Evoking the best among the best — including Massachusetts’ own John Fitzgerald Kennedy and extra-party icon Ronald Reagan — the latest ad from incumbent U.S. senator Scott Brown will inspire every voter in Massachusetts, even the two-thirds who rightfully blame “bad policy” for the nation’s “paltry job growth and slow economic recovery.” [Update at conclusion.]
This ad will arouse in voters a recall of better days … when nearly every American felt a personal investment in our nation’s achievements and certainty of purpose — buoyed by entrepreneurs who were freed to risk, to perspire, to build, to grow, and to invest in the value of every employee (a sacred obligation).
. . . When their cynicism was replaced by a positive realization that we had real leaders, not icons who whiled away their days with play things — golf, basketball, and ESPN (Obama).
. . . When they saw that interlopers — rather like Brown’s opponent Elizabeth Warren and Obama with their ivory tower navel-gazing and disdain for capitalism, both widespread in academia — were “shown the door” by leaders like Reagan.
. . . When their contempt for “bad policy” was supplanted by their joy in those real leaders’ visionary capacities to use government as an aspiring tool (Kennedy’s “walk on the moon”) and to get government out of the way of the nation’s entrepreneurs (Reagan).
. . . When they knew that genuine efforts by the nation’s leaders were a sure thing … not fantastical policy-speak that came up only every four years (Obama) and six years (Warren*).
. . . When they could see that those efforts would not lead to yet another expensive government program that an existing government department could already handle, if it were even warranted (Warren and Obama).
. . . When their belief in the American dream was not regarded as the self-aggrandizing fantasy of gun-toting, Bible-thumping no-nothings.
Update / Footnote: Elizabeth Warren has never run for elected office but will be sworn in as a United States Senator in January 2013 should she defeat the far more experienced Scott Brown. Senator Brown has years of experience mastering the specialized requirements of elected office. Brown is known for his ability to work “across the aisle,” particularly during his stint as a state senator in Massachusetts’ government, dominated by the Democratic party.
Brown has also been a small business owner for years — running a law office is no different than running an insurance or employment agency. He has been a reserve officer for over 30 years.
Here is a snippet describing his real-life background that contributes significantly to his ability to be a U.S. senator knowledgeable in state versus federal government issues, the legal system in the U.S. military, veterans’ concerns, small-town politics, real estate law as an attorney and elected assessor, and much more. From Wikipedia:
Brown previously served as a member of the Massachusetts General Court, first in the State House of Representatives (1998–2004) and then in the State Senate (2004–2010).
Prior to entering the state legislature, he had experience as a town selectman and assessor. He is a practicing attorney, with expertise in real estate law, and served as defense counsel in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the Massachusetts Army National Guard. Brown is a graduate of Wakefield High School (1977), Tufts University (1981), and Boston College Law School (1985).
[He] received a Bachelors of Arts in History, cum laude from Tufts University in 1981 and a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School in 1985. During his undergraduate career at Tufts, Brown was a member of the Kappa Chapter of Zeta Psi International Fraternity.
He joined the Massachusetts Army National Guard when he was 19, receiving his basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and attending Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) classes at the campus of Northeastern University. He was trained in infantry, quartermaster, and airborne duties, and in 1994 he joined the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG). He has been active in the Guard for about 30 years and has risen to the rank of lieutenant colonel. As the Army Guard’s head defense attorney in New England, Brown defended Guard members who had disciplinary difficulties such as positive drug tests, and provided estate planning and real estate advice to those who are about to deploy to war zones. He spent ten days to two weeks with the Guard in Kazakhstan and a week in Paraguay.
He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service in homeland security shortly after the September 11 attacks. He credits his military experience with causing him to focus on veteran’s issues as well as issues of war and peace. He has served on the Veterans and Federal Affairs Committee, the Hidden Wounds of War Commission, and the Governor’s Task Force on Returning Veterans during his career as a legislator.
On May 2, 2011, Brown announced that he would soon go to Afghanistan for training as part of his Army National Guard service. When deployed in August 2011 for a week of training, he spent most of his time in Kabul.
Brown “caught the political bug” in 1992 when he was elected property assessor of Wrentham, Massachusetts. In 1995, he was elected to the Wrentham Board of Selectmen.
When told that at various times he has been labeled a conservative, moderate and a liberal Republican, he responded “I’m a Scott Brown Republican.” [...]
Brown dealt with the all-out efforts (and below-the-belt attack ads) of the Democratic party to make sure he never assumed the U.S. Senate seat of Ted Kennedy, vacated by Kennedy’s death. Besides, it was improbable that any Republican could beat a Democrat, particularly the better-known Martha Coakley. And yet. Here’s what he had to say on election night after Coakley conceded:
“It all started with me, my truck, and a few dedicated volunteers. It ended with Air Force One making an emergency run to Logan. I didn’t mind when President Obama came here and criticized me – that happens in campaigns. But when he criticized my truck, that’s where I draw the line.”