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#1 Well, I suppose anyone can now claim to have been awarded anything including the Medal of Freedom, Pulitzer, Nobel, anything.
I suppose what the military needs to do is to trademark the decorations involved and only give awardees permission to use the trademark.
Posted by crosspatch 2012-06-28 17:39||
#2 Well, can I now say that I am a police officer, member of SCOTUS, POTUS, a doctor, a lawyer, nurse, registered engineer under freedom of speech? I don't think I will say I have the Nobel Peace Prize; it is tainted.
Like ObamaCare and Arizona immigration law, this does not seem like a good SCOTUS decision.
Posted by JohnQC 2012-06-28 18:27||
#3 The Stolen Valor ruling seems to me to be about a government not being the wronged party in a lie about valor, and thus cannot regulate such speech. As a libertarian, I can see this point, BUT they got one important thing wrong: the 'people' - and thus the government - ARE a wronged party, in that false claims to valor degrade the value of the awards for true valor, and those awards are made on behalf of the whole people in recognition of service to the whole people.
Posted by Glenmore 2012-06-28 18:38||
#4 More Seals will be showing up in local bars bragging now.
Posted by crazyhorse 2012-06-28 20:30||
#5 Yep. At least a million of 'em. But as before, if they're braggin', they're lying.
Posted by Glenmore 2012-06-28 20:40||
#6 An unfortunate foretelling.
LOOK at the essence of a thing, whether it be a point of doctrine, of practice, or interpretation.
The Emperor Marcus-Aurelius
Posted by Besoeker 2012-06-28 21:29||
#7 So it's up to the veterans to out the liars and publicly shame them, leaving law enforcement to concentrate on ATF gunrunning and gang wars. In other words, not really different than it was before.
Posted by trailing wife 2012-06-28 22:00||