Today on the radio there was a mortgage guy presenting Obama’s latest blow to America and our struggling economy: the 3.8% tax on home sales.
You know, I get it. I understand why the constitution dudes spelled out our right to free speech. Communication is a huge reason why humans aren’t just clever and chilly tree dwellers. If a government is oppressive, the people need to be able to talk about alternatives. We need to see porn, and to warn each other of alien invasions, global warming, and whale wars. Sometimes the freedom leads to nonsense, but usually it’s harmless and unintentional.
But then, there’s this stuff. Which is not only wrong, but so misleading that it cannot possibly be a misunderstanding of a complex piece of legislation–it’s a fucking lie designed to get the 99%ers to vote against their own interests. It’s malicious, evil, damaging to the majority of Americans, and hardly a unique example. Why should this be allowed? Why can’t spouters of this shit–we’ll never know the authors, but we can always hold the gossips accountable for what they say themselves–be forced to choose between silent jail time or public recantation of their statement complete with citation of the sources which prove they were in error? I’m not proposing Soviet-style “recant or go to jail” policies, just public humiliation for people who have either maliciously spread falsehoods or ignorantly spread them without even a brief verification of the facts. Might be a little oppressive, but I bet it would certainly make the average American a more critical thinker.
Ok, that’s it. Flame away.