On a day when a steady, cleansing rain fell here on the East Coast, we awoke to find out that the American electorate has had enough of fear-mongering, paranoid, deceit-driven, hate-ridden government.
It is, on balance, a very good day, a historic day. The American people showed, once again, that they are fully capable of shifting the course of this nation's leadership--without any direction from the mass media, the talking heads in Washington with their advertising machinery, or the punditocracy. For that, a brief celebration is in order.
But the party had better be short, for there is urgent work to be done. The Democrats now need to show us that they understand what their mandate is all about. Perhaps the time has come to revisit the discussion of political capital. Now we have already had a very graphic object lesson in squandering political capital; the time has come for the Dems to show us how it may be spent.
Herewith, then, are some recommendations for an agenda; if I've left anything out, set me straight with a Comment:
-Impeachment hearings, to begin ASAP
-A formal passage of a plan to bring American troops home ASAP
-Impeachment hearings, real soon
-Get the U.S. to sign on to the Kyoto Accords, and draft a comprehensive plan of legislation and activism based on the clear and unified scientific consensus on global warming. Believe it or not, this is more important than getting our troops home and starting the impeachment hearings. But all these things can and should be done simultaneously
-Formal investigations by Congress of the conduct of the Iraq War and the rebuilding fiascos, further inquiry into the Abramoff corruption debacle, and some serious self-examination and cleansing on the part of Congress
-Impeachment hearings, to start immediately if not sooner
-rollback of the NSA wiretapping laws, the Patriot Act, and torture-friendly legislation
-Restoration of habeas corpus, in the firmest, clearest possible terms
-Impeachment hearings, quick
-Rollback of tax breaks for the ultra-rich
-Investigations into the corruption and incompetence re. Katrina, and new legislation on funding and contract awards for rebuilding
-Open inquiry and debate on the Downing Street Memo and related documents
-investigation and correction of porkbarrel legislation, lobbying, and election funding
-Impeachment hearings pronto
-Firm support for Net Neutrality and fresh regulation of corporate mergers and takeovers, particularly in the communications sector
-Did I mention the need for impeachment hearings?
-For god's sake, Nancy: get your people to earn their goddam money. Cut vacation time in half and demand that Reps be in Washington doing their jobs if they're to expect to be back
-Impeach Bush, Cheney, and all their cronies
There, that will be enough for you to be getting along with now. Remember: capital--of either the financial or political variety--is best invested rather than spent.
Also remember, Ms. Pelosi: the man's inviting you to lunch because he knows that you can get those impeachment hearings moving really quick. Just remember where your party's mandate came from--the very same grassroots that have been patiently waiting for just this moment to see these criminals routed from the halls of power. So watching Rummy fall on his sword is not enough for us: we want our nation and its government back, whole and clean. So go have lunch with the guy, but no deals, no promises, no compromises. We'll be watching.