...and lo and behold, a Democrat has been elected president. Now what? I mean, I was just thinking about what a unique situation this would be. Given the eight previous years of deception, propaganda, corporate looting, hate-mongering, conspiracy, stonewalling, war-making and empire building, what do you think the President of the United States should do...just shrug and say, "Okay, it's back to business as usual"? Just go back to the way things were in the Clinton administration? I don't know about you, but that's not nearly good enough for me. I think the next Democratic president has a helluva job on his hands. I think he's got to try to ensure that nothing like this administration ever happens again. So again I ask: what do you do? I have a few thoughts of my own: Immediately order the FCC to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine within three months, and press Congress to make it law, not just policy. Order the proper government authorities (SEC?) to draw up plans for reinforcing and implementing anti-trust laws, with the intention of breaking up the biggest corporations, including media corporations, into more competitive parts. Order the Justice Department to begin an investigation into (a) the relationship between the bin Laden family and the Bush family, and how it might have affected government policy following September 11, and (b) conspiracy between the previous administration and corporations to influence elections. Order a similar investigation into Halliburton's role in the Middle East. Challenge Congress to strengthen RICO laws to include the influencing of elections and policy through blatant deception (a la the Swift Boat Veterans for "Truth"). Create a NATO-like U.N. force specifically designed for keeping peace in the Middle East, and committing the United States to sending that force in if needed, rather than going in on our own. Now, I'm making some of this up off the top of my head, and there may be practical reasons why some of these would never work, but we're just speaking hypothetically here. Feel free to challenge some of my ideas or add thoughts of your own. But like I said...January 20, 2008 cannot be just "business as usual". This country needs major changes.