Benched Judge Roy Moore Announces His Run For Senate

Benched Judge Roy Moore Announces His Run For Senate

Just when you think Alabama's political landscape can't get stranger, it gets twice as bizarre.
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The aftermath of Robert Bentley's resignation amid heated accusations of sexual and monetary misconduct continues to get stranger and more convoluted by the day. Former Alabama judge Roy Moore has announced his run for the US Senate as of April 26, 2017.

Moore is a strong voice for the Republican right, opposing abortion, marriage equality, and civil liberties while upholding a thoroughly Christian perspective. His religious dogma makes him a dangerous voice for Evangelical groups. Moore continues to hold these beliefs closely to his heart, believing that the constitution and God's will are one in the same. God, he says, governs all.

The 'Ten Commandments Judge' has been a source of ongoing controversy for years. He has been cloaked in claims of violating Alabama's judiciary ethics. He even gained somewhat of a celebrity status after marriage equality was legalized nationwide for his appraisal of judges refusing to uphold the federal order, going further in 2016 and demanding that lower court judges refuse to issue any marriage licenses despite the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling. He invoked yet more controversy for his infamous Ten Commandments monument, erected in 2001 and debated heatedly.

To be frank, his dogmatic beliefs are frightening to anyone with moderate tendencies or liberal views. He has made it very clear that his loyalties lie with God-- not the people of Alabama. His moral code is constructed strictly of archaic views, and he has proven to be a martyr for those beliefs. He's lost his seat more than once for his refusal to acknowledge that church and state are, indeed, separate.

His announcement left plenty to be desired by Alabama's public. He touted off quotes about morality. "Our families are being crippled by divorce and abortion," he claimed. Moore said the would, "stand up for the rights and liberties of not only the state, but of its people as well." Questions about education were deflected into warbled speech about the constitution, never addressing Alabama's flawed education infrastructure. Education is not "an indoctrination of children to a federal agenda." It is a foundation in which lives are built upon, and Alabama is statistically lacking.

What does this mean for Alabama? It means that unless the special election is rocked into a more moderate route, we could potentially see one of the most Evangelical, unequipped politicians in recent years take the seat of Jeff Sessions. It speaks of dangers posed to education, marriage equality, and separation of church and state. Though projections say is following is weak, it would be unwise to count anyone out of this unbelievably bizarre race.

The best way to counteract ignorance is with education. Though the special election is careening towards Alabama's citizens, there is still ample time to become knowledgeable about candidates and their positions of pertinent issues. To be politically informed is to make your vote count. Let's hope to move on from Roy Moore.

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Why Your Grandma Is Your Biggest Blessing In Life

Because nobody loves you more than she does.
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There are many people in your life you are thankful for: Mom, Dad, siblings, cousins, best friends, teachers, neighbors, you name it. You are grateful to have people who constantly support you, who pick you up when you're down and love you unconditionally. But the one person who stands out among the rest of them is your grandma.

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Ever since you were little, you and your grandma have always had a special connection. Going over to Grandma's house for the night was something you looked forward to. She knew how to entertain you at your best and worst moments. No matter what you did together, you loved it. Being with your grandma wasn't like being at home or with your parents – it was better. You went to the park, made cookies, went out to dinner, got a “sweet treat" at the mall, played Go Fish, took a bubble bath for as long as you wanted and got way too much dessert than you should have. You did things you weren't supposed to do, but Grandma didn't stop you. Because at Grandma's house there were no rules, and you didn't have to worry about a single thing. Being with Grandma was the true epitome of childhood. She let you be you. She always made sure you had the best time when you were with her, and she loved watching you grow up with a smile on your face.

The older you got, your weekend excursions with your grandma weren't as frequent, and you didn't get to see her as much. You became more and more busy with school, homework, clubs, sports, and friends. You made the most out of your time to see her, and you wished you could be with her more. Although you were in the prime of your life, she mattered even more to you the older you both became. You were with your friends 24/7, but you missed being with your grandma. When the time rolled around, and you got the chance to spend time with her, she told you never to apologize. She wanted you to go out, have fun and enjoy life the way it makes you happy.

Reflecting back on these moments with your grandma, you realize how truly special she is to you. There is no one who could ever compare to her nor will there ever be. All your life, there is no one who will be as sweet, as caring, as sincere or as genuine as her. Even though you're all grown up now, there are things about your grandma that never changed from when you were a kid. She still takes you out for your favorite meal because she knows how important eating out means to you. She writes you letters and sends you a $5 bill every now and then because she knows you're a hard-working college student with no money. She still helps you with all of your Christmas shopping because she knows it's your tradition. She still asks what's new with your young life because hearing about it makes her day and she still loves you to no end. Your grandma is your biggest blessing (whether you knew it or not), and she always will be no matter what.

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President Trump Signed His First Veto Of His Presidency Over The Border Wall

Inside the border wall debate.

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The border wall has been a troubling topic over the last couple of months. This wall has caused the longest government shutdown in the history of the United States. On the afternoon of March 14th, Democrats and Republicans shut down Trump's national emergency declaration, for a wall. A 59-41 defeat was a big blow for the President, but he isn't giving up.

On Friday, March 15th there was a ceremony to be held at the Oval office. This ceremony honored mothers whose children were killed by illegal immigrants. When in the Rose Garden, President Trump announced that this national emergency occurs at the southern border. The guests were ushered to the Oval Office to see him officially reject what Congress tried to revoke. After signing it, according to the Daily Mail, he said, "Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it. And I'm very proud to veto it."

President Trump strongly believes that if the wall is built, drugs and criminals would be at an all-time low. He is convinced that all evils come from Mexico. According to Daily Mail, Attorney General William Barr said, building a wall "from the standpoint of protecting the American people, it is imperative." President Trump says that he is starting to build a more solid wall where there were already borders. He claims to be arresting many gang members, including MS-13 members.

Though members of his own party went on the opposition side, there were 12 who voted for this national emergency. Some members who voted against it are Senator Rubio (Florida), Senator Mitt Romney (Utah), Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and nine other Senators. In order to overturn the veto, there will have to be a two-thirds majority vote, meaning six more Republicans will have to be in favor of it. Congress is in a week-long rest until March 26th where they will all return.

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