Fake war heroes – Ok if you are state officials

TUESDAY 4-29-08…It absolutely amazes me when I watch our democrat-controlled state legislature in action. You’d think I’d be used to it by now, but I’m not. The latest “keystone kops” ridiculousness involves Senate Bill 1482. It’s a bill by State Senator Lou Correa, which, on the surface seems like a good idea.

It would require local officials to forfeit their offices if convicted in federal court of violating the Stolen Valor Act of 2005, by claiming to have earned military decorations for which they were not entitled. My first question would be…”Why just local officials?” Seems to me such a bill should rightfully include all elected officials, city, county, state and federal.

Members of the Senate Committee debated the bill, and even touched on including the state’s elected officials, but for some strange reason, decided that wasn’t necessary. My first reaction was “Who, and how many in our state legislature are they trying to protect?” How many of our state elected officials got where they are by pretending to be a military hero, sporting ribbons and medals purchased at surplus stores or online?

We’ll never know. The idea of including state elected officials was left out of the Senate Bill, which was passed and sent on to the next committee.

Meanwhile, in the Assembly, AB 2149 was being debated. Investment advisers could not use titles along with their names, unless they’ve actually earned those titles. In other words, if a person uses the title “Senior Investment Advisor”, they better really be one, and prove it. Violators would risk license revocation if convicted. Democrat Patty Berg says “If you want to use a title, you have to earn it.”

Sounds good to me, but why shouldn’t the same apply to state elected officials who claim to be something they’re not? Sounds to me like democrats are giving them a free pass.



2 Responses

  1. As author of the Federal Stolen Valor Act signed by the President on December 20, 2006, I would love to talk more on this subject with you. Kentucky’s Members of the U.S. House were the ONLY delegation to unanimously co-sponsor the Federal Bill. I have the follow-up legislation for the SV Act currently before the U.S. Congress.

  2. I have now been in touch with Doug Sterner on this subject and will have more information on it via Tidbits From the B.S. Notebook in the near future. I find it reprehesible that elected offcials are not included in various bills to stop the impersonation.
    My first question is WHY???


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