Lucky number 7
After a longish preamble (in VII parts), Murray Bessette at the Foothill Cities blog concludes, as I did here, that the Stolen Valor Act is a bad idea and not the right instrument to punish non-Medal of Honor winner Xavier Alvarez.
Bessette also echoes a point I made about the sleeping watchdogs*: Given the singular nature of those who are deserving of this nation’s highest honor, someone, either citizen, blogger, or journalist, should have had enough interest to look here for Xavier Alvarez’s name to learn the story of his exploits.
Indeed. And now that the deal has been done, it's up to the people to show a similar level of interest in their elected officials and mount a recall if they're really that outraged. Waiting on a federal prosecutor to peel this guy out of his board seat is lazy.
*I confess that I spent a year while at the Claremont Courier investigating a scandal at Three Valleys and I don't think it changed a thing.