Today is June 28, 2012 and it will be remembered for a long time as the day the Supreme Court back President Obama’s health care reform package. Something else happened at the Supreme Court level today that probably isn’t as far ranging or important, but it boggled my mind when I read it.
Today, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) threw out a law making it a crime to lie about receiving military honors, citing freedom of speech in the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution. What this basically means is that people can continue to lie about receiving military honors because it’s their right to say anything they want to.
Okay, so I agree with this. There should never be a law restricting was a citizen can say. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and should have the ability to say it. Lying is one of them. And if you get caught, well, it’s your right to suffer the consquences and maybe learn something the experience.
Does this sound familiar to anyone? Isn’t this a lesson we were supposed to learn back in KINDERGARTEN? Why in the heck did anyone with a reasonable intelligence entertain the idea that we had to create a law to keep people from lying? Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a big fan of lying. Got caught too many times and gave it up long ago. I’m not saying that people should be allowed to lie. They shouldn’t have their basic rights restricted just because they have the ability to misuse them.
So who are these people who are lying about receiving military honors? I don’t know. I can see putting something on a resume about, oh, Soldier of the Month or something. But I can’t imagine prevaricating over whether or not you saw service in some theatre of war and deserve a medal or monetary benefits.
How come these people didn’t pay attention in kindergarten? Or to their parents? When did laying become so normal that we had to consider passing a law against it? It then becomes a moral issue and how do you legislate that?
Okay, enough ranting. Quit lying you guys. Live life with a moral purpose and be happy.