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Read Brian William Waddell's thoughts from a right-leaning perspective:
Six More Years
Senator Scott Brown was elected to the United States Senate in a 2010 special election held after the passing of the late Senator Edward Kennedy. He's the first Republican to hold a Massachusetts Senate seat since 1953, and no candidate of any affiliation had a real chance at it since Senator Kennedy got into the seat in 1962. But, he's already up for reelection because his term was only for the remainder of Kennedy's allotted time. His time in office has shown him to be transparent, honest, and a defender of the Constitution. He deserves six more years, at least.
More Alike Than You Think
Senator Brown's opponent is Elizabeth Warren. Ms. Warren has made a name for herself on a national level by being a vocal advocate for regulation of financial institutions. Senator Brown hasn't been easy on Wall Street either as he broke ranks with Republicans in supporting the Dodd-Frank Act. In fact, the candidates have a great deal in common. They are both lawyers, she a law professor at Harvard, and he a Colonel in the Judge Advocate General Corps. They both describe struggling through lower middle-class childhoods, and working hard to achieve success in their careers. A quick look at their respective campaign websites reveals that many of their stated stances on the issues that matter to voters are not even radically different. There are, however, a few key issues that separate them.
"Repeal Obamacare" just slides off the tongue so easily doesn't it? It's a major difference between these two candidates. Senator Brown has already made his vote on the issue heard. He would have it repealed. He believes that healthcare is an issue for the individual states, as the Constitution states Ms. Warren, on the other hand, believes that your freedoms do not extend to whether or not you have healthcare. She says, along with all those who don't want to repeal this law, that you will have it, or you will pay a fine. I mean tax. Did I say fine? It's a tax. Even though the left told us that it wasn't a tax until it came time to argue before the Supreme Court.
Lawbreakers vs Law Abiders
Immigration reform is a very important issue, and it is one that explicitly belongs in Congress, unlike healthcare reform. After all, a system of naturalization is one of the enumerated powers of Congress, and protecting our country is the Federal Government's main function. Ms. Warren wants a "path to citizenship," also known as amnesty, for illegal immigrants. Senator Brown very clearly underlines the need for an improved system for entering this country legally, but doesn't think lawbreakers should be given the same treatment as law-abiding citizens.
Good For Women
I know that there are women out there who often don't vote Republican because of one of their main failings as a party, and that brings us to one final note for all the Massachusetts women reading this: Senator Brown believes in upholding Roe v. Wade. The choice is clear for a stronger country. Stick with Brown.