A Big Week in Politics
by Anthony Stasi
Jan 26, 2010 | 2907 views | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last week was a big week for the Republican Party because two things happened that some think might breathe life into the still wobbly party. First, Scott Brown was elected as the new junior senator of Massachusetts, and secondly Air America went off the air.

So a few observations:

• You can now pose nude in a magazine and be elected as a Republican to the United States senate without it being a sticking point in your own party. (And a sigh of relief now that Arlen Specter has switched parties.)

• Fox News is now in day eleven of its around-the-clock coverage of the special election. (Nothing else going on, right?)

• Massachusetts actually elected someone from a different party to the United States Senate. New Jersey, are you watching?

• If you simply elect radio hosts that annoy you to public office, it does get them off the air.

• If you think that Curt Schilling is a Yankee fan, you have just insulted the entire city of Boston and New York and maybe even Phoenix.

• Sometimes keeping some of the biggest voices of your party out of your campaign actually helps.

• If you think the war in Afghanistan is over, you should keep it to yourself. (And Gerald Ford smiles from above.)

• Try not to criticize competing radio stations if you have not paid your own on-air talent.

• It’s actually okay to insult Fenway Park, just not anywhere near New England. (Psst, Massachusetts is in New England.)

• I bet Air America actually misses George W. Bush.

• George W. Bush doesn’t miss Air America.

It’ll be A Cold Day In...Washington

January 22 was the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a Supreme Court decision that protects a woman’s right to privacy which then gives way to the court upholding abortion rights. Last Friday, on the anniversary of the decision, pro-lifers marched on the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. The event was a peaceful demonstration in the wet and cold January air.

In 2009, the estimated attendance was around 250,000. This year, it was closer to 300,000 according to many. Two things stand out the most about the march this year, which is held every year on this very same date. For one, the march was very peaceful, and seems to be over once everyone actually gets to the Court and sings a little. There was minimal counter-protesting. The counter-protest always seems rather unnecessary. So what if pro-lifers are marching? Even if you disagree with their stance, it’s not as though they are in a position to change policy at that very moment anyway.

The other observation that I had about the march was how many young people were there. Some say that most marchers were under the age of 25. It would be safer to say that almost half were in that age group. That is still a whopping 125,000 people or more.

Whether you think these young people are on the right or wrong side of the issue, they are engaged in public policy and they are aware that the peaceful protest is what works best. It also means that this issue will be with us politically for quite some time. And as we hover around nationalized healthcare, these folks, and their pro-choice counterparts, will be sparring for quite some time.

Maybe what made this year’s event a little more wide ranging were ongoing prayers for Haiti and the nation’s sick, as well as for the unborn. Maybe this year was more peaceful because people felt that there was just so much for which to pray. If you ever get the chance to attend a major march in the nation’s capitol, you will see that regardless of the cause or you own opinion, it is an exercise in citizenship.

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