Stolen Valor getting attention in the news.

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.

2 thoughts on “Stolen Valor getting attention in the news.”

  1. For the “lying is protected by the First Amendment!” crowd, I point you to a few little laws. The go by the names “fraud” “slander” “libel” “theft by deception” and so on. In each case, the violator of these laws is using untruths to take something from someone else. Fraud and theft by deception are obvious. Slander and libel use lies to take the reputation and good name of the victim. Stolen valor is simply fraud for the purpose of stealing the good name of military heroes to give the perpetrator an enhanced reputation and good name. It is direct theft of that which slander and libel attempt to destroy. If our legal system accepts that non-tangible property can be destroyed, then it thereby recognizes that it can be stolen. Stolen valor is fraud with just such intent.

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