This past Tuesday marked a big day for the Republican Party and the conservative voice that is once again being restored: Scott Brown was elected to the Senate seat that belonged to Ted Kennedy for over 47 years until he passed away this past August. Kennedy and the entire state of Massachusetts have supported a far-left reaching agenda for the better part of the last 50 years in spite of Senator Kennedy’s ability not to drive around and through lakes too well.
However, this election was not just about the issues that surround the state of Massachusetts; this was an election that decided the outcome of the nation. With Kennedy being gone and Brown stepping in, this takes away the filibuster-proof majority that President Obama enjoyed in his first year of office. This election was a symbol for the direction this country is going and how the people felt about it. Massachusetts voters could have just as easily selected a Democrat that isn’t all too familiar with her recent Red Sox history, but nonetheless they would have provided the continuity of previous leaders and elections.
Instead, the state of Massachusetts selected a state senator with conservative leanings to represent them in the United States Senate. This was because of the issues of health care, cap-and-trade, and many other bills that feature big-government and unsustainable spending the American people are growing tired of.
The most pressing of issues right now is health care. Scott Brown campaigned on being against the current health care bill that his Democratic counter-part supported. Brown and the GOP alike have been against the large taxes and regulations this bill is going to put on insurance companies and individual citizens if it were to be enacted. With Brown in office, this gives the Republicans 41 seats in the Senate and prevents the Democrats from being able to block whatever filibuster the GOP may use to kill the current health care “reform” bill.
But let’s look at the most current trends in politics. The states of New Jersey and Virginia responded to the Democrats’ current foothold on national politics by electing Republican governors this year. Both states previously had Democrats filling the roles of Governor and both seats in the Senate. How is it that traditionally left-wing States like New Jersey and Massachusetts are selecting Republican leadership? Why is it we are seeing major electoral changes only one year removed from inauguration of the most liberal president this country has ever elected? Is it because the American people are tired of big government? Tired of wasteful spending? Tired of seeing their children and grandchildren’s futures being sold to China?
Perhaps America is waking up and beginning to understand that the policies of the current Congress and executive branch are just not going to cut it anymore. Americans want more than catchy phrases like “hope” and “change”. Americans want jobs, Americans want opportunity, and most importantly, Americans want freedom. The Democrats have failed to provide or improve any of these aspects of our lives thus far.
This election wasn’t just about a Senate seat in Massachusetts, it was a message to Washington that things are changing, and that Americans are not going to tolerate Washington shoving big government down their throats anymore.