Congressional Republicans Launch Reddit-Style Website, Trolling Ensues

Congessional Republicans recently launched a new site, called America Speaking Out, which allows users to submit and vote on policy ideas. From the homepage:

This site was developed by House Republicans as part of an official effort to increase the dialogue between Americans and their Congress. Here, Americans are provided a new platform to share their priorities and ideas for a national policy agenda….This is an open forum, however, where all Americans are welcome to respectfully offer their opinions, regardless of party affiliation and whether we endorse them or not. It is our hope the active engagement of the American people will produce a robust debate that will aid in the construction of a new American agenda.

So far, there is little in the way of productive debate, and plenty in the way of trolling, such as “Death penalty for teaching anything other than abstinence,” “tax the french,” and a long, rambling post about the dangers of lizard people that has since been deleted. There are some solid proposals on there, however. It seems like the posts are just about evenly split between libertarian ideas and trolls.

It looks like this little experiment is a failure, but it certainly was an interesting idea, and is worth checking out.

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