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What I believe.

September 5, 2009

The humor is flying! Jokes everywhere! Some of them justified, some more than justified, some not so much.

I have zero experience in passing a piece of legislation. I have zero experience in writing a piece of legislation. That matters to me, only if I thought I’d enter and win this race, and do it alone. You don’t, no one does and anyone that says they do is a liar.

People, many people, point to my support of former President Bush as the only reason they need to support “whoever he would run against”. Obviously that’s your right, and freedom. However it appears to me that as an Independent, which I will always be, I’ve always tried to vote for the right team more so than the right person. I believed in Dick Cheney, I believed in Colin Powell, I believed in Condoleezza Rice. I voted as much, if not more, for the team President Bush had assembled as I ever did for the man. It’s the reason I voted for his father, it’s the reason I voted for Bill Clinton.

I was not even remotely active in the political scene until far too late in my life to sit on a pulpit and preach about history tells us this and history tells us that. That’s not a good thing, but it’s the truth.

Taxes? Sure I’ll pay them, regardless of the number. Would I prefer lower taxes? Sure, who wouldn’t? But I’ll pay, whatever they are, because that’s the cost of being able to live in this country and I’ve never had a problem with that.

Having said that I live in a state where I can’t drive 1/2 of a mile without a torn up road, or on a major highway without paying a toll, a large toll. How in the hell is this state broke? How in the hell has a state with supposedly as intelligent a voter base as Massachusetts allowed itself to be run into the ground by entrenched and often times corrupt ‘me first’ politicians? How did that happen? All the way down to the community level our papers are littered with stories, daily, of unethical behavior, scandal and outright criminal acts, BY OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS!.

Is there a larger breach of trust outside the family bond than that? Why have we allowed it to get this far, and why would we even consider allowing that to continue?

You want my opinion on ‘issues’?

I’m pro-life (with exception to rape, incest or terminal consequences to mom or child during birth) and against Gay marriage. However, let me be very clear on both of those issues. Those issues are so far beyond the scope or responsibility of one person to legislate it’s laughable. The state you reside in should be the body that determines BOTH of those laws. Because I’m pro-life should have nothing to do with your belief or your opinion. The constituents you work for should be the people that decide those laws in the state they live in, period.

So you understand something else about me. Because I believe something and you don’t, means very little to me. Charlie Baker is running for Governor of Massachusetts. I am a huge supporter of Charlie. Charlie Baker is very much in favor of Gay marriage, I’m not. That doesn’t make me feel one ounce different about Charlie, because I understand there is no perfect candidate and no one exists but yourself, that’s going to align perfectly with your opinions and beliefs. This state needs good people above all else, and Charlie is that. I’ve known that since meeting him years ago and watching him rejuvenate Harvard Pilgrim into a thriving business once again.

I am absolutely for the 2nd Amendment. But I also think this country has become so beholden to special interest and lobbyists that we have completely sacrificed the safety and well being of the individual American citizen. Why should our Police Officers have to worry about automatic weapons? What logically thinking human would think it’s ok that a ‘citizen’ to carry a weapon capable of discharging 1000 rounds a minute? I understand one thing, that’s big business, and big business is what we’ve allowed to take over in far too many places and in far to many areas that the people need to take back. I also think we need to put some ground rules out there as it pertains to rights here. Commit a felony? Sorry, you have no right to EVER bear arms.

To be clear I have no ambition to enter into a life of politics, or to be a career politician, none. I am flattered that some people felt I’d be the right person for this. None of that means I would, or will, attempt to run for the vacant Senator’s seat here in Massachusetts. Were I to even consider this it would be for 1 term and 1 term only, and then only to do everything in my power to rid this state of the tired an unethical people that have run it into the ground and help it begin the healing process, and once again become a thriving state to live and work in.

A run for the Senate is a massive undertaking, both personally and financially. I’m not even close to a Rhodes Scholar or Ivy League graduate, but I also know I’m watching many people with those exact credentials run this state, and this country, into the ground. You don’t need either to serve the people of the commonwealth, what you need is an unbridled and unattached passion to change peoples lives for the better. You need to not be beholden to all of those groups that offer the ‘we pay now, you pay later’ handout.

I have no idea if I’ll even do this, but if by some slim chance I do it won’t be a joke, and it won’t be for laughs. These are deadly serious times at home and abroad and this country absolutely has to elect public servants who don’t head to Washington with an “Out of sight out of mind” approach to us living back home.

189 Comments leave one →
  1. Adam permalink
    September 5, 2009 1:58 pm

    Well said Curt. There are so many issues in Mass that need to be addressed by some new blood. My partiality to your baseball history aside, you have the mind-set and forward-thinking that would benefit the people significantly. Give it some careful thought and even if you don’t run for this one, dont rule out anything else in the near future. Stay well.

  2. Robert permalink
    September 5, 2009 2:10 pm

    The most intelligent approach to the second amendment I have ever heard from a conservative, or self professed ‘independent.’ What about your stance on the job President Obama is doing?

  3. eli permalink
    September 5, 2009 2:13 pm

    Your still an idiot and should never be aloud to run. You are a baseball player. Do people not realize this. You are not smart. You are the worse “independant” ever. Get over yourself.

  4. Harris Cramer permalink
    September 5, 2009 2:31 pm

    Curt, what you seem to miss,my friend, is that most people really don’t care what you think politically. Most people give no weight to your political views at all. You come across like anyone else sitting on a barstool, spouting uninformed opinions. It’s like your public endorsements of the military, words that would carry far more weight if you had actually had made the sacrifice to serve in the military. As a veteran who has experienced war, I find all that rhetoric just so much wind.

    And trust me, if you do run, all that hypocrisy will be an issue.

  5. aubrey permalink
    September 5, 2009 3:14 pm

    Curt, automatic weapons are already so tightly regulated that you need about $20,000 to get one. And it is already illegal for a felon to touch a gun.

  6. September 5, 2009 3:27 pm

    go for it curt,
    If al Franken can be elected to congress this country is in trouble!!!.
    What experiance does he have, He is nothing but a clown!@! We need independent thinking people in congress not greaded politicans that don’t remember that the voters put them their to do their biding.

  7. tim permalink
    September 5, 2009 3:37 pm

    You have my vote

  8. Zack permalink
    September 5, 2009 3:42 pm

    Well said, Curt. I was 100% positive that I would never vote for you if you ran. Now, I just don’t know if I’d vote for you or not. At the very least, you’ve given me some things to think about. I don’t agree with you on many things, but in this day and age where everyone seems to either agree on everything or agree on nothing as if all the issues are nothing more than bulleted talking points, it’s nice to read something that reminds me that there are humans out there among the robots in office and on talk shows. Very refreshing. I hope you run; regardless of the outcome, a person of your stature has a unique opportunity to say something other than the ultra-left or ultra-right nonsense that’s getting spewed into our faces on a daily basis.

  9. glenn88 permalink
    September 5, 2009 3:45 pm

    Go for Governor. You would be able to accomplish a great deal as Gov. Your support for Bush, Cheney and Palin doesn’t matter in a Gov race. See if you can improve MA’s fiscal position without losing all the great things about MA. Remember MA is top 3-5 in education, salary and real estate value. We complain but we have it pretty good in MA relative to other parts of the U.S. See if you can maintain and grow our position from the Governor and improve our fiscal situation.

  10. Scott permalink
    September 5, 2009 3:47 pm

    GO FOR IT CURT..EVEN IF ITS FOR ONE TERM ..MAKE THIS STATE AND COUNTRY GREAT AGAIN!

  11. brightonbob permalink
    September 5, 2009 3:57 pm

    You have several decades left of your life. The career politicians in this country have done a pretty crappy job. What’s 5 months of your life to improve your country that has given you so much? At the very worst you improve the discourse and bring real people back into the process.

  12. David Morris permalink
    September 5, 2009 4:32 pm

    Improve the discourse with these juvenile spoutings? I’m a lifelong Republican, and the last thing our party needs is nitwits like this guy, Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber bringing their simplistic, obvious cliches into our political life. We need serious people with serious ideas and agendas. And I agree with Harris Cramer’s comment in this thread. This guy has gone on and on spouting his love for the military, but like his hero, Dick Cheney, he never took the time to shoulder a gun or put himself in harm’s way. He’s like someone who thinks John Wayne was a war hero, when all John Wayne did was play war heroes. Having served in two armed conflicts, I can tell you people like Schilling and Cheney, who talk of war without ever risking anything under fire, make me vomit. Paper tigers, every one of them.

  13. NHBill permalink
    September 5, 2009 4:36 pm

    Both Obama and McCain wrote powerful books on what they believe before their campaigns. I suggest you read them. Your political writings so far show that you are far from ready for the big leagues of nation politics. Clearly you are an earnest and caring citizen but your ramblings show a significant political naivety. You are very young for politics however. Since you do not have a law degree you could benefit from some experience in more junior offices than the US Senate. How about you local school committee or board of selectmen? Better yet the Massachusetts State House needs honest men like you. After you contribute to solving some local issues then it might make sense to take on the larger nation questions. Your not really qualified for the political AAA let alone the majors.

  14. September 5, 2009 4:36 pm

    Curt, you have my respect and my admiration for thinking about the problems that plague MA and you seem sincere in your desire to make changes. You’re correct that this state is steeped in corruption, but most of the worst of the corruption are not elected officials, but appointees of patronage. We do have our elected fools, as do most states (think Illinois) but we are so entrenched with bloated departments filled with complete morons who do less than nothing and the departments like DMH and DSS are cut to the bone so they are essentially worthless. You just have to go to the Watertown office of the RMV to see patronage in action, a department filled with disinterested, lazy, rude, and unqualified to deal with the public asshats. You’re right, the state is rife with them. There is no doubt about it.

    BUT, to say you still support Dick Cheney after this weeks more laughable utterances from a guy who spent his entire vice presidency in an ‘undisclosed location’ tells me that your thinking is blinded to reality. Cheney is a tool who is working so hard to cover his ass before he’s indicted for war crimes that it’s actually comical to hear him stutter his way to an alternate reality. Honestly, there is no way I could ever, ever ever support anyone who supported those idiots. And you liked Sarah Palin too, as I recall. Unless you repudiate and apologize for your support of those morons, you don’t have a chance. Period.

  15. glenn88 permalink
    September 5, 2009 6:28 pm

    To Mike who made that Al Franken comparison. Regardless if you like Franken or not, the guy knows policy. He is educated and spent years studying policy. See this video clip of Franken discussing health care with Democrats and far right Republicans. Very calm and very detailed. Do you think Curt Shilling could explain plan B medicare? Regardless if you agree with Franken’s solutions, the guy knows his stuff.

    http://www.videosift.com/video/Al-Franken-Calmly-Discusses-Healthcare-With-Teabaggers

  16. September 5, 2009 8:23 pm

    Wow..So much anger in Mass. One of the most messed up states in the union. The spirit of America… ya right, more like the spirit of Russia. Kurt is at least honest about things and as for you ex-military guys, if you don’t want the backing of the people of U.S. I guess you could always look back thirty years or so to the Vietnam War and how you were treated. My brother served over there twice and I’m proud of him, but I didn’t serve. I guess that makes me evil. Ha.
    Kurt, you should think twice mainly because of the den of vipers you’d be entering, not to mention the whack jobs that would be you constituents.

  17. Karen permalink
    September 5, 2009 8:28 pm

    I feel protective of you and think the entrenched would chew you up and spit you out. I enjoy your fresh ideals and would hate for you to lose them by being involved in the quagmire that is this government.

  18. September 5, 2009 9:09 pm

    As much as I admire your career as a pitcher, I don’t think I would vote for you as Senator; our views diverge on too many issues. Moreover, I am not convinced that you have the intelligence and discernment to be an effective Senator.

    You see, we do not elect our representatives and senators to directly reflect our transitory views; we elect to vote our interests, and to reflect at times the angels of our better natures. Your support of Bush in 2004 and McCain in 2008 suggests support of disastrous Republican policies regarding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and moreover suggests that you would have been among those who voted for the war authorization bill… things that were most emphatically not in our country’s best interests, and resulted in (among other things) the death of thousands of American troops.

    Your seemingly blind support of Bush, in other words, suggests that you would be little more than another conservative stooge in the Senate, a chamber that already has a glut of conservative stooges.

  19. Susan permalink
    September 5, 2009 9:19 pm

    Please. I think this guy is a joke and his statements and actions are mere amusements. He loves the sound of his own voice and if he gets elected as a senator, I will seriously consider moving. He has no experience and only opinions which everyone has.

  20. bea permalink
    September 5, 2009 9:47 pm

    I wish you luck and advise you to ignore those who ridicule you for your desire to serve the people. Never forget if you are in office you are there at the will of the people, which is what our politicians seem to have forgotten. Those who say you do not have the experience, do not listen to them, we have a president who hadn’t even served a term in the senate and most of that time was spent on the campaign. Sen. Kennedy was not a politician he was originally appointed to the senate. If you get elected defend the constitution and freedom with everything you have. We need to end the current trend of executive branch power grab and return to a balance of power between the legislative, judicial and executive branches. There is nothing wrong with support of people like Sarah Palin and George Bush, at least you know what they say is what they mean unlike the leadership in office now that say something to see what people think then when the public do not agree they change there mind or say they were misunderstood. Good luck. Show me where you stand on the Constitution, Freedom, Rights of the people, Responsibility, Ethics and Integrity and then I will decide if you have my vote.

