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January 1, 2013

Column: Let’s have a senator who puts the Constitution before politics

Matthew May

Speculation is running wild here in Massachusetts over who will run to replace current U.S. Sen. John Kerry once his nomination to become secretary of state is approved without protest by the good ole boys club in the Senate.

Names bandied about concerning potential candidates have included the ridiculous (Connecticut resident Ted Kennedy Jr.), the more ridiculous (actor Ben Affleck), the oily (congressman-for-life Edward Markey), and the recently dismissed (Scott Brown, scalped by Chief Spreading Bull in November).

Like almost everything else in America, the United States Senate has long been unmoored from its original purpose and function. The framers designed the Senate to be a deliberative body comprised of two ambassadors from each of the several states, sent there by the legislatures of those states to give them a voice in the national government and to serve as a check on the executive and the potential tyranny of the majority. The 17th Amendment favored by the progressives obliterated this arrangement. Now the Senate consists of 100 free agents, the majority of whom, at this point, seem to do nothing more than the bidding of Barack Obama.

Perhaps it is time for an independent voice from Massachusetts, someone who would better reflect those of us here who reject the fundamental transformation of our country from a democratic republic to a social democracy. Perhaps it is time for someone who better reflects the spirit of independence and the principles that were the cornerstones of the events at Lexington and Concord. Perhaps it is time for a citizen-legislator. Why not me?

My credentials? I am not credentialed, and proudly so. My experience on Capitol Hill amounts to three months as a congressional intern. I have never held political office. I do not hold a degree from an Ivy League institution. I am not an attorney. I am beholden to no political party and no interests other than those of the United States Constitution and the principle of equality before the law.

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