Kentuckians couldn't post anonymous comments to Web sites under a bill proposed by State Rep. Tim Couch, a Republican.
Couch's bill would require anyone who contributes to a Web site to register their real name, address and e-mail address with that Web site. Their full name then would be used whenever they posted a comment.
Web site operators who violated the disclosure law would be fined $500 for a first offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense.
Couch acknowledged that his bill raises First Amendment issues regarding free speech, so he won't be pushing it. But he wanted to call attention to the phenomenon of unkind and often untrue comments about people being posted online by Kentuckians hiding behind the cloak of anonymity.
"When you're anonymous, you can say anything you want to about someone and nobody knows who you are," he said.
True, but this sack of poop forgets that anonymous political communication was the backbone of the American Revolution, a point noted by the United States Supreme Court in McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission, 514 U.S. 334 (1995) in striking down as unconstitutional an Ohio law requiring source disclaimers on political advertising.
Couch needs to bone up on his history and the values of the Republican party, especially the part about less government.