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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Liars Who Live Above and Below the Law

Here's an idea: Instead of making it a crime for a citizen to lie to the government, why not make it a crime for a politician to lie to the public. The prison sentence could equal the remaining time the lying politician has in his or her term. Moreover, a politician so convicted would no longer be eligible to run for office. Although this is an idea most voters would support, such legislation will never happen because these professional liars write our laws. If our founding fathers had anticipated the career politician, term limits may have been built into the Constitution. Moreover, these pioneers of democracy would not have approved of making it a crime for a citizen, outside the witness box, to lie to a government official. Why is it okay for FBI agents to lie to us, but not okay for us to lie to them? While citizen lying is bad, government lying is much worse.

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