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Justice Roy Moore has just defeated, in the Republican primary run-off, President Trump’s personally selected golden boy, Luther Strange. Why Trump was here over the weekend to endorse, promote, and raise funds for Strange was a mystery to most Alabama residents.

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While Moore has the reputation of a Christian saint, Strange is not well liked here. Outsiders found it difficult to understand why Moore appeared at his last campaign rally carrying a gun. This was because “McConnell establishment money” funded mass media attacks against Moore alleging—and this is not a misprint—that if elected right wing, conservative Moore would “lead a federal effort to remove guns from law abiding citizens in Alabama…”

Strange ran television ads against Moore and his family, accusing them of being corrupt thieves and would immediately become part of the “Washington insider group.”

When I first received that mailing from Strange, I quipped “When did Moore become a Democrat?” Strange also ran television ads against Moore and his family, accusing them of being corrupt thieves and would immediately become part of the “Washington insider group.”

“Outsiders” are now analyzing this election and find it confusing. As a resident, I understand exactly what happened and will break it down for the “professional pundits” as they infrequently realize what is really happening in the Deep South, “Cradle of the Confederacy,” and bastion of “states rights.”

The bedrock of our society revolves around a Southern Baptist (“Christian”) belief system, a culture that promotes a racial caste structure, and a judicial, educational, social institutional racism masquerading in religious dogma, patriotism, and political power designed not to empower but to suppress and oppress those not in power.

Many Southern Baptists believe that slavery was approved by “God Himself”—after all, the “Jews were slaves…then had slaves…” John Calvin taught that slavery was “God’s destiny” for certain groups of people. Not a wonder that when the Pilgrims arrived in 1620 their “Contract with God” was between white property owning men (God’s select by predestination) and their Deity excluding poor indentured whites, women, all people of color, and, naturally, the heathen natives.

Of course, blacks allegedly carried the “Curse of Cain,” which we were taught was their dark skins; therefore darker skin tones became a clear indicator as to God’s displeasure with that particular person. Yet I often wondered, as a child, if this were so why so many white people could not wait for summer to get a tan.

We were taught that Brown v the Board of Education (1954) was the result of Communist infiltrating the educational, judicial, and political systems. God’s master plan included eternal racial segregation and race mixing would be the downfall of our great republic. As a matter of fact, our school yell was—until we were integrated: “We are whites/we don’t mix/Wetumpka’s class of ’66!”

After Eisenhower had the schools in Little Rock, Arkansas, integrated, by utilization of National Guard troops, National Guard recruitment took a huge hit. Someone in the Montgomery, Alabama, area printed and distributed life-size posters portraying two national guard members, with fixed bayonets, forcing a young white student to kiss a young black student. In the background were various Communist symbols.

Black citizens could not legally vote in Alabama until after the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Why should they? According to what we were taught, “they” weren’t “real people” unlike “our” proud Ayrian heritage, which was a result of divine creation, the black evolved from apes and monkeys (yes, we were taught this)!

This is why in the Alabama state constitution (Section 102) marriage between a white person and a “Negro” or anyone of “Negro descendant” was not recognized and furthermore such an act was a felony. Although in 1967 when the federal courts took up this issue in Loving v Virginia and made mixed-race marriages legal, they technically remained illegal in Alabama until the year 2000.

We had to be diligent and on constant guard of people and organizations that wanted to force us under the yoke of subversion and Communism. Such entities were easily identifiable: most so called human rights groups; all black organizations especially the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), CORE (Congress of Racial Equality), SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee); SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center); the ACLU; and groups like Peter, Paul, and Mary (there is nothing more subversive than folk singers).

In J. Gerald Herbert’s (a famous federal prosecutor in Alabama) testimony during the 1986 unsuccessful confirmation hearing regarding Jeff Sessions, testimony was given to indicate that Sessions believed human rights groups and black organizations were “un-American.” This may be politically incorrect and immoral, but it endeared Sessions to a base of Alabama voters that would consistently send him to Washington and represent “our value system.” Sessions became the first senator to endorse Trump. Trump’s betrayal of that friendship was not well received here and cost him more than he realized.

