An external federal investigation, conducted by a Democratic Justice Department, ordered by a Democratic President, and invited by a Democratic governor, is a compelling demonstration of our commitment to our core values, our progressive vision, and our discipline. Such an investigation cuts the legs out from under our reactionary opposition. In particular, it removes the largest immediate political obstacle blocking our ability to collect the revenue that we all know must be raised in order to repair the catastrophic damage done by decades of neglect, greed, and selfishness.
It has a larger benefit, to the nation. It firmly enhances the standing of the Justice Department as a non-partisan defender of our core AMERICAN moral values. It thus enables the same Democratic Justice Department to aggressively pursue the REPUBLICAN criminals who have done so much damage to our personal, national, and international interests. Sooner or later, those responsible for the crimes against humanity ordered by Republicans during the prior administration must be held accountable. If we, as Americans, don’t do it, the international community will — sooner or later — do it for us.
This is about “fixing broken windows”. It worked for the New York subway system, it will work for us here in Massachusetts, and it will work for us as a nation. Each no-show job is a broken window. Each policeman receiving full salary for not working, while teachers are being laid off because of inadequate funding, is a broken window. Each White House memo ordering torture is a broken window.
The most effective way for us to regain the public mandate that we require in order to meet the many challenges that we face is to fix the broken windows.
I want my governor to calmly and persuasively thank anybody who finds a broken window, direct them to the appropriate investigator, and then remind us of our more urgent priorities.
I want my governor to emulate the example demonstrated so skillfully by our President.
I want my party to support my governor every step of the way.