Tuesday, October 04, 2005

He's more moral than you, too

Need to have nightmares tonight? According to today's Mobile Register, ousted Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore sounded "like a hybrid between [former Gov.] George Wallace and any Republican candidate for governor in a conservative Southern state" during his gubernatorial campaign announcement Monday in Gadsden.

Oh, and if you forgot for one single second about Moore's Ten Commandments circus a couple of years ago, he was all too glad to remind you: "[A]t a time when morality seems to be disappearing, our courts are preoccupied with telling children they can't pray and telling public officials they can't acknowledge the God that is the source of our morality."

But fear not; Moore also offered a few ideas unrelated to granite monuments. To summarize his platform: Taxes are evil, public schools are bureaucratic, legislators are really bad, and illegal immigrants are, well, illegal. And yes, in case it slipped your mind in the last 10 seconds, "gambling, pornography, immorality, and same-sex marriage" are sinful and bad, m'kay?

Though Moore's good ideas are few and far between, they do exist. For one, his proposed state crackdown on companies that fuel the demand for illegal immigration is long overdue. Moore's call for enhanced gubernatorial veto powers also is a necessary one, even if his likely primary opponent, Gov. Bob Riley, issued the call first.

On the whole, though, a Moore victory would represent a giant step backward for Alabama. Little would make me happier than to see his gubernatorial campaign crash and burn, leading to a thorough rejection of politics based on appeals to voters' fear of the nebulous them. Still, I suspect Moore has no plans to leave my state alone any time soon.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you also love the picture on the front page of the Register of Moore signing a Bible?

1:04 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Roy's so delusional he probably thinks he wrote it.

5:44 PM  

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