[revised Nov 17 2006 10:10 pm]
The recent Democratic midterm election victory is a signal of America's dissatisfaction with the political and social climate. But an electoral victory over the regime of Bush does not ensure any substantial change in the course of events in the USA. The new congress will make possible a true (small d) democratic revival in America. Such a revival will require the focused attention of many people. The grass roots will have to keep striving. The election victory signals the culmination of a long arduous uphill climb, but there is not much time to relax. There is momentum that can be utilized, it would be a shame to see it gone to waste after this recent election (really a superficial victory). And after all, there will be more hills, many more hills. Many of them will be more arduous climbs than this past one.
If the goals of world (and local!) peace, and the goals of environmental and social justice are to be realized, now is as good of a time as any to dig in and begin the types of work, which will enable such achievements to come to fruition.
These are common sense changes that will truly benefit every human being. A better world awaits.