their tax cut bill dies. Should’ve backed Mo Brooks!
The good news is, even with the media carrying on 24-7 about Moore being a “CHILD MOLESTER!” and “PEDOPHILE,” the election was still a nail-biter. I salute the good people of Alabama and admire their contempt for the media.
But, otherwise, Moore’s loss is good news for patriotic Americans. First of all, the media would have set up tents outside Moore’s Senate office around the clock, capturing his every utterance, so they could broadcast anything stupid he said and demand that all Republicans defend it or disavow it.
Most important, now Mo Brooks can run in 2020 and return the seat to a respectable Alabamian who is rock-solid on the most important issue.
Everyone who screwed the pooch on this one better realize fast: All that matters is immigration. It’s all that matters to the country, and it’s all that matters for winning elections.
“Anti-establishment” is not a winning issue. Without immigration as the GOP’s lodestar, every election will be a rerun of the Tea Party from 2010 to 2012, when Republicans lost Senate seat after Senate seat, entirely in unforced errors.
We’ll have to watch helplessly as “establishment Republicans” fight “anti-establishment Republicans” over the right to milk a he-goat. Both sides will lose, and Democrats will sweep Congress and destroy our country.
Immigration was never a top issue for Moore, though, when pressed, he gave the right answers. That’s not a good way to prioritize.
Republicans who treat immigration as a backburner issue should be required to run on the issues they consider more important — in California. See how your arguments fare in a state that’s already been transformed by immigration. That’s your new country.
How stupid do you have to be to carry on about taxes, defense spending, ISIS, abortion or the Ten Commandments while intentionally losing on the one issue that will determine the outcome of all these other issues? Too stupid to be of any real help.
That’s why McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan keep producing loss after loss for Trump. They’ve turned the Trump presidency into the Bush presidency — but, this time, with Jared Kushner! (Obviously, any Republican president would desperately seek Kushner’s counsel — but could Jeb! have gotten Ivanka, too?)
GOP candidates are not going to win on hating the Republican establishment any more than Republicans are going to win on Donald Trump’s personality. The Alabama election proved both sides of that equation.
What was Trump’s winning issue, again? Three syllables … sounds like “BUILD THE WALL”? During the campaign, every time Trump came out with a new proposal on immigration, other Republicans would hysterically denounce him -– and then he’d soar in the polls.
Now that he’s tried everything else, can’t Trump try the issue that won him the election? We want to get tired of winning.
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Of course, you’d have to be living under a rock not to know that a Republican Senate candidate in Alabama is having a spot of trouble with allegations that he sexually harassed teenaged girls back in the 1970s.
Judge Roy Moore, a man who owes no loyalty to the swamp dwellers in Washington D.C. (neither among Democrats nor their pals across the aisle in the Republican establishment) has been swamped by a list of women who claim that he pressured them for sex back in the late 1970s when he was just starting his legal career in his 30s.
While most of his accusers have only alleged that he acted like a dirty old man way back 40 years ago, one actually charged him with forcibly trying to molest her.
There are many problems with the stories these women are peddling, not the least of which is why they all waited 40 years to clobber Moore with these allegations despite the fact that he has participated in several very controversial campaigns in the last 30 years.
There are many other problems, too, with some questions verging on sounding like conspiracy theories. But this article is not about exploring all these theories and questions. No, this piece is about how the Roy Moore accusations may have finally caused some liberals to be “woke” to Bill Clinton’s sexual crimes.
You may be one of those who are not happy over the exercise of “what-aboutism.” That is the action of countering an attack on one of yours with examples of the same or worse behavior by one of theirs.
For instance, when someone brings up Roy Moore, many on the right have countered that by saying, “what about all these decades of sexual assaults committed by Bill Clinton?”
Indeed, that is just what has been happening. After all, Bill Clinton has a long, long record of sexual assaults, adultery, and even rape. Worse, Bill Clinton has not only been excused for his behavior, he has been celebrated as one of the Democrat Party’s biggest ongoing rock stars.
So, how can liberals be so upset about Roy Moore, but not care at all about even worse crimes by their rock star, Bill Clinton?
