Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling that the Stolen Valor Act is unconstitutional is undoubtedly one of the worst decisions ever made by the U.S. Supreme Court.
It ranks right down there with the Dred Scott Decision (1857), in which the court ruled that slaves were not citizens of the United States, and that and that Congress did not have the authority to prohibit slavery.
In United States v. Alvarez, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that it is okay for Xavier Alvarez to lie that he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
The Supreme Court would never rule that it is okay to lie in court under oath. That would be perjury, and there’s a law against it.
The Supreme Court would never rule that it is okay to lie about someone in a newspaper, a magazine, a book, or an online article. That would be libel, and there’s a law against it.
The Supreme Court would never rule that it is okay to lie about someone in a speech or on a radio program. That would be slander, and there’s a law against it.
There is also a law, the Stolen Valor Act, enacted by Congress and signed by the President in 2006, which makes it illegal to lie about receiving The Congressional Medal of Honor and other military decorations and awards.
But six Supreme Court Justices – Roberts, Breyer, Ginsburgh, Kagan, Kennedy, and Sotomayor – ruled that it is okay to lie about military awards, despite the fact that it is against the law, just like perjury, libel, and slander.
Justices Alito, Thomas, and Scalia dissented.
What is the difference between a lie that is perjury, a lie that is libel, a lie that is slander, and a lie that is stolen valor?
The answer seems to be that none of those six Supreme Court Justices have never been there and done that.
Never having served in combat, the six Supreme Court Justices may not have any idea what a colossal blunder they have just made.
The Supreme Court’s reasoning in United States v. Alvarez is totally illogical, and makes absolutely no sense.
It is okay for a used car salesman to lie to you about what a great car this heap of junk is. We all expect that to happen when we buy a used car, and it’s not against the law.
It is okay for politicians to lie about what they have accomplished, and what they will do if elected. We expect that from our politicians, and besides, it’s not against the law.
But it is moronic to rule that three laws against lying – perjury, libel, and slander – are constitutional, but a law banning lying about military awards is not.
It is blatantly obvious that none of those six Supreme Court Justices has ever been shot at. That’s something you never forget.
It is even more obvious that none of those six Justices has ever been shot at for a living. That is something you never forger either.
It is also obvious that none of the Supreme Court Justices has ever woken up in the morning, looked at a photograph of their wife and children, and wondered if they would live long enough to see them again.
And beyond a doubt, none of those Justices has ever wondered how they ever survived what had happened to them that day. And none of those Justices had ever gotten up the next morning and done it all over again, and again, and again.
That’s what people do in combat. That’s why they are awarded medals.
Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling that it is legal to lie about military awards, is a slap in the face to every American combat veteran, whether they served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Iraq, Afghanistan, or somewhere else.
When each of those six Supreme Court Justices dies, there are combat veterans who will make a pilgrimage across the United States to piss on their graves.
Those combat veterans have earned the right to do so, because they’ve been there and done that.
It’s tragic that six Supreme Court Justices don’t have the slightest clue what that phrase means.