A seismic correction

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As we just saw in Haiti, most earthquakes can't be predicted.

As we just saw in Massachusetts, some can.

One reporter said after Republican Scott Brown's astounding Senate win in the Bay State Tuesday night that Democrats didn't see the temblor coming. In truth, they had to look away purposefully not to have seen it.

Look away they did -- from the polls, from the sincere worry in real Americans' faces, from the angry town halls last summer. Look away they did, with the help of a complicit news media -- a news media that essentially campaigned for the president's agenda, that dismissed Americans' opposition to it, and that mocked, and continues to mock, the good, patriotic people trying to save this country through the "tea party" movement.

Tuesday was a tipping point in American history, a fork in the road. To the left lay socialism. To the right, the traditions and institutions of freedom, capitalism and individual responsibility that built this nation.

It speaks volumes that the very liberal, very Democratic commonwealth of Massachusetts steered us to the right on Tuesday. It speaks volumes about how radical and unwise and unwanted the path is that the president and congressional Democrats put us on a year ago.

No one word sums up the Massachusetts election better than "repudiation"---although perhaps by November, with both chambers of Congress up for grabs, the word may become "revolution."

Thinking Democrats were talking serious moderation after Brown's historic upset Tuesday. They seem almost relieved today, as if they've been rescued from the radical liberal faction that has control of the Democratic Party and the country. No more votes on health care until Brown is sworn in, says Virginia Sen. Jim Webb.

"It is vital that we restore the respect of the American people in our system of government and in our leaders," Webb said. "To that end, I believe it would only be fair and prudent that we suspend further votes on health care legislation until Sen.-elect Brown is seated."

"If you lose Massachusetts and that's not a wake-up call," concluded Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., "there's no hope of waking up.

"Moderates and independents even in a state as Democratic as Massachusetts just aren't buying our message," he said. "They just don't believe the answers we are currently proposing are solving their problems. That's something that has to be corrected."

If it's not too late, that is -- and if the dogmatic ideologues in charge in Washington have it in them to listen and to change.

Even Democrats in San Francisco saw the election as a sign the party had taken the country much too far to the left.

"This should be a gigantic wake-up call to the Democratic Party -- that we're not connecting with the needs, the aspirations and the desires of real people right now," San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom warned even before the polls closed. "There's real intensity and fervor out there, as represented by the Tea Party ... This is real. At our own peril, we dismiss these tea parties as ... some sort of isolated extremism. ... It's not."

And so, now the aftershocks.

Moderate Democrats will urge a rethinking of health care, and a slowing down of Mr. Obama's radical agenda. They will urge their Democratic leaders to listen to the people and turn to the things we really want done.

Americans are shouting to fix our economy. They want the deficit slashed. They demand a balanced budget and a smaller national debt. They want a government that lives within its means.

Democrats will urge all these things to protect their own hides in November -- to avoid the fate of defeated Democratic candidate Martha Coakley.

Democrats will make a fatal error if they deny Tuesday's rebuke even as they stand amid its rubble. This wasn't all Coakley's fault. Yes, she was a hopelessly dismal campaigner prone to gaffes and oozing with a disdain for the common man. But that never stopped a Democrat from winning there before. Nor was this a Republican or tea party tantrum -- a statistical impossibility in blue Massachusetts.

Moreover, Brown waged an upbeat and populist campaign out of his truck (which former "community organizer" Barack Obama foolishly ridiculed).

No, this election was about -- to borrow a phrase -- hope and change. This was an uprising, the galvanizing of a movement. This was a historic course correction that is only likely to continue through November.

For those of us who believe the country had been taken down the road to financial ruin and unprecedented loss of individual liberty, this election was a monumental relief and change of direction.

Earthquakes are, essentially, corrections.

You saw a huge one Tuesday in Massachusetts.

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concernednative
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concernednative 01/21/10 - 04:51 am
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Obama has conviction and

Obama has conviction and believes in his policies. So he will continue to push his agenda. I thought we like our pols with conviction.

MarshCroaked
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MarshCroaked 01/21/10 - 05:37 am
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native, he simply does what

native, he simply does what he is told to do. I think his puppet masters are tired of him though. We'll see in the coming months leading up to November. Enjoy your summer of sulking!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/21/10 - 06:12 am
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We were just letting them get

We were just letting them get close enough until we could see the whites of their eyes before we fired our devastating Brown muskets.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/21/10 - 06:55 am
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I think EVERYONE in office

I think EVERYONE in office should be worried,, not just the dems.. The american voter has had enough..

