In the midst of the excitement among conservatives across the nation during the wake of Scott Brown’s election the U.S. Senate, few people have paused to reflect on the reasons why his victory may be beneficial to them in their own states. Here are 4 ways that Senator Brown’s election may be good for the entire nation, not simply Massachusetts:
1) Stop or “kill” the current health care bills: Senator-elect Scott Brown campaigned heavily on the fact that, should he be elected, he would vote against the current proposed bills for health care reform. As a result, many consider the bills to be “dead,” although democrats are currently considering other options for passing their current health care bills. If Brown manages to take down the current versions of the bill according to his promise, and instead works toward utilizing other ideas for health care reform that will not increase the deficit or hurt businesses, all Americans would benefit.
2) Influence Washington to re-examine or change its decision to try known terrorists in civilian rather than military courts: With the current upset in Washington over the election of Brown to a senate seat held by democrats for over a decade, and in a state that has been heavily blue, Washington may choose to reconsider trying terrorists in civilian courts. Brown spoke out against this idea many times, including his victory speech, and flagged it as one of the many problems he intends to combat during his time in office. If the Obama administration wishes to avoid more problems and attempt to smooth over the current stormy political waters, it would be wise to change course and try the terrorists in military court; if Brown can influence the Obama adminstration to do so, it would quell the anger of many Americans, particularly those in New York, and help solve another of our nation’s current issues.
3) Push the Obama administration to abandon its far left agenda and move closer to the center: Massachusetts, a known “blue state” has elected the first republican to a seat that has been held by a democrat for over a decade. This sends a strong message to the Obama administration about its agenda, and the chasm of difference between its political opinions and goals versus those of the average American citizen. Will the Obama administration change its agenda, becoming more moderate and thus moving toward the center of the political spectrum? Only time will tell, of course, but if the Obama administration wishes to consolidate its waning power, we may find that it will move closer to the center of the political spectrum in the future.
4) Serve as a step in political reform for America: Although Scott Brown is far from the ideal candidate for many conservatives, his election to the Senate may still serve as a catalyst toward greater political reform in Washington. If a candidate such as Brown can be elected in a traditionally very liberal state such as Massachusetts, what may yet result from similar elections in more conservative states if the momentum in this movement continues? Certainly the tea parties and other grassroots conservative movements now have a reason for great optimism in the upcoming elections when it comes to electing political candidates that truly reflect their own ideals and issues.