Hillary Clinton voted in support of burning the flags of veterans’ children

Or at least she cannot sue a rival campaign if it makes such a claim.

The Washington State Supreme Court has found that politicians have a constitutional right to lie.

(It is still illegal to libel, but libel is defined extremely narrowly in the US. It is not enough to make a false statement of fact, it is not even enough if this is done with malice. It must, in addition, cause harm to the reputation of the victim.)

3 thoughts on “Hillary Clinton voted in support of burning the flags of veterans’ children

  1. Actually this is a good
    ruling- If lying is illegal
    then that is a path
    towards censorship.
    What is a lie? Steven
    Colbert says things that
    are clearly satirical, but
    false (though they have
    a certain… truthiness
    to them). Other cases are
    less clear and this could
    be waste alot of time and
    energy to prosecute.

    The recent votes in the
    House and Senate to
    condemn Moveon.org and
    Rush Limbaugh are scary
    enough.

    Being a first-amendment
    absolutist is a coherent
    and consistent viewpoint
    which is simple and easy
    to explain. Anything else
    gets very murky very
    fast.

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