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 01/21/10 - 07:12 am
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Thanks O for all you did for

Thanks O for all you did for the Republican party in Mass. You are becoming the GOP's best campaigner.

carcraft
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carcraft 01/21/10 - 07:14 am
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Obama is an idiologue and I

Obama is an idiologue and I really don't believe he can move to the center..Obama can no longer cheer lead from the side lines and may actually have to lead and I don't think he has the skills..Obama is going to make Carter look good..

avidreader
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avidreader 01/21/10 - 07:22 am
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I am truly an independent

I am truly an independent voter. I liked Clinton, was soured by Bush, and confused about McCain and Obama. For now, I am a Republican -- any Republican. Anybody but Obama. I hope that next time around, the voters of American will slow down and think seriously about a fiscally responsible independent candidate. Maybe we can convince Russia to invade Afghanistan (again), and let the Shihites and Sunnis flip a coin for Iraq. The new President can funnel all that money into our trillions-upon-trillions of debt, and we as a nation might survive. My seventeen-year old's future paycheck is in jeopardy if something drastic isn't accomplished.

justus4
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justus4 01/21/10 - 08:10 am
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Where is the "seismic
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Where is the "seismic correction" in the felony attempted bribe of two local elected official and the individual accountability associated with those PAID to research stuff? Massachusetts is a thousands mile away, and local efforts to avoid individual accountability EXCEPT in minority cases, will prove to do great harm to puiblic confidence in particular agencies. But Oh, thats already happened years ago, so frabricated distractions are daily events. How 'bout placing more focus on events & corruption in your backyard, because in Mass., their AG & mayor & several elected officials were indicted due to corruption. THATS why Brown was elected! Corruption!

grouse
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grouse 01/21/10 - 08:28 am
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Nonsense, Chronicle. A lot
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Nonsense, Chronicle. A lot can happen in three years.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/21/10 - 08:46 am
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whistling in the graveyard

whistling in the graveyard there grouse?

deadbroke98
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deadbroke98 01/21/10 - 08:51 am
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Horrible title given the

Horrible title given the earthquake in Hati. The true correction occurred in November of 2009. Go ahead and try to attach what meaning to the victory in Mass. The winner was clearly the better candidate.

donkeywhisperer
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donkeywhisperer 01/21/10 - 09:20 am
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justus: Umm,,... States have

justus: Umm,,... States have governors, not mayors. Anyway, you are correct about Brown being elected "due to corruption". Voters tire of it. Google "diane wilkerson bribe" for an FBI picture of a MA Dem. state senator " a thousands mile away" stuffing a $20G bribe into her bra. Reminds one of another "seismic correction" involving a corrupt state senator right here in Augusta, eh? His conviction restored "puiblic" confidence immeasurably.

slippery 25
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slippery 25 01/21/10 - 09:44 am
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I hope this is just the

I hope this is just the beginning. We need more everyday people (non lawyers) to run for office. This elite political class has got to go.What is so funny about a man who drives a truck running for the Senate?

willienelson
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willienelson 01/21/10 - 10:00 am
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I truly hope this is an

I truly hope this is an indication of what's to come. However, our politicians have a very short memory and an enormous amount of greed. Right now it's really not about parties. It's all about honest folks who want to get back to the basics that made this country the envy of the world. This would be a great time to introduce some simple things like a balanced budget, term limits, some real restrictions on lobbyists face time with politicians and political committees, disbanding the UAW union, C-Span in all political chambers, bills must be posted for a minimum of 30 days in their final form before any vote, etc

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dstewartsr 01/21/10 - 10:16 am
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Big Deal. This election is

Big Deal. This election is meaningless. Whatever Brown espouses now to be elected will be forgotten in days when he takes office. There are at least six Republican senators whose voting record is more liberal than most Democrats, starting with Mass' neighbor to the north, Olympia Snowe of Maine.

willienelson
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willienelson 01/21/10 - 10:20 am
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Stewie, I agree. Vote Ms

Stewie, I agree. Vote Ms Snowe out now! Feel better

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 01/21/10 - 10:28 am
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its a sad state of affairs

its a sad state of affairs that we can no longer take our politicians at their word. i am sure many voted for Obama strictly on vague and popular campaign promises that sounded good. unfortunately these promises where disguised and Obama's word meant something different to him than what the majority believed he was saying..and with his background it was deliberate i feel.. many of us who voted McCain where not happy with our selection but looked past the rhetoric of Obama and knew he was lying just like most politicians b/4 him..it time to be independent and support the candidate only after we see if his word is good or not..

