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MEDALS: Don’t politicians profit from lying?

Letter by Arthur L. Snider, Tacoma on Aug. 8, 2012 at 5:08 pm | 7 Comments »
August 9, 2012 10:27 am

Re: “Military can catalog WWI bombs but not medals?” (editorial, 8-6).

Although I do not advocate lying under any circumstances, I have to agree with the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision that lying about receiving military awards is protected free speech. I believe there was a similar ruling a short time ago, with the court affirming the right of politicians to lie during political campaigns.

The editorial says there is an effort under way to make it illegal to profit from lying about military decorations. And who exactly will define what “profit” is? The politicians who habitually lie and profit by winning elections?

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