Well, maybe that ice is melting a little bit?
The folks at Daily Wire noticed this sea change.
It began with a shocking op-ed from Michelle Goldberg in The New York Times, titled “I Believe Juanita.” Goldberg explains that she now believes the rape allegations against Bill Clinton — but she didn’t before because right-wingers were engaged in a vast right-wing conspiracy. In other words, any time it’s politically beneficial to ignore “politically motivated” allegations, ignore them; you can always buy it back decades later.
Goldberg continues by acknowledging that “we should look clearly at the credible evidence that Juanita Broaddrick told the truth when she accused Clinton of raping her. But revisiting the Clinton scandals in light of today’s politics is complicated as well as painful. Democrats are guilty of apologizing for Clinton when they shouldn’t have.”
The liberal columnist goes on to proclaim that it was wrong to smear Clinton’s accusers with the Hillary Clinton-led bimbo eruption machine.
Goldberg ends her piece saying, “It’s fair to conclude that because of Broaddrick’s allegations, Bill Clinton no longer has a place in decent society.”
That is a HUGE admission for a liberal!
Goldberg isn’t alone. A host on the extremist left-wing cable network MSNBC also noted that the left needs to “have a reckoning” over the many decades of accusations against the Clintons.
Chris Hayes, normally a reliable, hardcore, sold out left-winger, took to Twitter to wonder aloud if the “what-aboutism” was a valid point where it concerns Bill Clinton.
“As gross and cynical and hypocrtical [yes, he spelled it wrong] as the right’s ‘what about Bill Clinton’ stuff is, it’s also true that Democrats and the center left are overdue for a real reckoning with the allegations against him,” Hayes wrote.
Hayes went on saying, “Read this account, in light of all we’ve been hearing and reading this last month, and ask yourself if it’s credible.”
A left-winger like Hayes suddenly turning on the Clintons like this is quite a thing, isn’t it?
Of course, in the end, Rush Limbaugh has a sneaking suspicion why liberals are suddenly starting to eye the Clintons. In this week’s show, Limbaugh has noted that many on the left are just as sick and tired of the Clintons sucking up all the political oxygen in this country as the rest of us.
And maybe, just maybe, the long knives are coming out on the left to cut the Clintons down to size and get rid of them so that new people can raise up to take power in the Democrat Party.
Could be that, too.
URL of the original posting site: http://www.lifezette.com/faithzette/five-faith-facts-about-roy-moore-evangelical/?
(He has already received the support of the Rev. Franklin Graham and the endorsement of evangelical radio personality James Dobson.)
Here are five faith facts about Moore:
1.) Moore is a Christian nationalist. He believes the Founding Fathers intended the United States to be a Christian nation and that the government should privilege Christianity (or Judeo-Christianity) over other religions when it comes to policy.
“The First Amendment was established on Christian principles, because it was Jesus that said this: ‘Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and render unto God the things that are God’s,’” Moore told Vox’s Jeff Stein.
2.) He’s best-known for twice being removed as chief justice of the state Supreme Court after conflicts arose between his religious convictions and the law. In 2003, Moore was booted off the court after an ethics panel found that he disobeyed a federal judge’s order to take down a 5,280-pound granite statue of the Ten Commandments he had installed in the lobby of the state judicial building.
Undeterred, Moore ran 10 years later for another term as chief justice of the state Supreme Court and won.
In 2016, he urged state judges to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples — defying the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage, a ruling he sees as unbiblical. This time the chief justice was suspended for the remainder of his term for violating the state’s canon of judicial ethics.
3.) Moore and his wife, Kayla, are Southern Baptists. The couple attends First Baptist Church near their home in Gallant, Ala., about 50 miles northeast of Birmingham. But Moore is known to barnstorm Baptist churches across the state.
In 2005, seeking to intensify Christian influence over American public life, he appeared at the pastors meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tenn.
“Separation of church and state does not mean separation of God and government,” he told convention goers, who interrupted him with applause.
Moore is known for quoting from memory long passages from the Bible (along with the Declaration of Independence, and the writings of the Founding Fathers and their contemporaries).
