The Federal Trade Commission regulates claims made by advertisers to ensure they are not misleading the public. Congress has subpoena power and the ability to compel truthful testimony from witnesses called before them. Federal and local elections are chock full of regulation.
Why can’t we compel candidates to tell the truth? Seriously…lock the bastards up for bald-faced lies. On both sides of the aisle.
Think about it. Our lives are full of regulation, we are protected from virtually every bad outcome through a cornucopia of rules, codes and regulations. Why not force politicians to tell the truth…in advertising and in debates. Enough with the bumper crop of “Fact Checking” sites…this is ridiculous folks. I realize we live in a free society that values free speech but let’s face it…few of us actually care enough to “fact check” claims made by most politicians.
I submit that the impact these politicians have on our lives are every bit as important as knowing if our favorite drug causes rectal bleeding if used in excess. Come on…let’s hold these suckers accountable to the truth. Mandate honesty and let’s see how fast the tone of these campaigns change.
It wouldn’t be that hard really, simply hire one of the readily available fact checking warehouses to become an independent commission and allow the General Accounting Office to investigate and submit to the D.O.J. criminal charges.
God only knows what would happen if politicians were held to this standard. They might actually become more accountable for their actions both pre and post-election. They might not need to employ the “spin” machines that feed us their pabulum each night.
As crazy as this idea might sound, I don’t think it’s so far off the mark. We, as the electorate, deserve honesty from our leaders. We demand it but do nothing to hold them accountable. Quite the opposite, we encourage their lies (witness the recent Romney “bump” after his “liar, liar, pants-on-fire performance during the debate).
I’m really not in favor of the next layer of bureaucracy that this would create, but I am in favor of legislation that comes nearer to requiring pols to be truthful…what is your solution?