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As a true conservative, I will disagree with Senator Brown on many of his votes, including this one. For the record, I think it was preposterous.

However, I remind readers that the 41st vote frenzy that swept him into office was related primarily to the health care bill, which he rejected, (as he promised he would during the campaign). I also fear that many people are forgetting that the alternative to Scott Brown was Martha Coakley, a certain Harry Reid “rubber stamp” on all legislative initiatives.

The lasting national benefit to Scott’s “Massachusetts Miracle” was that it inspired highly qualified conservatives across the country to stop whatever they were doing and run for office. It also proved that grassroots activism and online participation could make a real difference in electoral outcomes, even in liberal “safe havens”.

In Massachusetts, the Brown win on January 19th has provided previously elusive “viability” to dozens of GOP candidates across the state and has prompted many Democrats and Independents to think twice before buying in to the “I’m a D, vote for me” argument that has plagued the state for far too long. Money, momentum, muscle, message and media–the keys to any successful campaign–are now available to conservatives in Massachusetts. I have lived here for all of my 47 years and I can tell you that this is, as Joe Biden might say, a…er…major “WOW”!

So, while I’m disappointed, I have resigned myself to the unfortunate reality of Senator Brown’s willingness to periodically join forces with the likes of Harry Reid, John Kerry and other out of touch liberal ideologues. But on balance, his victory makes our divergence¬† temporarily tolerable because it has unleashed a local and national wave of patriotism and activism that will not be stopped in 2010 or 2012.

Despite any concerns you may have about Senator Brown’s political maneuvering, please think of the bigger picture and stay involved at all levels. It is critical that we preserve the momentum, remain focused on our favorite candidates and put an end to the far left agenda, once and for all.

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OK, I admit it…this post is somewhat self-serving. It reeks of “I told you so”, which is not considered to be “good form” in most circles. But I firmly believe that many of the same factors that fueled Scott Brown’s US Senate campaign are still very much in play.

The “#41stVote” value proposition no longer applies, and unfortunately for all but one GOP candidate, Martha Coakley is only running for reelection as Massachusetts Attorney General. But I contend that the drive, passion, spirit, activism and yes, anger, have only grown in intensity since “The Massachusetts Miracle” took place on January 19, 2010. (The fact that the monstrosity called “the health care bill” was rammed through, against the will of the people and despite #41Vote, didn’t exactly do much to calm “the ignorant masses” either!)

The people of Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts have sent a clear message at the polls–liberal politicians on all levels have ignored that message and will pay dearly for their arrogance in November.

I wrote the following note on January 6, 2010, just as Scott Brown’s viability as a GOP candidate was becoming “news” in the main stream media. (Those of us who pounded the message via social media networks and the conservative “blogosphere” knew this was a compelling story long before it hit traditional media outlets.) Take a look and draw your own conclusions about the current political environment. Also, feel free to use the comments section to discuss your favorite conservative candidate. We’re all in this together!

January 6, 2010

Why Scott Brown Will Win

By John LaRosa

Now that polling data validates Scott Brown’s viability as a candidate, even in what has commonly been perceived as one of the most liberal states in America, the game is clearly “on” in Massachusetts. What started out as an uphill, almost quixotic, “blue state” battle has evolved both into a “Rocky-like” success story for the Brown campaign and an inspiration for conservative candidates everywhere.

In the last few weeks, bloggers and “tweeters” have flooded the internet with content and commentary. The resulting “buzz” yielded a massive outpouring of support. People from all across the country became volunteers, made calls from home, alerted the local and national media, called radio talk shows and made online donations. With this “viral” exposure and associated windfall, Brown’s grassroots campaign, funded almost entirely by small individual contributions, was able to hit traditional media venues with compelling TV and radio ads, most of which were shared generously by supporters via social media.

Nationally, the “value proposition” known as the #41stVote (soon to be a trending topic on Twitter?) resonated with patriotic Americans who feel betrayed by DC officials who seem intent on ramming toxic legislation through Congress without authentic debate. Locally, Democrats and Independents have not only joined Republicans in protesting the Democratic Party’s stampede to the far left, but they’ve also heard and liked Scott Brown’s positions on all the major issues. Scott is an affable, intelligent candidate. He is a straight shooter, but always civil–and this has been well received at hundreds of campaign appearances throughout the Commonwealth.

On January 19th, the voters of Massachusetts can shock the nation and send a powerful message to the likes of Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and President Obama by supporting Scott Brown. They can also be certain that they will be electing a tireless advocate who respects their opinions and will offer positive solutions to difficult problems.

A friend of mine, who is a lifelong Democrat and former Obama supporter, perhaps said it best: “This is not the Party I remember. This is not the change I voted for!” Democrats: Keep ignoring your constituents, buying votes, restricting debate, compromising your integrity and spending us into oblivion. You will reap what you sow!

In the last round of elections, many moderate Democrats and Independents “bought the marketing” but ultimately found themselves dissatisfied with the product and service. They clearly want to shop elsewhere now and they represent the swing voters who will make Scott Brown the next United States Senator from Massachusetts.

John LaRosa consults on business, life and politics. Visit http://www.consultjohn.com


Note: On May 18th, a fourth state is poised to join “message makers” VA, NJ and MA. Conservative businessman and philanthropist Tim Burns now has a small lead against a liberal “Pelosi-Puppet” in the special election to fill the seat occupied by the late US Rep. Jack Murtha in Pennsylvania’s 12th District. This is NOT a primary–it is the final–and I recommend that all patriots, (including other candidates) support Tim’s campaign in any way possible. I am proud to endorse Tim Burns without reservation!


