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O “Some guys who spent their days folding diapers at Fort Dix are proclaiming that they single-handedly won World War II.”
P “And good old Congress comes to the rescue and imposes some more government regulations. Congress again dictated that the government must decide and provided for more buffoons to be sent to prison at my expense. The issue is so clear and simple. We could agree to direct the government to make bumbling efforts to criminalize the goonery or we could vest individuals with the responsibility to determine the truth.”
O “The Stolen Valor Act of 2005 is a misnomer. Those in the service fought valorously for the First Amendment of 1791 not some shallow rah-rah legislation. Curious that the government and business are in business to lie, yet we want the government to come in and prosecute someone who is not telling the truth and then deny that person his or her liberty.”
P “The government already fulfills its role without the additional legislation and imposition on our First Amendment guarantees. Look at the Department of Defense Form DD 214 prepared at government expense that provides the actual information about a person’s military service and awards. The Court should take notice of the fact that little is private today particularly one’s military service from his or her first day as a private. Perhaps the government could expunge the social security numbers and publish all DD 214s upon retirement.”
O “Most of these scoundrels and fools are insecure and desperate but not criminal. What if the Court simply issued a two word decision: ‘First Amendment.’”
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Bumper stickers of the week:
First Amendment Rules
The Stolen Valor Act – steals honor and denies rights