Swift boat this
Posted by Ron Coleman on November 11, 2008
In honor of Veteran’s Day, and because I’m traveling today, I’m reposting this September 29, 2007 item that’s relevant to the day — RDC:
Instapundit links to a story about proposed legislation to punish people for falsely claiming to be decorated war veterans.
It sounds like a bad idea, and who know where it could lead? What if someone claims, say, he was a on a secret-hush-hush mission that was, say, “seared in his mind” — but which didn’t happen at all? Shouldn’t claims of never-existed war crimes by fellow soldiers be similarly against the law? All three types of lies are meant to leverage real or imagined military service for political or personal gain, after all.
What about someone who really earns medals… and throws them away?
Here, in all seriousness, I’m probably just a “free speech advocate.” Let liars lie, even about war medals, just as they lie about war adventures and other things. The facts will out. They always do.