A Response to Alec Solotorovsky’s piece entitled “Farewell, Roy Moore

Posted to the Editor of Cavalier Daily on November 18th, 2003 in response to
the following editorial.
Dear Editor,
Alec Solotorovsky’s piece entitled “Farewell, Roy Moore — for now”, was an
absolute ridiculous representation of a situation that he either knows very
little about or has very little concern for the truth about the matter.
It is always amazing to me that people who have nothing in their life they
are willing to die for always ridicule those who do. When a man not only
speaks for something but actually follows up on his beliefs and acts, then
these cowards of self belief lash out and attack. Because they can not
fathom something worth giving everything in their own life for, they can not
imagine that someone else would have the conviction to do so.
The author did not consider that the salary of an Alabama Supreme Court
Chief Justice is $170,000 a year. I wonder if this author could loose that
amount each year and have “no regrets”. Not to mention that the retirement
package for a Chief Justice is 75% of that amount for life. That is $127,500
per year for the rest of his life. If we say the judge is in his mid 50s and
conservatively give him 20 years to live, that would mean the judge just
walked away from $2,550,000. Just to put it in perspective the governor has
a lower salary and no retirement package. So for those who say he did this
for financial gain, or so he could “run for governor”, I challenge you to
walk this same path in your career.
This piece goes on and on about how Judge Moore was “manipulating” the
people, that this whole event was a “manipulation of religious sentiment”.
Is it so far removed from this writer that some people actually have beliefs
and act on them? Is it that improbable that someone who was raised and lived
the majority of his life in Alabama would share the beliefs of others in
Perhaps it is not that he shares their beliefs that is his crime, perhaps it
is the fact that he refused to deny his beliefs when he became a leader in
The hypocrisy and the outright arrogance here is that the author attempts to
deny the fact that Judge Moore has convictions of the heart and if he does
allow for any minor moral conviction on the part of the judge he then
decries him for living out his beliefs. Yet at the same time by writing this
article the author puts forth his own beliefs, presumably as a standard by
which all men should be judged.
This cry for all leaders to deny their beliefs to hold office or to be able
to speak out on an issue is a sure path to the destruction of a great
nation. Whenever you attempt to separate a man from the beliefs that make
him, you no longer have a man worthy or capable of leadership. You have a
double minded man who is unstable in all his ways. One who lisps to and fro
on the winds of public opinions. In the mind of this writer, it is far past
time to seek more men like Judge Moore to lead this nation and restore the
moral integrity upon which it was founded.
Paul R. Vaughn
Nashville, TN
Ref. http://www.cavalierdaily.com/CVArticle.asp?ID=17828&pid=1083