Admittedly, I don’t spend much time following Alabama state politics.
Nothing much of any significance goes on here. We live under a consolidated government where all power has been concentrated in the federal government in Washington. Every few years we go to the polls and participate in state elections. Generally speaking, it is a pointless exercise that illustrates we retain the vestiges of state sovereignty, but we have all the state sovereignty of a province of the Roman Empire.
Case in point, Roy Moore, the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. I haven’t even bothered to follow his career because it would be a waste of my time. Again, Roy Moore illustrates why voting in state elections is a pointless exercise. Yes, we elected Roy Moore, but what does that matter when he can be suspended from office for following laws passed by the Alabama state legislature?
Generally speaking, this also applies to the state senators and representatives we elect to Alabama state legislature. We elect politicians. They go to Montgomery and pass bills about this or that outrage or another in the state. It can be an illegal immigration law like SB 1070. It can be a ban on gay marriage. It can be a voter ID law. Nothing we want in the state matters because it can be vetoed by an elected federal judge.
Why bother to even keep up with the grandstanding and failure theater that goes on in Montgomery? We don’t live in a sovereign state. The legislators we elect are just puppets of various monied interest groups like Big Ag or the AEA. What we call politics in Alabama these days is confined to a very small realm where no question of great importance can ever be decided by the people.
What about our current governor? Gov. Robert Bentley, that great champion of family values, that great evangelical Christian and Sunday School teacher, was divorced by his wife when he got caught screwing his mistress on an audio tape. Apparently, Bentley’s mistress had amassed enormous leverage and power over our state government. Again, I didn’t even bother to spend much time keeping up with the story, but that’s the gist of it.
Taking down the Confederate flag in Montgomery after the Dylann Roof shooting in Charleston is about all Gov. Bentley has done in office. This weekend he had a great crisis of conscience. He announced that he couldn’t vote for Donald Trump after his outrageous remarks on the Billy Bush tape was made public. Pretty much the whole state must have laughed at the spectacle of Robert Bentley denouncing Donald Trump over his family values.
Rep. Bradley Byrne and Rep. Martha Roby also denounced Trump this weekend. Those two have a reputation for voting for the job destroying free-trade agreements Trump has attacked in his campaign. To his credit, Sen. Jeff Sessions is his own brand in this state and has opposed open borders and globalization.
Anyway, that is how the down ballot looks to me in Alabama. I like Trump and Sessions. I like Roy Moore, but he had been suspended. As for the rest of them, I couldn’t care less what happens to them.
Note: Martha Roby is my #NeverTrump congressman. I will grant that yours might be better in another part of the state.