by Randall Nozick
It doesn’t take much scrolling through a Facebook search for “Roy Moore election” to see two huge problems. The first problem is not newsworthy because it is well known by now. Despite a polling split between the two candidates too close for pollsters to declare a likely winner, the search yields almost entirely anti-Moore posts. Considering the increasingly political position of Facebook, this is no surprise.
The second problem is more troubling. A founding principal of our legal system here in the US is innocence until proof of guilt. The reason for this is simple: In most cases, it is impossible to prove something didn’t happen. There are cases when someone can be proven to be elsewhere at the time of an event, but in all other cases, proving something did not happen would mean the elimination of all possibilities. Constructing a false charge against someone would be as simple as finding some time when they were alone to make the accusation. This problem was definitely on the mind of the framers of our legal system here in the US because they had come from the “courts” of England where judges most often simply heard accusations and passed down judgments on what amounts to a whim.
Enter Roy Moore’s Senate race.
First, let’s have a look at some of the Facebook results from this search:
- God – “Should Alabama elect the anti-gay, racist child molester Roy Moore to become a Senator tomorrow?”
- News 13 – “Republican Roy Moore, battling it out amid allegations of sexual misconduct….”
- The Hill – “Democratic Rep. Gwen Moore has sent a letter to the Senate Sergeant at Arms expressing “urgent concern” for the safety of young Senate pages if Roy Moore is elected, and calling on Congress to be “vigilant and proactive in taking precautions to safeguard these children given the well-sourced allegations.”
- HuffPost Politics – “Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is nostalgic for the days of slavery and a fan of Vladimir Putin.”
- Democracy Now! – “On Eve of Alabama Senate Election, a Look at Roy Moore’s Racism, Homophobia & Religious Fanaticism”
- AL Jazeera English – “Trump backs accused child molester Roy Moore for Senate”
There are plenty more where that came from, but I’d say the point is clear: Roy Moore is guilty by accusation as far as anyone on the Left is concerned. The higher end outlets are careful to throw in the “accused” qualifier because of their legal team worries over civil suits, but the implication is there: Moore is unfit for public office because he is accused.
I would like the facts brought to full light. If Moore did, in fact, molest a child, I personally would not want him voting in the Senate for the direction of my country. I am unwilling, however, to accept an accusation as fact. I would be just as unwilling to accept such an accusation against his opponent. If accusation alone can sway an election, it should be obvious to anyone this will become the new standard. Accountability leaves the arena.
Which brings me back to my point. Alabamans who support Roy Moore outside of these accusations MUST vote for him. It matters in ways that transcend this isolated election. It sends the message that accusations alone cannot be used to usurp our democratic process. If the virtue-signaling Left were to really have virtue, they would also be inclined to vote against their own candidate for this very reason. Their own favorite directive, the Good of the Many outweighs the Good of the Few, is a centerpiece in this election.
This time around, the vote is not for a man alone. This vote is for our right to choose our representatives free and clear of the political equivalent of a fart joke being installed as the new fence separating us from those we would rather choose.
Good luck today, Alabama. Stay strong.