I was all set to a post on local events as I usually do on
Fridays when two things happened. I noticed nothing could be
found going on today with my resorces and I received an email.
I feel I owe Iowa Congressman Shawn Hamerlinck an apology.
During one of my rants I stated all politicians had lost their
common sense and Senator Hamerlinck has not. I am sorry for
my assumption that he was as clueless as the others who don’t
seem to care what the people want.
After California Appeals Judge Milan D. Smith likened the Stolen
Valor law to lying about your age or weight on a driver’s license, Congressman Hamerlinck readied a bill that would make it a State offense to lie about honors received during military service.
To quote the email-
“If upheld as it currently stands, it becomes acceptable for
individuals to lie about military service and honors of valor
in order to profit in some way,” stated Senator Shawn Hamerlinck
(R-Dixon). “Demeaning the Congressional Medal of Honor, Navy
Cross, Silver Star, and Purple Heart to the weight recorded on a
driver’s license is appalling.”
Per capita, Iowa has more active duty soldiers currently deployed
than any other state in the nation. “In Iowa, those who volunteer
for service are held at a higher regard than the credit offered by
the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California,” Hamerlinck went
on to say. “Knowing that the U.S. Supreme Court process could take
another two years, I have filed a Stolen Valor Act in Iowa and am
confident that it will be embraced by the Legislature and win
approval in the upcoming session.”
We hope so, we certainly hope so. As an American, a Veteran, and
an Iowan I salute you and wish the best with this.
Comments are always welcome.