Monday, June 23, 2003

"...I'd like to propose a project for the Libertarian Party vastly more important than running somebody for President, or for any other office. It's a project that could, in fact, make the election of a Libertarian President possible, by putting more people on our side than anything else we've ever done.

And we wouldn't even have to succeed—just make a big, happy, noisy, credible attempt.

I propose a Constitutional Amendment providing that, if any public official, elected or appointed, at any level of government, is caught lying to any member of the public for any reason, the punishment shall be death by public hanging.
I suggest we make this amendment our own, promote it constantly, everywhere and anywhere we go. I suggest that we corner politicians in public—and, even more importantly, candidates—and ask if they'll support this amendment. We must demand an answer and keep on demanding it until we get one.
And then we must ask—publicly—why these Republicans and Democrats think they have a right to lie to the people who not only pay their hyperinflated salaries, but who are supposed to be running this country. "

That's from a speech that L. Neil Smith gave. Here's a link to it. While it contains some things that may make you want to scream "conspiracy theorist!" I would point out that it leads to a very interesting idea. But of course if you disagree with any of the particulars feel free to elaborate in the 'comments' box.

But just imagine Hillary being asked if she'd support an amendment that levies the death penalty on politicians who lie... or Schumer, or Fienstien, or Conyers, or Dean, or Bush, or [insert politician here]. whether such an amendment ever had a shot at passing, I think the debate over it would be priceless.

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