  21. Allen W permalink
    September 5, 2009 9:51 pm

    What an idiotic blog. On this hand, on the other hand. You could pitch, not among the greats but pretty damned well, bloody sock and all, but you don’t seem blessed with intelligence. You should go bask in the glory of WS and leave governing the country to people who are a little smarter. True, I am not sure who they are. But clearly they are not you. Leave your guns at home, watch TV, drink beer. go away, ok?

  22. Joe D permalink
    September 5, 2009 10:25 pm

    Curt;
    First time to your blog. Great site and very interesting comments. I think you would do a great job. Every new rep and seantor have a staff with the experience to help draft the legislation. Do you think the clowns in office today actually draft a damn thing?? They just come up with the ideas and the staff translate to legislation drafts. I should know! I worked for Joe Kennedy and after that experience, I also became an independant.

    Voting for the person who makes sense and brings something to the game is where my vote goes. I have seen Colin Powell speak at a convention and had the opportunity to meet him at that same event. When you look at that man in the eyes, there is a sense of trust. If he ever runs for President, I would be pounding the pavement for that man! Like Colin, I had the opportunity to meet you in passing and there is that same sense of trust!

    The first thing about our current political leaders missing is leadership!! Although my experience with Joe Kennedy changes my poltical party, the one things remains… the experience I had speaking with constituents and bringing their concerns back to the office was a great experience!! My current congressman (Olver/ Berkshire County) is hiding in his office. Not a single return call or return letter regarding the current Healthcare debate…one of the biggest issues. Now, we need leadership and not cowards. Sure, you are a ball player but also a leader!!! Give it a shot! If you need to build a volunteer crew to pound the pavement, put me on that list!!

    Best of luck in whatever you do!!

  23. September 5, 2009 10:29 pm

    Curt,

    Being a Yankee’s fan, I have my reasons for not liking you as a player, but I support you 100% in running for office. Run a clean campaign, fight the tax-and-spend Socialist agenda, be honest and forthright, and end the Liberal domination in your state.

    They’re worried about your lack of experience, but the Secretary of State is qualified because she slept with a President? What experience or qualifications does Al Franken have? Absolutely zero! And what makes it worse is that he is an ultra-lib.

    Go get ’em Curt.

    God Bless You!

  24. September 5, 2009 10:51 pm

    As best as I can tell there are absolutely no principles involved here. We do get platitudes like “that’s the cost of being able to live in this country.” Actually, that is worse than a platitude. It implies the government owns the country like a landlord does when he rents out an apartment. That is actually the total reversal of the principles on which the country was founded.

    Take the nonsense about abortion and equal marriage rights as another example of muddled thinking. We are told that those are issues far beyond the scope of one person to decide. Who is the one person doing the deciding? In a free society it would be the individual directly impacted by the decision. But we are told that should be a collective decision. This implies rights do not reside with individuals but are merely grants given out at the behest of the majority. Once again this is a total reversal of the principles on which the country was founded.

    As I see it, Mr. Schilling has basically rejected the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. He doesn’t show any actual principles of his own here. In other words, he’d fit right in with the rest of the gang that have mismanaging things.

  25. Ms Bella permalink
    September 5, 2009 10:53 pm

    Hey Eli and Harris and Morris…For those of you who say Curt is an idiot and he is a baseball player and cant run…well Pres Obama was a Community Organizer of Acorn with one year in the Senate and one year campaigning…

    Go for it Curt.

    BTW the military is volunteer, nobody forced anyone into it…

  26. cheng permalink
    September 5, 2009 11:02 pm

    Curt – You embarrassed yourself last time you appeared before congress. We don’t need someone who says one thing and then does the other when it counts. Why should we believe anything you say, when last time you had a chance to stand by your word you caved.

  27. Ms Bella permalink
    September 5, 2009 11:07 pm

    Margalit…war crimes? Pres Bush got approval of war from the US Congress all Dems and Repubs and the U.N, they voted. Clinton proposed the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998(GOOGLE IT) voted on by ALL but a few DEMOCRATS to disarm Iraq IN THE 90S. (Pres Bush was not in the picture in the 90s.) ThE HYPOCRITES Clinton PELOSI REID KENNEDY KERRY THEY ALL SAID(find it on utube) DURING THE 90S-2001 SADAM SHOULD BE DISARMED BECAUSE HE WAS A THREAT. THEY said it on national TV way before Pres Bush was elected. THEY voted to send our kids to war and then took the war vote back and voted to cut funding.

    You must mean Clinton who bombed Kosovo for weeks without any approval from Congress or the UN. He also did nothing about several terrorist attacks on US interests in the 90s. THe pre-911 mentality are back in congress and the WH but are slowly going down the toilet..people never knew what his change was (media never asked)now they know and don’t like it…who’s the idiot now? not Curt

  28. MAMike permalink
    September 5, 2009 11:11 pm

    Curt, I admire your passion, but to attempt this would be an un-winnable task. Who knows, you may be the best man for the job but this is politics and, like life, sometimes it just ain’t fair.

    Your advantages to political aspirations: tremendous name recognition, strong financial position, energy and an (obvious) willingness to say what’s on your mind and in your heart. Disadvantages: your last name is not Kennedy and you are not a far left-winger. This is true-blue Massachusetts and, although Obama-mania has been knocked down a notch or two, a conservative leaning candidate wouldn’t stand a snow balls chance.

    Politics is a tough game and unfortunately it takes more than just being the right guy for the job. My suggestion would be to start buddying up with people who have influence. Throw Deval some luxury box seats at Fenway and hire a Clinton-esque dirt digger to crush the opponents.

    My honest opinion is that your candidacy would be ridiculed and seen as a joke. My suggestion is, if you’re serious, to do what someone said earlier..get involved on a smaller level and establish yourself as someone who can actually be an effective political figure. Also take a step back and don’t envision yourself as an icon who is adored by all New Englanders. Sports fans are quick to turn on a former hero – see: Manny Ramirez; Roger Clemens, etc.

  29. September 5, 2009 11:26 pm

    Exactly what did Ted Kennedy have for qualifications before he was made Senator-for-life? What was the draw? Was it the expulsion from Harvard for cheating? Was it the great job he did managing John’s campaign? The millions his dad made? Was it the name Kennedy itself, or maybe just the (D) after it?

    I laugh so hard when I hear people deride Curt’s possible run on the basis of lack of experience. Massachusetts has done a lot worse in that department than hypothetically voting for Curt Schilling; they probably will again. I frankly wouldn’t bother running, Curt. The people will probably just hand the job to Joe. They’ll deserve him, too.

  30. The Buzzard permalink
    September 5, 2009 11:58 pm

    Curt is a DB! He is a one man show; doesn’t know how to compromise and will win or “die trying” as 1 against 99. What a political dope! He does not bring people together; just the opposite.

    Real world experience?? Let’s see, multi-million dollar baseball player?? Yeah, that’s real world experience. Show me the door to that “real” world. Add his real world education – attended junior college?? Wow am I impressed. Really fits the profile to be an effective senate candidate (not)!

    So you want someone with a great education, great real world experience (really gets the economy), can work as an effective member of a team, and is from the sports world?? Try Robert Kraft. Let’s see Curt the “center of the universe” try to compare himself to him rather than the former senator. Kraft is Columbia and Harvard educated and has had a “little” success in the real world. Hey, DB Schilling – beat that.

  31. Joe permalink
    September 6, 2009 12:02 am

    Go for it Curt! The Founding Fathers had people like you in mind to run for the Senate, not the self-serving blowhards who make it a career! Get in there and shake up the system!!! And this is coming from a life-long Yankee fan 🙂

  32. Eric permalink
    September 6, 2009 12:27 am

    While, you do have an opinion and an audience, you need to give up national politics for quite a while. Despite Senator Kennedys indiscretions and shortcomings, he was without a doubt the greatest legislator of the last half century. You say you don’t know how to write a bill, or how to get a bill passed. That realization alone should tell you that you are in no way qualified to join the august body of the United States Senate. If elected office is something you are interested in, stop, try the State House. Learn the process. I bet there are legislators who want to pitch in a World Series game, but they dont.

  33. Jon permalink
    September 6, 2009 2:06 am

    Curt,

    I’d be curious to hear you work through some of those ideas in a bit more detail. I’m a liberal, but I’m not opposed to voting Republican on a local level if it will shake up some corrupt politics. I like what you said about gun control. That seems sensible.

    You completely lost me on Dick Cheney though. How can any reasonable person look at that guy and think it’s a good idea for him to be any where near the center of power? In what parallel universe is torture anything but a total perversion of American, even conservative, values?

  34. joe permalink
    September 6, 2009 3:04 am

    Curt, what is wrong with you? You should research a subject before you write about it. You’re view on gun laws and the second amendment are based on the fact that you think automatic firearms are legal! They haven’t been legal for over 70 years. And that felons can own guns. They can’t and have been prohibited from touching, buying or owning for years. Fun fact for ya; there is no gun show loophole in Massachusetts. To buy a gun from a dealer you need to go through two background checks. To buy one from a private citizen you both need to be licensed to own firearms. To get that license you need to go through another background check is performed.

    The NRA is the oldest civil rights organization in our country. There “special interest” is fighting legislation that would take away your civil rights to self defense.

    If you’re concerned about violence in the streets and the police’s well being; I suggest you support tough sentences for violent criminals and the death penalty so they can’t re offend or reenter our society. Instead of misguided attempts at gun control, to which you have proven you know nothing about.

  35. September 6, 2009 4:53 am

    Curt,

    I absolutely think you should run. One bit of contention, though from a straight, white, southern male. Civil rights (like gay marriage) have no place being left up to states to decide. If that were the case, we’d still have slavery. The Feds should get off their butt and just tell the fundo’s that it’s not an affront to them if a gay couple gets married. It’s not a religious thing. After all, atheists can get married, right? Not a religious right, and unconstitutional to bar homosexuals from the same “bliss” that us straight folks are forced through.

    Best of luck, Curt. I’d vote for you if I could.

  36. MikeS permalink
    September 6, 2009 5:45 am

    What I Believe…..

    I believe Curt should stick to retirement

    stick to bar stool babbling

    and stay out of politics.

  37. Craig permalink
    September 6, 2009 5:55 am

    Curt, I believe you could hold political office in Massachusetts successfully. You are not one of those “entrenched” politicians who feel the taxpayers “owe them”. As for intelligence, I would guess you are probably smarter and have far more common sense than our “career politicians”. From reading what some of your non-supporters are writing, is there some sort of license or degree that is needed to honestly represent the voters of Massachusetts?

    I have to disagree with you on one point. The automatic weapons you write about are carefully controlled in this state and country. Very few citizens can get a license for them and the weapons are extremely costly! Are there illegal automatic weapons out on “the streets”? Most definitely!
    Should individuals possessing them and using them illegally go to prison for a long time? Yes, they should. The honest, licensed firearms owners should not be penalized for the actions of criminals using firearms that they possess illegally and use to wound and kill people. It’s probably a surprise to a lot of people but… most law enforcement officers support honest, law abiding citizens possessing “high capacity firearms” and most officers have collections of these weapons that they have privately purchased. I can tell you this from experience because I just retired from police work after over 32 years on the job.

    Curt, I wish you success in any political office you may run for and we need more good people like yourself to run for office in Massachusetts!

    craig

  38. Jeff permalink
    September 6, 2009 6:40 am

    Curt,

    Very well said. I too am pro life, however, I understand that it isn’t always about an individuals position. You need to aproach this race as a potential representative. There are individual beliefs and then beliefs you will hold as a representative. What is more important than your individual beliefs is HOW YOU CAME TO HOLD THOSE BELIEFS. It is your rationale that is important. How do you digest facts, interpret, and then take a side.

    And to those critics who say an ivy league education is required, I say bs. We have a bunch of educated politicians. How is that going? We have lawyers so entrenched in the political machinery that there will never be a significant law passed changing the way lawyers do business. In order to be a successful politician, you need the following: A strong work ethic, an ability to listen to all, a strong team and a desire to make a change. Finally, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, you need to be un-buyable. Do not succumb, to the “but this is how it’s done in Washington”. If you believe in something push for it. If you don’t, stay true to your beliefs. But always, always, always pursue the business of the people. Again, I think you can do it. I know the motley bunch we have so far in the race, will simply disappear, as they sit down to lobbyist sponsored dinners, and Reid puts them in their place. I could go on and on, but, I’ll stop at GO FOR IT. I am waiting to volunteer.

  39. Tom Field permalink
    September 6, 2009 6:46 am

    Curt:

    The only fault I find with your positions is this: If you think you can make a difference as a ‘one and done’ senator, then you’re either seriously deluded or underestimating the scope of what you’re considering. It’s like saying at the start of your baseball career that you were going to give yourself one season to win the Cy.

    You’ve never held an elected office, Curt. Just the learning curve you’d face to figure out how legislation gets passed, the ins and outs of the committee system, who your true friends and foes are, how to work effectively in D.C., how to fully understand — never mind represent — the needs of your constituency…

    You think you’re going to accomplish all this and more in one term, and then be able to say that you fulfilled all of your own goals for making the run in the first place?

