Thursday, November 8, 2012

The return of Roy Moore

As with Steve Stockman, here's another far-right Southern political figure who I remember from the days of 2400 baud Internet and who I mistakenly thought had gone away once that awful era ended.

Roy Moore was best known as the Alabama judge who disobeyed court rulings regarding the display of the Ten Commandments. You can say what you want about whether the Ten Commandments should be displayed in courtrooms. The real issue here is Moore's refusal to follow lawful rulings.

Moore's streak of ultraconservative opinions in which he supported legislating personal morality earned him a cadre of followers who praised his war against "permissiveness." Now that's "limited government"! But his refusal to follow a legal ruling is what led him to be removed as Alabama Chief Justice.

After he was out of office, Moore was still heard from occasionally - like when he said Muslims should be barred from serving in Congress. He went on to speak at Tea Party rallies - because the Tea Party just loves a "limited government" guy like Roy Moore. But I thought he was gone from elected office for good.

Now guess what? Guess who was elected Alabama Chief Justice again on Tuesday? It was with only 52%, but it still represents an astonishing exception to most of America's rejection of the Tea Party.

Roy Moore. He's back and as idiotic as ever!

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