Political lies kill big time. Political lies plunder. Political lies cause countless forms of extreme human suffering. Political lies are used to excuse the most heinous behavior. This class of lying, the very lifeblood of the U.S. political system, is clearly criminal by any just definition of the term. Yet this moral abomination continues, not only unpunished, but handsomely rewarded.
Criminalize political lies: a revolutionary idea for a political revolution
Criminalizing lies is not new or revolutionary. It's a serious crime to lie about fire in a crowded theatre. It's a serious crime to lie to our government (see Section 1001 of Title 18 of the United States Code). What would be new and revolutionary is criminalizing government lies. It's illegal to lie to our government; incredibly it's even illegal to expose government lies (see Drake, Manning, Snowden). Yet our government can legally lie to us with impunity. It's way past time to criminalize political lies.
For this revolutionary idea to work, we need a simple, voluntary, reliable way to distinguish lying politicians from non-lying politicians. Enter the power of the Internet. Imagine you could go to a website and find any pending legislative bill or issue accompanied by pro and con arguments that are dynamic (can be updated at any time like Wikipedia articles). These pro and con arguments would be maintained by politicians supporting the two positions.
Political lies in any argument would be easily recognized by non-lying politicians. Any false statement, omission, or evasion could be immediately exposed on the website for the world to see by simply updating the opposing dynamic argument. Arguments would evolve toward the truth while exposing political lies along the way. Lying politicians could no longer shrink from inquiry. (For more details, see: An Elegantly Simple Way to Revolutionize Government ).
Planet earth and all but a tiny fraction of her inhabitants are being systematically raped and plundered by a corporate power structure that virtually owns the U.S. government. If there's an activity that can make money by destroying our planet or killing our fellow human beings, you can bet the U.S. government is actively promoting that activity. This huge, continuing crime against humanity (and nature) is being justified and sustained with big, fat, legal political lies.
Unless we the people unite in a worldwide political revolution, one that no longer tolerates lies from government representatives, we'll get more inequality, we'll get more destruction of our natural resources, we'll get more wars, and we'll get even more extreme human suffering that will progress until the downtrodden of the world violently revolt in desperation.