By សតិវ អតុ
There were just enough women and African American voters to beat out the obnoxious ass-hole Republican Roy Moore. Doug Jones, a Democratic former prosecutor barely won against a known child molester Roy S. Moore. For a long time it looked like Moore was going to pull it off. Despite nine women claiming that he made unwanted sexual advances on them and two of the women claimed he made sexual assaults on them when he was in his 30s and they were 14 year olds, Moore acted as if nothing wrong took place. He claimed they were all liars. And if there were doubts about the women, some malls banned him from coming to them because of his lurking around and attempting to pick up under aged girls. The man was a disgusting pervert.
But why would so many Alabamans want to elect this man anyway? Alabama is among many states that seem to vote mostly for Republicans. There are many who vote for men like this because they hate abortion, homosexuals, poor people and they love guns. Even when these hypocrites talk of precious human life, ALL they really mean is undeveloped fetuses. Many of these same voters don't care that so many poor people, grown men, women and children, can't afford health insurance and they die early because of that. They die unnecessarily because Republicans just don't consider the lives of poor people to have any value at all. Alabama is one of the many states that have resisted expanding Medicaid so the poorest of their citizens cannot get badly needed health care. Moore wanted to fight for Christian principals and he wanted to force those principals on all citizens. He leaned towards Christian fascism.
Jones is a fairly typical Democrat. Liberal Democrats are almost extinct with the exception of democratic socialists, such as Senator Bernie Sanders and there are very few of them in Congress today. Jones' campaign seemed low keyed and he could have made it more about Moore's sexual offenses. But his campaign paid off for him anyway. He mostly stuck to the bread and butter issues of getting people jobs and he focused on health insurance. For many years now the Democrats have been nothing more than a corporate political party that run really bad campaigns. They lack any serious issues and they avoid taking any real stands on important issues that may alienate some voters. They seem to rely on people's past memory of them when they supported unions and civil rights. As time goes on more and more people realize they don't really stand for anything. That is one reason they have lost so many elections over the past 30 years.
Many see this as a slap in the face against President Donald Trump. Some see it as a major defeat for the Republican Party. The Republican Party, with its mean spirited attacks on poor people and the left in general, have been sliding this country rightward ever since the Presidency of Ronald Reagan. At the same time liberalism has slowly died out among government leaders. Until just recently the Democratic party has also been sliding right-ward. Lyndon Baines Johnson was the last liberal president this country has had.
It would appear that women played a major role in this election. This year women have made a real impact on politics. While this victory is a long way from the kinds of real changes this country needs, seeing such vile criminals, such as Moore, lose elections and their jobs has made politics for the average decent American just a little better.
Whether this will mean the slick, bag of dirty trick Republicans are finally on the decline or whether this is just a minor win, we may as well celebrate. It's a small step. But seeing the bad guys lose is nice once in a while.