Well, every politician who has called Obama a socialist would be in jail, because that's a lie. What's that, Boehner? You don't think it's a lie? Well, I do. You're going to have to defend yourself in a criminal court case! If you manage to be found not guilty, I'll just comb over Media Matters and find some other thing you said that isn't true. Back to court you go!
See how this might get out of hand?
One of you will end up here next!
We don't need more laws in this case. What you maintain is the exact equivalent of Hate Crimes Legislation.
This is why lying can NEVER be against the law. You would have to parse everything down to its minutest point and eliminate all opinion to prove something is a lie or is true.
For instance, I could easily say that if you tell me God created the Earth that you are lying. Because God knows you can't prove it factually.
If the lie reaches the point of being provable fraud, fine. But, once again, that's already covered in current law.
And opinions are fine.
Lies and opinions are *very* different - lies are when you take what *is* truth (Obama is the President) and rewrite it (Obama is not our President) . . . opinions don't factor into facts/truth/lie at all.
So, no, no one should be punished for their opinions - nor sarcasm or satire. . . but outright lies, yes.
If someone's can't do it on the witness stand they shouldn't do it from the bully pulpit, either.
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow