Do You Hear What I Hear?


I know it’s a little late for Christmas song lyrics, but it just seems appropriate. 

With the victory of Scott Brown in the Massachusetts special election on Tuesday, Democrats are scratching their heads and trying to figure out what went wrong.  You may hear the pitter patter of little feet running to the center, but I doubt it.  No, I hear a low rumbling, like a large machine starting to roll at low speed.  It’s the sound of a grumbling American electorate, and all incumbent candidates better listen, too, or the unemployment lines they keep adding to may include them come next November. 

This is one seat.  But it is a huge seat.  It had to be for Teddy Kennedy to occupy it for all these years.  (Sorry.  Couldn’t pass it up.)  In a liberal mecca like Massachusetts, a left wing lawyer couldn’t beat a nobody Republican.  The Democrats have been scrambling over the last couple of days to shield President Obama from the fallout over this, saying it’s not his fault, that their candidate ran a bad campaign, etc.  Anything to try to spin this thing as something other than what it is:  the electorate’s displeasure with Washington AND with Barak Obama.

It’s true that Martha Coakley ran a poor campaign.  A weak candidate who ran a weak campaign.  Sound familiar?  Like McCain in 2008, maybe?  Her saying things like there are no more terrorists in Afghanistan didn’t help.  The negative campaign ads didn’t help.  And neither did a visit from the professional campaigner, Barak Obama.  The president stumped for Coakley on Saturday, invoking the same class warfare tactics he employed during his run for the presidency.  And the voters of Massachusetts heard “Democrats work for main street, Republicans work for Wall street.”  Again.  For the nine hundredth time.  It’s getting pretty old, Mr. President.  Time to come up with a new mantra.  Something like, “A chicken in every pot,” or “From each according to his means to each according to his needs,” or the all time favorite, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help (myself to your wealth.)”

The one thing hurting Coakely wasn’t the D next to her name, or her ridiculous flubs.  It was the fact that Democrats are bankrupt when it comes to ideas.  They spend.  They tax.  Then they spend some more.  Find yourself behind in an election?  Send the media wolves to dig up dirt on your opponent.  Misrepresent whatever innocous thing you can find and spill the beans to an uniformed electorate.  Lie.  Cheat.  Do whatever you have to do to “keep those bastards out of here.”  Is this the kind of “hope and change” we elected in 2008?  President Obama doesn’t miss an opportunity to be divisive, to pit one group of Americans against another.  He makes speeches full of half truths, unexplained gains, and bumper sticker rhetoric.   All of this sounds strangely like the “status quo” for Washington DC, which I heard from our president is bad.  I guess it is bad, unless by saying “status quo” nine hundred times on CNN allows you to make off with a trillion dollars. 

Look, folks, don’t buy into this class warfare stuff.  I am not a huge fan of big companies, after what I saw the company I work for do a week ago.  But if a company provides the product you want (the best product for you) at a price you can afford, and they are engaged in legal activities, the government has no business telling them how to run their business.  Even banks and financial institutions.  You want to see banks get going again?  Cut off support for them from the taxpayer and stop overregulating them.  If they do bad stuff, they go out of business, as determined by the free market.  That will spur them to get their heads out of their collective rear ends and do business in an ethical way.  But, since our president doesn’t believe free markets are any more real than pixies or Cher’s face, he can’t do what history has proven to be right.  For government to get the hell out of the way. 

It’s time, folks to start thinking about November.  Find out who’s running in your districts for what offices and do your homework.  I’m starting that process now and will post something to help you along soon.  The stakes could not be higher.  President Obama didn’t hear (or understand) the message the independent voters in Massachusetts sent on Tuesday.  He needs to hear the same message again… in November. He has arrogantly stated that most Americans want healthcare reform.  WRONG!  Most Americans recognize the system isn’t perfect and would like to see it get better, but most people realize that government involvement will slow the process and make it more cumbersome, which is the opposite of what we should be doing.  And government has a nasty habit of starting out on the right track, then overreaching to the point that people just want to see them gone.  We cannot afford for this to happen with our healthcare. Again, private market solutions would be preferrable.  But, drug companies make too much money.  Health insurance companies make too much money.  Time for them to pay up, according to President Obama.  Why?  And who is he to determine how much money is “too much?”  He complains about “fat cat bankers” but won’t do anything about fat cat politicians.  Class warfare.  Pure and simple.

Take Scott Brown’s election for what it is.  Independent voters saying the healthcare bill sucks.  Many of them interviewed said they voted for Brown because of his stance on the healthcare bill.  According to Dennis Miller, even the dead vote went to Brown.  But I digress.  Mr. President, most people do NOT want government mandates about our healthcare.  Keep it up and you can join the jackasses that have been defeated thus far, in the unemployment line come 2012.

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One Response to “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

  1. Wallace Says:

    Being in Boston several time visiting my family there, Massachusetts is one of the Democratic strongholds besides New York and if a Democratic candidate cannot win in the Bay state, it is really bad. When Coakley ran in the Democratic primary, the other candidates had ho hum plans giving her an easy win; she got arogant and felt she was entitled to be the first female senator from Massachusetts; she got what she deserves and even Clinton, JFK, and Obama went to her aid with no sucess. One of my cousins told me in the past everytime Ted kept winning, Massachusetts was stupid; now I would say the Bay state has wised up.

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