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/21/10 - 10:43 am
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dstewartsr, you are stating

dstewartsr, you are stating for the record that this election will have no effect on the HC bill that eventually hits Obama's desk?

RoadKing09
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RoadKing09 01/21/10 - 10:54 am
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No lawyer should be allowed

No lawyer should be allowed to make the laws, it's a conflict of interest.

veritas14
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veritas14 01/21/10 - 11:11 am
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Nofan states, "its a sad

Nofan states, "its a sad state of affairs that we can no longer take our politicians at their word". It has been at least 50 years by my recollection. Nofan also states, "looked past the rhetoric of Obama and knew he was lying just like most politicians b/4 him". Truth, like most of the politicians, Dem or Rep. dstewartsr states, "Whatever Brown espouses now to be elected will be forgotten in days when he takes office". Again, the truth. Willie states, "However, our politicians have a very short memory and an enormous amount of greed". Truth from both sides, and yet STILL we are hearing the old left/right refrain. I submit willie that it is not just the politicians that have a short memory, but the American voter who falls time and again for the WE ARE GONNA CHANGE POLITICS diatribe. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing, expecting different results. Register as Indep and see the fear of the politicians who depend on the left/right argument to keep them in power. Your liberal or conservative leanings will still be your guiding factor but the parties will not be able to count on party line votes and have to EARN our trust and respect.

ustabe
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ustabe 01/21/10 - 11:12 am
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There was someone (sorry, I

There was someone (sorry, I can't remember who it was) who posted a comment a few days ago to the effect "I hope this isn't the same Scott Brown I served with in the Army". That may be inaccurate, but the meaning was the same. If you're reading this, please tell us why you made that comment.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/21/10 - 11:35 am
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Brown is a Lieutenant Colonel

Brown is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve. He seems to be doing pretty well to me.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 01/21/10 - 11:38 am
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justus4, if Brown was elected

justus4, if Brown was elected by corruption, more than likely, the corruption wasn't his.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 01/21/10 - 11:38 am
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American citizens are not

American citizens are not going to stand by and let our freedoms be taken away from us. Obama is not capable, nor does he have any intention of leading this country in a way that will be good for all. Let's do all we can to make his presidency as impotent as possible and in 2012 we can correct this mistake.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 01/21/10 - 11:40 am
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I'd rather have a politician

I'd rather have a politician that has driven a truck for a living than one that apparently has no idea or doesn't care what the effect that her frequent jet hops have on our country's financial state and our environment. She just procures a bigger jet.

3g
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3g 01/21/10 - 11:40 am
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Thank you Veritas for shining

Thank you Veritas for shining some light on the path of enlightenment which these hard line opiners desperately needed to see ! If everyone would start moving to the center and abondon the futile views from the far left or right , and vote in some independent thinkers into congress we might start seeing healthy changes taking place on the Hill .

veritas14
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veritas14 01/21/10 - 11:44 am
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I cannot tell a lie, 'twas I

I cannot tell a lie, 'twas I made that post. Not keeping up with MA politics, when I heard who was running the name gave me a start. It is NOT the same Brown, ( although the other Brown had all the qualifications to run for public office in that he was dishonest and self-serving).

ustabe
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ustabe 01/21/10 - 11:51 am
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Thanks for the clarification,

Thanks for the clarification, veritas. Couldn't help but wonder what we might have in store if Brown turned out to be another John Edwards or worse -- if there IS anyone worse!

veritas14
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veritas14 01/21/10 - 12:07 pm
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John Edwards is no better or

John Edwards is no better or worse that the other cockroaches who have infested our nations capital/capitol. John, along with others have been exposed for what they are, the rest have not been so, yet. If I seem cynical, I regret that is because I am cynical.

SnidleyWhiplash
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SnidleyWhiplash 01/21/10 - 01:03 pm
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Historic? Hardly. I love

Historic? Hardly.

I love this little tidbit: "For those of us who believe the country had been taken down the road to financial ruin and unprecedented loss of individual liberty, this election was a monumental relief and change of direction".
Right-wingers (and apparently, the editors of this rag of a newspaper) conveniently forget that it was their hero, Gee Dubya Bush, who started us down the "road to financial ruin and unprecedented loss of individual liberty". If you don't believe me, look up the Patriot Act. Also witness the fact that Gee Dubya ran up the largest defecit in the history of this country. I will say however that the Obama administraton is doing damn little to rectivy the situation, but please don't forget that Gee Dubya is the one who shoved us down this slippery slope...

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