Time for reality checks

Time for reality checks: Friday, November 19, 2010

U.S. District Court Judge Jack Camp Jr., a fellow Citadel graduate, has apparently confessed to drug related crimes involving a sexual industry professional.  He seems to have had a reputation as a harsh sentencer and a very conservative judge.

The crimes bother me very little in and of themselves.  As a libertarian, I believe government has no business regulating people’s personal lives but the hypocrisy hurts a great deal.  Unfortunately, too often that hypocrisy seems emblematic of self-proclaimed conservatives, especially those who combine their politics with Christian fundamentalism.

It’s a sad situation but one we should learn from: “judge not that ye be not judged” and “let he who is without sin cast the first stone” come to mind as relevant messages from the gentle Galilean.  I’m certainly not in a position to judge Jack Camp but like all of us, I’m in a position to learn from his mistakes.

One thing I do believe is that with the heritage we share, he will, should he chose to, find it within himself to come out of this experience a better person and one in a better position to understand and help resolve major societal problems.

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