    This ain’t like ending an 86-year-old curse, my friend! 🙂

    Be open to the possibility you might need more than a single term; that’s all I’m saying.

    best,

    Tom

  40. gerry permalink
    September 6, 2009 6:46 am

    curt I hope you run and win. Then we won’t have to hear your stupid idiotic opinions any more.

  41. zeke permalink
    September 6, 2009 7:00 am

    Shill, your best bet is to run for governor. Your moderate beliefs should be applied in-state. This one party state is headed into oblivian.

  42. David Reed permalink
    September 6, 2009 7:01 am

    I, for one, wouldn’t vote for you if you put your name on the ballot.

    Stick to baseball, Curt. It’s what you do best. Your political ideas aside, you’re just not that bright.

    -David

  43. Claire permalink
    September 6, 2009 7:03 am

    Sorry, Curt, you can’t replace Ted Kennedy. He was a lion, a giant, and a champion for those who can’t help themselves. I honor your belief that you would try to help this country, but you have supported the very people that have ruined it. Those that put our men in harm’s way. Those that tortured our enemies, which never works. I have no reason to believe you are any better than George W. and Cheney who you supported. Do good in other ways. You know how to do this. You were good for the Red Sox, so savor that. BUT STAY OUT OF POLITICS. You’re really not wanted there.

  44. Moe permalink
    September 6, 2009 7:47 am

    Go for it Curt, there will be many new faces to work with in 2010 after the election. We need new blood and not career politicians, I wish you the best of luck and think you could do a great job.

  45. September 6, 2009 8:04 am

    Machine guns are now highly restricted and regulated. A ‘citizen’ that wants to legally obtain an automatic weapon is going to spend a minimum of about $4000 (or $7000 for an automatic rifle) and wait almost a year while the government does its background checks and paperwork. I know because I’m in month 7 of the process.

    Since the NFA was enacted in 1934, there has been a grand total of one murder committed with a legally obtained machine gun. One. And it was a cop that did it.

    In this blog, Schilling said, “Why should our Police Officers have to worry about automatic weapons?”. I’ll argue that the people that Curt imagines are shooting at the police with automatic weapons did not obtain them legally. In other words, they broke the law to get the automatic weapons.

    Curt’s machine gun ban will do nothing to prevent a felon from obtaining a machine gun any more than the existing laws do now. Therefore, his ban is useless. Any rational thinking human can figure that out.

    I’d prefer that my senator – for once in my lifetime – use logic instead of emotion to make decisions that end up limiting my freedom.

    Here’s another tidbit from Curt’s machine gun rant that shows he’s not thinking things through before opening his fat mouth:

    Quote:

    “I understand one thing, that’s big business, and big business is what we’ve allowed to take over in far too many places and in far to many areas that the people need to take back. I also think we need to put some ground rules out there as it pertains to rights here.”

    I can tell you the exact amount of money that ‘big business’ makes from machine gun sales to civilians: $0.00. There is absolutely no reason for gun manufacturers to actively opposed a further ban on automatic weapon sales to civilians, and none do. Curt’s is a straw man argument that does nothing to make Suzie Soccer Mom any safer. If he knows this, he’s being dishonest, if he doesn’t, he’s being stupid.

  46. Charlie permalink
    September 6, 2009 8:25 am

    Now you see! I was all for you running as I totally agree with your politics. That only one term disturbs me. I want someone in who wants to be in not just a show… You do not want this to be a joke? That will make it the biggest joke.

  47. Tim permalink
    September 6, 2009 8:31 am

    Curt Schilling and Charlie Baker representing us would a most welcome change of pace. INDEPENDENTs are what we need to break through absurd partisanship that has become sadly predictable.

  48. Peter K. permalink
    September 6, 2009 8:35 am

    Would I vote for Curt? Unlikely (and I no longer live in Mass. anyway). Do I think he would make a good candidate? Yes. I appreciate any candidate, regardless of their views, who is straight with me, tells me what they think, and follows through on their statements with actions. I have always felt that Curt was sincere and honest and I have no reason to doubt that would continue in a political race.
    I do find his continued support of Dick Cheney unfathomable but you know what? That is Curt saying what he feels and sticking to it. Would you prefer he suddenly distance himself from Cheney just because it was politically prudent? I would love to see him distance himself from Cheney because the man is, imho, a deranged lunatic and a danger to the country. But if Curt doesn’t agree with that I’d rather he say so then lie to me to get elected.
    Curt, I say go for it if you like. Try to fix the problems you perceive if you can. I think you may find it is much like trying to catch a knuckleball and I’d hate to see you wear yourself out chasing after the ball but if you feel the challenge is worth it, the fight worth fighting, then go for it. Stay honest to yourself and honest with us and you will be just fine, regardless of the results.

  49. September 6, 2009 8:36 am

    Common sense, not “education” is what this country needs. I’d sooner vote for a farmer, or rubbish collector with a fresh common sense approach than any of these self serving, educated fools that crawl out of the woodwork when there is an open seat. With all the “brains” in Washington you’d think the country would be ascending not descending. All the money thrown at education and our kids are showing less intelligence than any other comparable country. The debt that Obama has accumulated for the country in just a few months is staggering. More than all the Presidents before him combined.(how many of us when in a financial crunch spend our way out of it?) There are really no words for the craziness that is Washington. The intelligence of the likes of Barney Frank and Chris Dodd (the brains that were overseeing the finances of this country and said that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were financially sound just a couple months before the crash) is a good example of what is going on in Washington.
    I want people in the government that will stick to and protect the Constitution not try to rewrite it whenever there is a “good crisis”. I think you should run Kurt. But again watch your back with these thugs that are in power now. You’ve shown great resolve in your playing and I think you could help to turn things around but it will take more than one term especially in the great communist (oh I’m sorry Commonwealth) state of Mass.
    Good Luck

  50. Joe permalink
    September 6, 2009 8:44 am

    Curt, before you open your mouth (again) on firearms in this state, get yourself educated. Contact GOAL.Org and learn what is already regulated in the Commonwealth and has been for close to 70 years. Felons are prohibited by Federal law to even TOUCH a firearm, much less legally purchase one.

    Don’t be another elected idiot with a ‘feel good’ agenda..

  51. nurfc permalink
    September 6, 2009 8:54 am

    Curt,
    Go for it. I have been saying for years now that we need everyday people at the State House and in Congress. We need people who want to help and do what is right for the people of Massachusetts and not to get into politics as a career. What people fail to realize is that these career politicians are the problem. This state’s politicians are dirtier than Pedroia’s jersey. I would be thrilled to see someone, like you, run who stands by their beliefs, speaks their mind and makes no apologies for doing so. A real role model who would continue to lead by example in his or her professional and personal life and someone who will make no excuses and has no ties to special interest groups. A wise man once told me; “Excuses are tools of the incompetent, they build monuments of nothingness. Those who specialize in their usage are good for nothing but excuses.” I am sick and tired of hearing them from our politicians. We need a strong voice to call them out on their “bs” and wake people up. It would be refreshing to have the truth be told.

  52. Steve permalink
    September 6, 2009 9:19 am

    Curt,

    Well written & thoughtful but…I know you don’t need my opinion on your political ideologies and aspirations, but the “button” was there for me to comment. I am a registered Democrat. I live in Maine, if I lived in Massachusetts, I’d consider voting for you. I understand your an independent. Politically speaking, I don’t think it’s wise for you to allign yourself with messrs Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, etc. Furthermore, why would you vote and support 41 and then turn around vote for 43 in 2000, nevermind in 04′. Independents & moderate Republicans should be careful about alligning themselves with 43, lots of negativity, corruption, & failed policies. 43 isn’t even in the same ballpark as his father as a politician. If you want to run & win in Liberal Massachusetts, don’t align yourself with 43. Lastly, I am pro-choice, but I respect people more on the abortion topic, if they make exceptions and aren’t so hardcore PRO-LIFE. Thanks for the Red Sox memories!!!

  53. Milksy permalink
    September 6, 2009 9:22 am

    Curt, please run. You can bring common sense and be a voice for the average American. With the corrupt, dirty politics of today, it is increasingly difficult for average Americans to challenge the status quo and to win elected office. The money needed to do this makes it impossible. You have the name recognition and status, however, to do just that. People attack experience; to me we have far too many experienced politicians in office. Obviously it has been a long time since you worried about paying bills, taxes, etc. but based on your comments you have retained an understanding of what the average working family goes through. Your support of the men and women has been excellent.

    It is high time to combat the status quo and there are lots of us ready to support you to make it happen. In terms of you not knowing how to write legislation, thank goodness, I love you more. We could use 99 more legislators that don’t know how to write pork laden crap bills like they do.

    Go 38.

  54. Milksy permalink
    September 6, 2009 9:24 am

    Meant to say support of men and women in uniform in previous comment

  55. David Morris permalink
    September 6, 2009 9:41 am

    Hey Ms. Bella, Obama was at the top of his class in an elite school. Mr. Schilling, from his spoutings here and in other forums, is an undereducated man of perhaps average intelligence who admits he doesn’t know much about the issues. Mr. Obama served in his state legislature before running for the Senate. There is no comparison between the two. ‘m not one of those Republicans who denigrates an opponent simply because he is an opponent, so get your facts on Obama straight. If you want to back a conservative, fine. So do I. I’d love to see a Republican win Teddy Kennedy’s seat; I’d chortle for a year. But not this clown. He hasn’t a clue how to legislate, his ideas are that of a Neanderthal, and he blindly followed the people who nearly destroyed my party. Go back and read his famous 9/11 letter. It’s the musing of a high school freshman, and the idea that he thought he should even be the one to write such a “letter to America” is evidence of an unbalanced ego. I wouldn’t vote for him for dog-catcher. Again, I’m a lifelong Republican. If this guy runs, I will donate thousands to beat him. If he gets my party’s nomination, I will vote Democrate. I would do the same if that other moron Sarah Palin was a nominee for anything other than street cleaner. These people are the types who have ruined the party of Goldwater, Eisenhower and Reagan, the men who personified what my party stood for. Actually, I hope this smug, arrogant know-nothing runs, just so I can watch him get his fanny whipped.

  56. Marty permalink
    September 6, 2009 9:43 am

    Things I believe:
    1) You are a good and decent man.

    2) You are one of the most impressive pitchers I have ever had the pleasure to watch. (I cheered for 20 mins straight and would not miss your 200th win at Fenway that night over Tampa).

    3) You are correct that this State has alot of corrupt politicians who tax it to death.

    4) As a Senator, you would be in Washington and not really be able to effect any practical change by removing any of them from office etc. Whereas, if you were still here in State and were truly passionate about this you could effect far more change, a) with your public exposure and media access. b) Financial resources c) work ethic. Perhaps a run for State office (say, Governor or something?)

    5) The people who are talking to you about running are Republicans, those people (or the people they answer to in their party) also realize you will run as an independent.

    6) You running as an independent would “split the vote”. (They like this idea because they realize it is the only shot in hell they would have at picking up a seat here in Mass.)

    7) At worse case they get you in the Senate, at best case they get “their man” in the Senate.

    8) Running for office in this State knowing that this is the effect of your candidacy would make you, at best; no different than many other politicians and their tricks and disingenious nature. (both Republicans and Dems).

    9) You are better and smarter than this, to allow yourself to be used as a tool for deceit. You probably also owe it to your dream and vision for 38 Studios and those whose investment dollars you asked to be entrusted with, to use your energy and ability to make Copernicus the best MMORPG possible.
    (Great name choice by the way)

    10) If I sat down and had a coffee with you and you could convince me that I should vote for you, you could win the seat.

    11) I am forever greatful for all that you did and do for the Sox and the people of New England and beyond. From winning the World Series to your work with SHADE, ALS, Jimmy Fund and beyond.

    12) Thank you for taking the time to read this.

  57. September 6, 2009 9:44 am

    Curt,
    I liked you better when you were pitching for us (AZ). I understand and agree with much of what you are saying but is sounds like you are repeating one of the incredibly ignorant myths of the liberal media. It has been illegal to own automatic weapons for decades. There are no guns being sold on the open market that can spray 1000 rounds per minute. The mistake of repeating this myth is a common one. Just do your research before acting.

    Semi-automatic weapons allow the firing of only one bullet per squeeze of the trigger. If weapons are to be used as the 2nd amendment intended, the ability to own one that holds 30 or even 100 rounds in the magazine is reasonable. The second amendment is about the use of arms to protect ones community and nation, not about hunting.

  58. Sguns permalink
    September 6, 2009 9:51 am

    Sorry Curt, you’re mistaking semiautomatic firearms for fully automatic firearms which are not generally available to the average citizen unless they have a (extremely hard to get)license.

    don’t fall into the trap of the uninformed which is: “OOOOOOOH that gun looks scary, let’s BAN it.”

    These guns merely look like military arms, but function in the same way as common hunting rifles.

  59. David permalink
    September 6, 2009 9:56 am

    Go For It!
    I will send you the maximum allowable contribution. I am a registered Republican who voted for Obama. Forget party lines; vote for the person.
    It would be refreshing to have your voice in Washington…file papers & start getting contributions!

