Dear fellow citizens of Massachusetts,
I love you despite your continued liberal voting record. Despite the fact that you vote the most corrupt, most ineffective representatives into office. Despite my conservative type of conservatism, I support the moderate Republicans we continue to nominate because I understand it represents the varied political views of Massachusetts. Richard Tisei, the moderate Republican? Love him! Not because he exactly represents my own beliefs, but rather because I understand he will represent all of us, from the liberal liberals to the most conservative conservatives. He will not only vote with his heart, but with his mind to the voices he represents. Those are the kind of politicians we need in Massachusetts, especially as we enter into 2012 and face a looming debt crisis, unemployment, and a growing apathy among young voters for either political party.
No politician better represents his constituents than Senator Scott Brown. In 2011, he was voted the second most bipartisan senator in the United States Senate. The first was Maine Senator Susan Collins. After Senator Collins’ retirement all signs point to Brown becoming number one. On a side note, can I point out that the top bipartisan senators are both Republicans? We can save that debate for another day, but needless to say one party is working to make concessions, while the other, not so much.
Senator Brown is a Republican, but that doesn’t mean he forgets who elected him. He votes to reign in the disastrous spending habits of our federal government, he voted against the intrusive healthcare mandate, but he also recognizes that his votes need to represent the people of Massachusetts, even the Democrats. For example, he supports a lot of the “women’s rights” Democrats love to talk about, and even though those “rights” don’t represent my own beliefs, I support Senator Brown for his independence and because many of my neighbors have differing views.
On the other side of the aisle, we have Professor Elizabeth Warren. I won’t even touch on the whole Native American fiasco or the more recent, less publicized, law license scandal. But let’s be honest, Warren doesn’t represent Massachusetts, and I can promise you: if elected, her aim will be to represent the Democratic Party, not the average citizen. So far, I’ve seen my fair share of Elizabeth Warren campaign signs sprouting up around my beloved state and I have to ask why? Has it been so disastrous for our state, for our country, to have an independent thinking politician in office? Is the thought of a Republican so offensive, even an independent thinking Republican that we need to add another party-driven, socialist liberal into high office?
Last week at my college in New Hampshire I was talking with a fellow citizen of the commonwealth and I asked him why he has thrown his support to Warren. His response? He didn’t like the financial regulations Brown supported. Maybe he meant that Brown was the decisive vote in passing the Dodd-Frank Bill, meant to reign in Wall Street bankers? Brown was only one of three Republicans who supported the bill; his vote was decisive for the Democrats and without it the bill would surely never have passed. Meanwhile he helped tailor the bill to fit more in line with a bipartisan point of view. Brown spoke for his constituents, in this, and many other instances proving he doesn’t just vote for what he thinks is right, but what the people of Massachusetts thinks is right. In truth, he listens.
So yes, I am frustrated with my fellow citizens. I am frustrated with their inability to compromise with the Republicans of Massachusetts, and their whiny attitude that everyone needs to be as borderline socialist as they are, as Elizabeth Warren is. I’m writing this letter to open the eyes to my fellow citizens; to plead with them to support a candidate who doesn’t just represent their views but represents all of our views.