By Carole on Jan 20, 2010
By now everyone who pays attention to such things knows Republican Scott Brown has won the special election in Massachusetts. He will take the seat formerly held by the late Senator Ted Kennedy thereby ending the 60 vote stranglehold Democrats had on that legislative body. What will happen next regarding health care reform, cap & trade and other items on the Obama agenda remains to be seen. There are ways the no longer super yet still majority party can get around a minority filibuster and the will of the American people but they risk the ire of voters by doing so.
Millions of words have been spoken and written by journalists, pundits and bloggers of all ideologies about the effect this Brown victory might have. Politicians from both sides of the aisle have been preemptively spinning for days and will, no doubt, make us all dizzy for weeks to come. But through all the partisan debates and procedural discussions there is one fact about what this Brown victory means and it was well stated by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in a television interview on Tuesday: "This is big and it's something that I think you're going to see going across the nation if you continue to have the kind of...neo-monarchist, royalist attitude coming out of Washington. People are saying no, this is a democracy. The people want to be heard."
Those in power did not listen last summer when the people spoke out against the Obama agenda at Town Hall meetings across the country. Instead those in power pushed Obamacare through the House.
Those in power did not listen in November when the people voted against the Obama agenda in New Jersey and Virginia. Instead those in power arm twisted and bribed their way to Senate passage of Obamacare.
Those in power did not listen over the past few weeks when the people of Massachusetts said they would vote the Democrats' out of "Ted Kennedy's seat" to stop the Obama agenda. Instead those in power hinted at procedural maneuvers they could use to shove the final version of Obamacare through Congress.
I hope those in power are listening now. But whether or not they are, we the people have a lot more to say.
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