• I hope the Democratic Congress will
undo not renew all those laws passed by Bush to curtail American freedom (Patriot Act, etc) and hold Bush, Cheney, Rice, Bolton, Rove et al accountable for all the national and international conventions broken and ignored.
• I hope they dismantle those military bases in Iraq. America should get out of Iraq and Afghanistan now.
• I hope they get Bolton out of the United Nations.
• I hope they neutralise the Jewish lobbies and hold Israel accountable for all the atrocities they have inflicted on neighbours. They should scrutinise all lobbies and see if their interests do not infringe on what is right and proper.
• I hope they re-define America as a humble first-world nation that co-operates with the international community.
• I hope they re-organise the CIA to exclude that branch that operates in foreign countries to provoke and cause mayhem in order to protect American interests abroad. The CIA works independently of whoever is in government, and that should be scrutinised. They should also look into the mandate of the Army Special Operations Forces.
I know the last three points have been going on before this Administration came to rule, but it’s about time these issues were dealt with.
Here’s another general list: As the Democrats now prepare to regain control of the Legislative branch, let’s wish for a mutually beneficial cooperation across party lines, an era of prosperous bipartisanship with the best interest of all constituents at heart, where the winners can look past petty disagreements and work along with the losers and… and… mwahahahaHAHAHA… Right.
Bury them. Tear their electoral balls off. Declaw, spay and neuter the lot of them. Let congressional hearings rain. Open a can of Check’n’Balance whoopass on their collective thieving ass. Time to scrub the place clean.
Will the Democrats Become Part of the Problem? : If the Democrats are to make a real difference, their first task is to repeal the Orwellian-named “Patriot Acts,” the torture legislation, the detention without court evidence legislation, and the right-to-spy and invade privacy without court warrant legislation. The White House tyrant needs to be quickly told that one more “signing statement” and he will be impeached, convicted, and turned over to the War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague.
The notion that Americans can be protected from “terror” by giving up the Bill of Rights is absurd. Democrats are complicit in this absurd notion. Many were intimidated into voting for police state legislation, because they lacked the intestinal fortitude to call police state legislation by its own name. The legislation that has been passed during the Bush regime is far more dangerous to Americans than Muslim terrorists.
Indeed, the prime cause of Muslim terrorism is the US interference in the internal affairs of Muslim countries and America’s one-sided stance in favor of Israel in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Human Rights Denial Deserves Impeachment: We are in a time of extremism, permanent war, and the unilateral manifestation of ethnocentrism and power by an openly public cabal of people in the U.S. government. Those in power are set on the U.S. military domination of the world. They seem willing to defy the foundational values of the American people to achieve their ends. We have no choice but to declare openly our belief in universal human rights and demand the immediate impeachment of George W. Bush and Richard Cheney and a full accounting of those in their administration.
I doubt there is guilt: The Democratic Party has been all but dead for years as a meaningful national alternative. The party has no recognized national leader. It has no cause, no fire in the belly. It has been largely silent for six years while Bush rampaged through the world and literally peed on American liberties like a grotesquely-smirking, small-town sheriff. No President in history has shown so little respect for human rights, and with so little excuse, yet all the would-be defenders of the Republic, whether Congressmen or the Don’t-Tread-on-Me crowd, have been no where to be seen.
I doubt there is widespread concern that Iraqis still huddle in homes with no reliable electricity or clean water, no jobs, and fearful to step into murderous streets. I doubt there is much guilt over having killed half a million of them. I doubt there is guilt about running a secret gulag and torturing helpless captives. I doubt there is guilt about blood-spattered holes like Abu Ghraib. Because if there were such guilt, there would have been a revolt against Bush’s criminal government.
The Dem Congress Must Save the Internet: As much as anything, last Tuesday’s vote was also a call for Congress to end “business as usual” and return to governing in the public interest. Nowhere is this need more glaring than in media policymaking.
In the past 10 years, telecommunications, broadcasting and cable companies have spent more than half a billion dollars on campaign contributions, political action committees and high-priced lobbyists to push through self interested policies. These regulations — offering massive tax breaks, relaxed ownership rules, and unfettered control of the public airwaves — all come at our expense.
On the issue of net neutrality alone these companies spent more than $100 million last year — pushing Congress to remove the longstanding nondiscrimination rules that enabled the Internet to become the greatest vehicle for free speech and economic innovation. Instead of a truly free market that encourages entrepreneurship and creativity, they’re seeking special regulations that serve only to pad their bottom line.