To The Daily: In years past, Alabama Republicans have seen their world in either black or white, when the world around them consisted of many shades of gray, plus all the colors of the spectrum. Black or white was narrow-minded enough, but now that many see only red, perhaps black or white was better.
The Nov. 6 general election was a prime example of what a red world looks like. An example that stands out perhaps above all Alabama races was the race for Alabama Chief Justice. In this race, Alabamians had the option of electing an individual who had previously been removed from this very office by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary, or an individual with more than 10 years of experience as a trial judge, plus 16 years as a courtroom lawyer. This candidate took pride in the job and had proven that he relied on the facts of a case to form his decision, not his individual beliefs. Many Alabamians' red vision saw only the candidate who had been previously removed from office with a track record of relying on his personal beliefs rather than the law in making judicial decisions.
When a government and its courts rely on personal belief rather than facts and law to guide them, the community they serve, or in some cases rule, becomes a theocracy. It is clearly time that conservative Alabamians and Americans alike research their candidates, see all the color options and vote for the most qualified among them rather than to only look for red. A red Ford Pinto is not better than a blue Mercedes in anybody's world.
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