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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Does America Need More Moore?

Friends, sometimes voters face hard choices.  They must consider voting for a candidate in whom they do not have complete confidence.  They may also have to weigh serious charges against a candidate, which may or may not be true, and which will almost always be politically-motivated.  If you live in the great state of Alabama, you know exactly what I mean.  Here is my analysis of the choice that Alabama voters face on Tuesday, December 12th:

Roy Moore for Senate – For Now...

On Tuesday, Alabama voters face a difficult choice. They can vote for Republican and conservative Judge Roy Moore, accused of sexual misconduct. They can vote for the Democrat, Doug Jones, and potentially scuttle the barely functioning Republican majority in the Senate. Or, lastly, they can choose to not vote at all, which is, given the political dynamics, effectively a vote for Jones and for Democratic obstructionism. Of these options, clearly the best is to vote for Roy Moore, as I will explain.

There are currently 52 Republicans out of 100 Senators, giving the Republicans a precarious majority, and in many instances a wholly insufficient one, given the filibuster. Mitch McConnell failed to push a repeal of Obamacare through the Senate largely because of this flimsy majority. The tax bill only passed by a razor thin 51-49 margin. Since the election, moreover, the only thing the Senate has done with a degree of efficiency and dispatch is approve President Trump's cabinet appointments and judicial nominees. Even this will become difficult, however, if Democrat Doug Jones prevails and becomes Alabama's next Senator. In short, the ability of conservatives to accomplish anything whatsoever in Washington, D.C. hinges on maintaining and expanding the Republican majority in the Senate. That conservatives would acquiesce to shrinking this majority is inconceivable. This is ample reason to vote for Roy Moore.

In addition, as Americans, we should remember that Roy Moore is entitled to a presumption of innocence. Various women accuse him of various misdeeds. Some of these allegations are relatively inconsequential; some of them are extremely consequential, amounting to sexual assault and child abuse. It is possible that Roy Moore is guilty of the former and innocent of the latter. If so, this would surely matter. It is possible that he is wholly innocent. It is also possible, we must admit, that he is guilty of everything of which he has been accused, and maybe of even worse. We do not know for sure, and that is the point: we cannot condemn a man solely on the basis of accusations. Evidence must be weighed, and due process must be applied.

What would due process look like? It could occur in the context of a Senate Ethics Committee investigation, or one or more of the women who accuse Moore could sue him in civil court, perhaps arguing that he has defamed their character by denying their truthful allegations, and then a jury would have the opportunity to decide the case. This would be infinitely preferable to trying Moore in the court of public opinion, and thus allowing the moral conscience of the Washington Post to decide who is eligible to become a U.S. Senator. 
If Moore was to be proven guilty of any crime, then presumably he would resign from the Senate, or he would be deprived of his seat by a two-thirds vote of his colleagues. Alabama's Republican Governor would then appoint a (suitably conservative) replacement, and we would be right back where we started. In the interim, therefore, electing Roy Moore to the Senate does no obvious harm.

Alabama voters are justly hesitant to vote for a man accused of sexual impropriety. They should remember, however, that it is impossible to know the heart of any political candidate with absolute certainty. Any politician could turn out to be a sexual predator, a homicidal maniac, a serial arsonist, or even a lawyer. We live in a fallen world, and thus it would be folly to expect that any potential officeholder will embody perfection. Nevertheless, we should always give our fellow men and women the benefit of the doubt.

Along these lines, we should not lose sight of the fact that Roy Moore is a principled conservative, who has demonstrated a willingness to make personal sacrifices in order to uphold his most deeply cherished beliefs. (And these beliefs are, after all, the real reason why liberals detest him.) Twice, Moore has been removed as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama. Both times, this was because of his adamant refusal to comply with judicial orders he thought were wrong. Although dedicated to the law, in other words, Moore recognizes a higher law, which he is unwilling to transgress. This makes Moore, arguably, a bad judge, but it does not make him a bad man. Even liberals admire civil disobedience, when they sympathize with the underlying cause.

Roy Moore's granite resolve, I would argue, does not make him unfit to be a U.S. Senator. It makes him uniquely fit to be a U.S. Senator, especially in an age when few other politicians are willing to jeopardize their power and perquisites to serve a higher cause. The question, then, is whether Moore's alleged misdeeds negate his obvious merits. Only time will tell, and for now, therefore, Alabama voters should base their choice on what we know about Judge Moore – that he is a devout Christian and a steadfast conservative – and not on politically-motivated and largely unsubstantiated allegations.

Alabama voters should pick Moore, secure in the knowledge that, if the allegations against him are ever proven true, then there is a system in place to remove him, and the people of Alabama, not the press, will once again decide who gets to represent them in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Alfred and blogs at:

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Impeachment Circus Comes to Town

Friends, it's finally happened: the House of Representatives has voted on articles of impeachment directed at President Trump.  Now, today's vote was purely symbolic, but the numbers are interesting.  58 Democrats (and zero Republicans) voted to proceed with the articles of impeachment.  Keep in mind that these articles didn't even specify a violation of the law -- they merely advanced the argument that Trump is a big meanie stupidhead, and thus should be ejected from office.  To my mind, 58 seems like a low number.  Liberals all across the country are embracing impeachment wholeheartedly, and they long ago convicted Trump, in their warped minds, of treason, obstruction of justice, jaywalking, and other assorted high crimes and misdemeanors.  In addition, any Democrat who DOESN'T vote for impeachment risks a primary challenge from the left.  Why not get on with it and impeach him, therefore?  Partly, their hesitation is a result of fidelity to the Democratic leadership, which believes that we need to let the investigations of Trump play out before impeaching him (big of them, I know).  Partly, Democrats are also worried that impeachment could backfire.  After all, Republican efforts to impeach President Clinton only polarized the country and gave him breathing space to rebuild his popularity.  He left office in good shape, if his polling numbers are a reliable indicator.  Impeachment is an extreme remedy, after all, and in some ways Democrats might prefer to wound Trump rather than remove him.  They seem to expect that they will make massive gains in 2018 -- why jeopardize those gains by pursuing a risky impeachment gambit?  For now, President Trump is safe.  Presumably, though, Mueller will give the impeachment crowd cover to advance their agenda out in the open, and in strength, soon enough.  Don't be surprised if Mueller waits to release his specious "findings" until they can do maximum damage to Republicans.  Above all, gird yourselves, because this is only the beginning of a long, gruesome fight!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Just When You Thought the NFL Was Recovering Its Sanity...

