Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Time for a Change--but We Must Make It Happen

The results of last night's election are about as good as I could have wished. Obama-Biden won by a large enough margin that no amount of cheating could affect the outcome. Democrats widened their lead in Congress, and progressives held onto their seats. There's still a chance that Al Franken could become the next Senator from Minnesota. Most important to me personally, Massachusetts voted 2-1 against eliminating the state income tax.

It' s still important that every vote be counted--and that attempts to suppress the vote be identified and punished. Whoever tried to use text messages and Facebook to convince college students the election date had been moved should go to jail!

So, I hope everyone enjoyed last night. It's time to get back to work. The campaign isn't over. If we really want change, we're going to have to make it happen.

What? Am I really saying we can't leave everything in Obama's hands? Yes, I am. For one thing, that's not democracy: that's electing a king. For another, Obama has never called for the changes I believe in. He's a 21st-century liberal who wants to tinker around the edges of government, not revolutionize it. Even to get done what he says he wants to do, however, he will need us to give him visible, vocal support, to overwhelm the opposition he will face and to stiffen his own political backbone.

So, over the next few days, I'm going to be exploring these kinds of change:

  • the ones Obama has pledged to make
  • the ones he hasn't addressed which we vitally need
  • the wrongheaded policies Obama has proposed, where we will need to change him--or defeat him.
What would you put on the list? Write me and let me know.

1 comment:

Dennis Fischman said...

Dennis here. I posted this piece to and got this response:

1. Columbine says:
November 5th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

My number one priority is the restoration of the Constitution - the nullification of all of the “signing statements” and other end runs around rule by law - and the return of checks and balances. Also, specific prohibitions on outsourcing illegal actions (e.g. extraordinary rendition to allow the transfer of prisoners to regimes where torture is legal, the hiring of private firms to fight wars in ways that are forbidden to US forces).