Massachusetts liberal

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A Massachusetts liberal is a typically ultra-liberal in or from Massachusetts, in many ways the most liberal state in the United States. It is the only state where it is a crime, with a mandatory prison sentence of at least one year, to transport a lawfully owned gun for a lawful purpose in an automobile without a special permit. Out-of-state drivers traveling to hunting or gun competitions in the Northeast have to choose between going hours out of their way to avoid Massachusetts, or spending hours attempting to obtain a permit.[1]

Massachusetts is also the the first state to allow same-sex marriage. Massachusetts is home of Northampton, the "lesbian capital of the world". Massachusetts, particularly the Boston area, is also the home of many ultra-liberal professors who adhere to professor values. Massachusetts has the lowest divorce rate in the country at 2.4 divorces per 1,000 people per annum, according to the Barna Research Group, however this is due to the fact that Massachusetts has the lowest marriage rate, with many couples simply choosing to cohabit.

Two of the most liberal senators in the entire U.S. Senate, Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, represent Massachusetts.

Though small in number, Massachusetts liberals have produced 2 out of the last 6 non-incumbent Democratic presidential nominees, and almost produced a two more when Ted Kennedy nearly unseated President Jimmy Carter in the Democratic primary in 1980 and Paul Tsongas nearly defeated Bill Clinton in 1992.

In 1988, Massachusetts liberals produced Michael Dukakis as the Democratic presidential nominee against a relatively weak candidate George H.W. Bush, who then made an issue of Dukakis's liberal views and beat him easily in the general election.

In 2004, John Kerry lost in the national popular vote by over three million votes in the 2004 presidential election against George W. Bush, yet Kerry won Massachusetts by a margin of about 62-38%.

Massachusetts was the only state in which a majority voted for George McGovern instead of Richard Nixon in the United States presidential election of 1972; even McGovern's home state of South Dakota rejected him, yet Massachusetts liberals thought he was just fine.

Massachusetts is "the only state estimated to have lost population between 2003 and 2004,"[2] and its decline has continued to the point of causing a collapse in its housing market and earning it the nickname "Crashachusetts".[3]

The Mayor of Gloucester, Carolyn Kirk

Mayor Kirk held a press conference explaining the 17 pregnancies by students, up 400% over last year. She blames the Unfunded Mandate- No Child Left Behind, the glamorizing of teen pregnancy and budget cuts over the last seven years.[4] Bush is to blame and citizens lack of taxes. No mention of the children's parents, the school's student daycare center or the policy to hand out pregnancy tests without parents consent. The Mayor, who also sits on the school committee, said she was not comfortable having Gloucester High School Principal Joseph Sullivan at the press conference. [5] Mayor Kirk is comfortable having him continue to lead Gloucester's children. The media event had occurred because Mr. Sullivan had announced the pregnancy pact when questioned. Gloucester resident Annette Dion, a 45-year-old private music teacher, said school and city officials should have done more to find out whether the girls truly made a pact to become pregnant. She said denying such a pact existed is "pretty naive."

Rep. James Fagan (D)

Representative James Fagan, a Massachusetts Democrat politician and defense attorney vows to torment and "rip apart" child rape victims who take the witness stand if the state legislature passed the Jessica's Law bill that applies long mandatory sentences for child sex offenders. "I'm gonna rip them apart," Fagan said of young victims during his testimony on the bill. "I'm going to make sure that the rest of their life is ruined, that when they’re 8 years old, they throw up; when they’re 12 years old, they won’t sleep; when they’re 19 years old, they’ll have nightmares and they’ll never have a relationship with anybody.” [6]

References

  1. "Caution--Massachusetts has enacted one of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation, imposing a mandatory one-year jail sentence for anyone illegally possessing a firearm, loaded or unloaded, "on his person or under his control in a vehicle." In all cases, all firearms must be transported as prescribed in the general rule." [1]
  2. http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2005/10/23/a_state_of_decline/
  3. http://www.bostonbubble.com/
  4. [2], http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gloucester-mayor-blames-bush-17-pregnant-teens , Gloucester Mayor Blames Bush for 17 Pregnant Teens, June 23, 2008
  5. [3], http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/06/23/national/main4201301.shtml , CBS Mayor: No Evidence Of Teen Pregnancy Pact, June 23, 2008
  6. [4], http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,371344,00.html , Lawmaker's Pledge to 'Rip Apart' Child Rape Victims, June 26, 2008
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