Right! I understand the free speech bit, but I've had the unpleasant duty of outing a friend and fellow church member who pretended to be a POW, holder of the Combat Infantry Badge, Parachute Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge, Purple Heart and other decorations and badges. He tossed in stuff about being with the 101st Airborne for extra flavor. The man was elderly and quite sick when his wife asked me to help with his veterans benefits which should have flowed from his POW status...didn't take long to uncover the distasteful truth about this phony. Maybe I'd have looked the other way, but the wife showed me his prepared obituary...and I tried mightily to get her to drop the phony stuff before he passed, stuff which certainly wouldn't survive publication upon his death. She wouldn't budge...and the phony stuff hit the fan with a vengeance as the local newspaper, in great outrage, corrected in multiple columns the lies in the obituary.
|"Capt" MacKenzie, with Navy Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star, etc.|
--got 'em the easy way...MAIL ORDER PHONY!
Phonies keep coming out of the woodwork, and the recent decision by the Supremes will only encourage them until such time as Congress enacts a modified Stolen Valor Act, one which grasps the issue more directly without challenge to the First Amendment.
Advice? Earn 'em before you wear 'em.
|Sometimes, ya just gotta laugh!|