The Revolution Will Be Photographed

January 23, 2010

Here in Massachusetts, the revolution continues to bubble. While most Coakley signs are gone from yards, a few Scott Brown signs remain. This one is from a yard down the road that, back in October of 2008, had an Obama sign proudly planted:

Rest assured, Massachusetts (and by extension, America) is not resting on its laurels. Flushed with victory, the grassroots movement has learned its power and is ready to flex its muscles. Give us more good candidates and we will support them in every way we can. It’s not just a Massachusetts thing. By November, perhaps President Obama will get the message:

“…this man doesn’t really understand what the public is telling him. He just thinks we’re “angry.” He’s wrong – we’re furious and we’re furious because he blames everyone but himself and seems psychologically incapable of taking responsibility.

How on earth does such a popular president who has majorities in both houses of Congress (including a supermajority in the Senate) manage to so alienate so many people that the mid-term elections this year are likely to be a disaster for him and his party? Rhetorical question, no answer necessary.

Good people of both parties have had it. There are plenty of places where we can channel our anger constructively — by voting out some bad guys and voting in some good ones. There are a lot of seats at stake here, and some really good contenders. Now that Mr. Brown is going to Washington, we’re looking for a few more good men and women to support.

If you can’t hear us now, you will in November.



So Bad (Good) on So Many Levels…

January 22, 2010

Mike Lester - January 22, 2010


H/T: Confederate Yankee

Scott Brown Doesn’t Get It Either

January 22, 2010

Yeah, great, a “conservative” from MA is going to take “Teddy’s seat”. Everyone, including Charles Krauthammer, thinks that the whole issue with Obama, Pelosi, Reid, et al is that they’re too left of center, blah, blah, blah. So, now a Massachusetts conservative is going to foul up the leftist health care bill and turn DC on its head. Yup, sure looks that way. But I still don’t think that addresses the real problem.

As I see it, the real problem is that we’re in deep, deep fiscal trouble, and all we keep doing is electing smiling, back-slapping politicians instead of leaders. Here’s what really worries me… One way or the other, we have to do something with health care in this country. If we don’t do something radical, the constitution-based, federal republic of the United States of America is doomed. Period.

We need leaders who will tell the bleeping truth at each and every turn, be it health care, or the company they keep. We need someone who will step into the sewer that is Washington and refuse to refer to people like Larry “Foot Tappin’” Craig and John “Flip Flop” Kerry as their “esteemed colleagues”. To borrow from Glenn Beck, we need people who say what they mean, and mean what they say. Until we have leaders like that, the fiscal cataclysm that is health care just keeps building and building and building. As for “conservative” Scott Brown… Here’s what he had to say about John Kerry yesterday

“I’ve always had great respect for Sen. Kerry, always. We have worked together on other issues and we’ll work together on issues on the future…”

Ummm… Yeah. Sounds to me like we have just one more politician in Washington who just doesn’t get it. All we’re looking for is a few honest people, and those are the only people who can face this 100 trillion dollar debt. Instead, we got conservative Scott “Drop Trou” Brown.

Wow… Just wow… Party it up fellow conservatives, because this party isn’t going to last forever.

Alan Speakman

Brown Fires First Shot Of Second American Revolution

January 20, 2010

First and foremost, Grand Rants wishes to congratulate Scott Brown in his victory over Atty Gen. Martha Coakley in yesterday’s Massachusetts special election. We salute Sen. Brown, his staff, and his supporters state-wide for running a clean campaign. While a smug President Obama cruised into town last weekend to downplay the Brown threat, mocking Scott’s pickup truck, it was Brown who used his the truck to skillfully navigate through Coakley’s negative campaign, taking only the high roads. Obama and Coakley just didn’t get that this is what America wants and desperately needs at this time. Let them wallow in the gutter, Scott’s a class act.

However, amidst the joy of victory, there comes some sobering realities and points that need to be acknowledged:

  • The election victory may be the end of the campaign, but it’s only the beginning of Brown’s work. And he seems eager to get going.
  • This was not just Scott Brown’s victory… it was America’s victory. In one of the bluest states in the country, Democrats, Independents, and Republicans came together to vote for the candidate that best reflects the mood of the country.
  • The voters of Massachusetts restored the meanings of the words “Hope” and “Change” to their original definitions.
  • This was nothing less than a vote of “No Confidence” for the President and the Democrat-controlled Congress for virtually their entire agenda of the past year.

This was the shot across the bow, telling the democrats in Congress — specifically Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Barney Frank — that the second American Revolution has begun.  And the enemy is our own Congress which has steadfastly refused to listen to the will of the people they supposedly represent. Last night, it was only one state, but Massachusetts spoke for tens of millions of Americans, with a unified message:

  • “We’re done with your games. You promised accountability and have given us none.”
  • “You assured us of a transparent and ethical Congress and have delivered everything but that. We will fix that this November.”
  • “We will NOT be dictated to by a bunch of elitist frauds. You work for us and it’s about damn time you remembered that.”
  • “Did we stutter?  We reject the healthcare bill, categorically.  It’s about damn time you respected the will of the people.”
  • “Read our Lips: No more new taxes.”
  • “Cap & Trade? Not in this country!”

