Is Truth a Right or a Responsibility?
What care you if Obama be brilliant or incompetent? Rave on. He is neither. However-- is he lying to you? I'm not talking about a leader's expedient glossings out of security considerations, or the dutiful brave face in the midst of disastrous calamity; the former for which it suffices to say that Obama has never met a secret he thought worthy of keeping, and the latter something which he should pray he never need employ except he have the stones of GWB.
But. . . do you have the right to expect Truth from your leader, be he ever so awesome or loathesome? Truth from the Press? Good Lord, we took it for granted for far too long. Or do we have a responsibility to seek and verify Truth for ourselves?
As long as we're assigning Rights for every imagined slight, how 'bout it? Discuss the merits of such a Right, and the just punishments for violation of same. We already have slander and libel laws. Should they be expanded or merely more deftly deployed?
Update: "Life is pain, princess. Anyone who tells you different is selling something."