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Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Written by Bob Przybyla

This is an interesting experience for me. I am from the States and I have never watched an American election from afar. In 2004 I was attending university in Illinois and for the 2000 and 2002 elections I was still in high school. I have watched from inside and outside the United States as my home nation spiraled out of control leaving behind rationality and common sense.

Now I dread the thought of going home to family functions as many people do, but I dread it because I will inevitably be baited into a debate with my uncle and/or cousins regarding American politics and it’s not a fair fight. I bring up points of record, things that are irrefutable facts and it makes no difference because they have what they believe. At Thanksgiving 2004, I mentioned lead U.S. Weapons Inspector David Kay’s testimony before the Senate on January 28, 2004, in which he explained that there were not any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq at the time of the U.S. invasion of 2003. I received the response of “He never said that. There are weapons of mass destruction there, they’ve just been taken apart and hidden around.” What can I do against that?

I have come into adulthood surrounded by the fear, the ignorance and the irrationality that has seemingly become the norm in the U.S. since 9/11. I have watched elections take place that have been surrounded in intrigue and corruption. I have watched the Bush administration and the Republican controlled congress destroy the Constitution, the international good will following 9/11, and thousands upon thousands of lives over the past five years for fun and profit. All the while, hearing that I was un-American for not following what Bill O’Reilly tells me to do (seriously).

Yesterday was Election Day and as I have been depriving myself of sleep for the sake of essays and work, I am going to sleep not knowing the results of the election. The Democrats stand a chance at gaining control of both houses of Congress. Not that this would change the course of the nation drastically, but it would at least show that the population is not a write-off. I am going to sleep hoping that my sisters and brothers in the United States have voiced their opinions that they are finally ready for change and that they are not going to simply follow instructions. I am going to sleep fearing that tonight will be another day that confirms the business as usual that has driven me to seek refuge here in Canada. Here’s hoping.

Good night.

Good morning,

Welcome to a whole new world. Not really, but, it almost feels that way somewhere inside of me. As of 10:30am on Wednesday November 8th, the Democrats have a 32 seat majority in the House of Representatives with 13 seats undecided. Also, the Senate is tied at 49 seats for each party with two seats outstanding: Virginia and Montana. In both races, the Democratic candidates hold a narrow margin of victory but it is too close to be certified If the Democrats do indeed take these two seats they will have the majority in both houses of Congress. If they only take one, the Republicans will retain control of the Senate as Dick Cheney would have the tie-breaking vote.

Regardless of the Senate results, there is still hope to be had. According to statements made to ABC News the House Democrats are already drawing up targets for investigation. Topping their list are Halliburton, the CIA, and "Big Tobacco". It also appears that Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is likely to become the Speaker of the House, replacing Dennis Hastert. This would place Pelosi right behind Dick Cheney in line for the Presidency if George W. Bush and Dick Cheney should not execute the duties of the President. This is highest position held by a woman in American politics ever. Pelosi has said that she has a "100-hour agenda" in which she wants to address "minimum wage, [prescription] drug and energy prices and corruption."

Since at least 2003, there have been movements within the United States with the goal of seeing George W. Bush impeached. However, with Republican control of Congress this was a ludicrous and impossible campaign. Though still unlikely, the shift of control in the House lights a fire of hope in my mind that I might get to see a great pipe-dream come true. The House of Representatives can pass articles of impeachment against George W. Bush by a simple majority, which they now have. If this happens, it will not go much farther as a two-thirds majority is needed in the Senate to convict and remove him from office, which won't be garnered. Despite the reality of Bush serving out his term, he could still be censured so that in the future, our descendants will be able to look back and see that we had learned from mistakes that were made.

Here's hoping.

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