The voters filled ‘Ted Kennedy’s seat’ yesterday with a representative of the people. In the blue state of MA, what did he offer that closed the political rhetoric on party lines?
Politico, “Scott Brown’s opposition to congressional health care legislation was the most important issue that fueled his U.S. Senate victory in Massachusetts, according to exit poll data collected following the Tuesday special election.”
CBS, “Republican Scott Brown’s victory in the Massachusetts Senate special election is a repudiation of President Obama’s health care reform package, political analysts, commentators and politicians widely agree.”
This campaign was covered in the national spotlight, it was the 60th seat. In debate Coakley refused to acknowledge the importance of national security, in fact she stated the terrorism in Afghanistan was no longer a threat to America.
Boston Globe, “Yesterday, Brown sought to target Coakley for saying during a debate Monday night that the United States does not need to beef up its military presence in Afghanistan because terrorists are now concentrated in Yemen and Pakistan. … Brown, a 30-year member of the Army National Guard, once again criticized Coakley’s support for civilian trials for terrorism suspects, saying that what they need now is not more lawyers.” Once very successful interrogation tactics have been outlawed, and these terrorists are now in civil court.
Andrew McCarthy, “Scott Brown went out and made the case for enhanced interrogation, for denying terrorists the rights of criminal defendants, for detaining them without trial, and for trying them by military commission. It worked. It will work for other candidates willing to get out of their Beltway bubbles.
The laws of war are the rule of law. They are not a suspension of the Constitution. They are the Constitution operating in wartime. The Framers understood that there would be wars against enemies of the United States — it is stated explicitly in the Constitution’s treason clause (Art. III, Sec. 3). The American people understand that we have enemies, even if Washington sees them as political “engagement” partners waiting to happen. Americans also grasp that war is a political and military challenge that the nation has to win, not a judicial proceeding in which your enemies are presumed innocent. The rule of law is not and has never been the rule of lawyers — especially lawyers we can’t vote out of office when they say we must let trained terrorists move in next door.
As for privacy, Americans are not as self-absorbed as ACLU staffers — who, by the way, reserve the right to search your bags before you enter their offices. If you fret about privacy, it’s Obscure that ought to give you sleepless nights. The lefties who’vie told us for nearly 40 years since Roe v. Wade that the government can’t come between you and your doctor are now saying you should’t be able to get to a doctor except through the government, which will decide if you’re worth treating — that is an invasion of privacy. Penetrating enemy communications, on the other hand, is what Americans think of as self-defense. It’s what we’ve done in every war in our history. It’s what common sense says we must do to win. And when America goes to war, Americans want to win.”
Scott Brown trumpeted the call to America that we must not be apologizing for defending ourselves. Health care is meaningless to all of us if we lack national security..