I haven't posted for a couple of weeks but here's a new one:
No, I did not misspell “metal” and mean, “medal” but a local politician did. It seems he was running for Clerk of Courts here in Kentucky and he posted his Military Record on-line on his Internet site. Unfortunately, he got caught doctoring it by claiming his two years in Europe were spent in Viet Nam where he was decorated with a number of “metals” for valor in action. Well, we have been ridiculed for being dumb here in Kentucky but “we ain’t that dumb.” When discovered, he dropped out of the race. Now, the Attorney General is contemplating prosecuting him for election fraud.
In many districts of the United States, a distinguished military record is not necessarily and asset in running for office. It certainly didn’t help the first George Bush in his run against Clinton. Here in Kentucky, being a veteran of a foreign war is a well-regarded asset to a person’s character, so it was certainly tempting for a politician to invent such a record. The only caution is to have your secretary reread your forgery before you post it on the Internet. Didn’t Dan Rather get caught in a similar mistake that got him fired (or the politically correct way of throwing an old veteran reporter out the door)?