The 9th Federal Court of Appeals threw out a conviction of a man who wore a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Silver Star that he never earned stating it was free speech protected by the Constitution.
The conditions for the Purple Heart is for a service person to be wounded in combat by enemy fire. This means you have to voluntarily or involuntarily pay for this medal with your own blood in combat.
To get your hands on a Bronze Star you have to either commit some type of heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service in a combat zone. You pay for this medal normally through heroism.
To get that illusive Silver Star you have to pay by committing gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States. Once again you pay for this through gallantry.
I don’t even want to talk about the cost of the Congressional Medal of Honor because in most cases it costs you your life.
For someone to wear these medals when they have not earned them is NOT free speech, it is theft. Theft of sacrifice, heroism, and gallantry. For a person to put them on when they have not earned them is not only theft, but it is also tainting the actions of those who actually paid the price and received these medals for that price.
Under the 9th Federal Court of Appeals train of thought, it should be alright for a person to impersonate a police officer, firefighter, EMT, Doctor, Prison Guard, or any other profession also to include impersonating a judge.
Here I thought judges were supposed to be smart, just and should be revered, but all I have for this court is contempt for their indifference shown to those who protect our freedoms! I don’t normally support abortions, but in the cases of these 11 judges I think their mothers did not fully consider their options and choose the correct one.