Wednesday, January 20, 2010

We're taking it back!

I have to be honest: I didn’t even know there was an election in Massachusetts until last night. But I didn’t need Sean Hannity to explain to me the significance of a Republican’s win of Ted Kennedy’s senate seat. Watching the celebrations, I remembered something Denny Crane, William Shatner’s Alzheimer’s character on “Boston Legal,” said when told that teachers wanting to teach intelligent design in the classroom were trying to sneak God in the back door: “God? This is a blue state—there’s no place for God here.” A Republican gain of a senate seat in any state would put the brakes on the threatened health care bill, but a conservative win in Massachusetts is doubly significant. I’m not deluded enough to think that the far-left liberals there have turned to God, but when a state that has legalized homosexual marriage elects a conservative to replace an extreme left liberal, something’s up.

Actually, I don’t want to go into that, because I really can’t say anything that hasn’t been said a zillion times in the last 24 hours. It just reminds me of something I kept hearing celebrities say in1992, when Clinton was elected: “we’re taking it back!” Now, I never was too sure what “it” was, but I got the feeling that it wasn’t just the government. Whoopi Goldberg and her ilk seemed to be suggesting that conservatives had hijacked the country and that liberals were going to take it back to where it had been—and that notion is incredible. They were going to take it “back” to the way our founding fathers intended? Seriously? Does anyone really think that those who came here to be able to worship God as they wanted would be thrilled to learn that liberals want to keep prayer and the Bible out of the schools? That they would cheer the legalization of gay marriage? That they would approve of abortion, let alone volunteer to pay for it by voting for a bill that would allow tax money to be used for abortions? I’ve almost always heard the term “revisionist history” used in reference to people who want to convince the world that the Jewish holocaust never happened, but it’s clear that people who think that the values of today’s political liberals are those of our founding fathers are as self-deluded as the most militant neo-Nazi.

But back to Scott Brown: yay! Now I’m really looking forward to November.


  1. This is one of many reasons why I love having you for a professor!

  2. Thanks! But I'm sure most college professors think this way . . . Not!!