The Militant Libertarian

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Friday, July 22, 2005

Can't Take A Joke

In today's Capitol Hill Blue is a story titled "Phony Purple Heart Promotion Draws Ire." Apparently, some people don't think that making fake purple hearts and wearing them to "get the chicks" at weddings is all that great. I don't think it's really couth either...but I don't want to make it a federal offense either!!

Here's an excerpt from the article:
Want to land a bridesmaid? Carry a few fake Purple Hearts around and crash a wedding. That's one of many tactics in the movie "Wedding Crashers" used by actors Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson to win over the ladies. But the idea crosses the line for some veterans and members of Congress, who will introduce legislation Friday to make such an act a federal offense.

What most bothers Hershel Gober, former deputy secretary of Veterans Affairs and member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, about the film so far _ he hasn't seen it yet _ is New Line Cinema's Web site, because it offers fans a "Crasher Kit" complete with a "make your own" Purple Heart.

"Carrying a Purple Heart in your jacket guarantees you attention, admiration and plenty of free booze," the promotion site reads. "To get one of these babies, some dudes have to prove their physical, mental and spiritual strength with great feats of bravery on the battlefield. All you need to do is press the button below."

"It blew my stack," said Gober, who earned a Purple Heart in 1969 in the Mekong Delta when, as an Army company commander, he [was] injured by a booby trap.

"I have no problem with spoofs," he said. "But we're trying to protect the medals."

Oooo! Protect the medals! That's very important! In fact, while we're amending the Constitution to make it illegal to protest by burning a flag, why not ad this on too?? I mean, comon! We're just protecting Old Glory and the Medals!! What a great rallying cry! Constitution, schmonstitution!

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  • At 3:42 PM, July 28, 2005 , Blogger phyrebrand said...

    Yeah, I love it when folks begin speaking about a "Flag Burning Amendment". It is so rediculous that people would seriously consider protesting the government "ok" but burning a flag not.. furthermore, some people are simply blind to many of the things that are done in Congress that have a much greater effect on them than burning a flag. (Patriot Act) Impersonating a purple heart awardee? If the actual purple heart awardees don't have enough self-worth and satisfaction from what they accomplished then they probably in a stretch didn't deserve what they received in the first place.


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