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Dear Voters of Alabama,
Although I can’t call Alabama my sweet home, I have had the pleasure of visiting the Yellowhammer State a few times. My boss is from Birmingham. My daughter’s godfather was born and raised on the outskirts of Montgomery. It’s a fine state filled with fine people.
That’s why I need to let you know the world is watching the special senatorial election you’re about to have on December 12th. Yes, we are all worried that you, a deep-red state, have been handed a lying pedophile as your possible next Republican senator. And if Roy Moore is elected, that deep-red will be the color of our faces – including those of my friends and colleagues from your state.
You don’t have to go through with it. You remember what our grandparents told us: Character is how you act when no one is looking. Well, there’s a lot of evidence about his lack of character, and now that everyone is looking, denial will only get him so far. Don’t let him get any farther. He claims to be a good Christian man. I try to be one as well, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that 2 Corinthians 4:2 strikes me as a warning about people just like Moore. It speaks of renouncing “…the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully.” Yep, that’s him all right.
But I understand that criticism will tend to harden voters’ stances rather than encourage seeking alternatives, so I realize the Jimmy Kimmel late night low-blows won’t help Alabamans reject Moore. They may even make him more appealing, as he can claim he carries “the Hollywood elite attacks” as a badge of honor.
So I will say it again: you don’t have to go through with electing him.
Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake actually wrote a check for Doug Jones, the Democratic nominee running against Moore, writing “country before party” on it. Now THERE’s a republican I could vote for. But you don’t have that luxury. His is a concept that is more long-forgotten rather than novel, and it’s probably in line with how our founding fathers felt when drafting the Constitution before the advent of political parties and the 24-hour campaign cycle.
If you don’t want to vote Democrat, that’s fine. After the 2016 election fiasco, they’re probably still not ready for prime time, despite wide accounts that Jones is an honorable man with a respectable track record. But if the redness of your state prevents you from accepting the blueness of his party, know that you have real options. You can cast a write-in ballot for retired Marine Colonel Lee Busby. A Busby win is not impossible or implausible. In fact, recall that Alaska’s Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski was elected in 2010 through a write-in campaign. So if you were attracted to Moore because he’s anti-establishment, you can’t get more anti-establishment than voting for a write-in candidate the establishment doesn’t even recognize.
And don’t be impressed that Trump, himself accused of sexual assault, is backing Moore. Everyone remembers how furious he was when the candidate he originally backed in the primary, Luther Strange, lost to Moore in the first place.
What is important is that you reject the candidate that Bannon and Trump back. They, along with Moore, are to campaigns what striking someone on the head with a frying pan is to cooking. Twisting the tools of democracy does not further its cause. Rather, it hastens its demise. Reject the twisted. Reject Moore.