Thank You Arlen Specter!
Now We're Sure to Get the Following
By Michael Collins
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The Glass-Steagall Act will be restored and the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 will be repealed ending the enabling acts for an era of greed.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.
All it takes is Arlen on board and Al ready to hop the freedom train to the promised land of a government that serves the people and public servants that know the meaning of the word servant.
There can be no doubt that those who have erred and sinned against the people will be reborn into a new life as representatives of the nation that they serve. They will cast away their Money Party sympathies and hop on board.
Senators Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Mark Pryor (D-AR) will start voting for the working people that they represent. The 21 FISA supporting Democratic senators will take the time to read the Constitution and change their ways. The Senate Committee on Finance headed by Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) will actually investigate that $140 billion gift to banks allowed by the likely illegal Bush White House authored tax code changes. The Nelsons, Ben and Bill, along with 16 other Democratic senators will repent for their vote on that horrid bankruptcy bill.
And all of them will join in unison and say no more funding for illegal wars.
Happy days are here again. Pop the
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