I haven’t a detailed plan for this but I have no doubt that it could be done. It would certainly require changes in the way candidates address the people but if the people were assured that all facts were checked; then the only thing left to lie about is the candidates beliefs and policies………………..
Now what candidate would want to lie about those things?————————>
Fact checkers could verify that any statement uttered for a campaign represents the truth of the matter. Penalties for lying would be strict.
This need only apply to election campaign material. We would make election campaigns a special class of speech; free except that the facts must be true.No other process is so vital to our freedom. No other reason would be enough to for us to control what is said to the public. But for the choosing of leaders and legislators; it is acceptable.
The Republicans would still be able to lie about their platform. They would though; not be able to tell lies to back them up.(Probably kill the Republican party but I won’t tell if you won’t)
In this Campaign as in all others we were treated to a seemingly never-ending stream of lies and half-truths.
This includes the campaigns of both parties though the offences of the Democrats pale to insignificance when laid beside the conscienceless, stumbling and bumbling verbal diarrhea spewed from the mouth of the mealy-mouthed piece of human excrement; Lyin’ Mitt Romney.
I am not surprised; that the Republican Mitt Romney lies whenever he moves his lips. He and his party have no real agenda that they are willing to present. Their public agenda is a mish-mash of whatever they think will pull in the votes of the various special interest groups they must rely on for votes. Their history is riddled with corruption; lies; and misrepresentations; always with an eye to moving us farther and farther “Right”. Closer and closer to the Fascist ideal they truly believe in.
It seems a real shame to me that this kind of deception is allowed to occur.
Truth in advertizing; truth in politics; same thing; non-existent.
The most important facet of the democratic system;
the one that defines that system
and we allow it to become a free-for-all of lies; half-truths and false accusations. More than that; it is the one area of our society where we don’t seem to expect anything better.
It is illegal to lie in court.
It is bad form to lie to your friends.
It is wrong to lie and it is believed so by all the “Moral Mentors” we choose whether church or secular.
But when the time comes to choose a man or woman to lead our entire nation; we just accept whatever lies we are told and when we discover the lies; we laugh and make light of it as good politicking or smart campaigning.
And so the American people are left at the mercy of every two-bit grifter with a yen for the power.
Mitt Romney is such an obvious slug that I suppose we are lucky. If someone with the ability to tell convincing lies were to run; we could be in real trouble.
That doesn’t change that every four years, the people are asked to make a momentous decision and they are asked to make it based on whatever bullshit gets shoveled at them.
I believe in freedom of speech but when the future of our country is hanging in the balance; the people should not have to dig their way through the lies to find the truth.
Positions should be stated clearly at the beginning of a campaign. If the Candidate or party doesn’t know what they think about current issues; they have no business running at all.
The Republicans specialize in using deception and lies to confuse the voters. They are becoming more and more dishonest primarily because the true agenda of the party has become more and more Fascist and if it was known; they would be unable to pull any but a few Independent voters and might even lose the support of some of their base.
Fascists never say they are Fascists. How far would Hitler have gotten if he told his real, detailed plans for Germany to the people? No; they couch their Fascist dogma in terms of National Pride; Religious Freedom; and a unique ability to save the nation from Socialists and Communists; the big scary names.
But I can’t think of anything more frightening than regiments of Jack-booted Mitt Romney clones marching through the streets of America; forcing their particular brand of “Religious Freedom” on the rest of us and making sure we never rise again to complain of our diminished freedom and financial disenfranchisement.
- What “MOST” Caucasians Missed During Last Night’s 2nd Presidential Debate (theobamacrat.com)
- Harry Reid Dismisses Mitt Romney’s ‘Fantasy’ of Bipartisanship (rollcall.com)
- Editorial: Romney outsourcing the truth on Jeeps (denverpost.com)