ABC news takes note of the phenomenon of people claiming honors that are not theirs. Mostly the report is about efforts to overturn convictions based upon a supposed right under the First Amendment to lie your ass off. I don’t know how the courts will eventually rule on this, but to me, it’s a no brainer. Virtually every Stolen Valor case I’ve seen has been someone trying to get something based on “their service.” Maybe not a direct monetary transaction, but like the case of Xavier Alvarez, trying to gain stature in the community, to gain political power. If you ask me, gaining political office via a fraudulent representation of your history isn’t exactly protected speech.