The electorate has endorsed the "change" mantra, has delivered the political baton to the Democrat masters, and now eagerly awaits the specifics to be pursued by the President-Elect upon his elevation in January as Most Powerful Person in the World.
One can suppose that the lack of specifics during the recent campaign was precautionary, that such could perhaps provide fodder for counterattack by the opposition (which had precious little to offer beyond variations on Bushco themes) and perhaps even encourage more insane and vicious derogations such as Radical, Socialist/Communist, Islamo-fascist and Terrorist-Sympathizer epithets. But now the specifics may be pronounced safely, immune for all practical purposes from whatever partisan calumny may be directed against them.
And so, Mr. President-Elect Obama, may we have your prompt, direct and clear response to the following issues with as much specificity possible at this time --
.. Upon what date will the last American soldier leave Iraq?
..Upon what date will the last American soldier leave Afghanistan?
..When will mercenary forces such as Blackwater be disenfranchised?
..When will Guantanamo be closed? Razed?
..When will torture be outlawed by any function of American government or its proxies?
..When will "extreme rendition" be outlawed?
..How will you clean up the politically and morally corrupted CIA?
..How can we re-align our military and intelligence efforts to eliminate the Department of Homeland Security, its much inherent negativity, overlapping waste, extensive nonsense, and even its distasteful title which smacks of something of Nazi origin?
..When and how will the power of the military-industrial complex be mitigated, military contracting be subject to competitive-bidding discipline, and a reasonable balance be struck among military, infrastructure and social programs?
..When will the citizens get a clear and understandable justification for the banking and investment-house bailout, along with a description of how the funds are awarded, what audits ensure accountability for their effective and honest use, and when we can expect a return of these outlays to our treasury?
..What are the specific plans to re-regulate banks and investment houses to ward off a repeat of the abuses that led to the current economic crisis?
..What is your plan -- after years and years of abusing our economy to their unconscionable enrichment -- to free us from hostage by the OPEC cartel, a combination in restraint of trade which would be illegal in the U.S.? It is noted that gas prices at the pump have gone down 40% immediately before the election, thereby surfacing another question if this was an endeavor on OPEC's part to influence the vote in favor of their American (predominantly Republican) investors' interest?
..What is your plan to evaluate government incentives for or disapproval of the production of corn-based ethanol for petrol?