On July 31st, 2001 the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court had a monument installed in the rotunda of the state’s judicial building. Carved from the top of a massive; 5,280 pound; block of granite was two tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments. Carved into the base of the monument was numerous quotes and phrases from our nation’s founding fathers, the national anthem, and the Declaration of Independence. And while he may not have realized it when the monument was commissioned, it’s installation would set off a firestorm of criticism and legal challenges that what culminate in the Chief Justices removal just two years later. You may wonder what this fight, clearly over for either years, may have to do with politics in Iowa today. The answer is quite simple. That Chief Justice, Judge Roy Moore, has announced that he has formed an exploratory committee for the Republican nomination for President of the United States of America.
Yesterday Judge Moore used the Jan Mickelson show on WHO 1040 to announce his intention to test the waters for a possible Presidential bid. Shortly afterward he set off to tour the state to meet with a variety of Iowan’s. Among the first stops that Judge Moore made was the Smoky Row Coffee House on the square of Oskaloosa. The assembled crowd of 35+ was fairly impressive for a candidate that had just announced his intentions that morning. As the group awaited the arrival of Judge Moore, his supporters ran video biography that depicted the defining moments in his life. A very nice touch.
When Judge Moore arrived he made light of the fact that he had a wardrobe malfunction at his last stop, one of the buttons on his suit coat popped off. After getting the brief attempt at humor out of the way Judge Moore immediately set about the task of demonstrating the tremendous intelligence that he possesses. He effectively and efficiently communicated to the assembled activists that he was well versed in this nation’s founding documents; he was well studied when it came to many of our nation’s founders; and he had an immense wealth of knowledge when it came to Christianity.
After about ten minutes outlining his belief system, Judge Moore got to the part of the meeting that the assembled crowd was waiting for. Why was he here? Why was he exploring a run at the Republican nomination for President of the United States?
He, like a lot of Americans, believes that our nation is in trouble. He sees that a majority of our politicians are more worried with winning their next election rather than doing the right thing. He sees that a lot of politicians, particularly many Republicans, which talk a good game but fail to follow through once they are elected. He feels that they are more interested in maintaining their elected office than following the Constitution. He feels that his actions that led to his removal as the Alabama Supreme Court Justice more than illustrates that he has no desire for power, no desire to compromise on the things that made this nation great.
He points out that the greatest leaders of our nation have been willing to lay their life on the line for the good of the country. It is his belief, as well as that of the assembled crowd, that it will take a leader such as this to return America to the greatness that it once had. That it will take a leader willing to die for his/her country to turn the nation away from the cliff that President Obama has taken us too. I could go on with more information that I gleaned from this meet and greet, but that would make this post far less readable. Instead I will close with a direct quote from Judge Roy Moore. “Now it is time to awaken out of the deep sleep.”
If you would like more information on Judge Roy Moore please check out his website here.