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Last night... and my hopes for the future [Nov. 5th, 2008|11:47 am]
Douglas Spencer
I'm disappointed with this, this and this -- but otherwise last night looks like a success.

Some things I'd like to see the new administration introduce/implement in the USA over the course of the next four years:
  • A ban on unreasonable searches and seizures by government, including an end to illegal wiretapping.
  • Proper separation of the roles of the legislature, executive and judiciary, with a set of accompanying checks and balances to enable each branch to restrain abuse by the others.
  • A prompt charge, access to due process, and a speedy trial -- or swift release and compensation -- for all people arrested, and an end to cruel and unusual punishments.
  • Equality of opportunity for all people, including a resolution of the three disappointments I've listed above.
In short, I'd like to see a president-elect who can say "I [...] will to the best of my ability preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States"... and mean it.

[User Picture]From: andrewducker
2008-11-05 12:04 pm (UTC)
I'm also hoping for the torture/detainment stuff to be sorted out swiftly.

I'm not expecting a national move on gay marriage - because he'd never the support for it.
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[User Picture]From: ramtops
2008-11-05 12:13 pm (UTC)
And so say all of us.

But these things, once enacted, are rarely unenacted, sadly. We'll see.
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[User Picture]From: tregenza
2008-11-05 01:40 pm (UTC)
I suspect that Gitmo 's closure will be announced pretty quickly after taking office. This will buy Obama a lot of credit with the rest of the world. Though I suspect it won't actually close for sometime yet.

Democrats have supported many on the anti-terror illegal wire tapping laws. So it might not be easy for them to roll them back.

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[User Picture]From: moira_mae
2008-11-05 11:57 pm (UTC)
I am disappointed in all those things also, and also this, but otherwise yeah. Last night made me very proud to be an American, something I have not felt...well, since Bush took office. And casting my vote, even at 6:30 in the morning, was exhilarating. Maybe we won't have to all pretend we are Canadians when we go overseas anymore...
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