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Trump’s endorsement of Luther Strange was also ill advised. Strange, as Alabama’s top law enforcement officer, was investigating Governor Robert Bentley. Strange had the backing of the GOP power structure as Bentley, a conservative, family values, and former church deacon Republican had become an embarrassment to the state—something that is really hard to do here. Bentley, who was married, was carrying on an affair with a married staffer, Rebekah Mason. Just as the Strange investigation should have come to a close, Strange announced to AL.COM that there never had been any grounds for an investigation, as he accepted Bentley’s appointment to fill the Senate vacancy created by Jeff Sessions when he became Trump’s Attorney General.

Shortly after “Big Luther” went to Washington, state GOP leadership decided it was time to impeach Bentley. In a criminal plea deal that prevented him from ever seeking office again, Bentley avoided impeachment by resigning his office and stated his “only” reason for resigning was to “look for new ways to serve the people of Alabama.”

Strange was successfully linked to Mitch McConnell, an establishment figure not liked by many Alabama Republicans; but Trump has escaped this ire for a number of reasons:

  • periodically he tweets messages opposed to McConnell, and more importantly
  • he has the support of conservative Christian writers that keep propping him up.

In a recent article, Andrew Miller stated, reinforcing core values of “the faithful”: regarding the subversion of America, “Russia has sought to undermine the United States for the most of the last century; this is a historical fact. Starting in the 1920s, the Soviet Comintern approved a fund for propaganda designed to lure disaffected African Americans from the party of Abraham Lincoln to the party of Vladimir Lenin…” I am sure Trump feels this is evident Sunday mornings right before kick-off?

Miller also has a unique take on Russian interference within the United States, note the organizations he targets—something Trump has exploited to divert attention from other areas of concern: “…One of the greatest fears these men of the KGB political class have is that the US will break Eastern Europe’s dependence on Russia by exporting natural gas to nations like Poland. Speaking at a think tank in London in 2014, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen warned that Russia was using a disinformation campaign to undermine alternative energy sources such as shale gas.

“I have met allies that can report Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called nongovernmental organizations-environmental organizations working against shale gas-to maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas,” he said. The state run Russian media outlet RT ran at least 62 different anti-fracking television stories and news reports in 2015…funneling more than $43 million to anti-fracking organizations like the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, and the Natural Resources Defense Council…” No Soviet election collusion here, just those Commies with save the earth organizations!

Because of so-called fundamentalist Christian beliefs forced onto American society, as a whole, by a handful of congressmen, Free Inquiry (aka Council for Secular Humanism), a reason and humanity organization believes that RELIGION has become such a problem within our political system that measures should be taken to permanently separate the church groups from our government.

The group’s statement of principles, as provided by Paul Kurtz, state in part:

  • We want to protect and enhance earth, to preserve it for future generations, and to avoid inflicting needless suffering on other species.
  • We believe in optimism rather than pessimism; hope rather than despair; learning in place of dogma; truth instead of ignorance; joy rather than guilt or sin; tolerance in the place of fear; love instead of hatred; compassion over selfishness; beauty instead of ugliness; and reason rather than blind faith or irrationality.

This group has many wonderful and beneficial ideas regarding governing our nation and planet; however, because they are primarily atheist, their supporters are few. This will undoubtedly change as long as Trump is an active ally of radical conservative values restricting minority human rights, encouraging voter suppression of targeted groups, taking away a woman’s right to choose, and elevating “Christianity” to our national religion at the expense of other faith groups.

Alabama’s election of Roy Moore proves Trump has chinks in his armor that go deeper than he realizes. If he were smart, he would listen to people like my mother, a hard core Christian conservative and Trump supporter: “If he keeps up with his foolishness, we need to get rid of him. Mike Pence would be so much better.”

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Oddly, Robert Bentley was told the same thing before his resignation. Like Trump, he knew more than his advisors. Is this a great system or what?

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