Letter: Lesson from the Mass. Senate Race
To the Editor:
I hope that the primary overriding lesson we learn from the election of Scott Brown as the replacement senator from Massachusetts is that the electorate may finally have wised up and decided that, like an uncut melon, an elected official in a new office is an unknown quantity. He looks and acts clean cut, honest and sincere but so does every candidate for office, from class president, sophomore year in high school to country President, USA. Yes, there were numerous issues on which the candidates campaigned, so many that with each candidate came tradeoffs, each offering a different mix and match combination. But there was one constant that came with Brown and not with his opponent: His track record was transparently generic; he was beholden to no one. Unfettered by strong establishment or special interest connections, we hope he’ll represent “us” instead of “them.”
For the past decade or so, D.C. politicians have been a private club unto themselves regardless of party affiliation. Democrats and Republicans alike pandered to vested interest groups willing to pay for their services, including immigrants whose donations were votes in exchange for a subsidized life style, till the corruption mutated from epidemic to endemic and unsustainable levels. Public servants are supposed to be our employees, representing us in whatever office they happen to hold, but they lost that identity; they became independent contractors selling out to whichever customers were willing to pay for their influence. But a trusting electorate chose to follow the path of least resistance and reelect the devil they knew rather than the one they didn’t.
Hopefully, Brown’s election in as corrupt a political environment as exists in our country signals an end to that habit and era. Hopefully, politicians who by their deeds are recognized as professional politicians whose mission is to keep a job rather than be standard bearers for the will of their constituents will not win reelection. The spoiled melons in D.C. need to be picked over and reprocessed into a useful purpose like, compost. This country needs to get back on track, and the only reliable agent capable of putting it there is the People, not a one-dimensional President or a self-serving Congress