Friends, the kneeling and black power salutes have abated somewhat, but what price is the NFL prepared to pay to keep a lid on its un-patriotic players?  Check out this article, which details the NFL's plans to steer its charitable giving to radical leftist organizations linked to George Soros.  Sadly, this is a common ploy on the left: essentially, businesses and organizations are given an ultimatum either to donate to leftist causes (and institute quotas) or face unending charges of "racism!", "sexism!", etc etc.  Jesse Jackson was a master practitioner of this form of P.C. extortion.  It's sad, needless to say, to see the NFL succumb to these tactics.  In the end, the only way to defeat them is to fight fire with fire.  By that I don't mean to fight extortion with extortion, but rather to use the power of the purse to motivate organizations like the NFL to straighten up and fly right.  In short, if fans refuse to watch the NFL, or attend games, or buy merchandise, advertisers will in turn pressure the league to show more respect to the flag and cease patronizing radical groups.  This can be a winning strategy, but in all likelihood it will necessitate canning Roger Goodell.  When that happens, we'll know the tide has finally turned.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Tom Steyer: Public Enemy Number One?

Hi friends.  Dr. Waddy is at it again -- calling out the Left for its dastardly deeds.  Today I published an expose of Tom Steyer in The Daily Caller.  Steyer is the billionaire who is funding tv and internet ads calling for the impeachment of President Trump.  His reasoning is of course specious, but his agenda is even more frightening.  His contempt for democracy and for the rights of conservative Americans is also boundless.  This is a man who you need to keep tabs on.  Elite leftists like Tom Steyer will impose judicial tyranny on us, if they get half a chance.  Read on, and arm yourself with knowledge!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

The Giant Sucking Sound That Is...Elon Musk

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with all the trimmings!  Now, feast your eyes on my latest article, published in an exciting new venue, American Thinker.  It's about Elon Musk, who you may know for his ventures in space travel, solar energy, and electric sports cars.  Musk is also a prodigious consumer of government funds, and my piece tells that side of the story.  Read on:

But that's not all!!!  I offer you this special bonus -- an article in National Review that summarizes President Trump's many accomplishments to date.  It's the perfect antidote to all the naysaying you'll encounter in the mainstream media.  Enjoy!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Trump's Asia Trip and the Need for Missile Defense

Recently, as you will know, Trump hit Asia like a typhoon, uprooting complacency everywhere he went.  His firm and unapologetic adherence to America First principles, coupled with unswerving respect for the peoples and cultures of Asia, were just what was needed.  My most recent article praises Trump's accomplishments during his Asian tour, and repeats my earlier call for a strengthening of U.S. missile defense capabilities, to give President Trump maximum leverage in dealings with rogue regimes like the one in North Korea.  More importantly, missile defense gives the USA the ability to defend itself from nuclear attacks -- and in that sense every component of our missile defense systems is worth its weight in gold!  Luckily, though, these systems aren't made of gold -- in fact, they're remarkably cheap, given what they can do.  All the more reason to make them stronger.

Here's the article, which has so far appeared in American Greatness and the Lockport Union-Sun and Journal:

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday, and please don't forget to say a prayer and give thanks for all the blessings that come with living in the US of A!  We're very fortunate, despite all our gripes.  It pays to remember that.

Gobble gobble!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The China Syndrome

Greetings!  As many of you know, I am concerned, like so many Americans, about the rise of China, and I wholeheartedly support President Trump's agenda of recasting our relationship with China to protect U.S. interests and American jobs.  We should anticipate, however, that many big corporations will be more concerned with their bottom lines than they are with U.S. national interests.  Qualcomm is a case in point.  It is increasingly becoming a Chinese company rather than an American one.  The stakes are high, because Qualcomm, and companies like it, possess technology secrets that underpin American strategic and economic dominance.  We cannot afford to see these advantages compromised.  Luckily, President Trump is showing a lot more vigilance in the protection of our national interests than any President in recent memory.  That's no reason for complacency, though.  Read my article, and you'll have a better understanding of the dangers that we face:

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Trump and the UFC

Friends, containing the growth of big government is an endless task.  Even most Republicans in Washington are lukewarm fiscal conservatives and states' righters, and most Democrats are a lost cause.  It turns out some in Congress, in fact, would like to work some federal magic on the mixed martial arts scene, which, as you probably know, is flourishing.  Let's tell Uncle Sam to mind his own business, shall we?  Here is my analysis of the issue, published in Townhall (another new venue for Waddy prose):

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Marxism and Racism: A Primer

I would like to recommend the article below, which sets in historical context the modern leftist/socialist claim to carry the banner of anti-racism.  There are indeed historical connections between leftist ideology and racism, and certainly there is no lack of evidence that Marxist ideas can inspire mass murder.  Where the author falls short, however, is in his failure to recognize the fact that race has become the ideological touchstone of the modern left -- that literally everything and everyone the left dislikes is now "racist".  Moreover, the knee-jerk anti-white prejudices of the left are themselves racist, albeit a form of racism that probably the likes of Marx and Engels never foresaw.