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Pro\Cons: Private "gag" contracts

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  • Independent
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    This is pretty broad topic. This ranges from paying a person to not revealing (non-criminal) information they know to selling exclusive rights to their life story.

    Should elected officials be allowed to have private contracts that prevent an individual from revealing information, even if it is paid for out of their own money?

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    wwjd Wrote:

    This is pretty broad topic. This ranges from paying a person to not revealing (non-criminal) information they know to selling exclusive rights to their life story.

    Should elected officials be allowed to have private contracts that prevent an individual from revealing information, even if it is paid for out of their own money?

    How does that effect or relate to freedom of speech?
  • Independent
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    Chet Ruminski Wrote: How does that effect or relate to freedom of speech?

    Sure, that is one perspective.

  • Center Left
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    Money often solves problems. Some find it better to have an assortment of attorneys than ethics or morals.

    There are 2 current examples in this evening's news. They shouldn't have accepted what they did.

    Muddy water.

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    I think I've heard somewhere in the past that it was illegal to obstruct certain rights.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    wwjd Wrote:

    This is pretty broad topic. This ranges from paying a person to not revealing (non-criminal) information they know to selling exclusive rights to their life story.

    Should elected officials be allowed to have private contracts that prevent an individual from revealing information, even if it is paid for out of their own money?

    If you're talking about Trump here, (adulterer in chief) some of these escapades happened before he became president, some of these came to light during his campaign, see, people should have know better than to vote for some man who habitually abused women at every turn, but, people loved this jerk, even women voted for him because they thought he was going to be such a great president and was going to make things great in America.

    If someone paid me to keep quiet about a relationship and if that person were a politician or running for public office, I believe the general public would need to know what kind of a jerk they're voting for, so, no, a gag order as you call it should not apply, but we'll let the lawyers sort it out in court.

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    "If someone paid me to keep quiet about a relationship and if that person were a politician or running for public office, I believe the general public would need to "

    What gets overlooked in all these unfaithful affairs is the cheater is an accomplished liar that has no problem lying and fabricating a story to one and maybe two people. Two people that the cheater promises and implores trust. I believe that automatically disqualifies a cheater from holding an office of public trust .

  • Liberal Democrat
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    The vetting of candidates for public office is largely the responsibility of the parties and the media. But the criteria of what is a killer concern varies between parties and who is running for office. What we are seeing with Donald Trump is not new news. Most all of his baggage was known before he was elected.

    His divorces and prior affairs were certainly known, but much of that didn't make the front pages of the media or didn't matter. And in any case, his sex life didn't matter much to the electorate, and neither did Bill Clinton's affairs matter when he was elected. Perhaps that's because so many Americans also are guilty of the same thing. I've read where some 60 percent of spouses will engage in some form of infidelity during their marriages.

    I think there are bigger issues to be concerned about than Trump's sex life. That's largely an issue between him and Melania. What I don't understand is the lengths that he is going to try cover it up. His avid base of supporters will still support him if he shoots someone on 5th Avenue, and they certainly are not going to drop him for having a little sex on the side before he was elected president. He should have just owned up to the affairs and let it pass. The evangelicals will support him as long as he promises to put more Neil Gorsuch like candidates on the bench.

    And Melania? She knew exactly what he was when she married him. And he didn't find her in a nunnery.

    Different strokes for different folks.

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    Look at AL. Moore had a train load of unsavory baggage and he was supported by women and men.
  • Center Left
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    The loud and strongly influential voices of the church's are pretty damned silent. Like their favorite party, they're showing their grasp of the double standards. Shame because to many - what they say is important. Crucial. Manipulative and self serving. Both the candidate and the institution. Very sad. Their judgment day may go quite badly. But, but, but... he's a white male... Doesn't that make it forgivable????
  • Independent
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    TJ Wrote: The loud and strongly influential voices of the church's are pretty damned silent. Like their favorite party, they're showing their grasp of the double standards. Shame because to many - what they say is important. Crucial. Manipulative and self serving. Both the candidate and the institution. Very sad. Their judgment day may go quite bad. But, but, but... he's a white male... Doesn't that make it forgivable????
    T.J. well said; that is what you get if "morals" are out of the door.
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    Dutch Wrote:
    TJ Wrote: The loud and strongly influential voices of the church's are pretty damned silent. Like their favorite party, they're showing their grasp of the double standards. Shame because to many - what they say is important. Crucial. Manipulative and self serving. Both the candidate and the institution. Very sad. Their judgment day may go quite bad. But, but, but... he's a white male... Doesn't that make it forgivable????
    T.J. well said; that is what you get if "morals" are out of the door.

    I don't think it is possible for those people to think they have done anything wrong.

  • Center Left
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    Stormy weather. She's on 60 Minutes tonight. I wonder what big money people are using her as a tool to work towards their objectives. As I have stated before, I think the conman's handlers are stirring this drink. If nothing else it's not Russia.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Evangelicals are silent about trump's and other sex-capades. They must approve of this kind of behavior. I kinda always thought most we hypocrites.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    When news broke about Donald Jr's affair, and subsequent divorce, I posted the story on Facebook, and titled it

    "like father, like son"

    in response, a conservative relative (a Trump voter) posted "he who is without sin can cast the first stone

    in the eyes of the evangelical Christians, Trump can do no wrong ...