By week's end, the pundits were
Judge Roy Moore's rather cryptic statement.
Would he run for public office, perhaps for governor or the U.S.
Senate? Or would he simply announce further legal
maneuvering in his battle over a monument to the Ten
Commandments, which has now been removed from the rotunda of the
Alabama Supreme Court building?
Do any of these rise to the
level of "altering the course of the country?" There is
another possibility, one that could not only alter the course of
the country, but could actually turn the American Dream into a
I have the utmost respect for
Judge Moore. He is a courageous man in an age of cowards.
His defiance of the arrogant secularists who have restricted his
right to acknowledge God in the public square would have
inspired the Founders to invite him to Philadelphia to join them
in signing their Declaration of Independence from the tyranny of
King George. He is a very principled man.
But I fear that next week's
announcement could be that the judge intends to launch a
third-party campaign for president.
Judge Moore is admired by a
great many people across the country. The vast majority of
us believe that a display of the Ten Commandments in a public
building is no more unconstitutional than the words "under God"
in the Pledge of Allegiance. These are issues that all
Americans can understand, and many are angry enough to do
something about it at the polls next year.
The perfect vehicle for Judge
Moore's campaign would be the Constitution Party.
Numerically, it claims enough registered voters to qualify as
the nation's third largest political party. In 2000, the
party had more than 100 candidates on the ballot for federal,
state and local offices, and voters in 48 states could vote for
the Constitution Party candidate for president.
Originally formed as the U.S.
Taxpayers Party, the party's presidential nominee the last three
cycles has been its founder, conservative activist Howard
Phillips. A principled but frustrated Republican during
his tenure with the Nixon Administration, Phillips says he
resigned his position as Director of the U.S. Office of Economic
Opportunity when the president "reneged on a commitment to veto
further funding for Great Society programs."
In 2000, Phillips offered to
step aside as the party's nominee if Pat Buchanan would be their
standard-bearer. But alas, apparently, $13 million in
federal matching funds available to Ross Perot's crumbling
Reform Party was too much for Buchanan to resist.
Which brings us back to Judge
Roy Moore. A perusal of the Constitution Party web site (www.constitutionparty.com)
reveals a conservative platform and strong support for Moore's
stand on the Commandments.
And that is where the nightmare
Step one: Judge Moore accepts
the nomination of the Constitution Party. He begins
raising money on the Internet, revealing a groundswell of
grassroots support on the right, similar to that of Howard Dean
on the left. Moore appeals to evangelical voters to "make
their votes count this time!"
Step two: Hillary Clinton
announces that she is running for the Democratic Presidential
nomination after all. The movement to draft her is just
too strong, she says, and the danger to America from "the vast
right-wing conspiracy" is just too great. She is the
overwhelming favorite in the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire
and South Carolina primaries. She is nominated on the
first ballot at the Democratic Convention.
Step three: George W. Bush is nominated at a somber GOP convention next summer.
Throughout the general election campaign, he tries to hold onto
his conservative base. But in the end, Roy Moore becomes
his Ross Perot, thereby making him, like his father, a one-term
president, and enabling the Clintons to return to the White
House with a minority of the popular vote – again.
It could happen.