I guarantee this would tone down the viciousness on the internet (and not step on the First Amendment)
Greta Van Susteren | January 13, 2011 12:46 PM
Let’s debate this….
Here is an idea – just an idea to debate as I am uncertain about it myself and want to consider it more – to tone down the viciousness on the internet without stepping on anyone’s First Amendment:
* create a system where people can freely and completely post comments BUT must simply identify themselves (name or email address) *
We want people to have passion when it comes to opinions and / or debate. This is very important. We don’t want to step on the First Amendment. This is very important.
Decent people who have passion and commitment – even about unpopular topics – do have the courage to identify themselves.
I am sure you would agree, it is cowardly to “hit and run.” Anyone with a keyboard can do that. We see it all over the internet.
A system of identification gives everyone a free rein when it come to the First Amendment — no one is stopping you from making a statement. Your speech is not inhibited – you would merely have to stand by what you say/post.
A system of identification also smokes out the cowards.
What do you think?
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