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|Loud and clear|
Massachusetts voters sent President Obama and the Democratic leadership in the Congress a loud and clear message Tuesday: Put the brakes on the attempted Socialization of America or pay a dear price for it at the polls.
That's exactly what voters in the Bay State said, particularly Independents, when they handed Republican Scott Brown the Senate seat that a member of the Kennedy family occupied from January 1953 until Ted Kennedy's death last year.
In 2008 when Obama was elected, he carried Massachusetts with roughly 68 percent of the vote. Independent voters, who tend to be centrist, white and working-class, backed Obama and most Democratic candidates big-time back then. They did so in Massachusetts as well as across the country, including the Deep South.
Last fall, Independents turned their backs on Democrats in New Jersey and Virginia. Republicans were elected governor in those states when the people in New Jersey and Virginia signaled to Democrats that they didn't like the direction the country was taking on Obama's watch.
It is more than obvious to us and polling confirms it that Obama's and the Democratic congressional leadership's efforts to implement far-reaching initiatives on health care, the environment and labor relations have not resonated with what we would describe as moderate voters. Needless to say, Republicans have never supported Obama and they most likely never will.
About the only friends, or true believers, Obama and the Democratic leadership in the Congress can count on today are the very liberal members of their party, but even that support is showing signs of weakness. It's weakening because the hard-core Left believes Obama and the Democratic leadership have drifted too far to the center, or too conservative for the Left to stomach. That's laughable but it's true. It's sad as well because the Left simply fails to realize that they're out of touch with mainstream America, which represents the backbone of the country.
Before our friends in the Republican Party celebrate for the remainder of the week in light of Brown's triumph in Massachusetts, they would do well to remind themselves that the American people aren't what we would describe as enamored with the GOP. Instead, they simply have had a belly full of the Far Leftward movement Obama and the Democratic leadership in the Congress have attempted to perpetrate on America.
If Republicans are successful in the mid-term congressional elections later this year, they would do well to remember the mistakes they made when the GOP controlled the White House, the U.S. House and Senate from 2001-2007. In other words, out-of-control deficit spending, which the GOP embraced at the beginning of the 21st Century, and trampling on the people's civil liberties won't be tolerated by Joe Citizen.
That's what Joe Citizen told Democrats Tuesday in Massachusetts. We suspect Obama got the message. He's a highly intelligent man.
It's unclear, though, whether the Democratic congressional leadership learned anything from the vote in the Bay State. We'll know more in the coming weeks when Democrats in the Congress either move forward with their Far Left agenda or abandon it. If they're wise, Democrats will dump Obama's and the Democratic leadership's grand plan to remake America into something the Founders never envisioned -- a Socialist society controlled by the elite.
Yet, lost in the mix or unwisely overlooked by the pundits and the so-called campaign experts is the core issue that troubles voters today. That would be the economy, which is performing poorly from sea to shining sea evidenced by near-record unemployment, lackluster housing starts, less-than-impressive consumer spending and the like.
The American people are open to change, but it must be change they can believe in and change that positively affects their pocketbooks.
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