So We’re Supposed to Wait for Republicans Wearing White Hats?
Dave Wedge of the Boston Herald recently published a piece entitled “State GOP’s gaps assure free pass for Democrats.” Somehow, those of us who are opposed to maintaining the status quo on Beacon Hill are supposed to be wearing sackcloth and ashes because 96 House and Senate Democrats are running unopposed. Like we expect the Republicans to save us?
Let’s get honest here. The Republicans let Scott Brown twist in the wind up until almost the bitter end, when it became very clear that he was going to do well, daresay even win. What does the national Republican party get out of winning a majority on Beacon Hill? Nothing really. Anything in the executive branch or anybody going to Washington, well, that might be a little more interesting. State House? Please.
And who needs ‘em? What’s encouraging is statistic #1 – over 50% of the races are actually races and not shoe-ins. In 2008, only 30% of the races had a contender and those were mainly in districts where retirement, death, or other mishap had left the office free. The notion that incumbents are inviolable is crumbling, and that’s a heartening sign.
And let’s look at major statistic #2 – most of us don’t belong to either party. As of 2008, the registeres Democrats outnumbered the Republicans rather significantly: 1,559,464 to 490,259. Independents made up more than both of them, coming in at a whopping 2,141,878. Do we really need a political party to tell us how to think? No, we really don’t and we need to make that message loud and clear.
Do we really think our situation would be any different if our legislature were majority Republican? Of course not, there would still be the same lack of opposition to keep the more ethically challenged in line. What’s more important is keeping the ones we send to Beacon Hill from getting too comfortable in those seats and that is where we, the voters, have been falling down on the job.
We can start doing that job anytime, though. How about we start now?
Take a look at our list of candidates. It’s not infallible, it’s just some men and women that we are impressed us. Some came to us, we went to others, no favors or money were exchanged, promised, or implied. If you think we’re missing some, let us know. You can also let candidates know that we are interested.
If we want better, more responsible government, we need to replace those who are egregiously violating those principle, regardless of party.