My evil side is currently drafting legislation that will require politicians and scientists to be publically flogged and/or shamed daily for their crimes against humanity and/or for opening their mouths and speaking in any language other than Klingon. A practical-minded person asked me if this would violate their Constitutionally protected freedom of speech, to which I answered, “Why ever would you suggest such a ghastly idea?!” Flogging doesn’t affect the mouth area in the least. As They Might Be Giants once wisely sang, “People should get beat up for stating their beliefs.” I might have added something like this to the lyrics: “Especially when their beliefs are wrong.” But, yes, I already understand that the extra line doesn’t quite fit the song meter.



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