  60. Jordan permalink
    September 6, 2009 10:43 am

    Please run, we need someone in the senate who isn’t part of the corrupt democratic machine in this state. You are our only hope. As soon as you post a campaign site I’m ready to contribute. Good Luck.

  61. Clancy permalink
    September 6, 2009 11:14 am

    You’ve lost me all around. You’d be an embarrassing member of the U.S. Senate.

    You voted for the team? Last time I checked Colin Powell and Condi were not on the ballot when W ran for President.

    They also go it wrong in Iraq, the economy, Katrina, and at about everything else they attempted.

    You are not qualified to serve in the U.S. Senate. You may be old enough and a citizen of MA but you are so unintelligible that it makes my brain hurt.

    Pro-life = Anti-choice.

    Go home.

  62. Clancy permalink
    September 6, 2009 11:14 am

    Better yet, if you’re so much in support of war why don’t you join the Armed Forces.

  63. Mike Connor permalink
    September 6, 2009 11:25 am

    Good Luck Curt. It takes a person not afraid to tell the truth and stand up for what is right. People are starting to wake up and this election is for the taking. In the 19th century an anti-democrat slogan was “Waving the bloody shirt” we can wave the bloody sock. You have my support 100%. I am a school teacher and have the same general guiding principles as you posted. There are plenty out there who think like you, believe me. Take America back.

  64. blue dog permalink
    September 6, 2009 12:04 pm

    A senate candidacy by you would be a joke Curt, whether you intended it or not. Someone running for office based on their celebrity as a sports star and avowed “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington” mindset of naivete and ignorance of political reality and world affairs just makes them a lame punchline. Britney Spears or the Jonas brothers are as equally credible potential candidates as you.

  65. Rod permalink
    September 6, 2009 12:09 pm

    Curt, if it wasn’t for ‘big business’ aka. Major League Baseball, you’d be a working stiff like the rest of us slobs. Get off your high horse, you’re nobody special. Options are like……everyone has one.

  66. Jen permalink
    September 6, 2009 12:12 pm

    i think white conservative rich guys shouldnt be allowed to marry

  67. Mike permalink
    September 6, 2009 12:18 pm

    Run Curt! Run!

  68. Hot Mama permalink
    September 6, 2009 12:22 pm

    Run Curt, run!

  69. amortizor permalink
    September 6, 2009 12:45 pm

    “Senator Curt Schilling.” Can you imagine just how entertaining that would be? Only in America…

  70. September 6, 2009 12:58 pm

    Curt:

    This:

    I understand one thing, that’s big business, and big business is what we’ve allowed to take over in far too many places and in far to many areas that the people need to take back.

    Sounds kinda left-wing, doncha think?

  71. NHted permalink
    September 6, 2009 1:02 pm

    Curt, you are defending your support of Bush by saying you also supported Cheney. What went through you mind when you wrote that?

    Also, the Supreme Court determined abortion is not a state issue. Your statement suggests your don’t understand this. This is why conservatives push for judges to overturn Roe v. Wade to make abortion a state issue. If you are running for Governor, than abortion is not an issue. But you are running for the Senate and will have votes on SC justices, therefore this is an issue and does matter. Also, if you are taking a pure federalist approach to state rights, how do you feel about civil rights laws from the 60s? Should states maintain their rights to determine segregation? What is your judicial philosophy and is it consistent?

  72. Eric permalink
    September 6, 2009 1:10 pm

    Wow, some of you have an opinion about Curt and his intelligence and ability. Have you ever met the man? I have; a very bright intelligent and hard working (take a long look at his prep before any game he has pitched). As he said, just because you disagree with any of his views does not discredit his position. Read his statement before even making a comment like that. Curt has quite a few businesses under his belt and have been run effectively. The man is organized and successful; beat that. He has yet to use any non-voluntary money as too many career politicians can only survive off of.

    On a personal note, I don’t think he has killed anyone, so him taking the vacant seat in Mass. sounds like a step up.

  73. kevin permalink
    September 6, 2009 1:31 pm

    i dont know if this was covered because i have not read all of this. i find it very funny that the guy calling curt an idiot believes that curt shouldn’t be allowed to run for office because he is “a baseball player.” i mean, that’s great reasoning! there has never been an intelligent baseball player in the history of the game. baseball players aren’t allowed to care about the country they live in and how it is run. how dare you curt! that being said, i likely would not vote for him, but i would listen to his agenda before writing him off for silly reasons such as being a baseball player.

    p.s., he also spelled allowed “aloud” and told curt he was the “worse” independent ever. not only is that grammatically incorrect, there are far worse independents out there that believe in some seriously messed up stuff. who’s the smart one now?

  74. Chip Lennon permalink
    September 6, 2009 2:14 pm

    Hi,
    I would really like to see you at our next Lions Dinner Meeting, I would like to be your sponsor so you would join our Medfield Lions Club. I know you have been so all you need to do is pay your monthly dues or once a year which is 4 quarters. Come when you want…
    If you join, I promise I will help with at least one significant fundraiser once a year. How does that sound?

  75. Dave the country hick permalink
    September 6, 2009 2:15 pm

    Sure, Curt is only an ignorant baseball player. Our intelligent politicians have done so much better than Curt could do. Why, there’s, John “I voted for it before I voted against it” Kerry, Chris “Sweetheart mortgage deal” Dodd, Larry “Wide Stance” Craig, and of course, John Ensign, for whom “family values” meant his parents gave $96,000 to the married staffer he was sleeping with. Is Curt as qualified as William “Dollar Bill” Jefferson, who fought the $90000 bribe money in the freezer charges by claiming “legislative immunity,” or Charles “Ways and Means…to not pay my taxes” Rangel? Can Curt possibly uphold the high standards of Jesse Helms, Mark Foley, Dan Rostenkowski? My friends, if intelligence and integrity were qualifications for Congress, not only is Curt Schilling qualified, he’s over-qualified. Based on who’s there now, it sounds more like a job for Manny Ramirez or Roger Clemens.

  76. James Perry permalink
    September 6, 2009 3:02 pm

    Mr Schilling,

    I met you in NH when I was assisting in Senator McCain’s Campaign, I would like to just say that if you do wind up running for the vacant senate seat in Massachusetts, It would be an Honor and a Priviledge to assist in your campaign as well. I believe you can see my email address so please get in contact with me if you do make this run

    James

  77. Rick permalink
    September 6, 2009 3:06 pm

    Curt,
    When I heard that there was a chance that you’d might run for Senator I absolutely laughed! I thought you were a great addition to the Red Sox and I thank you for helping them finally bring a world series back to this city. Even yesterday I had said to someone that you have to be crazy to even think you can run for office in this state.
    Then I came to this site for the first time ever and read what you had to say on your 9-05 blog. You’ve made me change my mind. You’re right. There are too many corrupt elected officials in this state. I’m an independent even though I’m “supposed to be” a democrat because I’m in the union. I always try to vote for the person I fully believe has everyone’s best interest at heart, Not their own.
    There was something you said that made me realize that you would be a good Senator for our State.
    Your following sentences say it all, “The state you reside in should be the body that determines BOTH of those laws. Because I’m pro-life should have nothing to do with your belief or your opinion. The constituents you work for should be the people that decide those laws in the state they live in, period.”
    That is what everybody elected into office should be doing.
    Too many elected officials forget those 3 very simple sentences They always feel they know what is best for the majority no matter what we think.
    I for one would find it refreshing to have someone who would listen to all before making a decision. I don’t believe it takes being a Rhodes scholar or an Ivy league graduate to run for office. I believe all it takes is for someone who has common sense and who takes the time to listen to the people and vote for what the majority wants.
    If you ever decide that you want to run for office, just let me know and count me in on volunteering to get you elected.

  78. I R A Darth Aggie permalink
    September 6, 2009 3:15 pm

    He has no experience and only opinions which everyone has.

    That wasn’t a hindrance to Obama, was it? or Al Franken, for that matter.

  79. wellbasically permalink
    September 6, 2009 4:14 pm

    To the Franken supporter: what you notice is that Al Franken spent his adult life in front of a live audience doing standup and TV, speaking to them and responding to them in a skilled and perceptive way. There are so many things we do in our lives which can help us understand the people. I have no doubt that being a baseball pitcher gives Curt a great insight into the emotional state of his subject, and if he will apply his emotional intelligence towards voters he could definitely win a senate campaign. 2010 will be a bad year for the Democrats. Lowering the volume on war and lowering the taxes will win it.

    Curt, your experience earning a living on your talents will seem strange to many who expect connections and “getting things done” in government are the only qualifications for a senator. You are already speaking for many of us who make things and sell them to people without coercion by the government. Winning is not the ultimate goal, politics is not a football game. By running you move the central point towards the right answer, and if your opponent has to steal your ideas to beat you, so much the better, you will have achieved a lot.

  80. September 6, 2009 5:06 pm

    Cheney committed war crimes, Powell was dismissed about two days into the new administration and either lied or was too dim to see the truth when he spoke at the UN in the run-up to the Iraq war, Condi declared that no one could have forseen the breach of the levies in New Orleans, even though many people, including a leading researcher at Tulane (in New Orleans!) said exactly that. This is just a bizarre defense of a vote for Bush.

    If you are a Senator, you are one of 100 people who work on social issues like abortion and gay rights, so I would hardly describe it as ‘laughable’ that a Senator’s position on these matters would matter. Certainly if one has the same attitude towards civil rights as Schilling is making for gay rights then this nation would probably still be far behind where we are now in terms of race relations.

    “Were I to even consider this it would be for 1 term and 1 term only, and then only to do everything in my power to rid this state of the tired an unethical people that have run it into the ground and help it begin the healing process, and once again become a thriving state to live and work in.”

    Curt might need a bit of a primer on the structure of federal and state government. How, exactly, is someone in the US Senate going to clean up the Massachusetts state legislature and governor and judicial system? Beyond that, Massachusetts has actually held up really well during his recession.

    “I’m not even close to a Rhodes Scholar or Ivy League graduate, but I also know I’m watching many people with those exact credentials run this state, and this country, into the ground.”

    George Bush has an MBA from Harvard, so when did this become a no-go for Schilling? John Roberts has a BA from Harvard, Alito from Princeton, and Scalia has his JD from Harvard Law — should we remove them from the bench? As for Rhodes Scholars, there are exactly two in the US Congress, Dick Lugar and Russ Feingold (in looking that up, I learned the Bobby Jindal is a Rhodes Scholar, ugh) and I’d hardly point to them as two of the main architects of running Massachusetts or the USA into the ground.

    Just stop. Really, enough.

  81. Bill permalink
    September 6, 2009 5:11 pm

    I sense your passion Curt. But, if you are going to throw the corrupt word around you had better be able to name names and have specifics. You’ll be asked. The strawman approach only goes so far. Also, you’re doing a lot of grumbling about how the State is run during the an economy we haven’t seen in 80 years. You do know that if you are a Senator from Mass. you will have no impact on the State governance – correct? Maybe you should save your fire and run for Governor.

  82. John in Boston permalink
    September 6, 2009 5:13 pm

    “What logically thinking human would think it’s ok that a ‘citizen’ to carry a weapon capable of discharging 1000 rounds a minute?”

    You do know that automatic weapons have been heavily regulated at the federal level since the 1930’s right? Basically only cops and military can get them except in a very few special cases (certified police and military trainers, manufacturers, etc.) and even then only after filling out mountains of federal paperwork and subjecting themselves to VERY deep back-ground checks by the FBI and ATF.

    When was the last time an automatic weapon was used in a crime in MA? I bet it was before you were born. The cops have much more important things to worry about.

    Also – felons are already precluded from legally owning or handling a weapon in MA. That doesn’t really stop them though. The funny thing about felons is that they typically don’t much care about the law. Passing more laws is not going to change that fact.

  83. mike permalink
    September 6, 2009 5:15 pm

    Curt, glad to hear you’re against gay marriage. What’s your stance on pre-marital sex? Maybe you should get your undies in a wad about straights having sex outside of marriage because I see a whole lot of that going stuff going on. The Bible says it’s wrong and you being a God-fearing Bible thumper should get on your high horse about that one.

  84. Brad permalink
    September 6, 2009 5:41 pm

    Curt,

    Good Luck, we need some honest elected officials. You have my vote!

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  85. Deanna permalink
    September 6, 2009 6:00 pm

    If the Commonwealth isn’t interested move across the border we could sure use your independent common sense approach in RI.

  86. Dr J permalink
    September 6, 2009 6:54 pm

    Curt,

    I can be absolutely certain you are reading this, taking it all in. You make it a point to enunciate that Massachusetts is being ‘run into the ground’ by inept, corrupt politicians. I think if we look closely, that is the case throughout the USA. Some on this site have mentioned others with superior education, and honestly, that is a tactic that can only h-e-l-p and not hurt, your candidacy if you so choose to run. Anyone in this state that wants to Harvard-up on you is making a huge mistake. We residents of Massachusetts need another person to look up to, gather ’round, give us reason to believe that this country can pull itself up from the shoestrings just like the 2004 Sox. Harvard-types, intelligent indeed most, have an awful lot on their plate. Obama knows this upfront and personally.

