By Ron Stubblefield
Today, Alabamians will vote for their next Senator. One of these candidates supports the rights of women and has a legacy of advancing civil rights. The other, Roy Moore, has the following track record, which includes but is not limited to:
- A legacy of alleged pedophilia;
- Opposition to a State Constitutional Amendment striking language mandating school segregation and poll taxes;
- Stated that the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage was “worse” than its decision affirming segregation;
- Told a black attendee at his campaign rally that “I think it was great at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery — they cared for one another…. Our families were strong, our country had a direction,” as reported by the Los Angeles Times;
- History of insisting Court sessions start with Christian prayers, despite the separation of church and state;
- Was removed as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing to obey federal court orders;
- Was removed as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court a second time for urging state probate judges not to issue marriage license to same-sex couples, despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision;
- Signed a resolution in support of states’ rights to void federal law, despite the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution;
- Views homosexuality as an inherent evil; and
- Pioneered the legal “personhood” framework to dismantle Roe v. Wade. It is worth noting that House’s Tax Reform Plan is implementing this framework for 529 plans.
In summation, Roy Moore is a man who thinks he is above the law, is willing to impose his morality as a substitute for the law, and is willing to use implicit dog whistles and explicit statements to support the subjugation of women, same-sex couples, and minorities. And all while being an alleged threat to teenage girls.
Theoretically, someone like this should not be supported in his bid to become a lawmaker in the U.S. Senate. Yet, as noted by RNC donations, high profile endorsements (including the President), and puff pieces in publications such as The Federalist, he is the GOP’s Standard Bearer.
Many who fought same-sex marriage under the theory it would lead to pedophilia are backing his candidacy. Many who brand themselves as defenders of family values are willing to back a candidate who feels America was its strongest when black people were owned as property, and whose families were systematically ripped apart by their “owners”.
Many who are against judicial activism and judicial failure to uphold the rule of law want to reward one of America’s most notorious judicial activist who was forced off the bench twice for violating the law.
These are many of the same people who backed and implemented intense voter suppression efforts in Alabama to support candidates like Moore, while pursuing policies which make Alabama the third most impoverished state, the third worst state for health care, the third worst state for education, the fifth worst state economy and one of the ten worst states for criminal justice and opportunity in the nation.
Roy Moore’s candidacy is more than a single issue. Roy Moore’s candidacy is the embodiment of the divisive set of policies which have failed Alabamians and Americans. These policies stem from a vision that rewards the privileged few at the collective expense of America’s poor, laboring, tired, women, LGBTQ+, children, black, brown, yellow, and red huddled masses who are all simply yearning to breathe free.
We all can breathe free with just and equitable health care, education, economic, and criminal justice systems that work for all Americans. However, this will only come from an inclusive, progressive, and restorative justice oriented vision rooted in truth and reconciliation. This is the vision of Brand New Congress. New leaders, uncorrupted by money in politics, chosen by their communities for their proven success. We are committed post-partisans with a bold plan to rebuild our economy, putting people before party to fight for your jobs, your health care, and your civil and human rights. With a Brand New Congress, we will set America on course to once again lead the world into the frontiers of the future.
As I call on Alabamians to vote against Roy Moore, I call on all Americans to make Brand New Congress’ vision our Nation’s new reality.
About the author
Ron Stubblefield is a Baltimore Corps Fellow, where he works in local economic development. Ron volunteers with Brand New Congress by contributing to platform and policy development, and commenting on the issues that matter to voters.