Culture / Education / Minutiae / Politics · November 9, 2006

Celebrate! Now let’s get to work!

Excuse me for a moment…while I celebrate!

Celebrate good times, come on! (Let’s celebrate)
Celebrate good times, come on! (Let’s celebrate)

There’s a party goin’ on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years
So bring your good times, and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate your party with you

Come on now

Celebration
Let’s all celebrate and have a good time
Celebration
We gonna celebrate and have a good time

It’s time to come together
It’s up to you, what’s your pleasure

Everyone around the world
Come on!

Wow. I was expecting a win in the House, but in the SENATE too!? Oh my IPU!

It seems that GOP trickery finally backfired. Yes, there was voter fraud, but the vote against the GOP was just so great that it didn’t matter. And those who could have demanded lengthy recounts and tried to hold election results up in court haven’t because of the fear of what might be discovered during the investigation.

What I’m hearing is that now that the Democrats are in charge, now that more state governors are from the Democratic party, voter fraud will become a hot issue. I certainly hope so! I hope all states use a variation of the Scantron method, with some way of spot verifying the results to the voter!

Here are the issues I’m interested in:

  1. Presidential Signing Statements. These are a cancer on the checks and balances installed on the Constitution. It’s time to nullify the legality of all, and I mean ALL, signing statements. A signing statement should have no more force than the verbal equivalent of “Good day to you sir!”
  2. The Unitary Executive crap has to go. The Constitution is quite clear – 3 branches of government, all carry equal weight, and all can check and balance each other. The Unitary Executive theory is the main thrust and weapon of the Federalist Society – this organization’s goals include limiting gender equity and voting rights laws, and expanding the powers of a war president. Sound familiar?
  3. Iraq. We’re not leaving – and any Democrat that thinks we’re going to leave had better think again. The GOP broke Iraq; it’s up to us to put it back together now. We owe it to the Iraqis to stay as long as they want us to stay, and not a moment longer. HOWEVER! Major changes must be made. Get rid of Halliburton, get rid of special interests. Funnel money and assistance into Iraqi companies and help them start building infrastructure. Once people have jobs and income, they won’t have as much time to be ticked off at us. The solution to Iraq is going to be complex, with lots of shades of gray. We may have to explain this several times to the slower Republicans.
  4. Religion in Politics. Okay, this is just my own ‘blue sky’ here, but I’d love to see harsh restrictions on Electioneering by religious figureheads. James Dobson, the late great Ted Haggard, Pat Robertson, Don Wildmon, – anything out of these people’s mouths, in their own press or on their own media networks should be considered to be “Speaking from the Pulpit” and their tax-free status should be jeopardized. If you’re a preacher who loves politics then you should drop the frock, quit the congregation, and run for office. You’ll have the same advantages as any other Hollywood nut – look at Reagan and Schwarzenegger!

I’m sensing a lot of nervousness from the Democrats now – we pulled a double win when the odds were poor. If we said we’d have made these major gains back in 2004 we would have been laughed at by the Conservatives.

Well, the Conservatives stopped acting like Conservatives – they raised expenses like crazy. We have the unique position of advocating fiscal responsibility where Republicans have not. Now we have the chance to show them how to do it the right way.

The Progressives have been given a chance by a distrustful electorate. I hope my leaders can live up to this.