    You have a huge hurdle to climb, no question. Some advice that I read here maintains that you should try, first, going into a lower legislative arena. Knowing what I know about you, you intend to run for ONE term as a Senator; be careful with this idea. Folks who believe in your chutzpah may wonder that after you are done…if you have a good measure of success, what the heck do we do now?!? Yeah – I KNOW! – elect Tim Wakefield! (Darn, am I a genius or what? Didn’t go to Yale either…

    Good luck!

  87. September 6, 2009 6:58 pm

    Curt, you really should do some research on the 2nd Amendment and what’s going on outside the baseball stadium, because you really have no idea what you’re talking about.

    People will continue to not take you seriously, until you educate yourself and understand WTF you’re talking about.

  88. Joe C permalink
    September 6, 2009 7:28 pm

    Curt,

    we disagree often politically, but its people like you who need to be in office. To all you people here insulting Curt’s intelligence (without ever having met the man, no doubt) – let me tell you what I think elected officials need to be successful. They need ears, and they need balls. The ears are for listening to their constituency to determine the best way to represent them, and the balls are for following through on that representation. The end. Elected officials don’t NEED high dollar degrees. They don’t need to be lawyers or judges. They need to be people who care about serving others, regardless of what is personally profitable or convenient.

  89. Obie Wan permalink
    September 6, 2009 7:49 pm

    Well if there’s one thing we’ve learned from the dope in the White House, experience AIN’T a necessary qualification to make it in politics. By the way,in spite of what a few of the dipsticks have posted here, Teddy Kennedy had zero political experience when he first got in the Senate. However he did have the right last name !!!

  90. Kenny permalink
    September 6, 2009 7:56 pm

    Curt,

    I was born and raised in MA (life-long Red Sox fan obviously), but I’ve been back and forth between here and Ohio the last few years. I’ve had little interest in participating in the politics of this state because it seems like a one-party state to me and I feel like I don’t have any other choices besides Democrats. The idea of you running for Senate intrigues me. Your views seem largely in line with mine. However I think you need to study up a bit more and refine your views if you’re going to make a serious run. Some questions to consider:

    1. What are your views on health care? Have you studied Obama’s plan? What do you think of it?

    2. If a nominee for the US Supreme Court comes up for a vote in the Senate, how will you decide if he or she should get your support?

    3. Obviously you were for the Iraq war. I think it was a mistake in retrospect, but I’ll let that slide. But what do you think about our interrogation tactics? Did they cross the line into torture? If so, should someone (in the Bush administration or the CIA) be punished for approving this?

    That’s a good start. Obviously you have the right to run for office and the yahoos here who are mocking you for it are probably the ones who vote the same morons into congress every two years. Having choices in an election is always a good thing and I fear that the Republicans will be unable to put up a credible candidate for the Senate seat. So if you do your homework and read up on the issues, I say go for it.

  91. Brian permalink
    September 6, 2009 9:09 pm

    Curt,

    I respect you as a baseball player, and a person, but before you talk about the 2nd Amendment please take the time and truly look at WHY the Founding Fathers put it in there.

    At the time of its writing, private ownership of guns was very much highly regulated in the world. This was NOT to save the children or even used as a crime prevention program. Its use was pure and simple to keep the populace in check so those in power can rule by fiat and not worry about upsetting the populace.

    The Second Amendment is NOT about hunting, it is not about target shooting. The reason that the Founding Fathers put it in was they looked back at the fight for Independence. They needed arms (not artillery) on par with the British Army to secure our freedom. They were also smart enough to realize that over time that there will be Men who get into power and try and run the country counter to the Freedoms that we behold in the Constitution (sound familiar?). We are the only nation in the world that can, IF NEED BE, eject our leaders for being tyrants by force, preserving our freedoms.

    An Armed Man is a Free Man. An Unarmed one is a subject, and it is a proper term because they are NOW subject to the whims of those in power and can not affect change to keep their freedoms.

  92. Marc permalink
    September 6, 2009 9:18 pm

    Curt,
    I am all for you running and I wish you luck. That being said, the one thing that scares me is ignorance. I am speaking specifically about your views on the second amendment. To just say, “I am absolutely for the 2nd Amendment. But….” shows your lack of understanding of not only the laws currently in place but more importantly who is breaking those laws and what we/you would need to do about it in order to affect change. You say “Why should our Police Officers have to worry about automatic weapons? What logically thinking human would think it’s ok that a ‘citizen’ to carry a weapon capable of discharging 1000 rounds a minute?” In that sentence you have identified what you see as a potential issue, our LEO’s worrying about automatic weapons. You go on to say what logical human would think its ok for a citizen to carry this weapon. The answer is NONE! No logically thinking person would think that its ok for a citizen to CARRY this around. That’s because a logically thinking human already knows this is illegal to begin with. You identified an issue then you associated it with the logical public. That is the mistake that most politicians make. They take gun violence and they associate it with gun owners and that leads to heavier restrictions on the legal gun owners and does nothing to deter the criminals committing these crimes. By that logic we should close all the roads at 6 pm to sober drivers or ticket them if caught driving after 6 just so no one gets hit by a drunk driver. I challenge you to make a difference but do it by going after the right people.

    Automatic weapons, assault weapons, whatever weapons…..they are not the problem and neither are the people who legally own them. I happen to legally own them all and they go from my safe at home to my gun club, unloaded in a locked case. Please don’t fall into the trap of blaming the guns or the responsible gun owners, blame the criminals. Rather than say “why should a police officer have to worry about an automatic weapon” say “Why should a police officer have to worry about a homicidal maniac that should still be in jail, I will reform the court system” I have never seen a gun point itself at another human being and pull its own trigger.

    I closing I would suggest that you contact and organization like G.O.A.L. and educate yourself before you take a position of authority and assert that authority. Ruling from ignorance and uneducated opinion is an abuse of power. My email is attached to this post, contact me if you are interested in joining me at my gun club for an afternoon. Rather than argue with you, I would offer to teach you what I can and let you form an opinion based on knowledge and experience rather than fear.
    Regards,
    Marc

  93. Richard Buguey permalink
    September 6, 2009 9:31 pm

    Mr. Schilling.. Your one vote counts.. In all you said I’d say go for it! Call Dick Cheney or Senator Bunning and ask for advice. Best if your wife supports most and your children alot.. Prolife means all are allowed entrance and we are all in need of further guidance and mercy.. May God guide and daily might you depend… Read and devour the book of Proverbs and the word of God in Christ… God bless you & yours! Colossians 1, 2. 3

  94. TWK permalink
    September 6, 2009 9:59 pm

    Curt,

    You should run. The country does not need more elected officials with previous electoral experience. What we need are elected officials that will listen to what we want and apply common sense approaches to governing.

    By that I mean that it defies logic to think that you can use government money, our tax dollars, to spend your way to prosperity. Increasing government regulation and take overs is not the answer. President Reagan gave this country a long, sustained recovery from the maliase of the late 1970’s under Carter by cutting taxes, eliminating regulation and then getting out of the way and allowing industry to create jobs and increase federal revenue.

    RUN< RUN, RUN!

  95. September 6, 2009 11:11 pm

    Will issues in Western Massachusetts and building stronger realtions between Western and Eastern Massachusetts be on your agenda?

  96. September 6, 2009 11:57 pm

    Curt,
    I hope you know what you are getting into. Ive worked in Congress, and think it is great when Nat’l reps have “nontraditional” backgrounds (pretty much anyone who is not a lawyer). They add something that keeps the institution real. After reading your musings, I only wonder if you would be happier and better suited for either state office or in the House of Reps. The US Senate is full of arcane rules and codes. Considering committee appointments and everything it would be near impossible to accomplish anything as a freshman one-term Senator. The issues you seem to be most passionate about also seem more local. And as the old maxim goes ‘all politics is local.’ I know that Nat’l govt does hold the star power and prestige and all that. But, that is not all there is in this world. Anyway, good luck with whatever direction you take.

  97. September 7, 2009 1:13 am

    No. No way! In Massachusetts? No.

  98. Mark permalink
    September 7, 2009 1:47 am

    “Your still an idiot and should never be aloud to run. You are a baseball player. Do people not realize this. You are not smart. You are the worse “independant” ever. Get over yourself.”

    Maybe you should invest in an education before you call other people idiots.
    Then again, Curt is an idiot. So is Kevin Millar, Trot Nixon, Pedro Martinez, Jason Varitek, Derek Lowe, etc.

  99. David Reed permalink
    September 7, 2009 6:25 am

    Hey Curt,

    According to one article I read, you said “My credentials are that I have no baggage,”

    Dude, your mouth is your baggage. You’ve been spewing right-wing propaganda for years. You’d be a fool to think you could run and win, replacing Ted Kennedy, Red Sox “hero” or not.

    Guess we’ll see you on the ballot in November, aye?

    -David

  100. roberto permalink
    September 7, 2009 6:49 am

    Curt:

    I always enjoy your views on topical issues. You have a very balanced approach. You actually think about both sides, allow yourself to be influenced by new information, and you are far from dogmatic. That being said, if you decide to run, you need to simplify your message. This campaign is not about abortion, gay marriage, the 2nd amendment, etc. It is a referendum on the first year of the Obama Administration. It is about the economy. It is about unemployment, gov’t deficits, the nationalization of health care, and a terrible cap and trade bill. It is about small businesses that are dying. And, a gov’t that has done nothing to help.

    The mood in the country has shifted over the past few months. The independents, and the folks in either party that take a centrist approach (like you), have woken up and realized that they lurched too far to the left with the election of Obama (and giving large margins in both houses to the Dem’s). After living through one year under this administration, the country has a serious case of buyer’s remorse. And, this open seat election will be a test of whether people in the most left leaning state in the union are willing to shift to the right in an effort to rebalance the boat.

    The Globe and the rest of the state run media will try to make this election about divisive issues like gay marriage and abortion. Do not let them. There is a time and place for those kind of debates, but this is not one of them. Do you think anyone in the 10% of people that are unemployed (probably more like 15% when you count the folks that have given up)care about anything other than getting back on their financial feet right now? Or any of the folks that are underwater on a mortgage?

    Voters select candidates based on their own financial situation and their perception of the economy as a whole. After one year of Obama, voters (even here) are ready to make a statement. The economy is broken and Obama/Dem Congress is not fixing it. In order to win this election, you simply need to ride that sentiment.

  101. john permalink
    September 7, 2009 8:30 am

    RUN Curt RUN!!!!!

  102. Samz permalink
    September 7, 2009 8:49 am

    Eli, you dope the word is “allowed”. Now go back to kindergarten.

  103. Samz permalink
    September 7, 2009 8:51 am

    Eli… “you’re” as in you are… not “your” Do you still use the fat crayons?

  104. Samz permalink
    September 7, 2009 8:57 am

    Eli …………. “worst” not “worse” And you call Curt an idiot?

    As Cal Naughton Jr. says…. “Who’s the retard now?”.

  105. Babs permalink
    September 7, 2009 9:17 am

    Curt, we need people with your honesty, integrity, along with the willingness to help our State regain some stature, by doing what will benefit the People, and not the Special Interest.

    The ‘Senior’ Independent would welcome your run, and will pledge to do everything possible, to help get you elected. You should probably opt for two terms, instead of one, simply because our country is currently in such a mess. However, you have my support no matter what you decide.

    You, as well as your wife, have long demonstrated a willingness to help others. We need those qualities in action, in our elected Representatives, and not just in words.

    Good Luck Curt, and I sincerely hope you decide to give it a shot.

  106. Shawn permalink
    September 7, 2009 10:38 am

    Even the smallest thought of you running for United States Senate is a joke. …and I’m already laughing.

  107. bob permalink
    September 7, 2009 11:18 am

    Curt,

    I admire greatly what you have done as a pitcher and baseball player.

    That said:

    Some of the times i’ve heard you on ‘EEi over the past few years lead me to believ that your personality doesn’t seem to lend itself toward flexibility and negotiation needed in a Senator.

    As to your statements above

    I wish when people start talking about waste in government and corrupt politicians they would get specific.

    Name names, suggest concrete solutions. (Dimasi and Harrington don’t count, they got caught by someone else).

    Take a really unpopular stance that would work for the greater good, like the federal 50 cent gas tax hike that Senator Kerry suggested when he was running for president in ’04. Bush and Cheney creamed him on.

    Yet, 50 cents a gallon from 2005- 2008 would have raised roughly $ 280 Billion over that time which would have gone to roads, bridges etc. The reduced driving would have caused wear and tear on our overpriced roads. This info is from Dept of energy

    http://www.eia.doe.gov/basics/quickoil.html

    If you can show a way to really lead I might listen to you, otherwise save your time and money and money and don’t run

  108. Displaced Cambridge permalink
    September 7, 2009 12:30 pm

    No one can tell you what to do. Fortunately this is still a free country. Entrenched politicians want to be the most exclusive club. Unfortunately, once in, they can be hard to hold accountable. Especially when the people who have elected them follow party lines like lemmings. Independance really bothers most politicians on both sides because they want followers. I truely believe that it does not require any special talent or experience to make a person want to make good decisions for the people that they are supposed to be serving. Too many politicians forget that fact. It is what probably allows them to forget that it is not their money that they are spending. Your sincere approach is needed in Washington.