His home is adorned with multiple sets of the Ten Commandments, including a plaque decorating the four-poster bed he shares with his wife.
4.) Moore said Islam is a false religion. His antipathy for the world’s second-largest faith has been long-standing.
In 2006, Moore criticized newly elected U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison’s decision to take his oath of office with his hand on the Quran. The Minnesota Democrat is a Muslim.
Moore went further, writing in a post for WorldNetDaily, “The Islamic faith rejects our God and believes that the state must mandate the worship of its own god, Allah.”
Earlier this summer, he earned a “Pants on Fire” from PolitiFact for suggesting there are U.S. “communities under Sharia law right now.”
5. Moore denies the theory of evolution. In a Washington Post interview, Moore said “There is no such thing as evolution.”
While he acknowledged that species might adapt to their environment, he said that had nothing to do with the origins of life described in the Bible.
“That we came from a snake?” he asked rhetorically. “No, I don’t believe that.”
This article originally appeared in Religion News Service.
URL of the original posting site: http://freedomoutpost.com/alabama-suspends-chief-justice-roy-moore-for-defending-the-law-against-sodomites
The New York Times reports:
As a result of the charges, Chief Justice Moore, 69, has been immediately suspended from the bench and is facing a potential hearing before the state’s Court of the Judiciary, a panel of judges, lawyers and other appointees. Among possible outcomes at such a hearing would be his removal from office.
“We intend to fight this agenda vigorously and expect to prevail,” Chief Justice Moore said in a statement, saying that the Judicial Inquiry Commission, which filed the complaint, had no authority over the charges at issue.a
Referring to a transgender activist in Alabama, Chief Justice Moore said the commission had “chosen to listen to people like Ambrosia Starling, a professed transvestite, and other gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals, as well as organizations which support their agenda.”
These sodomite and communist supporters don’t know what they are getting themselves into. Justice Moore is not one to be bullied into submission, especially by the sodomites and their supporters. The court Moore presides over rendered a 170-page ruling in favor of a Petition for Mandamus by Liberty Counsel rejecting the US Supreme Court’s marriage opinion.
Moore is merely upholding the Alabama State Constitution. Which was amended in 2006 to read:
(a) This amendment shall be known and may be cited as the Sanctity of Marriage Amendment.
(b) Marriage is inherently a unique relationship between a man and a woman. As a matter of public policy, this state has a special interest in encouraging, supporting, and protecting this unique relationship in order to promote, among other goals, the stability and welfare of society and its children. A marriage contracted between individuals of the same sex is invalid in this state.
(c) Marriage is a sacred covenant, solemnized between a man and a woman, which, when the legal capacity and consent of both parties is present, establishes their relationship as husband and wife, and which is recognized by the state as a civil contract.
(d) No marriage license shall be issued in the State of Alabama to parties of the same sex.
(e) The State of Alabama shall not recognize as valid any marriage of parties of the same sex that occurred or was alleged to have occurred as a result of the law of any jurisdiction regardless of whether a marriage license was issued.
(f) The State of Alabama shall not recognize as valid any common law marriage of parties of the same sex.
(g) A union replicating marriage of or between persons of the same sex in the State of Alabama or in any other jurisdiction shall be considered and treated in all respects as having no legal force or effect in this state and shall not be recognized by this state as a marriage or other union replicating marriage.
Clearly, the federal courts and this lawless judicial body are attempting to overthrow the law and establish a dictatorship through the DC government.
If only we would deal with sodomites in the same manner our founding fathers did, we wouldn’t be allowing the lawless to dictate what should be law and redefine marriage.
Chief Justice Roy Moore has told state judges not to disregard the ruling of a federal court on Alabama’s constitution and marriage. He has made the case for what marriage is and where the right to marriage comes from, God. Moore encouraged Governor Robert Bentley to resist federal tyranny in the matter, but Bentley seems to be more geared towards political correctness than he does the truth about rights, marriage and his duty to the people of Alabama.
Led by Justice Moore, the Alabama Supreme Court also put a halt to illegal same-sex “marriages” across the state back in March 2015.
