Thursday, October 26, 2006

What To Do If The Democrats Win

There has been a lot of discussion about what the Democrats should do if they take control of the House and/or the Senate on November 7. Many people are calling for impeachment proceedings and others are arguing that criminal investigations should be created. While I can’t disagree with either of these I doubt impeachment proceedings will be forth coming and criminal investigations will take a lot of time and energy which I believe could be put to far better use.

The first thing Congress should do if it returns to Democratic control is to restore Habeas Corpus and end any loopholes in the laws that have been passed that allow torture. The next project may be even more important in the long run: mandate and fund paper trail voting machines. Make it the law of the land that all voting machines across the nation have a paper ballot back up that is kept and counted by hand if there is ever a dispute. Make it law that any candidate has a right to ask for and expect a recount and provide the money not only for the machines but for the people who will have to do these recounts.

Only then will we be able to ensure that those criminals who do get into office can be properly removed by the will of the people.

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