Decency and Democracy Under Attack

It is almost unthinkable that Roy Moore, a candidate campaigning to represent the state of Alabama in the U.S. Senate and who has admitted that as an adult he engaged in relations with minors, has a chance of winning the highly contested Alabama Senate race.

Defenders of Moore’s participation in the race coupled with suggestions that some in the Trump administration colluded with the Russian government to destroy our democracy by influencing the outcome of U.S. elections is frightening and disheartening. The country appears to be sliding rapidly down an immoral political slope. Under the Trump administration, on nearly every level imaginable, decency and traditional values are eroding.

There is Donald Trump spewing discord and division instead of unity. In place of upholding Democracy, Trump appears to be trying to turn America into a fascist state. He uses his office to attempt to control what news gets published by attacking the free press. He also uses his office to try and destroy the careers of those who oppose him publicly or who express political views counter to his.

Instead of working to affect the common good, Trump seems bent on making life difficult for working-class Americans. His lack of good judgment and integrity is evidenced by his supporting Roy Moore’s candidacy and by comparing those who advocate justice for all to a white supremacist who preaches hate.

Moore’s involvement in the Alabama Senate race has nothing to do with the political party on whose ticket he is running and everything to do with a sick old man who should lose the election because Americans care about decency. Roy Moore’s demonstrated behavior:  an old, powerful man who dated teenage girls is every bit as reprehensible as the actions of Warren Jessup’s (former leader of a religious group and convicted rapist).

God, help us and shame on those determined to send a sick man to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate.

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