More Enabling Bad Behavior And Hypocrisy

When Brett Kavanaugh was nominated recently to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court due to the retirement of Justice Anthony, it appeared that his confirmation by the Senate would be a slam dunk. Now two women have come forward and accused Mr. Kavanaugh when he was in high school at an exclusive prep school of trying to take advantage of them at a party where they were drinking. His supporters are saying that this was long ago and he was a young man doing what young men often do. But really? Should he get a pass on this because that was more than 36 years ago?

Perhaps in an exclusive prep school where the boys are from wealthy and prominent families, they might get away with things like that. Perhaps it is an entitlement mentality that seems to permeate those whose families have wealth and privilege that bad behavior can be excused as “boys will be boys”.

Well, I grew up in Parma and attended Valley Forge High School. I knew that there were parties where there was drinking and when my father smelled beer on my breath and I came home a little loopy, I was grounded for a month. I wouldn’t think of trying to take advantage of a girl there since I knew that it would get all over the school the next week and eventually back to my parents. I feared the wrath of my father more than the police. In addition, when I was in high school I was involved in several organizations that stressed gentlemanly behavior. I was in the Explorer Scouts, a high school division of the Boy Scouts, DeMolay, a young men’s organization affiliated with the Masons and the Key Club, a service club affiliated with the Kiwanis Club.

When I went off to college after high school, my father had me on a short leash. I was told that if I got into trouble or got some girl in trouble; my father would take me to the military recruiting office where I could choose which branch of service to join. My college career would be over and my military career would begin. For the first two years in college, I was in the Air Force ROTC program and they had a code of conduct that required gentlemanly behavior and respect. That involvement in different organizations for young men gave me a solid grounding on how to behave. I knew that if I had acted like a young Brett Kavanaugh or Donald Trump, there would be serious consequences.

But perhaps people from wealthy and privileged families who can afford exclusive prep schools don’t have to worry about consequences for bad behavior. They can do whatever they please and it will either be excused or covered up and life goes on as planned. Except if you happen to be the victim of such bad behavior. Then it doesn’t go away.

Supreme Court appointments are for life and the justices on the Supreme Court are to judge the laws of the land and act as the ultimate authority about our laws. Therefore, anyone being considered for such an important lifetime appointment must be held to the highest standards of ethical and moral behavior. Whether their approach to the law or the constitution is liberal or conservative, their judgement must be above politics and their ethics must be beyond reproach.

But for politicians to dismiss bad behavior from anyone in a high position while they have been critical of other’s bad behavior is hypocrisy. Sure, all this is political. That can of worms was opened up twenty years ago when a sitting President was impeached for an extra marital affair that involved consensual sex with an adult.

My mother had an expression or a “momily” that went; be careful what you accuse others of doing because it will come back at you. Or if you throw mud at someone else, it will get thrown back at you.

Lee Kamps

Lee has been working with Medicare, Medicaid and private health insurance since he began working at the Erie County Welfare Department in January 1973 where a major part of his job was determining eligibility for Medicaid. He went into the private insurance business in 1977 with Prudential Insurance Company and within a short time had become one of the company’s top sales agents. In 1982, he was promoted into management where he managed two field offices and as many as thirteen sales agents. After leaving Prudential in 1986, Lee decided to become more focused on health insurance and employee benefits. He has advised many local employers on how to have a more cost effective employee benefit program as well as conducted employee benefit meetings and enrollments for many area employers. The companies Lee has worked with ranged from small “mom and pop” businesses to local operations of large national companies. Lee received his B.S. degree from Kent State University where he has been active in the local alumni association. He has completed seven of the ten courses toward the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist designation. He has taught courses in employee benefits and insurance at Cleveland State University and local community colleges. In addition, Lee is an experienced and accomplished public speaker. He has been a member of Toastmasters International where he achieved the designation of “Able Toastmaster – Silver” in 1994. He has also served as a club president, Area Governor and District Public Relations Officer in Toastmasters as well as winning local speech contests. Lee has also been a member of the Greater Cleveland Growth Association’s Speaker’s Bureau where he was designated as one of the “official spokespeople for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” prior to the hall’s opening in 1995. He has given talks and presentations before many audiences including civic organizations, AARP chapters and many other community groups. With the implementation of the Medicare Modernization Act (Medicare drug bill) in 2006, Lee has shifted his focus to Medicare and helping Medicare beneficiaries navigate the often confusing array of choices and plans available. As an independent representative, Lee is not bound to any one specific company or plan, but he can offer a plan that suits an individual person’s needs and budget. In addition, Lee is well versed in the requirements and availability of various programs for assistance with Medicare part D as well as Medicaid. While he cannot make one eligible, he can assist in the process and steer one to where they may be able to receive assistance.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 11:41 AM, 10.01.2018