(05-01-2014, 04:23 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote:(05-01-2014, 04:05 PM)JayRodney Wrote: There are plenty of existing laws to cover this, you read about bullies being prosecuted all the time. This proposed law in particular, overextends in to areas it should not, like for instance, destroying the first amendment, and decisions on who is hateful and not will be made by a panel, not by courts.
These things become partisan and bam, instant problems.
Are you saying people should not have a right to speak their mind if the president says the ACA will save everyone $2,500 a year, and in reality, clearly cost more? That's what this boils down to. It relies on a panel making determinations on peoples lives without due process. You may be good with that, and that's your right, be careful what you wish for.
Then perhaps we should scrutinize panel members to determine if these people fairly represent the diversity of a particular community, if not, we then have the right to petition and protest to have one or more members ousted from that panel. What other alternatives are there? And yes the bullies/haters are prosecuted, but after the fact of someone killing themselves, what good does it do then?
Due process. Let the legal system decide. There are no provisions in the constitution for panels of this nature, let alone, allow them to be judge, jury and executioner.
As to this suicide aspect, get the big pharma lobby out of lawmakers pockets, then you will see the use of newer anti-depressents outlawed. The dirty little secret is they are at the core of most of these types of incidents. I have not seen a mass shooting incident in recent memory where some type of meds were not involved.
Everyone I've know that ever committed suicide was on drugs. You are bringing up a good point US, but more laws should be made to strike at the root of that particular problem, not this broad brush legislation that would kill simple discourse, the heart of democracy.