False Credentials

I always thought that people who didn’t exagerate their credentials were at a disadvantage because so many people do it that a little, or a lot of, of interviewers just expect it. If you tell the truth, perhaps the interviewer thinks you are even less than that. I don’t know, but it seems plausible.

Whats worse is when someone makes up their service from whole cloth . This website talks about people who like to say they have served in the military, when they in fact have not. The opening line says it all:

It starts off simple enough. A casual mention of military service. And, oh by the way, a Purple Heart and a few other honors earned. How can you not trust a man who served his country so gallantly?
From there, confidence builds, one story weaves into even more glorious tales until, at some point, the fabrication is woven so tightly you begin to suspect…
How can one person achieve so much in such a short time? It’s almost too good to be true.

I know the “stolen valor” law was declared unconstitutional, but people who delude themselves into thinking their made up high credentials make them someone they are not have no place in our public discourse. This happens in military, business and most assuredly politics. Fluffing up something you actually did is one thing, but stealing by association from those who deserve their honors is something entirely different.


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12 responses to “False Credentials

  1. Anonymous

    Richard Blumenthal

  2. Balzac

    It’s an awful practice, stealing honor. On the other hand, a little fibbing can make you a Democratic senator from Connecticut, right?
    If we don’t hold these fools to some standards by not voting for them, we’ll elect fools without standards for Senator.

  3. Cobra

    You’re spot on, Frank. As detailed in the website you reference, Greenwich’s own “Prince of Prevarication” has made the list of reptilian “Secure Targets”:

    Candidate’s Words on Vietnam Service Differ From History

    Richard Blumenthal
    from the NY Times:
    Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat now running for the United States Senate, never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records.
    Additional source: Huffington Post article
    Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/18/nyregion/18blumenthal.html?pagewanted=1
    Date added: June 21, 2010

  4. John

    Good post, I thought most people would agreed and was struck speedless when the CT electorate voted the other way and gave us our newly minted junior Senator from Greenwich.


  5. George Crossman

    Senator Blumenthal comes to mind.

  6. Anonymous

    he’s a disgrace.

  7. Libertarian Advocate

    Hey Fwank: I Could’a sworn I commented on this post too. Hmmm ????

  8. Libertarian Advocate

    Guess not… My intended comment was re: Blumenthal as well. Yes he was a Marine, but managing Toys for Tots in Washington D.C. is a plainly not the same as jumping out of a Huey in a hot LZ.

  9. Anonymous

    Frank’s attempt to snipe on commenters does damage to his senator. Good thinking.

  10. Viktor

    It’s called lying. Plain and simple. An immediate cause for dismissal/ black listing/ retreat from public life.

  11. Viktor

    I’m talking about those who use false credentials.