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Murderers and Rapists set Free – Abolish the Senate

Murderers and Rapists set Free – Abolish the Senate

This is what liberals call common sense:  Enforcing stringent gun control laws that make it harder and harder for innocent Americans to defend themselves, all the while releasing life-sentence inmates from prison into the public. Sounds like a recipe for disaster and mayhem if you ask me.

But that’s exactly what’s been happening in California. Governor Brown has had to deal with an overcrowded prison problem in his state. So, naturally, his solution was not to let the nonviolent, arbitrary code-violators go, but to let the ones go who had planned to stay locked up for the rest of their lives. You know, like murderers and rapists.

The San Jose Mercury News reported:

Nearly 1,400 lifers in California’s prisons have been released over the past three years in a sharp turnaround in a state where murderers and others sentenced to life with the possibility of parole almost never got out.

Since taking office three years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown has affirmed 82 percent of parole board decisions, resulting in a record number of inmates with life sentences going free

Abolish the Senate

Public frustration with the Senate has reached a new height.

Corruption and cover-up allegations have ignited a healthy debate about the role of the Senate in our governmental institutions.

The ongoing scandal has a lot to do with the allegation of a cover-up cooked up by the Prime Minister’s Office to avoid embarrassment.

But there are real concerns. Learning from past mistakes, combined with increased appetite for greater accountability, it is clear that the status quo is no longer acceptable.

The big question remains what to do with the Senate.

Notwithstanding the challenging constitutional changes required, let’s examine proposed reforms:

The Conservatives have long advocated for an elected Senate. They also want to limit Senators to an eight year term. Coincidentally, limiting Senators to one term undermines the accountability that comes with seeking re-election. If a Senator knows they don’t have to worry about getting re-elected, their commitment to pleasing their constituents gets diminished.

The argument for an elected Senate is compelling. How can one argue against democracy? Let citizens choose Senators and take the decision away from other politicians.