Moore is the same judge who stood against the DC government’s infringement upon the Tenth Amendment and stepping out of their jurisdiction to try and remove the Ten Commandments from the wall of his courtroom.
God bless Judge Roy Moore and may He see fit to bring us many more like him!
URL of the Original Posting Site: http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/246582-states-move-to-counter-gay-marriage-ruling
More than a dozen states that saw gay marriage bans struck down last week by the U.S. Supreme Court are vowing to protect religious liberty, even though they grudgingly accept that the ruling is now the law of the land.
Many other states across the South and upper Midwest are criticizing the ruling as an encroachment on states’ rights and religious freedom, though most acknowledge they cannot ignore it. “Ultimately, my position is that the state should have been legally entitled to define marriage,” South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley told The Hill. “I feel the state has traditionally held that role, and certainly when it’s in the state’s constitution it should be respected.” “But we are a nation of laws and we must respect that,” he added.
Before the Supreme Court’s ruling last Friday, those states and 11 others — Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio and Tennessee — had laws prohibiting same-sex marriage. Though not outright defying the high court’s decision, states are now seeking to make clear the limits of its scope. “The ruling does not tell a minister or congregation what they must do, but it does make clear that the government cannot pick and choose when it comes to issuing marriage licenses and the benefits they confer,” said Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said the state would issue exemptions to county clerks, judges and justices of the peace who express religious objections to issuing gay marriage licenses, promising to “defend their religious beliefs.” “The government cannot force them to conduct same-sex wedding ceremonies over their religious objections,” Paxton said, accusing the Supreme Court of “ignoring the text and spirit of the Constitution to manufacture a right that simply does not exist.”
In cases where there are objections, however, other public officials would issue the documents.
A federal judge ruled in May that Alabama’ s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional and stayed her opinion until the Supreme Court ruled on the issue. This week, Moore — the state Supreme Court’s chief justice — initially said a new motion in the earlier case would effectively table Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage, a case known as Obergefell v. Hodges.
But same-sex marriage advocates argued that the order has no tangible effects thanks to a federal injunction, and Moore later backed away from the assertion. “In no way does the order instruct probate judges of this State as to whether or not they should comply with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell,” he said.
Still, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange accused the Supreme Court of “overturning centuries of tradition and the will of the citizens.” “I expect the focus will now turn to the exercise of one’s religious liberty,” Strange said.
A number of attorneys general also complained that the Supreme Court’s decision infringes on states’ right to define marriage how they see fit. Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said the court’s ruling “overturns the will of the people of Louisiana, and it takes away a right that should have been left to the states.”
Caldwell is threatening to essentially disregard the Supreme Court’s ruling for the time being, saying there is “nothing in [the] decision that makes the court’s order effective immediately. Therefore, there is not yet a legal requirement for officials to issue marriage licenses or perform marriages for same-sex couples in Louisiana.”
Gay rights activists warn that any acts of perceived defiance would threaten to undermine the legal system. “It’s a dangerous message for southern governors to disobey an order from the Supreme Court,” said Marc Solomon, national campaign director at Freedom to Marry. “The notion that public employees get to pick and choose which laws they follow based on their religious beliefs is a really dangerous precedent and a terrible public policy,” he added. “If you’re a public official, you need to carry out those laws, and you don’t get to decide whether they’re right or wrong.”
The attorneys general in North Dakota and Mississippi both said they are waiting on other court cases to be resolved before they enforce the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage. Other states like Ohio and Nebraska expressed disappointment that the Supreme Court was interfering with their marriage laws but also indicated they would respect the ruling.
And top officials in a handful of states that formerly banned gay marriage are now welcoming the Supreme Court’s ruling. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said he would move swiftly to recognized same-sex marriage in the wake of the court’s ruling. “The history of our country has always been one of moving toward inclusion and equality,” Koster said in a statement. “I applaud the court for their courage and strong sense of fairness. Missourians should be seen as equals under the law; regardless of their gender, race, or whom they love.”
Austin Yack, Hanna Krueger, Kate Hardiman and Rachel Ravina contributed.