Last month, I defended Scott Brown on his vote for cloture on the ridiculous jobs bill. While I obviously thought that it was a mistake, I wasn’t ready to break out the pitchforks. Scott Brown is a Massachusetts Republican and, at the time, I said “still better partially Red, than Ted.” I said that I’d maintain faith in him and that I’d withhold my judgment until the health care votes, to see if he kept his main campaign promise; the promise that I believe was the reason most Conservatives backed him wholeheartedly.
Today, he validated that faith. He gave the GOP weekly address and he knocked it out of the park, with a scathing and truthful indictment of Obama, the Democrats and their leadership, and the health care bill that they are, with unmitigated hubris, trying to ram down our throats against the will of the American people:
A partial transcript of his awesomely devastating remarks follows below (emphasis mine). Gateway Pundit has the full transcript and it is well worth reading.
“When the people of my state elected me in January, they sent more than a senator to Washington – they sent a message. Across party lines, the voters told politicians in Washington to get its priorities right.
“And from my travels and conversation with people throughout this country, they told me that they want their President and Congress to focus on creating jobs and reviving America’s economy. Instead, for more than a year now, we have seen a bitter, destructive, and endless drive to completely transform America’s health care system….
Nearly one in ten Americans are still out of work. And still, the President and Congress are focused on ramming through their health-care bill, whatever it takes, whatever the cost.
“Maybe you remember what President Obama promised in his State of the Union address. He said he was going to finally focus on jobs and the economy for the remainder of this year. I applauded him for that. Well, here it is, it’s almost spring. And what is he out there talking about again? That same 2,700-page, multi-trillion dollar health care legislation.
“So, an entire year has gone to waste. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs, and many more jobs are in danger. Even now, the President still hasn’t gotten the message.”
“Somehow, the greater the public opposition to the health care bill, the more determined they seem to force it on us anyway. Their attitude shows Washington at its very worst – the presumption that they know best, and they’re going to get their way whether the American people like it or not…..
Speaker Pelosi and others are handing down their marching orders, telling them to vote for this bill no matter what. Rarely have elected leaders been so intent on defying the public will. For many members of Congress, the time for choosing is near – do what the party leadership demands, or do what the people have asked you to do. If my colleagues don’t mind some advice from a newcomer, I’d suggest going with the will of the people.
The will of the people. What a concept, huh? I suppose that for people to whom the Constitution is just a pesky document to circumvent, the will of the people is a lost concept.
The Associated Press had a response to Senator Brown’s remarks. Ever at the ready to be water carrying sycophants for the Left, they had this to say:
New Sen. Brown bashes Obama’s `bitter’ health push
Brown himself can claim responsibility for the Democrats’ failure to pass health overhaul legislation to date. They were on the verge of doing so before Brown claimed the late Edward M. Kennedy’s Senate seat in a special election upset in January, depriving Democrats of their filibuster-proof supermajority and throwing the health care effort into limbo.
Bashes. Telling the truth is now “bashing.” The Associated Press goes on to attempt to blame Scott Brown, by saying he can “claim responsibility” for the failure to pass health care, as if that were a bad thing! Funny, I wouldn’t go with blame; I’d go with partial credit and immense gratitude. They also say that he “deprived” the Democrats.
Excellent. Because, their losses are the Country’s gain.