The start of the 110th Congress and the sweeping out of the corrupt and incompetent Republican rule that marked the institution's past 12 years, offers a real opportunity to move progressive legislation. Important issues such as labor, the environment, public health, defense and the economy will now be on the front burner.
However, despite the beating Republicans took in the last election, they will not sit still. Conservatives rightly understand the "game of politics" doesn't end with the last election. Rather, politics is a 24/7, 365 day effort. Backed by their monied interests, conservatives in the next Congress will do everything to obstruct needed reform and shoot for better electoral results in 2008. If the country is to change course, Progressives must counter conservative efforts by consistently contacting their elected officials.
Take a moment to celebrate this historic day by telling the Democratic Congressional leadership (Capitol Switchboard 202-224-3121) to move on their campaign promises as quickly as possible.