Neither Boxer nor Tubbs Jones sought to overturn the election, only to highlight the problems in Ohio such as a shortage of voting machines and inexplicable errors in the tabulation of votes cast via electronic devices. Republicans meanwhile made meanspirited remarks about "conspiracy theories".
While harsh political rhetoric is nothing unexpected, there are reports that Senator Frist wants to introduce a bill classifying "Political Paranoia" as a mental illness:
Rick Smith, a spokesman for Senator Frist, says that the measure has a good chance of passing--something that can only help a portion of the population that is suffering significant distress.
"If you're still convinced that President Bush won the election because Republicans figured out a way to hack into electronic voting machines, you've obviously got a problem," says Smith. "If we can figure out a way to ease your suffering by getting you into therapy and onto medication, that's something that we hope the entire 109th Congress will support."
You might remember this as an old Soviet technique:
A Westerner hearing this chilling scenario will quickly come to the conclusion that the dissident's human rights are being cynically violated. The Soviet psychiatrist will seem to be colluding with the political authorities, using a false charge of mental illness - usually `sluggish' schizophrenia - to silence a voice that is not mad but politically embarrasing. The `crime', after all, is not a crime in the West. And the charge of mental illness deprives the accused of the opportunity to speak in his defence. The final blow is that, because he is `sick', he can be detained indefinitely under the implicit assumption that he is being treated. This means that his `sentence', unlike that of an ordinary criminal, does not end until his psychiatrist judges him cured.
Is this what we've come to?
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