Why Roy Moore Shouldn't Quit

December 1st, 2017 | T. Carter
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There is a great deal of turmoil in conservative circles about what the fate of Roy Moore should be and about which allegations of sexual abuse we should and should not take seriously. Some have aimed for consistency by condemning Moore, while others have chosen to be more selective for whatever reason. Sexual assault, especially pedophilia, should be condemned by all conservatives, and Roy Moore does not have a special place in my heart—but here is why he shouldn't quit his Senate race.

Without a judge or jury in the court of law, democracy is the truest way to convict or acquit Roy Moore. That is exactly what will happen in Alabama, the very way it was intended to in a democratic republic like the United States. Allegations that have come out against men in Hollywood, Congress and the media industry probably can't all be considered true—without a doubt, at least some of them are political take-downs organized by opponents, but as conservatives we have a duty to be consistent in our judgments and condemnations. Voters in Alabama will decide by a majority vote whether allegations against Roy Moore are true and, if so, whether it makes him worthy to hold office.

Without Roy Moore in the race, a true judgment of him and the Republican Party would never be made. His election or defeat will determine what Republican voters believe, what they are willing to tolerate, which direction their party will go and how the GOP will be perceived by the general public going into the mid-term elections next year. The greater assumptions by liberals and the left is that Roy Moore will win because Alabama Republicans are backwoods hillbillies, but voters in Alabama may choose to defeat this narrative.

The Alabama special election on December 12 is an opportunity for Republicans to set the course and change the narrative for 2018. Many pro-Moore conservatives will disagree with me here, but it would be best for Alabama Republicans to defeat Moore on December 12 for the greater, moral good. Showing some moral strength could be exactly the right remedy for conservatives.

Write-In Conservatism

Whether true or not, allegations against Roy Moore are similar to allegations made against several left-wing celebrities and politicians that conservatives have not hesitated to attack. It is not a conservative duty to selectively and inconsistently make decisions about sexual assault or harassment based on our political beliefs. The right thing to do, as conservatives, is to choose consistency and moral character over ideology whenever one's moral character is put in serious doubt.

There is reasonable doubt on both sides of this argument. Roy Moore's accusers may not be telling the truth, but if they are (even a little bit), Moore should not be elected to the US Senate. It is also possible that Roy Moore may not be entirely honest, as several inconsistencies have emerged in his own stories. It is because of this doubt on both sides that Alabama conservatives should not choose to send Roy Moore to the Senate.

If Moore's accusers are even slightly honest in some of their accounts, conservatives and Alabama Republicans will have approved Moore's behavior—this would not go unnoticed across the country. Now, Trump Republicans aren't ones to care much about media or public perception, but in this case they should—because Trump's future depends on it.

As I said last month, if Democrats sweep into Congress next year riding a big blue wave, Trump could be impeached and removed from office. So far, conservatives seem to be in denial that this could have even the slightest chance of happening—but it can. I implore conservatives and Trump supporters to avoid falling into the same trap that snarled Democrats in 2016. Our team can and will lose in a massive and unprecedented wave of change if we aren't careful.

On December 12, Alabama conservatives should avoid voting for Roy Moore, Doug Jones or abstaining. Instead, Alabama conservatives should write the name of a true conservative on the ballot and, basically, spoil their ballots. There may be no real consensus on who to write on the ballot, but perhaps one will emerge in the next two weeks. Maybe that someone will be Lee Busby. There is no need to vote for a Democrat or to abstain in an effort to make a true moral choice. Alabama conservatives can keep their integrity by writing the name of a true conservative on their ballots. It may not count or manifest in a desirable political result, but conservatives owe themselves a moral victory.  

The Conyers Hypocrisy

Republicans and conservatives have been fast to point out Nancy Pelosi's defense of John Conyers as an “icon in the community”, but Nancy was only doing what many of Roy Moore's supporters have been doing since several accusers stepped forward to accuse him of misconduct. Pelosi was defending a member of her own political team.

Some of Roy Moore's supporters have doxxed his accusers and attacked them publicly as liars. The horrifying truth is that we haven't seen this happen very much on the left, except in the case of Al Franken and women from Saturday Night Live. Even in the case of several SNL women writing a statement in defense of Franken, Franken's accusers have not been doxxed or harassed by Franken supporters—as far as we know.

It seems the discourse on the right and by the right has been far more vicious. This glaring and obvious truth should make us feel sick. It is surely making the average American sick.

Republican supporters have been eager to blast vitriol and hate at those on the left who have been accused of misconduct and sexual assault, without any restraint, yet there has appeared to be a wall of selective outrage erected between accusers and the accused. As conservatives and Republicans, we should not stand for this kind of hypocrisy.

On December 12, the message conservatives send will resonate across America. What we do now will matter next November, so we should try to get this right.