We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We all surely agree that lying is immoral and, most of the time, a terrible thing to do. We all surely agree that lying by omission is equally evil, most of the time. As we say here, a lie is the theft of somebody else's reality.
In life, we tend to identify liars and to distrust them, figuring reasonably that if they lie about one thing, they just tend to be liars. It's not always true, of course, but it's a safe rule of thumb.
Claiming military honors offends a lot of people in a way that claiming honors for other subjects doesn’t. Personally, I think that outlawing things merely because they offend people is a bad idea (and unnecessary–you’ll note that the offender in this case got his comeuppance even before the law was applied), but that’s another argument.
Making lying illegal seems crazy to me. For starters, every politician would be convicted.
The post's argument conflates all lying. Instead, the Supreme Court has found that certain lying is beyond free speech, and restricted. In these "Stolen Honor" cases, usually the perpetrator is using the lie to obtain elective or another position or to receive rewards, though not always. Aside from existent fraud laws and such, there are specific laws for specific types of lies. Further, as the Supreme Court testimony of the defendant admitted, there is no rightful free speech furthered by allowing this lie. From, even from the NYTs coverage, it seems likely that the Supreme court majority will likewise find, at least for the most part, in favor of the Stolen Honor law, passed unanimously in the House, as well as by the Senate, and signed by the President.