Perhaps the liable laws should be changed so that politicians can sue the pants off authors who deliberately lie about a candidate for the express purpose of misinforming voters. Perhaps, we, the voters, should be allowed to file class action suits against liars who attempt to mislead us. This isn't just about candidates, this is about Democracy itself, which cannot exist without an informed electorate. Misinformation, like that put forth as fact by the likes of the Swift boat of fools, is more dangerous to this nation than Osama bin Laden could dream of being, even in his wildest dreams.
These kinds of "authors" might want to understand that in these days of the information age, they aren't all that difficult to find and punish as enemies of Democracy.
While I am a big defender of the first amendment, it does have its limits. For example, try yelling fire in a crowded theater, just for the heck of it, and see what happens. Try calling in a bomb threat where there is no bomb and see what happens. (Not encouraging anyone to actually do such things, but most people with more than three neurons firing know perfectly well that these types of speech are not covered by the 1st amendment.)
Intentionally misinforming the electorate in a supposed Democracy is every bit as dangerous to every citizen.
This Corsi guy needs to be taken down and shown for the paranoid, misinforming, malicious nut case that he is.
Friday, August 15, 2008; A21
Here come the goons, right on schedule.
The "author," and I use the term loosely, whose vicious lies damaged
The "author" I'm talking about is a man named
It was an abominable trick, but quite remarkable.
It sounds like the kind of book that should quickly be consigned to the remainder bin, but -- unsurprisingly -- it is already a bestseller.
This time, though, somebody is pushing back:
Thank You, Senator Kerry. Unfortunately, some of our fellow citizens are such knee-jerk, right-wing extremist they will believe anything and spread known lies, thus making independents and moderates have doubts about the target of any such hit piece.
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The Nazis, Fascists and Communists were political parties before they became enemies of liberty and mass murderers.