  109. Bob Montana permalink
    September 7, 2009 12:39 pm

    Curt,

    I suggest you look into the Campaign for Liberty. These are liberty candidates from around the country, Republican, Democrat, and Independent, dedicated to returning the Federal Government to it limited Constitutional function, strict adherence to the Bill of Rights especially the 10th Amendment a return to States and the Peoples Rights.

    Do not worry about lack of experience or legislative knowledge. That is what we need–fresh perspectives and someone who cannot be bought or sold.

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Campaign-for-Liberty/15271979613
    http://www.campaignforliberty.com/

  110. Bob Montana permalink
    September 7, 2009 12:48 pm

    … and what Massachusetts needs is a balance of power between liberal and conservative. Polls indicate that Massachusetts is 50/50 conservative and liberal but, since JFK, the balance has diminished to 90% liberal. This is dangerous, as we can see.

  111. Mike Crescenza permalink
    September 7, 2009 1:16 pm

    I’m not sure why you all are getting excited. Go through all the threads on this site and count. What have we got, total on this, a few hundred posts, many of them repeats, so this announcement attracted what 200 or 300 people, tops. Most people understand this is just another athlete so deluded with his own fame and all the attention he got while he was pitching, that he thinks his opinion is far more important that most people hold it. Most of America doesn’t care what Curt Schilling thinks. Most Americans don’t even know who he is. You people, on both sides, are getting roiled over a big nothing. I feel sorry for Mr. Schilling, he should be go detox from the celebrity fix, and it’s not his fault. For most of his life people have jotted down his musings, and somewhere along the line he bought into the idea that it was because he had something special to say, when, in fact, it was just because the journalists needed his quotes to write a story about what is, when compared to the daily drams we all endure, nothing more than a pleasant diversion. Baseball, I love it, but ultimately it doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things.

  112. Ray Heatherstone permalink
    September 7, 2009 1:18 pm

    Anyone notice that postings, most of them critical, disappear from this site? Is there censorship going on? Nice respect for freedom of speech.

  113. September 7, 2009 1:22 pm

    Curt,

    I’m writing here because I believe you will actually read this. I have no doubt that you would do a great job as a Senator. I disagree with you on both gay marriage and abortion. However that’s not important. Getting good people that care about the people of the Commonwealth into office is what’s most important in starting the healing process here.

    All the people knocking Curt need to understand the man a little better. His baseball career epitomizes the type of person that Mass. needs. He is a very hard woker, selfless, and a caring person. I know every decision he makes once elected will be researched and made with the betterment of Mass. in mind.

    Don’t listen to the haters Curt. The people that know what you’re about know that you would do a better job than what we currently have. You very well may not be as intelligent or polished as who you run against. Big freaking deal. Their is no doubt that you will out work them all as you have shown throughout your illustrious baseball career.

  114. September 7, 2009 1:23 pm

    First time visitor–not a sports fan (sorry). Found this as a link from another article on politics, but felt compelled to comment.

    Honestly, I’d vote for you if I lived in MA. Not because we see eye-to-eye at all, but because you are one of the few “candidates” who seems to realize that your views/beliefs are secondary to those of the public majority and as such are only your opinions, rather than mandates for policy.

    I’ve long felt that politicians are celebrity wanna-bes who lack any skill or talent outside of deception but have burning desire to be the object of adulation. Since you actually have a celebrity-worthy skill, I find it hard to believe you’d open your life to the headache for any other reason than a belief you can help improve things.

    We’ve been told over and over by politicians that government is so complicated only they can navigate it, so we keep voting them back in. But the overt corruption and deception we see every day ought to teach us that the two-party, “lifetime member” choice of representatives is no longer working as intended.

    We already have all the genetic side affects of inbreeding…time for new blood. Good luck in whatever you choose, but I do hope you run.

  115. Mac permalink
    September 7, 2009 1:25 pm

    Curt,

    You should enter the arena of running for Senate. You would be representing MA interests but, would also be a key factor in the politics of the U.S. which are not in good shape as you know. I have many of the same beliefs as you, but not everything. Your mentioning of the fact that you would represent the will of the people even if it isn’t your exact stance is quite important. I wish the rest of the country would get that. Go for it Curt!

  116. Todd permalink
    September 7, 2009 1:34 pm

    Curt,

    On one hand, you’re for the rights of the citizenry. On the other hand, you relegate homosexuals to second class citizenship. Is that what you think a homosexual should get for his or her tax contributions? Does everyone need to be just like you to reap benefits? While you’re at it, maybe you can use your celebrity to publicly denigrate some other groups. Who else do you hate?

  117. john permalink
    September 7, 2009 2:27 pm

    One must just smile at posts such as this one from Eli:

    >>>>Your still an idiot and should never be aloud to run. You are a baseball player. Do people not realize this. You are not smart. You are the worse “independant” ever. Get over yourself.<<<<

    “Your” = You are

    “Aloud” = Allowed

    ? after third sentence

    “Worse” = Worst

    “Independant” = Independent

    Indeed, “you are not smart”.

  118. September 7, 2009 2:31 pm

    If I lived in MA you would have my vote! Good luck! Dont let anyone ever tell you because you did one thing, you can only be good at that one thing. Thats bull!

  119. September 7, 2009 2:52 pm

    You were just given the biggest GREEN LIGHT ever given in history, Mr. Schilling. Former Rep. Joseph Kennedy nixes Senate campaign (AP)

  120. Simon permalink
    September 7, 2009 3:01 pm

    I respect those who do public service, and therefore I laud your thoughtfulness and consideration as to whether to take something like this on. However, you will need to hit the books and learn policy in the same way that you battled in your baseball career. Perhaps start with some stuff from the left, rather than just stick to comfortable turf?
    Paul Krugman’s ‘Peddling Prosperity’
    Jon Chait’s ‘The Big Con’ &
    Jon Cohn’s ‘Sick’ (www.sickthebook.com)

    Very clever people with a great head for policy. A lot of the Republican policy mavens are, I am afraid, normally cranks or shills for big corporate interests.

  121. Nate Francis permalink
    September 7, 2009 3:28 pm

    Curt,

    Most people like yourself that attempt to do this, for the right reasons, present a danger to the status quo (i.e., the egregiously corrupt political insiders of BOTH parties). I admire what you’ve said in this post. You’re a good man, and the country needs good men. Unfortunately, the system in place will destroy you, politically, well before an election. If you choose to run knowing that, well, I applaud you. Win or lose, knowingly wading into that filthy swamp makes you a braver man than I.

  122. DrJeff permalink
    September 7, 2009 3:58 pm

    Your time is Now! Good luck.

  123. September 7, 2009 4:04 pm

    Mr Schilling, if you were to do more than just think about running for the senate, I would support you all the way. While we may not agree on everything, just your willingness to work for the people who would elect you into office is enough for me.
    I saw you bear down and focus when you needed to on the baseball field and feel that you would bring that same determination to the Senate. You certainly are no less qualified to run than obama who has never had a real job or ran any business. Dont let the detractors tell you otherwise. We have had actors, astronauts, other baseball players , doctors and others in the Congress. President Reagan was an actor and turned out to be one of the best Presidents we have ever had. I fear for the Constitution and the direction the current administration is taking this country in. Please be a voice of common sense and run.

  124. Allyson permalink
    September 7, 2009 4:40 pm

    Please run … we need a breath of fresh air that doesn’t blow from the general direction of the oval office. I am just now learning more about you and I think you would be awesome. I am not from your state, but you represent America better than many.

    Throw that hat into the ring and go for it ….

  125. Allyson permalink
    September 7, 2009 4:41 pm

    Consider it a second blessing ….

  126. Rob permalink
    September 7, 2009 5:15 pm

    Curt you would ave gotten my vote but your comments show you are completely ignorant of firearms and their laws. The US doesn’t need another anti-gun senator.

  127. RUN CURT RUN! permalink
    September 7, 2009 5:54 pm

    Curt – Make sure you get a dose of Rep. Mike Rogers:

    Hope you run – If you are exploring, where do I send my contribution?

  128. Neal McCarthy permalink
    September 7, 2009 8:09 pm

    Hi Curt.Too early for Senate.”All politics is local”.Start small.Listen and learn from constituents up close and personal.Take care of people.Make friends/supporters/allies.Then go big.

  129. game6sockwasfake permalink
    September 7, 2009 8:15 pm

    Curt –

    Id go pitch in the NL, its probably easier… or try a red state so you can put that right wing of yours to use again…

    As far as qualifying for the kennedy seat there are some interesting parallels:

    Youve already embezzeled public funds (say about 8 million), contradicted yourself on record about major issues (PED’s)& commented on things you know nothing about (barry bonds)

    seems that seat is yours if you can just go out, kill an innocent person and cover it up!

    I couldnt think of a better face to represent the New Cheatland region, home to cheating football/baseball teams and politicians…

  130. Lugh permalink
    September 7, 2009 9:00 pm

    John you beat me to it. Eli’s post had me laughing for sure.

    Curt, I think you should do it. This state is so corrupt and is in such dire need of help. You may not be a Rhodes scholar, but you have integrity. You may say controversial things from time to time, but at least you aren’t afraid to speak your mind and stand up for what you believe in. You don’t care about lobbyists and you don’t care about special interests– if you think someone is full of crap, you’ll tell them so, their influence be damned.

    …and that is precisely what we need in this state. Make the run. Announce your candidacy and go for it, Curt. We need some integrity in this state, we need a senator who is an outsider and will do what is right for the people of Massachusetts. Just look at the joke that is the special election right now! People are already wondering which Kennedy will take his place, as if the last name of Kennedy qualifies someone for being a senator!

    Don’t already say that if you did it you’d only be there for 1 term– these people are very well entrenched, we’d need you for longer than that. Schilling for senate!!

  131. John Buckley permalink
    September 7, 2009 9:04 pm

    Curt,
    Keep praying and get many other praying to get wisdom and direction. You have the heart of the city and the people love you however you need God’s help to ever take on this challenge. Remember Sarah’s fight; you know what’s in store. Take one step at a time, pull together your networks, recruit help and get a strategic plan.
    There are very few with your clout and credentials with the general populus on your side. Step carefully and prayerfully. Blessings! (ps-Put Doug on your team too; he will assist you trememdously)

  132. John permalink
    September 7, 2009 9:30 pm

    Curt, I feel you would be a terrific politician…sarcasm dripping. I am extremely disappointed in your backtracking on your statement to the Congressional Subcommittee in March of 2005 that 70% percent of major leaguers are using performing enhancing drugs. You said that to Sport Ilustrated a few years earlier didn’t you? But somehow before Congress, in front of the nation, under oath, you suddenly realized that you overstated that number. You grossly exaggerated right? Did special interests (ie The Players Union) talk to you beforehand and influence your change of mind? If you had stuck to your guns I wonder how many kids you could have helped. The secrets out, we all know that professional athletics is a cesspool of durgs. We have enough doubletalkers in politics already. Your a jock, stick to what you do best.

  133. Donna mcann permalink
    September 7, 2009 9:32 pm

    This is getting out of hand, no pun intended. Will he use the “SOCK” as his slogan? Heaven help us all. I give him credit as a reasonably decent pithcer, clutch, albeit. However, a senator:!! Surely you jest! Do we want anyone with talent, brains, experience, or just another name? Thanks for the effort, Mr. Shilling, but, try coaching. I would like to think that the Senate is a place for intelligent, political saavy, not sleazy, saavy, folks, that will do what MA needs to survive. This is not a joke, I think I’ll diss baseball and try the Senate. Retire, go to wherever, but don’t even try this game, bloody sock or not.

  134. Sick of the Corruption permalink
    September 8, 2009 12:09 am

    Curt, you should definitely run. There is along list of former athletes that have successfully entered politics. As a Libertarian, I do not agree with all of your views, but that does not matter. I want someone serving us looking out for the people, not their friends and special interest groups.

    Like Mitt Romney (hopefully our next President in 2012), I believe that you would truly look out for the best interests of the people of Massachusetts.

    Plus, you have never left a woman to die in a submerged car.

    You have my vote, if you run.

  135. Mike permalink
    September 8, 2009 7:37 am

    Actually, the Rhodes scholar didn’t run the country into the ground; he worked the deficit into a surplus. The ivy league graduate after him was the one who ran it back into the ground with a brand new deficit.

  136. George Mahler permalink
    September 8, 2009 8:41 am

    Curt,

    To quote another Massachusetts politician who has twice amount of integrity, “On what planet do you spend most of your time?” “It is a tribute to the First Amendment that this kind of vile, contemptible nonsense is so freely propagated. Trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table, I have no interest in doing it.” All one needs to do is to dig deeper into your stupid sock incident and they will find the true Curt Schilling. And one term, right…

  137. September 8, 2009 8:58 am

    So many times when I read an article or listen to a speech I find myself thinking… He / she should have said this or that. Not that I am a rhodes scholar. I think you are right on and that any rational person would say… Yah !!

    IF you should make the decision to run Mr. Shilling I pledge to work for your campaign starting with the signature collections required.

    Sincerely, John R. Swenebck

  138. Mike permalink
    September 8, 2009 9:24 am

    Hey Curt –

    My advice is stay out of politics for at least the next 2 years. I work in politics as a Dem and have a lot of GOP friends. I would love to see you running for office someday, even if I don’t agree with everything you have to say.

