Jeffrey Lincoln
January 21, 2010

Unlike Beck, Limbaugh, and Hannity would have you believe Republican Scott Brown’s Tuesday win over Democrat Martha Coakley is not the first in a long line of future victories for the “Tea Party” movement but rather a result of a coup d’état for the Republicans and a testament of a poorly run campaign and a disillusioned Democrat Party. Similar to the public’s infatuation towards Obama, Palin and other cult of personality politicians Brown’s win can be attributed to his ability to relate to his constituency and unfortunately not towards his ideological superiority over his opponent.

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Until we realize the corporate media and politicians like Brown have hijacked the Tea Party movement we cannot return to the original principles.

Had the Tea Party folks been concerned about his politics they would have had at the very least questioned his continued support and defense of socialized healthcare in Massachusetts, which has contributed towards bankrupting the commonwealth and lead to the highest rise in healthcare premiums as compared to any other state in the union. Even more disturbing, Massachusetts and Obama’s federal proposal, “Obamacare,” have identical mandates forcing private citizens to buy healthcare insurance.

Similarly, his claim that he’ll lower taxes and cut spending does not line up with his voting record. In a radio interview on November 3, 2008 on Boston’s WTTK he urged voters to strike down question one that would have ended Massachusetts’s 5% income tax. Also, according to the Centers For Small Government, in his eleven years in the Massachusetts state Senate he had not “authored, sponsored, or introduced” one bill which would have “cut as little as 5% of total state government spending.”

He has even departed from his support for a cap-and-trade. According to a the Boston Globe “In 2008, he [Brown] voted with the Legislature for Massachusetts to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a pact among Northeastern states requiring power plants to reduce emissions or to buy credits from cleaner industries.” The Globe continues by quoting Brown directly where he stated “Reducing carbon dioxide emission in Massachusetts has long been a priority of mine,’’and “Passing this legislation is an important step . . . towards improving our environment.’’

He is however, the sixtieth vote and will vote against Democrats to stop healthcare reform. Once again his record seems to indicate he will do otherwise, the Boston PBS affiliate reported that Brown voted with and not against his Democrat counterparts in the state Senate 91% of the time. The only aspect of Brown’s history we cannot criticize is his foreign policy simply because he doesn’t have any experience in the federal arena of fear mongering. However, his support of Obama’s troop surge in Afghanistan and his willingness to deprive those on US soil of constitutional due process is quite disturbing. At the very least he is just another opportunistic politician who will readily compromise his true beliefs during his campaign and then fall back on his promises once in office.

[efoods]Brown’s voting record is a drastic departure from the values of low taxes, reduced spending, free markets, auditing the Federal Reserve, a humble foreign policy, national sovereignty, and constitutional government that Ron Paul’s Tea Party was formed around yet somehow the pundits claim it as a victory for the movement. The explanation is simple. The message of freedom has been tainted by neoconservatives and has been taken over by the corporate media, large government political action committees, lobbyist groups and the Republican Party. Chad Peace, the co-founder of the very first tea parties, realized this nearly a month and half before Brown won and a month before he started pulling ahead in the polls. On November 30, 2009 he wrote on the California Independent Voter Network website:

We asked our supporters to question party-line politicians and demand that our leaders take a more independent and reasoned stance on the issues facing our country. In short time, desperate partisans were soiling the sheets.

He goes onto write “A movement founded on the principles of independent analysis, has become a yelling fest for punch-drunk cynics armed with incoherent talking points.” Despite the majority of Massachusetts voters being registered as independent the independent analysis that Chad and others have worked tirelessly to foster was not present at the voting booth in towns all across Massachusetts. Instead, they fell into the left versus right and Republican versus Democrat ploy that the mainstream hijackers were hoping for. Due to disillusion with the current administration voters were too quick to fall for Brown’s campaign platform and populist personality. By evoking sentiments in which the people can relate to, driving a pickup with 200,000 miles, and being a 30 year member of the Army National Guard, he was able to get voters to look past his voting record. Brown’s well run campaign was only matched by his opponent’s shortcomings. Martha Coakley at one point called Curt Schilling a Yankees fan, asked a reporter if she was expected to stand outside in the cold shaking hands at Fenway, took a two week vacation during the most important weeks of the campaign and even made a trip down to Washington instead of staying at home to connect with the voters.

The election was a referendum on the current administration, their empty campaign promises, their healthcare reform, climate change and banker bailout policies. However, Martha Coakley who appeared equally as elitist as President Obama enabled Brown to take the win despite his Liberal past. Had the largest faction of the Massachusetts electorate voted independently this article would have never been written as Joe Kennedy, no relation to the late Senator Ted Kennedy, would be on the way to Washington to represent the true origins of the Tea Party. Instead, the neoconservative agenda prevails and partisan politics and the left, right paradigm continues. Until we realize the corporate media and politicians like Brown have hijacked the Tea Party movement we cannot return to the original principles. By November we need to stop rejoicing Scott Brown’s win and vote for freedom in 2010.

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