On November 2, when you head out to the polls to cast your ballot in this year’s gubernatorial election, don’t forget to take your anger into the voting booth.
There’s noting wrong with voting based on anger, especially when there’s so much to be angry about. How could one not be furious, after four years of this State House madhouse?
When you go to vote, remember what happened the last time we had a gubernatorial election in this state. You remember that race, don’t you? Remember the competent, underrated Republican in that race, the one who vowed to be responsible with our money and to combat the entrenched arrogance in the state legislature? Remember the slogan-spewing Democrat in that race, the one whose minions kept mumbling “No Ordinary Leader,” the one who was best known for a scandal-scarred tenure in the Clinton Justice Department?
How could one forget what happened the last time we had a gubernatorial race—how so many pundits became fascinated by the Democrat’s admittedly inspiring Horatio Alger tale, and began to promote obvious nonsense about how skilled and effective that Democrat would be in office? How could one forget the so-called “progressives” who smeared those who disagreed with that Democrat as hidebound bigots? How could one forget the moronic folks who called talk radio stations on a seemingly daily basis that fall to accuse the anti-Patrick hosts of barely disguised racism?
You can’t help recalling those days without getting angry all over again. Looking back, it seemed as though too few people were interested in what that Democrat truly stood for, how strange some of his views were, how odd some of his past actions were. Yes, there were a handful of individuals who sounded the alarm, but the noise of that siren was drowned out by enthusiastic screams from that Democrat’s supporters.
How can one not look back in anger? When one recalls the circumstances surrounding that election, and especially the outcome, there’s no way to avoid being filled with fury. Think of the industries that have suffered over the past four years because of the wayward actions of that Democrat. Think of the corruption that has manifested itself as a result of the one-party rule brought about by that Democrat’s election. Think of the pain this country is now experiencing because a President with leadership deficiencies was elected using strategies first utilized by that Democrat’s campaign.
Four years ago, 35 percent of the Massachusetts electorate saw through the spin and voted for the Republican in that gubernatorial race—the Republican who was far more qualified for the job than her Democrat opponent. 56 percent of the electorate chose a different path. So many folks who made up that 56 percent now realize that they had been hoodwinked and bamboozled by political hucksters who sold poison labeled as physic. Now, those voters are looking for an antidote to that poison.
Those voters have a right to be angry, a right to be bitter, a right to seethe with contempt over the shell game played four years ago. Cunning political operatives marketed a fraud as a friend, convincing voters that a cheap product was actually a top-of-the-line item. No wonder so many voters are livid: after all, if you were ripped off and played for a sucker by con artists, wouldn’t you be a little vexed?
This year, the Republican gubernatorial candidate asks if the electorate has “had enough.” The only rational answer is, “Damned right, we’ve had enough!” Enough of the political chicanery that paved the way for that Democrat’s election four years ago. Enough of the halted hopes and diminished dreams that have defined that Democrat’s tenure in the Corner Office. Enough of the hackerama, enough of the hubris, enough of the self-righteousness that seems to stretch from the State House all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Between now and November 2, the same shysters who shilled for that Democrat in 2006 will argue that anger should not motivate voters, that the electorate should view the issues dispassionately and not be swept up in a right-wing emotional tide. Balderdash. Considering the circumstances, there’s nothing bad about being bitter. So hold fast to that anger. Don’t let that anger slip from your mind at any point between now and November 2. It’s justifiable anger, the anger that can only be felt by those who have been lied to, those who have been deceived, those who have been shaken down. That Democrat—the one who was elected on “Together We Can,” but who could never hold it together—can only stay in office if the anger dissipates.
That fact alone is enough to drive one to the boiling point.
Don’t blow off any steam until Election Day.