And finally, to  President Obama and his peanut gallery of tax cheats, pedophile supporters, and outright communists/socialists:

  • “You thought you could implement your agenda to convert the United States to your socialist goals, circumventing the entire political process set up some 235 years ago. You were wrong. We will remember this.”
  • “You thought you had the right to destroy  the free enterprise system and capitalism as we know it. You tried, but again: You were wrong. This, too, we will remember.”
  • “You are not more powerful than the Constitution. It’s just the opposite. Your job is to support and defend it, not circumvent it. That’s part of your oath of office and it’s about time you start doing that. To date, you have done far more to harm it than protect it. We notice. You were wrong. This, too, we will remember.”
  • “You thought America would stay sleeping while you bypassed the normal vetting process, surrounding yourself with ‘Czars,’ many of whom would not pass a background check to drive a school bus. You were wrong. This, too, we will remember.”
  • “You thought you could ‘divide and conquer’ and destroy our society by creating a caste system between union workers and non-union workers. You were wrong.  This, too, we will remember.”
  • “Perhaps most important: You were elected President, not dictator. Any — and let me make myself clear — any continued attempt at circumventing the appropriate political process for implementing any changes will be met with challenge. You work for us. Not the other way around. And, with all due respect, Mr. President, it’s about time you learned that.”

Gerry Ashley

The Scott Heard ‘Round the World

January 19, 2010

Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA)

From the pundits to the polls, it looks like patriots in Massachusett(e)s have upset the world order all over again. Absent any untoward shenanigans from SEIU, ACORN, or dead voters, Scott Brown has won the special Senate election in Massachusetts.

A few thoughts:

  • If Dems had let well enough alone back in 2004, they wouldn’t be in this predicament now. Prior to their rule-changing in ’04, the governor was allowed to appoint a replacement if a Senate seat was vacated. But since  they actually thought that Sen. John “Why the long face?” Kerry had a shot at the presidency, and since in 2004 there was a Republican governor in Massachusett(e)s, the rules just had to be changed, lest Mitt appoint a Republican to the seat.
  • If Coakley hadn’t been such a dire candidate, this special election might have turned out differently. But given her elitist mentality, her bizarre gaffes, her determination that she was entitled to the seat, and, quite frankly, her disinclination to mingle with the hoi polloi, she was a disaster waiting to happen. Call her what you will, at least you won’t be calling her Senator Coakley.
  • If Scott Brown hadn’t been such a dynamic and engaging candidate, with the right message, a picture-perfect family, and a flair for campaigning, Coakley might not have seemed so awful by comparison.
  • If Massachusetts voters — arguably the bluest in the nation — hadn’t been so fed up with the  massive doses of hope and change they’ve been receiving at the hands of Obama and the Democrats in Congress, this whole election would never have become an issue.

BUT… It’s not Coakley. It’s not Brown. It’s not even Massachusetts. It’s not Democrats or Republicans. Those are just indicators. Symptoms. The bigger picture is this: There’s a real and growing dissatisfaction with the status quo in American politics; with the lies, the deal-making; the lobbyists; the lawyers; the special interests; the unions; the midnight legislative meetings; the shady quid-pro-quos; the outright buying of votes. All of this (and more) is contributing to the enormous unrest in the country.

Sen. Brown (R-MA) is the bellwether for 2010. Incumbents in both parties who continue to disregard the will of their constituents do so at their peril. Because we the people are getting sick and tired of being ignored. After all, we’re the ones with the real power, and we just proved it. Can you hear us now?


No MA Senate Race in LGF-Land

January 19, 2010


Conservative, liberal, Democrat, Republican, it really doesn’t matter; pretty much the topic of conversation today is the special election being held in Massachusett(e)s to fill the seat left by the passing of Ted Kennedy. It’s a real barn-burner, it is, what with a stolid, leaden Democrat candidate woefully trailing a vibrant and optimistic Republican front-runner (I know, it’s almost unbelieveable).

Television, newspapers, blogs are all covering the race with either despair or indifference (Democrat party hacks and the MSM) or breathless admiration and excitement (pretty much everyone else). Except one blog. This particular race doesn’t seem to have hit the radar on Little Green Footballs except for one open thread last night. No previous coverage (really! I searched the site for a mention of Coakley, and… nothing!).

Even the Linkviewer, that bastion of interesting posts from around the blogosphere and around the world (and these days, the only reason to visit LGF), doesn’t seem to realize that the first shot of the next American revolution is being fired this very day. The only place you’ll see it mentioned is in LGF’s blog ads. He’ll take revenue from it, but he won’t mention it. Hmmm…

I know, I know, it’s just a snaphot. But it covers eight hours’ worth of readers posting links… Is it possible that Charles has banned all mention of the race? Or his he simply biding his time, awaiting the outcome before he unleashes his mighty pen to opine and lets slip the lizards of war?

Time will tell, of course. But I thought it was interesting that the rest of the country is talking about Brown, Coakley, Massachusett(e)s, and over at LGF Charles Johnson is covering his usual Palin, global warming, and open thread topics. Yes, he’s travelling and unable to post too much. But for even the Linkviewer to be absent any mention of the race is… odd.


If It’s a Landslide, They Can’t Steal It

January 19, 2010


As more polls show that Scott Brown is expected to win handily in today’s special election in Massachusetts, please remember the 2004 governor’s race in Washington, and the more recent Senate race in Minnesota. In each of those cases, the race was close, and Dems were allowed to stall until they “discovered” enough absentee, “recounted”, and “lost” ballots (not to mention votes from dead and non-existant voters) to ensure their candidate’s wins.

Folks, if this election is a landslide for Scott Brown, then no amount of “found” ballots and no number of recounts will change it. No boxes of uncounted ballots in car trunks. No extra absentee ballots. No dead voters. Nothing. If it’s a landslide, those won’t matter.

Please. Get out and vote today. The weather’s not at its best, but don’t let that stop you.

Scott Brown ran an honest, clean, and professional campaign. He’s a good man, and will be a good Senator for us in Washington. He’s well ahead in the polls and he should win this election. Don’t let it be just another election stolen by Democrats. Get out and vote. Take your friends with you.

As Tea Party pal and blogstress extraordinaire Sissy Willis says, “If it’s not close, they can’t cheat.”

Go vote.