After more than 40 years of living in two blue states and working in three, the decision to move elsewhere for retirement was easy. Exactly where to move was more problematic. Things to consider included taxes, cost of living and the general burden of government including price driving things such as property and sales taxes, and regulations. That eliminated just about every blue state. With a fixed income, I would not allow my standard of living to rise or fall at the whim of politicians eager to buy votes or appease parasites. Another factor to consider was climate. Climate was a comfort issue and also a cost issue. My wife and I had enough snow and ice and were ready for the milder climes of the south, further narrowing our choices.
The final and deciding factor was what I call the "quality of life" issues. I'm talking about peace of mind, pace of living, values and demeanor of the people. That narrowed the available choices radically. Having jobs that required I travel throughout the United States, I also had some idea of the areas I liked from my brief business encounters. All criteria considered, I knew we were moving to Tennessee, Mississippi or Alabama. My wife was skeptical since she was under the impression that states here were similar to states in Brasil where Brasilia and a socialist mentality dictated everything. When she saw Alabama, as I had decades earlier, and she met some of the people, she knew that Alabama was going to be our home. In June, 2016, we moved from Prospect Heights, IL, a Chicago suburb to Florence, Alabama in the Tennessee Valley in northwest corner of the state. We have been loving it ever since. Now your criteria may be different and that is the beauty of America. You have those choices.
One consideration in evaluating Alabama was values and that was a strong influence on my choice. I consider myself a Christian and I treasure Christian values so wherever we decided to move, we had to feel at home with people who shared those values. Being an avid follower of most things political, I had heard of Roy Moore long before I moved to Alabama. When I learned the truth about the cases brought against him by the federal government and the fact he put his job at risk for his Christian beliefs and love for constitutional principles, I knew that the people of Alabama had the values I was looking for. Moore had been elected Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, not once but twice, including after his unlawful removal by the federal government with the complicity of a few state officials. As I learned more, I also discovered a deliberate pattern of misrepresenting Judge Moore to be a rogue religious fanatic running roughshod over the law. The fact is Judge Moore is a strict constitutional conservative willing to challenge the illegitimate rulings of a rogue Supreme Court usurping power that has not been granted by the Constitution. Congress, in the quest for more power and money, goes along with bad court decisions in the knowledge that for every setback, the court will find several new powers to compensate for those lost. ObamaCare anyone?
Roy Moore made it clear in his Senate primary and general election campaign that he thinks Congress has been remiss in bringing rogue judges to justice and in its duty to approve judicial nominations. He supports the impeachment and removal of judges who violate their oaths of office. A judge taking bribes is not nearly as dangerous as a judge who would steal your property and give it to someone else because he thinks it's better for the community. Kelo v. New London anyone? We have gone through a period of institutionalized judicial lawlessness and a Roy Moore in the Senate threatens that cesspool branch of the Swamp.
Roy Moore has also demonstrated he cannot be bought, having placed his beliefs above his job security. He has done that twice and paid the price. Imagine that, having a Senator who can't be bought. In his contest against Luther Strange, the appointed and sitting Senator from Alabama, the Swamp spent $30 million to defeat Moore by launching one smear campaign after another against him. In return, Moore spent about $2 million on a positive campaign and defeated Strange twice. Even with President Trump's support of Strange, Alabamians forgave Trump and voted for Roy Moore anyway. Now who do you think knows Moore better, an ill-advised president or the citizens of Alabama? Can it be made any clearer that the Swamp does not want Moore anywhere near the Senate?
It's November 9, 2017, third and goal and Roy Moore has a double digit lead over his Democrat rival, extreme liberal Democrat Doug Jones. Suddenly the whistle blows, almost literally, and out of no where appear four women accusing Moore of "sexual misconduct" in an effort to rig the game. Within hours, the chief Swamp Monster, Mitch McConnell is insisting Roy Moore step down and cease his campaign. McConnell, having spent $30 million without anything to show for it, is having a Swamp critter fit at the prospect of eliminating an enemy and getting a return on his investment. A parade of establishment Republicans then follow the MSM script that requires Moore be denounced and disowned, not because of tried and tested proof, but because of "allegations" that conveniently surfaced at the last moment. Those who fail to condemn Moore are branded "child molester lovers" in a massive social media take-down campaign. Mitch McConnell is going to make good his $30 million pieces of silver investment, no matter what it takes. So bring out witness number 5 and Gloria Allred. All of the accusers motives and stories are starting to unravel and fall apart, no thanks to the MSM but thanks to people who know Roy Moore, appreciate what is at stake and the common sense of Alabamians.
The people of Alabama know better. They see the obvious political motivations of the Washington Post and the Swamp to prevent Moore from being elected by any means necessary. They understand the devious nature of the timing. They understand the threat made by the Senate that Moore will not be seated if he is elected. I think they also resent being told who is acceptable to the Swamp and that is the only choice they are allowed. They also understand why Roy Moore is the man most feared and hated by the Swamp. He might spoil their aristocratic life style. He may ruin their political payoff government spending spree. He may insist the Senate follow the Constitution. He may actually expose liars, cheats and frauds in those desecrated Halls of Congress.
The worst thing that may happen however, is when people in other states start saying "I wish my senator or representative was more like Roy Moore. I wish our officials were more honest and devoted to the constitution like Roy Moore." That is the scariest thing of all for the Swamp critters in both parties because if Alabama should prevail in the contest of Alabama versus the Swamp, that is one consequence that is likely to follow. That cannot be allowed, no matter what it takes!