• 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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