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Unified Patriots by Lady Penguin

Tuesday will finally see the end of the special election primary runoff for Senator between Republican interim Senator Luther Strange and Judge Roy Moore. The winner of this race will face Democrat Doug Jones December 12, 2017.

This entire race, the words and optics, reminds me of the annual rivalry in the great state of Alabama known as “The Iron Bowl.” It’s the annual game played between the two schools (started in 1893) and everything comes to a halt in that state when THE GAME is played. Actually, I found that almost everything comes to a stop in the state on Saturdays once college football season begins. One dare not even schedule their wedding during either an Auburn or Alabama game; half your invited guests won’t be able to attend, or you’ll find them gathered around the obligatory television screen in the lobby where the reception is being held.

My husband is from Alabama so this is how I’ve learned these set-in-stone facts. Alabamians take their football seriously. In the midst of this football season we find a political contest being waged – and it’s a fierce rivalry too.

From what I know about Auburn University and the University of Alabama, I conclude they’re both good schools, but you’ll never find one saying anything good about the other. The Strange/Moore contest reflects this same kind of attitude. Both are good men, with negatives and positives residing in both, but neither of their supporters will acknowledge the other’s strength or their own weaknesses.

I don’t have a dog in this fight, but there are a few thoughts to share regarding how this race has shaped up to be one where President Trump gave his support (and presence to one candidate) and the other candidate has strong support from an entirely different faction, more along the lines of tea party folks, the common folks, the anti-Establishment folks.

Roy Moore has been criticized for being a religious zealot…well we could use a few zealots in this country, and being based on Judaic-Christian values would be a nice start. He at least has stood for principles the Republican Party has long since thrown out the window decades ago[…]

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