Of course lying is still constitutional

With an increasing number of “Beltway Patriots” running this country and our military defense budget- lying about past military service had become sport. So, Congress decided to do something about it with the “Stolen Valor Act” back in 2006.

Problem was- it made lying punishable by imprisonment- which if it had been extended to Congress – they’d be meeting in prison.

A federal appeals court on Monday upheld an earlier ruling by three of its members that a law making it illegal to lie about being a military hero violates free speech.The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision strikes down the so-called Stolen Valor Act passed by Congress in 2006.

via Federal court: Stolen Valor Act unconstitutional – San Jose Mercury News.

As a veteran, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve run into jerks telling me they were in Special Forces- and when confronted with my unit coin– I’ve drawn a blank stare.

The reality is- our country doesn’t value integrity or military service anymore. We reward CEOs who destroy our economy, we elect idiots who embarrass us, and we pass a lot of laws that we don’t enforce- including one requiring 3% of all government contracts are supposed to go to Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses– and then ignore it.

Lip service is the best we can do these days- military service has been trivialized.

If you want to “Thank a Vet” – start here: Buy Veteran. It’s a voluntary program.

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4 Responses

  1. truddick April 1, 2011 / 2:58 pm
    How about a new “stolen valor” act that makes it illegal to question any veteran’s awards or service unless the allegations are in the form of a court affidavit under oath?  Those inspired by Rove and his swift boaters would benefit from some down time.
  2. Concerned... April 1, 2011 / 10:53 pm
    David,
     
    Is “unit coin” a euphemism?
  3. David Esrati April 2, 2011 / 8:28 am

    @concerned- please read the link provided to “unit coin” before asking stupid questions.

  4. Thomas April 3, 2011 / 12:22 pm
    We were having this conversation last night about all these people saying how they were in Special Forces or whatever (it usually doesn’t take more than a little math to figure out they’re full of B.S.). Never thought of asking to see a unit coin.

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