Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore this afternoon announced his intention of running for governor in the Republican primary.
He has taken on the Alabama Legislature by suggesting they meet only every other year, have term limits, and stop what is called double-dipping, receiving pay for both legislative duties and duties as a state employee in another position.
Quoting from Benjamin Franklin, Moore went on to say he would like to "promote a few (legislators) back to their home."
The former chief justice told the audience in Gadsden he "feels safer when the legislature is not in session."
Moore also says he want's to stop the influence of lobbyists in state government. He told the cheering crowd that lobbyists basically write legislation in Alabama and he wants to "Return Alabama to the People."
Moore is also taking on Alabama's education system. He said money was going "not into education, but to a bloated bureaucracy." Moore opined about teachers' lack of ability to enforce discipline and order in the schools.
The candidate says he wants to crack down on illegal immigration and part of that plan includes getting businesses that knowingly hire illegals to work for them. Moore says the illegal hiring hurts Alabama workers.
The former chief justice says he has no plans to move the 10 Commandments Monument from its present home in Gadsden. He said he was going to support citizens of Alabama in acknowledging God, whether they be coaches or office holders.
Moore says he would like to return education to the control of the parents.
Moore has signed the following pledge which he says binds him if he takes the oath of office as governor:
- Term Limits. No legislator should be allowed to serve 3 consecutive terms in the same office, a provision already in effect for other constitutional officers.
- Fewer Legislative Sessions. The Alabama legislature should hold regular sessions every other year, as it has done during three periods of our history.
- "Double-Dipping." Iron-clad legislation to stop the unethical practice of legislators holding two state positions for profit, making them taxpayer-paid lobbyists for special interests.
- Eliminate education bureaucracy and control of special interest labor union bosses.
- Explore enhancements to the public education system such as: charter schools, private tax credits, (SGO) scholarships granting organizations, etc.
- Just say "No" to irresponsible taxes like the "largest tax increase in history" recently proposed by the current administration.
- Revoke order mandating annual reappraisals of property which result in increased taxes every year.
- Stop "pork barrel" spending by strengthening the Governor's veto power.
- Urge the President and U.S. Congress to close U.S. borders to illegal entry.
- Effective legislation to impose fines and penalties on those who employ illegal aliens for their own profit.
- Defend the right of every person to include teachers, judges, and state, county and municipal offices to publicly acknowledge God as the moral foundation of law, liberty, and government.
- Oppose gambling, pornography, and same-sex marriage.
- Secure God-given inalienable rights of life, liberty, and property.