    Right now it’s a dog pile, and the GOP legislative agenda is really all about preventing Dems from accomplishing anything moreso than accomplishing anything significant. The way things are at the moment could be disillusioning for newcomers looking to advance an agenda, and probably do not offer the kinds of opportunities for anyone to build a political base that would be satisfying as a national politician. If you take a longer term approach to understanding the mechanics of national politics before trying to get involved, you will probably find your efforts better rewarded for the people you wish to serve.

    What I really mean to suggest is, right now, don’t run, don’t back any candidates, and don’t get locked in on any issues you might want to reconsider a couple years from now. Power is shifting in the GOP from stalwarts under the Bush administration to state level people, esp governors, who are going to be looking to lock up a national base in a couple years. You will be able to use your celebrity and accomplish a lot more once it is clear where that shift is going to take people.

    OTOH, if you were interested in running as a Dem, there are a lot of people who would welcome you in, and look to bring you in on issues where people are deadlocked. There is a strong likelihood you would be pulled in on things you don’t necessarily want to be associated with, and understanding the longer term ramifications of these alliances is challenging.

    On both sides, there are a lot of special interests that would love for you to take their money to finance a campaign and count you amongst the people who support their agendas. Some of the arguments about health care, national defense, and military spending only serve their agendas and economic goals, and you don’t want to be just one more voice in a crowd (which is what you would be as a freshman senator).

    Waited 2 weeks to get back from Europe to say all this, both as someone involved in politics and someone who cares about what you have to say. Maybe there is a future for you in politics, but there’s probably more practical matters having to deal with a game studio to deal with at this time.

    M

  139. Nico permalink
    September 8, 2009 9:55 am

    What is scarier than your political views is that people would vote for you just because of some ketchup stained sock

  140. Earache702 permalink
    September 8, 2009 10:14 am

    Mark wrote: “Your still an idiot and should never be aloud to run. You are a baseball player. Do people not realize this. You are not smart. You are the worse “independant” ever. Get over yourself.”

    “Maybe you should invest in an education before you call other people idiots”.

    Let’s analyze this paragraph, shall we?

    1) It’s YOU’RE,not YOUR.
    2)It’s ALLOWED, not ALOUD.
    3) It’s INDEPENDENT, not INDEPENDANT.

    And finally, Curt should invest in an education? Why don’t YOU practice what you preach? You can’t spell; you have no sense of punctuation…

    In other words, YOU’RE a hypocritical idiot! If Curt runs as an INDEPENDENT, he is ALLOWED to do so. And, it’s my guess that he’ll win by a landslide. He has no hidden agenda, doesn’t need the money, nor the headaches. If he runs, it’s because he feels that it’s the right thing to do.

    I applaud whatever decision he makes.

  141. Joe permalink
    September 8, 2009 10:41 am

    Curt,

    Should you choose to run, I’d like to volenteer my time and energy to help your campaign. I have only done grunt work on previous campaigns and if that is what is needed I’ll be happy to do just that. Please help this country out.

  142. Andrew permalink
    September 8, 2009 11:00 am

    Curt,

    You sound just like a beauty pageant contestant. Your post is full of big hopes and beautiful dreams, but little else.

    You want to play in the big leagues of politics? Spend some time down on the farm, first. You’re in waaaaay over your head.

  143. Bill permalink
    September 8, 2009 11:21 am

    If someone tells you there’s WMD’s in Iraq and later on you find there isn’t any, do you still believe Dick Cheney and George Bush?

  144. Bob M. permalink
    September 8, 2009 11:57 am

    With the state of affairs with today’s society and the way the government is run. I think someone with an open mind and dedication to the people is what we need. The former Senator Kennedy was a man for the people. He worked on the healthcare and educational issues for the people of Massachusetts and also for the entire United States. The way Mr. Shilling has been open with his thoughts in the past should reflect the kind of upstanding and upfront man he is. If Mr. Shilling has been in the public eye as a baseball player and is willing to be upfront and honest during a political run, how could that no be in the best interest of the people? The current president preached openness and full disclosure during his campaign. Once Mr. Obama got into office, the politicians in Capital Hill, made sure that certain that full disclosure was not an option. The citizens of Massachusetts and the U.S need more people that are upfront and open. We do not need sly and political savvy people representing us. What is needed are people that represent the best interests of the people. Us as a nation vote for our elected officials to stand for us and represent the people of their state. How many of these officials are voting for what THEY believe is the best interest of the people.

    I believe Curt is an open and honest person that speaks what is on his mind. If we as a nation had more people like this, there would be less selflessness and people vying for personal gains. All elected officials in Washington are there to represent the people of the Untie States. The average person in the U.S. is not a Rhode scholar or an Ivy League graduate. I believe that there needs to be a place in Washington for honest and outspoken people that can differentiate their personal opinions from the opinions of the people they represent.

    It appears that Mr. Shilling can differentiate his personal opinion from what voters would want. If Mr. Shilling could vote nay for a bill because the people he represented wanted a nay vote even if it went against his personal opinion………….then Mr. Shilling is the ultimate representation I want in Washington representing my voice as a Massachusetts resident, a citizen of the United States and as a Disabled Gulf War Veteran.

  145. Jim Capatelli permalink
    September 8, 2009 12:28 pm

    Curt, you’re one of the great pitchers of all time. You are as gutsy on the mound as anyone in history.
    But the idea of you in elected office is laughable. Sorry. You are no more informed than the guy in every bar in America, spouting his opinions, claiming he could do so much better than anyone currently in office.

    But there’s one difference between you and the average opinionated, blustering barfly; you’re rich and famous because of your ability to throw a ball. You don’t have to spend your days working an average job for average pay. Most of us don’t have the money or the free time to run for office.

    Are you looking for something to do, Curt?

    Your politics are very far to the right—and your attempts to change them and appear more “moderate” before an election are easy to see through.

    Curt, your political beliefs would be more representative of Alabama or Mississippi than Massachusetts. Maybe you should consider running there. (You could certainly afford to buy another vacation home, maybe on the Gulf of Mexico, and then qualify for state residency.)

    Don’t think we’ve forgotten your vocal and enthusiastic support for George W. Bush, Mr. Shilling. Or your far-right, extremist statements in the recent past. Our memories aren’t that short.

    Just because you can throw a baseball at a high speed with lots of movement doesn’t qualify you to sit in an elected office—especially not the United States Senate.

  146. Brett R. permalink
    September 8, 2009 12:44 pm

    Just stay away from politics, Curt. Stay far, far away. Not because of your views, but because you can do a whole lot of good for things you believe in outside of the Beltway. The likelihood that you will become the next Jim Bunning is slim to none– more likely, you’ll end up like Steve Largent, washed out of politics as quickly as you paraded in, and end up cynical and defeated in the process.

  147. trish permalink
    September 8, 2009 12:56 pm

    Curt,

    If you run I will vote for you! You cant be any worse that our current senators, the so called smart ones. I’m not the brilliant, I’m just like everybody else and I think many of us could do a better job that they do. One term how much more could it hurt? Remember, mayor of Boston said he was running for one term and look at what happened. Please don’t let it happen to you.

    god bless good luck

    t

  148. daltonic permalink
    September 8, 2009 1:07 pm

    Curt,

    how much time have you spent in the 413 area code?
    how much time have you spent in worcester, or avon, or rowe?

    i would think that anyone starting a new profession would want to start near the bottom to actually learn the job.

    like proplayers who start in the minors, maybe you should start by running for your local district, first?

    prove that you’re actually a good politician (and find out if you even like being in politics) before you get one of the highest ranking jobs in the state?

  149. Lugh permalink
    September 8, 2009 1:09 pm

    On a side note, I find the sycophantic comments on here from irritated Yankee fans to be laughable. Face it: you guys choked in EPIC fashion back in 2004 and that sock was legitimately stained with blood, just ask the folks at Cooperstown who have authenticated it. Paint doesn’t run like that and ketchup wouldn’t look like that either.

    To people like George Mahler: why are you trolling a Red Sox blog, honestly? Do you have nothing better to do with your time other than piss and moan about Schill’s bloody sock? Why don’t you try having your ankle sliced open and your tendon sutured in place, then go out and smoke the overrated and overpaid New York Yankees in the ALCS?

    Get a life, my friend, and stop living in the past. You lost. Get over it.

    Run Curt, RUN!

  150. Nate Newton's van permalink
    September 8, 2009 2:00 pm

    “I’ve always tried to vote for the right team more so than the right person. I believed in Dick Cheney, I believed in Colin Powell, I believed in Condoleezza Rice. I voted as much, if not more, for the team President Bush had assembled as I ever did for the man…”

    If you believed in Cheney then you lack even the most basic understanding of which way is up. Your stunning lack of intelligence should preclude you from ever running for office. But sadly, it won’t.

  151. September 8, 2009 3:12 pm

    Hey Curt,

    Greeting from NYC. We were so inspired by your most recent case of diarrhea of the mouth that one of our most talented (and opinionated) writers was commissioned to weigh in on your potential run. I hope you aren’t offended by the truth, but I hope you are at the very least persuaded to reconsider your future in politics.

    I’ll give you a morsel to rev up your engine:
    “Leave politics to the politicians, and if we have to dip into the athlete pool, we can do better than this.”

    http://www.bigleaguescrew.com/mlb/38-pitches-zero-credibility

    Good luck though. Seriously.

  152. tmodelford permalink
    September 8, 2009 3:58 pm

    “…only to do everything in my power to rid this state of the tired and unethical people that have run it into the ground and help it begin the healing process, and once again become a thriving state to live and work in.”
    I think you are confused – you would need to run for the State Senate to affect the change you just expressed, not the US Senate,

  153. Mike permalink
    September 8, 2009 4:03 pm

    Let’s look at facts here. You, like any other conservative candidate in the current political climate, would have absolutely zero chance at claiming Ted Kennedy’s senate seat.

    Moreover, I might be a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, but I like you. I know what it’s like to be characterized as a bit of a blowhard, but I think it’s part of your charm and your legacy as a part of Red Sox history. But all that goes out the window the minute you decide to run for political office. It seldom works out for athletes who decide to run for office, and why would you want to? You already have the money and influence to help get things done, and you don’t have to spend half your life campaigning for office, sitting through boring legislative sessions or pandering to donors.

  154. Mark permalink
    September 8, 2009 4:23 pm

    What is the harm in running? Why are so many democrats bashing you on this blog? Maybe it is because they know you will win. Maybe it is because you will run as an independant and they cannot attach you to the republicans. Maybe it is because they do not want to hear what other people think about the issues.

    Whatever the reason, the democrats seem really worried. That alone makes you giving it a shot worthwhile.

  155. Green Monster permalink
    September 8, 2009 5:36 pm

    Never underestimate the power of Red Sox Nation… Go for it Curt!

  156. September 8, 2009 6:45 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    Though you helped pitched Red Sox Nation out of a deep 3-0 hole against my beloved NY Yankees, I have come to respect you as a fellow American. Your sense of civic duty resonates with many Americans, who are fed up with the status-quo, and the fresh perspectives you may bring to the political landscape is needed. It’s way past time for career politicians to hand the ball over to individuals like yourself who can stand and deliver more than empty campaign promises.

    I’ll be following this story as time is of the essence, whatwith the special election tentatively scheduled early next year. I hope that you will give this major decision some careful thought and toss your hat in the ring as soon as possible, and do Massachusetts proud. Hat tip from a diehard Yankee fan.

    http://ontheseventhday.wordpress.com/2009/09/07/2421/

  157. Jon Eisenberg permalink
    September 8, 2009 8:22 pm

    Curt over the years I reall enjoyed your warrior like pitching, and I have enjoyed your thoughts on varios subjects, including baseball. For all those people who told me you talked too much I would simply say he is exercising a basic freedom, freedom of speech and if they did not like what you had to say they could simply turn you off. I on the other hand found your thoughts extreemly insightfull and you always gave the other guy a chance to epress his, or her feelings. I too was a democrat with Bobby and John Kennedy and I even looked up to Jimmy Carter, like you he is very intellegent. And also like you I have been a huge supporter of John Mccain, how anyone could not vote for him the past two elections is beyond me! I even encouraged John to run as an independent with Joe Liberman after he was railroaded out of the primary’s 4 years ago by George Bush.Although a resident of NH I strongly encourage you to run for the vacated senate seat left by Ted Kennedy in Mass. But you better be carefull, it seems the requirement to stay a senator in Mass. is not to be fiscal responcible, or rather intelligent which you are both.

  158. September 8, 2009 9:09 pm

    Well, I want to urge you to run a campaign Mr.Schilling despite what the critics say. Anyway, I’ll leave these two quotes which kinda of describe this situation fairly well for me…both of them are VERY cliche.

    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
    -Edmund Burke

    “It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
    -Theodore Roosevelt

  159. September 8, 2009 9:31 pm

    Id love to see you win but in Mass I dont see it….too liberal

  160. September 8, 2009 11:32 pm

    Curt,

    While our views are quite divergent on almost every issue, I gather that you are always looking around you, trying to learn about the political quandaries of the day. While I would not have voted for you (and as a MN citizen, I could not), I still like the fact that you speak your mind about these issues.

    We get mad at athletes and entertainers for expressing their views, unless they match our own. Cries of “Shut up and pitch!” are not only annoying, but hypocritical from those of us that embrace athletes like Steve Nash that exhibit liberal values.

