In Commencement Address, Scott Brown takes off the Gloves

In a Commencement Address to Lasell College Scott Brown took off the gloves and went right at the Beacon Hill and Massachusetts Democratic power structure.  The Boston Herald has the story.

Was U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s commencement rant against one-party rule and political corruption in the Bay State yesterday a call to action for the graduates of Lasell College, or a re-election rallying cry aimed at a much bigger crowd?

The answer depends on whom you ask.

“It sounds like he’s trying to explain to kids why there is corruption, and giving them a reason for it and a solution to it,” said anti-tax activist Barbara Anderson of Citizens for Limited Taxation, who took the GOP senator’s politically charged comments at face value.

Here are Senator Brown’s Remarks as prepared for delivery.

Now, many of you have probably heard about the ongoing bribery trial involving a former Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and his associates. The news coming out of federal court is discouraging for all of us who want and expect honest government.

The accused, if convicted, should get the punishment they deserve. But it’s not just these defendants in that courtroom who have let us down. They have been enabled by a ‘go along to get along’ attitude that deeply saturates the one-party control of government in this state.

I don’t care if you’re a Democrat or a Republican, just as one political party can’t be right 100% of the time, it shouldn’t have 100% of the power. Unchallenged power grows arrogant over time. It is what has given us one case of graft after another.

Those standing trial are being called to account, but that by itself will not end the culture of corruption. That is what I like about elections. If you think the system has failed us, then your vote can change the system.

I do not say these things to discourage you. I actually hope it will cause you to consider a career in public service. Your idealism, your energy, your optimism gives me hope for the future.

Each one of you has the power to make a difference. Every one of us sitting and standing here today shares the good fortune of living in the United States of America. We are all a part of the grand story that is America. It’s a distinction that millions of people across the world wouldn’t mind having for themselves.

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