YOUNGBLOOD: Back To The Future

Almost five years ago, we suggested that the election of Scott Brown to former Massachusetts’ Senator Ted Kennedy’s seat was but the beginning of a wave of dissatisfaction with our governance that would culminate in the removal of Mary Landrieu as senior Senator from Louisiana.  After her “clout” failed to produce sufficient votes to pass a Keystone XL Pipeline bill yesterday, we revisited that post and were personally surprised at the accuracy of that forecast.

Little has changed in that five year period.  Of the many issues cited, only civil trials of domestic terrorists has been removed from the forefront of discussion, but that has been replaced by numerous other legal and ethical infractions by Eric Holder’s Department of Justice.  The other issues of healthcare reform, energy production, and responsible environmental management, remain, and while the majority party in our seated legislative body would suggest that conservatives and Republicans are the “party of No” preventing progress, we look forward to their assuming that majority, and we’ll no doubt see the power of the veto in the Executive Branch becoming the negative that stands in the way of progress.

Mary Landrieu has met her “Scott Brown.”  Dr. Bill Cassidy will be the next Senator from Louisiana, and despite the inevitable inter-party squabbles between conservative and Karl Rove factions of the Republican party, legislation will be presented to President Obama that will attempt to rectify the governance that she and others of her ilk have proposed or ignored for years.

Landrieu should step down and save what little “face” she has remaining.  Whether she does or not, she will be replaced, as have others who rode the “Scott Brown” wave to a majority in Congress.

We look forward to that.  Conservatives must not become complacent as the day approaches.

Enjoy the reprise of our prognostications, and vote her out.  She is not getting it done.

Dear Senator Landrieu:

Jan. 20, 2010/Michael Youngblood

America has spoken.  The election of Scott Brown to the Senate from Massachusetts was not simply a statewide election.  It drew national attention, he received national support, and his election is a profound national statement.

The majority of Americans do not want healthcare reforms that will increase our costs while reducing our protection and interfering with our very personal relationship with our physician.  We do not want foreign nationals who attack us here and abroad to be tried in civilian courts.  We do not want a nationalized economy with the federal government running our businesses.  We do not want caps on carbon emissions that are based on as-yet unsettled science.  We do not want you to hold our hand, tuck us into bed, and kiss us good night with the reassurance that you will take care of everything in our behalf.

We don’t want legislation that is negotiated in secret.  We don’t want representatives whose vote can be bought with favoritism.  We don’t want what the Obama administration has been trying to shove down our throats, and we don’t want you participating in that type of governance.

We want an environment in which we can succeed, or at least aspire to.  Increasing taxes to reward our success, and increasing entitlements to reward our mediocrity and lack of initiative, is the opposite of what we want.  We want to go back to work, with the assurance that our efforts will be rewarded rather than taxed away and given to those who will not work.

We want protection from terrorists, not Miranda rights for them.  We want to feel safe within our borders.  We want to be respected as a sovereign nation.

We want to be self sufficient regarding energy.  That requires that we capitalize on natural gas and the technology to recover it, and that we capitalize on oil reserves within our own borders and our waters.  It requires escalating the utilization of nuclear power to produce electricity.  It requires that we adopt rational and responsible policies toward the environment, not ideological policies.  It requires us to acknowledge that wind and solar generators are a great science fair project and not a short term solution to energy independence.

Working toward energy independence will not only protect our sovereignty, it will protect and grow our economy.

We elected you to represent us, Senator.  Can you do that?  If not, Louisiana’s Scott Brown will be indentified before 2014, and you will get to meet him.

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