America Is Failing

Updated on December 13, 2017
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Tom is retired & has worked with people of all backgrounds, beliefs, & points of view. His interests lie in politics, writing & woodworking.

To Start

First, we have the Republican Congress trying to rush through an agenda that will take us backwards in many ways. More disturbing is the total collapse of moral leadership playing out in the White House, Congress, and the State of Alabama.

Roy Moore

Senate Candidate Roy Moore has been accused by eight women of a variety of unwanted or improper sexual advances. Mr. Moore has denied all of the allegations, going as far as declaring that he doesn't even know any of his accusers. There is no concrete evidence for these incidents as they occurred in the late 70's and early 80's. However a notation in one accuser's high school yearbook and a greeting card sent to another accuser show that Mr. Moore did indeed know at least two of the women.

Questions

Now we are left with several difficult questions - 1) Did Roy Moore sign the yearbook and send that card? 2) Are all of the people who have corroborated the women's accounts lying? 3) Is it reasonable to think that these women would come forward and subject themselves to the public scorn and humiliation that would follow their revelations? What possible benefit would there be for taking such a risk?

Conspiracy

According to the Washington Post, more than thirty people have verified parts of this story. The alleged victims confided in friends and family at different stages of their lives. Other contributors spoke of Moore's frequent visits to the Gadsden Mall supposedly to "hang around" teenage girls.

Does it really seem plausible that the Democrats, the Republican Establishment and the Washing Post came together to create such a complex conspiracy just to discredit Moore? This of course, is possible, but seems highly unlikely. Perhaps these women just don't want an "Alabama problem" to become a national embarrassment!

Our President

Serving as the lead-off hitter for Moore is our very own President Donald Trump. The President has been accused of sexual improprieties by more than one dozen women. These women, like Moore's accusers, have also had the courage to come forward and put themselves at risk to go on the record publicly. Add to this the infamous Access Hollywood (www.nytimes.com/2017/11/28/us/politics/donald-trump-tape.html) tape, plus remarks made by Trump on Howard Stern's radio talk show and the picture painted is not very flattering. Even his daughter Ivanka was a victim of the unpleasant verbal remarks. Trump's emotional development seems to have ended in the frat house.

Unfortunately, the accusations against Trump are perfectly consistent with this public behavior. He is the ultimate "super-rich playboy" that no woman can resist. All of womanhood is his for the taking.

In addition to his exploits with women, Trump's unethical behavior extends to this business dealings. He has used bankruptcy several times to save himself at the expense of his investors, vendors, and employees. His Trump University fiasco resulted in settlement and he is fine with this products manufactured overseas even as he chides other businesses about not keeping their work here. All in all, he is not much of a role model for scrupulous behavior.

Different Scenario

Our nation must abide the results of Trump's election to the Presidency until the next election in 2020. However there is still time to do something about Roy Moore. Imagine this scenario...You are working for a good manufacturing company with many female co-workers working in a variety of jobs. The owner is a very good businessman who has plenty of work lined up for the future. The company pays an excellent wage and provides an above average benefit package.

But then the news is leaked that the boss regularly uses his power to force his female employees to provide him with sexual favors. More and more women come forward with the same story: He wanted sex for continued employment. Wouldn't you want him removed from his position and have other executives take over his duties? Even worse, what if one of his victims happened to be your own daughter whose job you helped get? For Alabamans, these eight women are your friends, neighbors and could be your family for some future Roy Moore.

The Moral Right

We hear a great deal about the strong morals of Southern Christians. One has to wonder where these convictions have gone in this situation. It seems shocking that the proper treatment of women takes a back seat to politics. Party over women and country? Some voters will never believe these women no matter what proof they might offer. However, many may now have reservations about Roy Moore's beliefs and now his honesty. Since the election is upon us the voters with doubts have two choices. They can stay home or vote for another candidate, even a write-in, if they just cannot vote Democrat. However, we must now insist that both parties give us better candidates at every level of government.

The Establishment

As the election grows near, we can see how low the standards have fallen for Washington Republicans. Instead of pressuring Moore to step aside, Mitch McConnell and others just passed the buck to the voters of Alabama. They care about nothing except for Moore's vote in the Senate.

If these men and women had any scruples at all, they would have pressured the Alabama Republican Party to provide their voters with a cleaner candidate who voters could support without hesitation.

Here we find ourselves with "The Donald" leading the way, a Republican Party that has adopted a new low bar of behavior for both Alabama and the nation. What will it take for genuine leaders in both parties to step up and reverse our decline?

Roy Moore

Senate candidate, Roy Moore has been accused by eight women of a variety of unwanted or improper sexual advances. Mr. Moore has denied all of the allegations going so far as declaring he doesn't even know any of his accusers. There is no concrete evidence for any of these incidents as they are from the late 70's and early 80's. There is, however a notation in one of the accuser's high school yearbook and a greeting card sent to another accuser. These could show that Mr. Moore did indeed know at least two of the women.

Questions

Now we are left with several difficult questions: 1) Did Roy Moore sign the yearbook and send that card? 2) Are all of the people who have corroborated the women's accounts lying? 3) Is it reasonable to think that these women would come forward and subject themselves to the public scorn and humiliation that would follow their revelations? What possible benefit would there be for taking such a risk?

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      Tim Truzy 6 months ago

      Excellent article. Alabama confirmed to America that decency is still relevant in politics with the rejection of Roy. A coalition of minorities, women, and others put the first Democrat in Congress as a senator in 25 years.

      Democrats and republicans have started doing more soul searching - our nation needs that right now.

      We temporarily forgot to take care of our democracy. I think we will remember we don't want Archie Bunker, Al Bundy, or their like in the White House (speaking to these characters morals at times.)

      I was going to mention Fred Flintstone, but his wife was treated fairly. Or she let him have it with a boulder. I will not insult that cartoon caveman.

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      Derek George 6 months ago from San Diego

      It’s quite a one sided issue as we can see with Al Franken and in the past President Clinton. When a democrat is accused of mildish sexual misconduct there tends to be more severe consequences than if a republican was accused of doing something much worse. It’s the conservative culture, and at this time this base in the country has a strong rallying call because of the economic disparity felt in the last ten years. When a crisis is felt, a lot of the times minorities are blamed. Coupled with the fact that our last democratic president was African American, it has only heightened a racist reasoning and in that respects given conservatives the leeway to act in inappropriate ways. I could prattle on, but you are right Tom this is very unfortunate.

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