Vote the liars out, even if you agree with them

U.S. Rep. George Santos, R-Brooklyn, leaves the Capitol Hill Club as members of the press follow him on Jan. 31. Alex Wong/Getty Images/Tribune News Service

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Much as we might complain about politicians lying, it’s not the job of the government to fix the problem.

That’s the implication of last week’s decision by a federal appellate court in a case involving a state law purporting to punish false attacks on candidates for public office. If the court is right — and I think it is — then only voters can exact a penalty for lying.

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