It turns out that millions of dollars of special-interest cash, the support of the entire party infrastructure, and the endorsement from President Trump were enough to buy Luther Strange second place and a slot in the September 26 runoff in the Alabama Senate race. But 68 percent of the voters rejected the establishment — with a whopping 39 percent voting for the winner, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. Despite being outspent by at least 25-1 between Strange and McConnell’s allies, Moore won 60 of the 67 counties in the state. An incumbent supported by a sitting Republican president who is popular in the state was edged out last night. That’s a big deal.
This sets up the most dramatic moment of truth for Alabama voters. Will they stand with the cartel, or will they stand with the epitome of an outsider who lives in practice what everyone else misleadingly promises during the campaign?
Luther Strange, if elected to continue in office, will be a McConnell and K Street hack, no question. But there are several other important points to Roy Moore’s possible election.
First, traditional conservatives are tired of being thrown under the bus over the last decade or more. We have a raging fire burning down religious liberty in this country, and yet, the Republican Party and established conservative movement have not lifted a finger to fight for our values in any meaningful way. We are on the verge of making transgenderism — and God knows what’s next — “the law of the land.” Unless Republicans are willing to actually fight for marriage, life, religious liberty, and even gender sanity in a meaningful way when the political ball is actually in play, they musts drop the false ads and admit they are cultural leftists. Now, in Roy Moore, we have a champion for our cause at this critical juncture in history. Remember, a senator, particularly in this era, is not just a vote but a voice.
Second, judicial supremacy is the vital issue of our time. In many ways, it supersedes other issues, but that is because it also defines and absorbs almost every domestic issue. And now, with the courts taking over issues like immigration and social engineering in the military, judicial supremacy absorbs questions of national security as well. This is not merely a disagreement over policy issues; it’s a question of what system of government we adopted in 1789. Do we have three co-equal branches of government with 50 states in a parallel federalist system, or do we have judicial supremacy as the sole and final arbiter of every issue?
I support Roy Moore because we need an originalist in the Senate who understands the power of the non-judicial branches over constitutional interpretation. What Roy Moore did in standing for marriage and the Ten Commandments was a display of what others claim to support but are too scared (or apathetic) to actually follow. He warned us that if a puny district judge could nullify the Constitution, natural law, the Declaration, settled case law, rules of standing, and the Tenth Amendment — and then regard his ruling as “the law of the land” — then we have no republic. Now we are seeing that Judge Moore was ahead of his time, even if he fought a lonely battle.
Most importantly, Moore represents what so many people are starving for — authenticity.
Let’s face it, our political system has become a joke in which candidates from both parties spew the same platitudes and claim they are not politicians, but are ultimately bought off by every special interest imaginable. Ironically, there is more acrimony and division in our country than at any time in recent years, yet the two parties are closer together than ever on the critical issues. This is because politics has become a display of WWE wrestling, with each side fighting for their respective share of power and special interest money.
Isn’t it time we break out of this cycle?
Sure, according to today’s meaningless ideological labels, Judge Moore is considered an “ultra-conservative.” But what he ultimately represents is a man who will never have ties to the political-industrial complex. Whereas everyone else says they are not politicians and will do the right thing, or that they don’t care about losing power and will eschew special interests, nobody has demonstrated this behavior like Judge Moore. He fought hard to be elected to a 10-year tenure as chief justice of Alabama but willingly gave it up on two separate occasions to actually live the values and constitutional principles he campaigned on.
To our liberal friends who also say they are looking for change in our political system, electing a man like Moore is truly the closest one can come to starting a new party and a new movement, something that is badly needed. Even if you disagree with some of his views, it’s obvious that the insurance cartel will never prevent him from pursuing real solutions to fixing health care; that the military-industrial complex will not convince him to pursue a foreign policy he doesn’t believe is in America’s interests; that the big agriculture lobby will not prevent him from shutting off the corporate welfare at the federal level and returning local issues to the states, according to the Tenth Amendment.
Indeed, our political situation is not really defined by Right or Left; it’s defined by greedy politicians who don’t even place their own self-professed positions above the demands of the special interests. This is why everything has become political. North Korea threatening us with nuclear warfare is now political. Tragedies and atrocities are political. Everyone must score cheap political points, because power must be pursued at all costs.
With Judge Moore, it’s truly not about power, because he relinquished it and got nothing in return. It’s about principle. There is not a single special interest that can sway this man to alter an agenda that he knows to be just. Ninety-one percent of his donations were checks of $100 or less.
If every public servant were like Judge Moore, yes, there would still be sharp disagreements on a number of issues, but it’s the politics of power and special interests that prevent common sense from uniting anyone on a single issue. When everyone is truly committed to “establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,” even those who share differing views on how to achieve those goals can find common ground.
It’s time to break out of this red vs. blue cult game, which is built upon nothing more than power, greed, and intellectual dishonesty. It’s time to eschew the binary idolatry and the lesser of two evils and finally rally not for a man, but for a belief system we can affirmatively support in its own right, not just because it’s supposedly repugnant to the other team.
Editor’s note: Daniel Horowitz has endorsed Roy Moore in the Senate election in Alabama.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.