If the non-stop barrage of commercials and automated phone calls from politicians, their families, and Curt Schilling related to the special election for US Senator from Massachusetts have left me with only one impression, it is that I disagree with Republican candidate Scott Brown's oversimplified view of the world.
I am strongly pro-choice, strongly pro-equal protection including supporting gay rights, and strongly pro-due process of law. I am particularly offended by the commercials in which Brown states that the Constitution was written to only protect US citizens rather than terrorists. As the most powerful nation in the world, no one benefits more when other nations follow international law than we do. It is therefore in our interest to set an example and to help enforce international norms. More importantly, however, we need to use due process of law to determine who is a terrorist. Otherwise, there is no protection for innocent American citizens from being persecuted and arrested based solely on suspicion or error. In a country where we are unable to remove ten year old American citizens from the "no fly list" if they share a name with a suspected terrorist, we need to extend procedural due process to everyone.
Tomorrow, however, I am voting for Martha Coakley, even more than I am voting against Scott Brown. I am disappointed with the fact that she launched negative campaigning first. Yet I strongly respect her record on corporate accountability, civil liberties, and equality. While I would prefer lower taxes, the fiscal situation created by the Bush Administration is precarious, and I believe drastically slashing taxes could be economically disastrous. I do have some reservations about health care reform, but I would rather give the Democrats a fillibuster-proof majority with a staunch pro-choice advocate then make the health care agenda dependent upon potentially dangerous compromises, such as occurred in the House.