Massachusetts has a new Senator. Republican Scott Brown - as recently as 9 days ago left for dead by the media and the Democratic party - has risen like a Phoenix from the ashes to claim the U.S. Senate seat of the late Ted Kennedy. So what does that mean to people like us who live in the desert?
First and perhaps most importantly, it means that the Tea Party movement has become a real political force in American politics. Without the burden of party politics, Tea Party Patrons have embraced the concepts of freedom and the original meaning of the U.S. Constitution and set it above petty desires and assumed entitlements. Their fundamental belief in the original role of government motivated independents to vote not for the big government, big spending, big borrowing, big promising ultra-liberals that have usurped the Democratic party. But rather, a candidate who drove a truck and promised not to vote for the healthcare entitlement designed to make slaves of individuals while promising them eternal life... or at least eternal health.
For Democrats, it means that if they are to retain power they must move away from the uber-liberals who would drum conservative Democrats out of the party. It means that there's a distinct difference between classic liberalism and the socialism that the party has embraced. Most importantly, it means that Democrats need to understand that those who pay the bills have awakened to the reality that they're the ones paying for the out-of-control spending that has become the hallmark of the Democratic party.
For Republicans, the election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts means that this country is fundamentally a center-right nation with a core that demands fiscal responsibility. It's a truth that Republicans had somehow forgotten since Regan and one that took Tea Party intervention to recall.
Like that fateful day in April of 1775, January 19th, 2010 marks a turning point in American history. It very well may be the day that marks the beginning of a return to individualism and self-responsibility outside of the demands and the burdens of big government. It very well may be the Scott heard around the world... or at least loud and clear in Washington.