    So chalk up one liberal for free speech!

  161. Mac permalink
    September 9, 2009 8:10 am

    Kurt,
    First off, don’t listen to the liberals who’ve come here to tell you “you’re stupid” or other name-calling. Fact is, they know you’s have a good chance and this would ruin their current run at “change” (to socialism, that is).

    If a blowhard un-funny “comedian” like, Franken can do it and an ex-wrestle can govern MN, and a former muscleman, actor like Arnold, why can’t you?
    I moved to FL recently, but would donate to your campaign in a heartbeat.

    If you run, you’d better sit down and write-out your policies and then stick by ’em. The idi0ts who come here to bad-mouth will start calling you a hypocrite quickly. (Even though they ignore the lack of promised transparency, the 6-week withdrawal from Iraq that never happened, the shunning of lobbyists that never happened, and all the other hypocrisy coming from Penn Ave.)

    Please DO run. By next year, there will be even more people who want to purge Congress of the socialists and liars. The time is right.

  162. Andrew permalink
    September 9, 2009 8:39 am

    Run! If the democrats don’t have the votes to push health care through, they may wait for the Mass. seat. If you run and win, you can help filibuster this travesty and that means I won’t have to get a lawyer because I don’t want to buy health insurance and I don’t want to pay their unconstitutional $1,000 fine either.

  163. Andrew permalink
    September 9, 2009 8:41 am

    Nothing is impossible: Dewey defeats Truman!

  164. April permalink
    September 9, 2009 10:30 am

    I would never vote for Curt Shilling. I remember him stumping for George W. Bush in ’04. He’d be just another celebrity politician with no idea of economics or history and is only informed by a nationalistic mythology and a belief in a big, centralized, interventionist government. We already have a bevy of misguided individuals who fit that description serving in public office, do we really need another?

  165. Richard Buguey permalink
    September 9, 2009 11:07 am

    Curt; A few here have denounced you like a foul ball some have thrown to you a fast ball right over and exclaimed and exhorted you to run.. IF THE PITCH COUNT IS 1 AND 2 AND THE BATTER BUNTS STRAIGHT WHAT IS ONE TO DO?? GOD BLESS YOU & YOURS

  166. John B permalink
    September 9, 2009 12:19 pm

    Curt,

    I’m sorry but your willingness to speak at length and give your political opinions/influence to a subject that you know nothing about pretty much nullifies your candidacy in my eyes. You’d be just like all the other politicians out there, making laws and voting on things you know nothing about, infringing on peoples freedoms and rights through sheer ignorance and not giving a damn about it.

    I’m an Independent, but you lost my support when you showed your ignorance of the Second Amendment and our State and Federal gun laws. My advice to you in the future would be to not speak of that which you are not intimately familiar. The last thing I want is another politician making laws that destroy my way of life and the American way of life not through malice or greed, but through sheer ignorance and incompetence. We’ve already got plenty of those.

    -John

  167. Dano permalink
    September 9, 2009 12:58 pm

    Curt…I take you at your word. I’ll be quite frank and say that I doubt I would ever vote for you given the differences in most of our political leanings. Glad to hear your sensible stance on gun control and special interests. I would particularly like to see serious restrictions if not an outright ban on professional lobbying.

    If you ever seriously intend to join the fray politically, I see no chance of you doing so with out picking a side. It’s simply too expensive an undertaking…and difficult to organize without the help of one party or the other. One possibility however…start smaller. You would have a better chance to maintain your independence. You could actually learn some things about the process. Even you didn’t skip the minors in order to reach the level you attained in baseball…the highest possible IMO. Lastly…you really COULD achieve something, if only by reinvigorating an opposition party against the Democrats. Now I AM a Democrat. But I would welcome a stronger Republican party in this state to keep things honest here in Massachusetts. Think of how boring MLB would be if the Yankees had no real opposition and simply dominated every year. That’s what Massachusetts politics has become.

    I’m quite serious about this Curt. I may not agree with you on everything…even much…but I think your approach would be healthy for the state…the Republicans…hell…even the Democrats in keeping us honest. You must however, choose a side. You could bring change to either party…as long as you are willing to stand up to the leaders of either party and all the varied interests that will pressure you…whether business interests…cops…teachers…toll takers. Everybody wants something. We ALL need to start thinking beyond all that. We desperately need those that can tell folks the hard truth at times. Who knows…maybe your popularity would afford you a chance to do just that.

    Good luck.

  168. S. Kelly permalink
    September 9, 2009 1:18 pm

    Ilike most of your ideas and your conservatism, but as a police officer I don’t support your stance on watering down the second amendment. Period. I can be killed by a weapon you feel is reasonable easier than one that you feel is not. You are buying into the liberal media hype and I find that sad.

  169. cruxNC permalink
    September 9, 2009 1:30 pm

    Good luck, Curt. The state could really use you. The Senate might be shocked by a person who not only speaks their mind, but is also honest. I think it is laughable that many have said you don’t have the right background… Actors (Regan, Arnie) and athletes (many) have been quite successful in public office. Remember to consider the detractors… while the left feels they have a corner on the market of intellect, they certainly do not. Most of the posts on this blog that question your mental capacity for the job are riddled with errors (Example: eli, among many others)

  170. Patrick permalink
    September 9, 2009 1:35 pm

    Massachusetts definitely has a liberal bent to it, but thankfully not so much that those who typically comment on web pages provide a true representation of the state! Many who comment on sites like this and web pages are angry, leftist moonbats who need to get a life! Good grief. If someone is either against gay marriage, or against abortion, or believes Cheney is right on the so-called “torture” issue (which he is, by the way), or doesn’t think that Obama is the Second Coming, or is a conservative Christian, or happens to believe that Sarah Palin is a good person, then they are driven out of polite society and maligned as narrow viewed morons and worse. Amazing. Well, I got news for them: Truth is truth, and no matter how much you may want to change it, you can’t! So go on being miserable ranters and ravers if you want, calling Schilling all sorts of names. If you want to keep making fools of yourselves, keep at it. Have a nice day folks.

    p.s. Curt, good for you for expressing your views and, remember, don’t let the bas#$ards get you down! 🙂

  171. September 9, 2009 2:18 pm

    Whatever you do, don’t use the Red Sox to do it. That’s all I really care about, since there isn’t a chance in hell an anti-choice, anti-equality, religious conservative will be elected to national office in Massachusetts.

  172. Lugh permalink
    September 9, 2009 2:55 pm

    April wrote:

    “I would never vote for Curt Shilling. I remember him stumping for George W. Bush in ‘04. He’d be just another celebrity politician with no idea of economics or history and is only informed by a nationalistic mythology and a belief in a big, centralized, interventionist government. We already have a bevy of misguided individuals who fit that description serving in public office, do we really need another?”

    Are you stupid? Washington is full of Democrats who are all nursing at the teat of big, centralized, interventionist government. Curt is a conservative, which means that he’s against that sort of nonsense. Also, nationalistic is not a word. It would be “nationalist mythology.” Stop using big words you don’t understand in order to give the illusion of possessing any sort of intellect.

    For the love of God, Curt, run for this seat. We need someone with integrity who is beholden to no unions, lobbyists, or special interest groups.

  173. John Zalatores permalink
    September 9, 2009 4:59 pm

    Curt
    I would most definately vote for you if you were to run for the U.S. Senate or any other office in the state of Massachusetts. While I may not agree with you on every issue I most certainly do on the main items in your beliefs. I feel that you do identify with the majority of common people in this state. We do not need a Rhodes Scolar in office.We need a regular person with strong morals and beliefs with common sense to be our voice. Go for it,Curt!

  174. September 9, 2009 8:01 pm

    When’s the big announcement, Mr. Schilling? Let’s roll

  175. September 10, 2009 7:41 am

    Go get ’em Curt!

  176. September 10, 2009 7:42 am

    Why are so many die-hard Red Sox fans die-hard Liberals anyways?

  177. Richard Buguey permalink
    September 12, 2009 12:30 pm

    CURT…… TIME IS NOW GETTING SHORT….. IT CAN BE DONE…. PLEASE ANNOUNCE SOON…GOD BLESS.. VOTE.

  178. Steve permalink
    September 12, 2009 10:53 pm

    Curt –

    I agree with most of the posters on here. You were an excellent baseball player and you have been involved in many, many charitable endeavors and for that, we should all be grateful. Having said that, your blog makes it very clear to me that you are very naive when it comes to politics. I think you should probably leave politics to those who actually understand the policy behind our laws and our political system.

    I should also tell you how disappointed I am to hear your views on gay marriage. I’m a straight married male and it is simply astounding to me that people (including you, apparently) get so riled up over this issue. The bottom line is WHO CARES? If two guys or two girls want to get married, how the hell does that affect me, my marriage or anyone else in this country? We need to join the huge list of countries that recognize that it is discrimination – pure and simple – to deny gays and lesbian citizens the right to marry. Last time I checked, our Constitution mandates equal protection for ALL citizens and, though you may be uncomfortable with gay people, they are still citizens. Let’s get over ourselves and put this hateful issue behind us.

    Steve

  179. Martha Washington permalink
    September 13, 2009 11:04 pm

    Only a fool would every consider voting for an idiot like Schilling. If you voted for Bush II and Cheney, Bush I, or Ronald Reagan, consider yourself not just a fool, but responsible for the destruction of the United States of America. Can you apologize for treason? Bush II repeatedly violated the US Constitution, he destroyed the economy, bankrupted the nation, lied the US into needless war, murdered 5 million innocent people, failed to protect US citizens from terrorists, gave trillions of dollars to his buddies – his ‘base’ – and terrorized the nation, divided the nation, perhaps that was his strategy to conquer the nation, keep everyone distracted while he and his buddies were robbing the nation blind.

  180. Ian permalink
    September 14, 2009 8:16 am

    Hey Curt,
    A Senator has actually very little ability or responsibility when it comes to cleaning up your state, putting it on the right track and divesting the corrupt intrenched interests of their power. Sounds like you want to run for Governor not Senator.
    Take a look at the role of government and different government offices before even considering your ability to fill one.

    Ian

  181. Kevin permalink
    September 14, 2009 12:23 pm

    If Curt runs the Dem’s only chance is to run Dave Roberts against him…

  182. Mat permalink
    September 15, 2009 12:23 pm

    Curt, you are the best! It is about time someone like you steps to the “plate” and says how it should be. While I disagree with some of what you say in terms of “Pro Life” because of my Christian beliefs I must admit that you are a breath of fresh air. While deciding to agree or disagree everyone who reads this needs to understand that your main point is that the “Knuckle heads” that have run this state “into the ground” are in fact selfish and have forgotten why they are in the position they sit in. Like SOOOOO many professional athletes before you and after you, they forgot what they had to do to get to where they wanted to go. Now that they are there, they feel entitled to be there. As if we need to bow down to them or something. I hope that you at least continue to be a voice in our state as you make it a better place as does anyone who makes a difference on a daily basis within their sphere of influence. Make it a GREAT! Day!

  183. Falyn permalink
    September 16, 2009 5:45 am

    Please run Curt! Massachusetts needs an independent voice! The state has been over run for many, many years. We need your voice!

  184. Bob permalink
    September 17, 2009 2:55 pm

    Curt: I assume what you are saying is heart felt and sincere. And you are right about the coruption in Massachusetts. Running for and being elected Senator [to Washington, do I need to remind you] will have absolutely no effect on the situation in Boston. I have lived my whole life in this state, and every day of that life I have lived under corupt government, with Republican and Democratic governors. Secondly, the Republican Party is the most corupt organization in the country, totally in the pockets of giant banks, and insurance companies. And it is a party that nationally, has decided to use fascist tactics, and race baiting, lies and slander to forward its position. As a Republican, you stand no chance. Ever, ever.

  185. debm permalink
    September 18, 2009 3:18 pm

    eli
    Before you call Mr. Schilling an idiot, please learn to spell!

    Curt, I’m not a Massachusetts resident, but if I were, you’d have my vote!

  186. Tim permalink
    September 18, 2009 5:20 pm

    Curt, I hope you do run. As a long-time resident of Massachusetts, I’ve spent far too long paying exorbitant tolls to drive on terrible roads and watching legislators who are paid using my tax money change electoral laws back and forth to suit themselves. I think our state and the country needs someone with your integrity to change things for the better.

  187. Brian permalink
    September 19, 2009 10:46 pm

    Where do I sign-up to help with your campaign? Here’s an idea for a campaign slogan:

    “Curt Schilling For Governor…He Bled for You…”

  188. Gunther permalink
    September 23, 2009 5:08 am

    Stick to baseball. Thinking isn’t your strong suite.

    Those that vote for you will be because they “like” you or recognize your name, not because you have thoughtful and effective ideas.

  189. wolfmanjack permalink
    September 28, 2009 4:24 pm

    Hey Curt! You’d be amazed at the number of people just like you that have no background in politics are ready take this country back from the career politicians on Capitol Hill. We have a great one running here in N. Alabama. Check him out at http://www.lesphillip.com I know this guy could do better than they clowns we have up there now. Even if you don’t run, you could help a lot of guys like Les by doing some fundraisers for them. The pro-life, pro-gun, pro-2nd amendment guys/gals.

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