Judge Roy Moore
Judge Roy Moore, who has been fighting the “tyranny” of the federal government for nearly a decade, confirmed today that he is considering a bid to challenge Barack Obama for the presidency in 2012.
Although he’s not yet taken the steps of setting up an exploratory committee, Moore told WND today that the nation needs to change its course, and he’s been in touch with members of the tea party movement, largely credited for the overwhelming sweep of conservatives in the 2010 election.
He’s been speaking in Iowa, the first official test of the 2012 race, and participated in the effort last year that successfully removed three members of Iowa’s Supreme Court from office over their decision to impose homosexual “marriage” on state residents.
“I have no specific plans at this time, but am considering how to mount a formidable campaign,” Moore told WND today. “People are upset with the way the country is going, and they have every right to be.”
He’s spoken as recently as two weeks ago at a major event in Iowa, has addressed groups in California and Texas, and is scheduled to appear in Ohio soon.
“I was a voice for the tea party before it ever formed,” he told WND. “I resisted the tyranny of the federal courts regarding the 10 Commandments in 2002. … I didn’t just talk about it. I did something. I took a stand for states’ rights, took a stand for the acknowledgement of God under the 1st Amendment.
“I think we need to bring back the principles of the Constitution into our government. Quite frankly, we’re drifting further and further away,” he told WND.
Of late, he said, there have been the government takeovers of private businesses, the imposition of an educational agenda on citizens by Washington and “most recently, Obama’s act of war against another country without even considering Congress.”
“All these things are showing we’re not following the principles of the Constitution,” Moore said.
In 2003, he was removed from his position as chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court, because he refused to remove a handmade Ten Commandments marker from his courthouse.
As WND reported, Moore lit a fire in the hearts of tea partiers at the first national convention in Nashville last year – inspiring four impassioned standing ovations with his reading of a “bill of particulars” against President Obama.
He also told the cheering crowd, “We’re tired of liberal Republicans who don’t hold the principles of their party.”
Moore, a periodic WND columnist and author of the book “So Help Me God,” also has condemned “senseless treaties” like the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, and the Central America Free Trade Agreement, known as CAFTA. He said the nation’s borders have been opened to criminals and terrorists, the Constitution discarded, the federal government has grown in size and scope “far beyond anything our founders ever imagined,” and the nation’s debt is soaring.
Columnist, author and action film star Chuck Norris endorsed Moore’s campaign for governor.
“More than just an amazing legal mind, he is first a true patriot and passionate family man,” Norris wrote at the time.
He said Moore is one of the “constitutionally abiding legal eagles who walk in the legacy of our Founding Fathers and who we need serving in every state across our union.”
Likewise, former U.S. Sen. Jeremiah Denton endorsed Moore’s gubernatorial campaign.
Denton said at the time Moore “is the best candidate to protect our heritage, our self-image of One Nation Under God, the principle on which our government is most basically founded.”
Moore grew up the son of a jackhammer operator. He bagged groceries for 85 cents an hour at Piggly Wiggly to support his family and later attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Moore commanded an Army military police company in Vietnam from 1969 to 1974.
He graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law and worked as a deputy district attorney for Etowah County from 1977 to 1982. After an unsuccessful bid for circuit judge in 1982, Moore reportedly worked on a ranch in Australia and became a kick boxer in Texas before returning to Alabama to practice law.
Former Gov. Guy Hunt appointed him circuit judge in 1992. In 2000, he was elected chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.