Voters push US in right direction

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After firmly tucking the issues of health care and the economy under its arms, the U.S. Congress jumps out of a plane. The people who are watching begin to lose hope crying, “My government’s not listening to me!”

But just as Congress plummets from thousands of feet up, about to smash into the ground, a parachute opens to slow the fall into what could very well be a safe landing.

That parachute is Scott Brown, the newest Republican senator from Massachusetts.

On Jan. 19, Brown won the Massachusetts special election in a stunning upset over his Democratic opponent, Martha Coakley. The special election was held to fill the seat left vacant after the death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Kennedy had occupied the Senate seat since 1962.

During the election, Brown said repeatedly that he was not running for Mr. Kennedy’s seat but for “the people’s seat.” His claim seems truly genuine and will be a welcomed relief from elected officials who don’t listen to their
constituents.

For Brown to get elected in Massachusetts is no small feat. This seat has been in the hands of a Democrat for almost 50 years.

Brown is in no way a Democrat in Republican clothing either. He is conservative on many issues, including public health care.

The majority of Americans may not be as liberal as the mainstream media entice people to believe. Brown’s key issue during the election was health care. He stands firmly against the current bill in the Senate. Evidently, so do
most Massachusetts voters.

Brown gained the edge over his opponent in the election because he won the independent vote. The independents have decided: the current universal health care bill is not right for America.

The Senate consisted of 60 Democrats and 40 Republicans while the late Sen. Kennedy was in office. This meant that the Democrats had a filibuster-
proof Senate. It takes 60 votes to stop debate and take an immediate vote on a bill.

Now, with only 59 Democrats and 41 Republicans, the critical 60th vote to stop the filibuster is gone. More importantly, the critical vote in order to pass the public health care bill is gone.

The Massachusetts election could reflect a change in the mind-set of the whole country. People are not on board with Obama’s brand of nationalized medicine.

Come November, the Democrats in Congress who are up for re-election are in danger of getting the boot. Sen. Brown’s victory proves this point.

Just when all hope seemed lost, conservative Americans received a glimmer of hope. The fight against the health care bill is not over yet.

Author: Garrett Pekar

Garrett is a sophomore mass communication/journalism major from Granger, Texas. He is the opinions page editor for The Bells. Garrett is also an RA in McLane Hall as well as member of the men’s tennis team. His hobbies include spending quality time with friends and family, listening to music and playing some of his own on the guitar.

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