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January 22, 2010

“Righting” The Ship

Joe Charlebois

With all due respect to Dick Morris, Eileen McGann and other noted columnists, I was the first to re-coin the phrase “It’s the shot heard ‘round the world!” as my wife and I sat watching the Massachusetts special election returns Tuesday evening.


No longer can it be said that any House or Senate seat is safe. The results of Tuesday’s special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by the passing of Ted Kennedy weren’t a tremendous surprise based on the poll results over the last few weeks. What was a surprise is the fact that it happened at all.


Massachusetts Republican candidates in statewide races have typically put on a good show until the lead up to the election and then the liberal machine pulls out all the stops and ends up with a solid and easy victory.


Mr. Brown, a large majority of independents, most Republicans and a fair percentage of Democrats sent a shot into the bridge of the USS Congress with the election of Republican Scott Brown. It has the Democrats setting off the “general quarters” alarm. They are scrambling to shore up the sinking ship as the damage control teams get to work.


The amazing thing with this ship is that even as it continues to be listing far to port, those at the helm – Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi – have ignored the danger signs. They have ignored the sentiments of the American public for nearly a year. Those who have protested the out-of-control spending and potential losses of freedom were written off as kooks and far-right wackos. Those same people are the ones who voted for Scott Brown Tuesday, not exactly kooks or far-right wackos.


Even as the election of Brown attempts to right the USS Congress, House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Reid want to push through the same policies that led to the huge upset in Massachusetts. Keeping on the same course is not only tone deaf, but just arrogant.


If the left wants to continue to wield any power in the next three years it must realize what Senator-Elect Brown did. Mr. Brown campaigned on four key issues. As summarized in his victory speech they are: taxes, the federal healthcare bill, the trying of terrorists in civilian court and the corruption of back-room deals.


Scott Brown’s Victory Speech


January 19, 2009


Raising taxes, taking over our health care, and giving new rights to terrorists is the wrong agenda for our country. What I've heard again and again on the campaign trail is that our political leaders have grown aloof from the people, impatient with dissent, and comfortable in the back room making deals. And we can do better.


More specifically he addressed the entire electorate with these issues and why it is important to them no matter how they were registered.


On healthcare:


One thing is clear, voters do not want the trillion-dollar health care bill that is being forced on the American people.


This bill is not being debated openly and fairly. It will raise taxes, hurt Medicare, destroy jobs, and run our nation deeper into debt. It is not in the interest of our state or country – we can do better. …. No more closed-door meetings or back room deals by an out of touch party leadership. No more hiding costs, concealing taxes, collaborating with special interests, and leaving more trillions in debt for our children to pay.


On taxes:


I will work in the Senate to put government back on the side of people who create jobs, and the millions of people who need jobs – and as President John F. Kennedy taught us, that starts with an across the board tax cut for individuals and businesses that will create jobs and stimulate the economy. It's that simple!


On treatment of terrorists:


And let me say this, with respect to those who wish to harm us, I believe that our Constitution and laws exist to protect this nation – they do not grant rights and privileges to enemies in wartime. In dealing with terrorists, our tax dollars should pay for weapons to stop them, not lawyers to defend them.


Most of all, Senator-Elect Brown knows that his new job is one of public service, not the public serving him.


I go to Washington as the representative of no faction or interest, answering only to my conscience and to the people. I've got a lot to learn in the Senate, but I know who I am and I know who I serve.


For those candidates looking for keys to victory in the next election cycle, they should take heed and follow this electoral blueprint. If followed, it will lead to the righting of the USS America.


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