Recently I wrote the blog post "Here are some inconvenient truths about Roy Moore's slavery comments" that laid waste claims by Moore about how families were very together during the slavery era. Coincidentally out of the blue a long time journalist & friend who I had not heard from in years called me up. He has an intriguing angle on the Moore saga.
My journalist friend asked me my thoughts on Roy Moore. He has a narrative that we better get a grip of for the implications for our democracy is real.
He started the conversation on Moore by asking if I had heard President Obama's remarks this week. In fact, I had and blogged about it a few days ago.
"Do you understand why Alabamans are voting for Roy Moore?" the journalist asked. "Even with the evidence that seems irrefutable?"
I gave him the standard response I've heard from Moore and his cohort. They've convinced their people that the Establishment Republicans and Liberals are out to get them.
"What about the evidence that is irrefutable? he said. "1) The mall management knew when he was around they needed to watch him to protect teenagers, 2) His hometown always knew he was a pedophile and are showing support with Doug Jones signs en masse, and 3) Friends and family corroborated the stories of the abused women."
My journalist friend who is Jewish said it was no accident that President Obama invoked Nazi Germany and the parallels that are occurring on the Right with Breitbart and his ilk this week.
"Most of the people that will be voting for Moore believe this stuff is all made up," my friend said. "Their antisemitism and propensity lead them to believe that the big bad Jewish Liberal, George Soros is controlling the election."
That statement gave me pause. You see, the voters in Alabama present an important test case. If the majority of Alabamans, mostly good people, are convinced because of their prejudices, fears, and gullibilities, elect Roy Moore to the Senate, it will be a victory for the purveyors of evil. And the same dynamic that allowed good people to do bad things in Germany would be seeded right here in America. We better wake up.
Also published on Medium.