Supreme Court To Consider Ohio Ban On Campaign Lies

Given the nature of the Robert’s Court I would not be surprised that if they do accept to hear the case; they will stand with the Susan B. Anthony List side and allow for lies to be considered “free speech” and thus protected under the First Amendment. However since yelling “fire” in a crowded theater is not protected under free speech, couldn’t one argue that having false and malicious statements spread about a public servant or a potential public servant can be seen as a corollary; not every potential candidate has the means to respond and defend themselves against deliberate falsehoods. Moreover the spreading of lies impedes the political process, by making ideological agendas more important than the well being of the community. I haven’t any faith remaining in our Supreme Court; their rulings are tainted by their conservative ideology and their worship of the private sector over the common good. I really don’t understand why there is such demonization of the public commons, which in my mind include public service and thus our government, and why such easy acceptance and indulgence is afforded to all things private. In my mind, private sector driven by profits and investor shares does not equate with excellence and efficiency. The era of “consumer is always right” has been gone for quite a while, replaced with bad service, bad product and corporate irresponsibility. Hopefully the Supreme Court proves me wrong by sending this case back to the lower courts, enough with their poor rulings.
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  1. jamesbradfordpate · · Reply

    I am not sure if I agree with that law as written—-I think that the Susan B. Anthony people genuinely believe that Obamacare funds abortion, and they may even have arguments for that position. Still, I am against slander and libel. Where exactly the line should be, I don’t know. I do agree with you, though, that everyone should be able to defend themselves, whether they have money or influence, or not.

    1. It’s a tricky one. Money and lies should not be in the political arena, but sadly they are. šŸ˜¦

      1. jamesbradfordpate · ·

        Yeah, I hope I’m somehow conveying where my concern is. Both sides make accusations at each other, and they may not be fair or accurate in every case. I’d be very reluctant to ban those accusations as “lies,” though. Still, I think that there should be a line somewhere.

      2. I understand what you are saying, it is difficult. It is even harder when it seems that people are talking at each other rather then with each other.

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