Speeches by elected officials as under oath: Should all speeches by elected officials be considered under oath?

  • Yes, it helps encourage honesty.

    Speeches by officials should always be under oath, they should not be wanting to lie in the first place. We should consider everything they say as fact and something we can trust, we should not have to sit there wondering if they are worried about saving face, or actually giving us the news.

  • Yes, elected officials should always be held to a standard of truth due to their station.

    Every elected official has a responsibility to his constituents to be honest and as fair as possible at all times. Speeches in particular are public statements that are meant to address large groups of people and should be held to a tight, truthful standard since so many individuals are relying on the information to be honest.

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