These writers get it. Political leaders in both parties ought to pay attention.

Lessons to Learn From Scott Brown’s ‘Tea Party’
Regarding your editorial “Boston Tea Party” (Jan. 20): I reside in Massachusetts. I did not vote “for” Scott Brown. I voted “against” Martha Coakley, ObamaCare and the entire Democratic push toward bigger government. I am not a Democrat. I am not a Republican. I am an independent (small “i,” meaning I think for myself).

I am not a conservative. I am not a liberal. I am a Thoreauvian, believing that government is best which governs least.

I do not need, want, or expect a town, city, state or federal government to take care of me. I am perfectly capable of taking care of myself if these governments would please get out of my way and stop passing laws that restrict my individual choice,

Robert Allan Schwartz

Lexington, Mass.

Too many pundits are missing a major and critical reason for the Democrats’ loss. Barack Obama promised transparency and open-door dealing if elected. He has failed miserably to provide either. What we got instead is another Chicago politician doing his deals behind closed doors with Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, et al., and the country is fed up. We are not getting what was promised. That’s right, we’re mad as hell and we’re not willing to take it any longer.

Richard A. Russell

Naples, Fla,