POST-GAZETTE - Res Publica

Had Enough?

by David Trumbull

September 11, 2009

Eight years ago today, suddenly—with no provocation on our part and no warning from the enemy—in an action calculated to inflict the greatest possible damage on ordinary civilians on their way to work, America was attacked by terrorists who opened war against our freedoms and free institutions. President George W. Bush responded swiftly and decisively declaring that we would win the Global War on Terror. In March of this year Fox News reported, quoting from an Obama Administration Department of Defense memo, that “this [Obama] administration prefers to avoid using the term ‘Long War’ or ‘Global War on Terror.’ Please use ‘Overseas Contingency Operation.’” Thank you, liberals and other muddle-headed voters who gave us President Obama. I’m sure we all feel much safer now that we have an Overseas Contingency Operation.

Voting matters. By just about every indicator—opinion polls, letter to the editor, spontaneous demonstrations at “town hall” fora —Americans are fed up with career politicians who abuse the public trust for personal gain and hold in utter contempt anyone who isn’t rich or the product of an Ivy League school. But nothing will change unless we vote in some new politicians. We need different politicians who understand that they are to serve the people, not the other way around.

On Tuesday, September 22nd, the voters of Boston can choose to perpetuate the current regime or vote for changes. Every elected official in the City of Boston is a Democrat. Three Republicans are each vying for one of your four votes for City Councillor At-Large. They are Doug BENNETT, Robert L. FORTES, and Sean H. RYAN. There will be no change if we keep voting for the same politicians who got us into this mess. The same goes if we vote in new ones coming from the same mold as the old ones.

One encouraging sign in 2009 is that young Republicans, such as those who attend the monthly Republican Meetup in Boston, are organizing and preparing to challenge the Democrats’ monopoly on power. The next meetup will be Tuesday, September 15th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Hennessy’s, 25 Union Street (between Faneuil Hall and Hay Market). If you want to help change City Hall and Beacon Hill, come on down!

[David Trumbull is the chairman of the Boston Ward Three Republican Committee. Boston's Ward Three includes the North End, West End, part of Beacon Hill, downtown, waterfront, Chinatown, and part of the South End.]