Editor's Corner

"Suddenly Courageous" meets "Cheech and Chong..."

You can’t turn on a T.V. or radio, or stop by your personal electric neighborhood via social media without hearing some of the following opening accusation statements:

“I was, fill in the violation, by, fill in the name, many years or decades ago.”  “I was afraid to come forward until now.” “I was suddenly inspired by the courage of the others.”  “The individual in question intimidated me.”  “I could be silent no longer.”  We hear the stories more and more with similar specifics, all the time lately.

Now before you get your undies in a bunch over that opening commentary, let’s have an honest look at this recent phenomenon.  

First of all, I am not for a second suggesting that some of these recent accusations aren’t without merit, nor am I okay with such behavior when it does occur.  In fact I have no doubt that many of them are at very least plausible; however, my issue lies in the all too convenient timing of some of them, and especially where there is a real or potential political motive/agenda at play.

Citing new found “courage,” many victims have come forth years or decades after they allege that events have taken place; long after any criminal statute of limitations has run out allowing only for a conviction in the court of public opinion, and except for highly publicized photos in a few of the cases, without any form of substantive forensic evidence.  

No photos, no DNA or possibility of such; nothing but the word of the alleging accuser against the word of the alleged accused.  Some of these claims have been made against known predators and few would dispute the likelihood or validity of the claims; still others have photographic or electronically recorded evidence which removes any doubt of the misdeed.  

So I decided to unpack the Judge Roy Moore allegations in a brief synopsis concerning one accuser for what I believe they really are; an attempt at political assassination by very powerful, bipartisan political elitists who are willing to destroy anyone by any means who doesn’t share their world view.

Judge Moore has been in the public eye for decades as a Deputy District Attorney, a Circuit Judge on the 16th Judicial Circuit, two stints as Chief Justice on the Alabama Supreme Court, and a practicing Attorney.  He is probably most famous or infamous, depending upon one’s viewpoint, for his refusal to remove a Ten Commandments monument that he had installed in the lobby of the Alabama Judicial Building.  Before any of that he served honorably as a Military Police Company Commander in Vietnam.

Just like any politician or celebrity who has taken stands based in large part upon his faith based moral compass, he is both loved and loathed because of his stated Christian convictions; and every left leaning, Christianity hating pundit in the media and on social media who apparently are searching for perfection in an imperfect world have cast him as a hater, bigot, and any other adjective they can muster in a thinly veiled attempt to make their case.  In reality, very much like President Trump, he represents a threat to the establishment status quo on both sides of the aisle.  

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