Scott Brown has won the special election to fill the open seat created by the death of Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts. In perhaps the most stunning political victory in decades, Republican Brown secured the seat held for nearly fifty years by Kennedy, the “liberal lion” of the senate.
On April 19, 1775 on the village green in Lexington, Massachusetts, Captain John Parker assembled his militiamen to discuss what to do about the approaching Redcoats. The British regulars were enroute to Concord to seize patriot arms stored there and, it was believed by the patriots, to arrest Samuel Adams and John Hancock. Under orders not to fire unless attacked, the patriot militia stood passively until they were confronted by the Redcoats. At some point during the standoff, a shot rang out. When the smoke cleared from the ensuing clash, eight colonists lay dead and the American Revolution was underway.
This ‘shot heard ‘round the world’ ignited the armed conflict between American patriots and the British Empire and culminated in the birth of the United States of America; the greatest nation in history and the last best hope of man on Earth. Today, America stands at the edge of a cliff we have been inching toward since Woodrow Wilson and FDR steered our country onto the path of collectivism. Our nation is bankrupt and spending trillions more; an imperial congress is attempting to seize control of our citizen’s healthcare; our president denigrates and apologizes for our country around the world; our government is seizing private corporations; and the speaker of the house of representative laughs out loud when asked about her constitutional authority to take over our healthcare industry.
In the face of this threat, staring into the dark abyss of collectivism, Americans have peacefully revolted. They have marched by the hundreds of thousands on Washington; melted the switchboards of congress expressing their objections to their alleged representatives; they have petitioned, debated, and shouted their opposition, all of which has fallen upon the deaf ears of an arrogant and out of control congress.
This day, perhaps, another revolution has begun. The social Democrats have been kicked out of their most secure seat in the United States Senate – in a state where they outnumber Republicans by more than three to one. Today, when the ugly reality of collectivism and statism is on full display, Americans in the state where our revolution began have once again rejected tyranny. The Obama administration and Democratic congress have provided Americans with a glimpse of the totalitarian mind; while our crumbling economy and worthless currency reveal the economic consequences of Democratic and Republican policies that defy the constitution and interfere in the free market.
The election of Senator Brown marks the first crack in America’s own Berlin Wall. A return to constitutional government may now be possible if the Republican Party finally abandons its embrace of soft socialism and begins to lead on the basis of the principles laid out in the Declaration of Independence and embodied in our constitution. Much work lies ahead to undo a century of destruction wrought by the march of statism. And the enemies of freedom in Washington have already indicated that they intend to step up the assault rather than heed this message from the people. Nonetheless, we have the opportunity to peacefully save our republic before our rulers turn their guns on us. As Captain Parker said in the early morning mist on that fateful day upon the Lexington commons, “Stand your ground, don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”