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“The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.” — Ronald Reagan

President Reagan would have liked my father.

Everyone, it seems, has a relative who repeats old jokes at family functions. One of my Dad’s favorites used to be:

Q: “Why don’t donkeys go to school?”

A: “Because nobody likes a smart ass!”

Now, I didn’t say they were good jokes, but read on–I’ll get straight to the point.

Know it All (KIA) Syndrome

Our country is in the process of rejecting the premises and policies of “donkeys” who went to school and grew up to be “smart asses” or, to put it more mildly, “Know-It-Alls” (KIAs). Sure, they can write a decent term paper and be rewarded with a good grade from a proudly socialist professor. Upon graduation, they can prepare a thesis and fulfill the requirements established to earn a Masters degree. And clearly, when they put resumes together and land a job at a “non-profit” like ACORN, they know how to churn out grant proposals that like-minded and equally clueless bureaucrats will find compelling and worthy of hard-earned tax dollars. But do they know how their predominantly liberal academic indoctrination translates into tangible, “real world” results? Hell no, and we may be feeling the effects of this disconnect for generations if we don’t act NOW!

America Has Woken Up!

The people of this country are waking up to this “KIA Syndrome”. They are rejecting the premise that if a proposal, however ill-conceived, sounds “nice” or “kind” or “just”, it is the responsibility of the taxpayer to shell out trillions of dollars to implement it. They are looking more closely at our Constitution for guidance on the true role and powers of government. They are mobilizing, blogging, tweeting, donating, volunteering, voting and yes, shouting! They are saying NO to “Know-It-Alls”!

Message Sent…and Ignored.

In New Jersey, Virginia and Massachusetts, the message was sent: If you’re a “KIA”, even in a “Blue State”, your political career will be “KIA” (Killed in Action*). If you’re “too smart” for the “ignorant masses” and continue to insist that your liberal agenda is even remotely in our interests, you will soon be looking for work in an increasingly difficult economic environment. Your local races, like it or not, are now also national races, and you can do nothing about it…except to “wake your smart asses up” and start listening to the people. That is the only way you might keep your current job or have any hope for future elective office. We’re on to you, and we’ve had enough!

From all indications, “KIAs” see Tea Parties and other grassroots efforts in the same way they see debunked global warming data–as an “inconvenient truth”. But because they insist that they are smarter than everyone, they pursue the same senseless strategies and tactics. This is good news for “common sense conservatives” across the country.

2010 will be a good year and I’m looking forward to it. We will see more Veterans, business people and first-time candidates elected this year than ever before. It’s time for some sanity. It’s time for change that actually works. It’s time to remove the liberal KIAs once and for all.

(*In case Rachel Maddow or Keith Olbermann read this and want to take me out of context: I believe in the political process and do not advocate violence. “Killed in Action” is not to be taken literally!)

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#41stVote

Shortly after the special election for US Senate in Massachusetts, I “came out” as the person responsible for creating, advocating and “driving” the #41stVote “hash tag” on Twitter.

I was part of the volunteer “Brown Brigade” and one of the many Scott Brown supporters who realized #41stVote was THE key national value proposition of the campaign. Why else would someone in PA (@AngelaRMLash) , Utah (@LadyLibertas93), Alabama (@Victoria_29) or California (friends of @ChuckDeVore) make calls from home, blog about the race, comment on news stories or click the “DONATE” button on a web site? After all, Scott Brown was a relatively obscure Republican State Senator in a presumed “safe haven” for Democrats. Clearly, and justifiably, people questioned the content, transparency and integrity of the health care bill. They saw that it was in their immediate interest–and the immediate national interest–to force Harry Reid “back to the drawing board” by ending his filibuster-proof “super majority” in the US Senate.

#41stVote organized, categorized and crystalized the message. It bonded individual bloggers, tweeters and patriots who wanted common sense conservatism and good government applied not just to health care and other “big bills”, but to all legislative initiatives. Together, these “regular people” became the media! Their clear, powerful and collective plea was: “Stop right there–we can do better!” The voters of Massachusetts agreed, and on 1/19/10, Scott Brown pulled off a political miracle by replacing liberal icon Ted Kennedy in the US Senate.

#Code41

I contend that Scott Brown’s unlikely and historic victory could be the beginning of what (the prominent and highly respected political analyst) Michael Barone once termed a “critical realignment” in American politics. Grassroots activism, (on and offline), did not simply disappear with Brown’s US Senate campaign. Energized by victories in New Jersey, Virginia and Massachusetts, proponents of common sense conservatism want to know: What’s next? My hope is that their enthusiasm endures and political momentum accelerates across the nation–that is why I’ve created the #Code41 hashtag on Twitter.

#Code41 is a call to action. It is an urgent beckoning to those “regular people” who helped Scott Brown with #41stVote to “keep that truck rolling” across America. If you reject the dubious premises, policies and tactics of Obama, Reid and Pelosi, I urge you to support your favorite candidates, share great content, meet new friends and promote “online democracy” via the #Code41 hashtag.

#Code41 is not sponsored or formally endorsed by any specific candidate, Party, organization, PAC or special interest group. It is simply a #41stVote “spin-off” created to move the “good government” discussion forward at this critical time in our nation’s history.

#41stVote “went viral” and helped save our country from the ill-conceived, pork-laden and potentially disastrous monstrosity called the health care bill. Let’s do it again with #Code41 and restore transparency, integrity and common sense to the political process!


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