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Democracy in action

January 30, 2010
State Rep. Lance Horbach (R-Tama)
It is very difficult to understand the long-term impact of last Tuesday’s election in Massachusetts. The Senate seat, held by the late Sen. Kennedy for more than 46 years, is in one of the most “blue” states in this country. The perception of this election differs 180 degrees depending on whether you are talking to a Democrat or a Republican.

If you listen to talk radio, cable news, or read newspapers, you will see all kinds of politicians pointing fingers at their colleagues, effectively placing the blame everywhere but with themselves. Many have said this vote was a referendum on President Obama’s HealthCare legislation, a failure to allow open access to the process, the expansion of government, etc…

I do not agree. If you look deep into the Massachusetts victory, you will see this election wasn’t won or lost by the Democrats or Republicans. It was clearly a victory for the Independent voters who moved away from the Democrat caucus and joined Scott Brown.

This was more important than winning a Senate seat; I think the winner was “democracy”, our form of government. For years I have been worried about increasing government debt, power moving away from the local areas, lack of voter participation, and most important…lawmakers refusing to listen and represent their districts. This election was also a victory for our country. It was won by the people who made their voice clear at the voting box, reminding those in politics that the people of America still hold the power and final judgment of their actions.

I do not care if you are a Republican or a Democrat; the Massachusetts election was a success because it made politicians everywhere stop, look, listen and question what happened….even if only for a second!

It is very difficult to understand the long-term impact of last Tuesday’s election in Massachusetts. The Senate seat, held by the late Sen. Kennedy for more than 46 years, is in one of the most “blue” states in this country. The perception of this election differs 180 degrees depending on whether you are talking to a Democrat or a Republican.

If you listen to talk radio, cable news, or read newspapers, you will see all kinds of politicians pointing fingers at their colleagues, effectively placing the blame everywhere but with themselves. Many have said this vote was a referendum on President Obama’s HealthCare legislation, a failure to allow open access to the process, the expansion of government, etc…

I do not agree. If you look deep into the Massachusetts victory, you will see this election wasn’t won or lost by the Democrats or Republicans. It was clearly a victory for the Independent voters who moved away from the Democrat caucus and joined Scott Brown.

This was more important than winning a Senate seat; I think the winner was “democracy”, our form of government. For years I have been worried about increasing government debt, power moving away from the local areas, lack of voter participation, and most important…lawmakers refusing to listen and represent their districts. This election was also a victory for our country. It was won by the people who made their voice clear at the voting box, reminding those in politics that the people of America still hold the power and final judgment of their actions.

I do not care if you are a Republican or a Democrat; the Massachusetts election was a success because it made politicians everywhere stop, look, listen and question what happened….even if only for a second!

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