With a Rebel Yell, we cried Moore, Moore, Moore. We did not yell loud enough, nor did the GOP who all but abandoned the candidate, nor did Roy Moore himself who was essentially lazy about the whole campaign. Moore lost for a number of reasons, some of them baffling. For instance, the media smear stuck despite the age of the alleged “pedophilia” incident and the admittedly falsified nature of the claims.* This factor is likely a case of media blitz overriding common sense. Perhaps Moore simply was not well liked. Perhaps his campaign was lax. Whatever the case, he lost for any number of reasons, and the underlying issues are perhaps more important than the finer points of the election process.
In a Tweet by one Noah Berlatsky from December 12, 2017, at 7:37 p.m., we read,
black people are turning out in higher numbers than 2014. white turnout it down. the problem here, as everywhere in america, is that there still may be too many white people.
The errors belong to Mr. Berlatsky, as does the sentiment. Too many white people? Insert any other race into that statement and Mr. Berlatsky might lose his beloved blue check mark. Twitter, however, does not censor racism against whites. This is but one minor incidence of the racial divide that clearly affected the outcome of this election.
Racial fault lines, however, were not the only flaws here. Nonetheless, the suspect power of the polls has spoken and those fault lines were evident. And yet what really happened at the polls? There are now multiple admissions of voter fraud. People came from all over the country to vote, as one newscaster reported. One man admits to voting several times. Thousands of felons were registered at the last minute. Ads were placed in neighboring states for democratic voters to make a short trip to Alabama. Unbelievable? A quick You Tube search yields the interview footage – which I would also deem suspect as no one in his or her right mind would admit to these things on camera. Still, it is possible. It is even likely that fraud occurred, as it regularly does. A larger issue and one that should be looked into is this: it was ruled that the contentious election results can lawfully and immediately be destroyed.** Why would any legitimate voting results in such a notable election not be put on full display if only to quiet dissenters? Even requesting that the results be destroyed stinks to a proverbial high heaven.
At this point, the law abiding citizen throws up his hands and may even give up on voting. Corruption is present in any election, as ubiquitous as cameras are at the polling stations. Those cameras recording one voter after another showing up in the preferred candidates paraphernalia, let’s say three to one over another candidate, makes it damn near impossible to commit blatant fraud. More importantly, not voting – unless it is an obvious protest by ALL of a particular group – is an admission of defeat. Why give the other candidate an easy victory? What will you do afterwards? Our election system is far from perfect, with our choices often reduced to the lesser of two evils, but it is a way to be heard just the same. A few votes is but a whisper, a landslide is a veritable rebel yell in some cases, and one very hard to silence.
Would Moore’s victory have been such a yell or would he have only been a liability? Opinions are divided on the issue, but he lost regardless. Will there be an investigation? There are a number of factors that do warrant a closer look. What comes next is anyone’s guess. Outcomes aside, there is a lesson to be learned here. Run a tight and tireless campaign. Throw back everything a corrupted media throws at you. Have all voters record their time in the polling booth. If your opponent has a weak spot, hit it again and again. In this case, if your opponent is outspending you to an outrageous degree when his voters are among the poorest of the poor, let them know. Moore failed to do this. Moore failed in many ways. May we learn from this failure and move on to bigger and better things.