The “Right” To Lie?
How can you tell when a politician is lying?
His (her) lips move…
I don’t know if you were aware of this or not, but today the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case of an Ohio LAW THAT PROHIBITS “FALSE” STATEMENTS in political campaigns. Generally speaking this is seen as a test case for the limits on free speech, but it is far more than simply whether or not politicians, or anybody else for that matter, has a “right” to lie.
If it were that simple, the ruling would be 9-0 that, of course we have a “right” to lie. The 1st Amendment protects speech that is unpopular and unseemly. So if a dirt bag wannabe can wander around wearing most of an E8 Uniform with Ranger and EOD and Airborne Tabs claiming to be the worlds youngest Master Sergeant, or some Water Board clown in SoCal can claim to have a Medal of Honor, then of course politicians can lie about whether or not they intend to lower the budget or not. It’s common sense.
The problem isn’t the lies. For the most part, we can figure those out or at least express our opinions as to whether or not what comes out of the mouths of politicians is fit for consumption or not. You should see the text machine when a politician is interviewed and says something that is… questionable… it’s pretty amazing.
No, the problem is much deeper than that. It’s a question of WHO decides what is a lie or not? Is that a power you are willing to delegate to government? I’m not, but apparently the people of the State of Ohio (and some other States) have been. Granted, that’s their State and their right, but do you think that they really thought it through? And when the Court rules that the law isn’t Constitutional, will they complain about having to think for themselves, or will they grab on to the responsibility of being a citizen?
We are quick to remind politicians that “you work for us” whenever we get the chance. But for that to be true, WE the PEOPLE must hold then accountable, and that includes their lies, all of them, even the little, white and the damned.
In case you missed it, HERE IS THE COLLECTION of answers from politicians interviewed this year and their answer to the question, “Of the right enumerated in the Constitution, which is the most important and why? Some are good, some are predictable, some are outright strangely unhinged (Monteith). Enjoy and check back after each interview.
One has to wonder who the idiots with the WHITE MAN MARCH EGGS are or is as the case more likely is. But whoever it is (or are) is one of the dumbest people on earth.
The City of Stockton is soon to begin treating its drinking water with chloramines, which according to the EPA, which recently stole an entire City with not a word of protest from anybody outside of Wyoming, says IT IS PERFECTLY SAFE. As nearly 20% of Americans use a water system treated with chloramines, the EPA, which recently stole an entire City with not a word of protest from anybody outside of Wyoming including ex-Sheriff Women and Children First Whack-a-Doodle Mack, wants you to know that this is both normal and safe. Even the Stockton Record, which as far as we know has never stolen an entire City, agrees that things are just fine and dandy, NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT at all. Others AREN’T SO SURE about it.