Thank You Arlen Specter!
Now We're Sure to Get the Following
We're just about there, the magic 60 figure in the United States Senate. It's being called a filibuster proof majority for the Democratic Party. All we need is a belated recognition of the United States Constitution and the rules of the Senate in the form of an official Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and we're ready to rock.
Here's what we can expect:
Surely habeas corpus will be restored in an unashamed expression of support for that centuries old protection of civil liberties.
No doubt, we'll see a repeal of the Patriot Act. That step back to some degree of civilization is sure to come.
There will be a long overdue recognition that the first people in line for help from the government are the citizens of this great country who work overtime to just keep their heads above water.
That will happen at the same time that trillions in Wall Street welfare are stopped and replaced by actions that allow people to stay in their homes, pay for their health care, and send their children to college. No doubt about it.
We won't be forced into mindless wars that obligate us to more deaths and the inevitable blowback from overseas adventures. Let the word go forth from Washington. The troops are coming home.
The Glass-Steagall Act will be restored and the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 will be repealed ending the enabling acts for an era of greed.
No more talk about having too many "big picture" items on the agenda to allow working men and women to organize and fight for their rights in unions.
We'll surely mount a massive program to save us all from the looming eco catastrophes due to climate change and pollution.
Elections will be transparent, open to all, and subject to public review and verification.
We will no longer countenance wire tapping, Internet snooping, and other forms of illegal surveillance by the government.