I’m late to the party with this whole Roy Moore conversation, and frankly his ship has sailed. But I’m always trying to find the lesson to be learned. Why isn’t the Roy Moore campaign talking about who the man is today, rather than who he was 30 years ago?
Erick called it when he said the Moore campaign isn’t responding to the WaPo allegations. So, when he categorically denies the Breitbart story, he lends credence to the previous allegations. Simply because he is silent on them.
I‘m not a Roy Moore fan. I’d never heard of him before this past election cycle. But why is he letting events 30 years in his past define the man he is today? Let’s pretend the WaPo allegations are true and he had a preference for teen girls when he was in his thirties. How did he meet his wife? How strong is his marriage? Has he learned life’s lessons and been faithful to his wife and given up chasing girls who are not emotionally mature enough to have an adult relationship? What kind of man is he today? If his current life is defensible, if he has been faithful to his wife and a good man, then he should tell us. His silence is deafening.
There are answers to the questions above. If Moore wasn’t so ashamed of what he did (my assumption considering his silence), and chose to spoke of his redemption by way of his wife, he could be in a very different place right now. The story would then be about redemption, repentance, and strength of family. He could be a ‘new’ man instead of some kind of predator. But that all depends on no women coming forward with more recent stories.
Moore is not the first to allow a story about his past creep up and destroy his future. Herman Cain is another example that allowed allegations that were decades old to derail and ultimately torpedo his campaign. I’m not defending that kind of behavior. But if a person has repented, has lived a good life since their mistakes, shouldn’t we focus on that? Shouldn’t we control the narrative as one of redemption, forgiveness, and knowledge that we are all fallible? Our past is not our present. It is not our future. It is a part of who we are, but does not define us. Is Roy Moore a good man today? If so, can he please stand up and tell us?