One would think Rick Van Wickler, Superintendent of the Cheshire County “Correctional” Facility, was committing career suicide when testifying at the House Criminal Justice Committee (See video above) – you know, that committee focused on justice and stuff – in New Hampshire. Only when employed by the government is it logical for y0u to take a “vacation day” (which is still paid for the same way – taxes – as “regular days”) and testify for something that would cost your employer billions of dollars – and keep your job.
Now I don’t want to take anything from Rick and the courage he has for speaking the truth about the war on drugs. He honestly has my respect for that but as a man who’s been “on the bad end of him doing his job so well” (a statement I made to him at his Keene State College speech) I find it questionable, in terms of his character, to have such a clear understanding of the “War on Drugs” and still go to work where the majority of ‘his’ inmates are there due to drug prohibition.
Don’t you just want to ask him, “How can you know that [prohibition failed] and go to work everyday and continue to contribute to this problem?”
He may even say something like, “I’m advocating against the system – just like you do. I’m sure you, like me, dislike the compromises we make against our principles. You don’t like to pay taxes of any kind knowing they’ll go to fund more things you rather not support. I feel guilt when I see marijuana users in my jail but I’m doing what I can and trying to fix it the only way I know how.”
Though I bet Rick would feel better if he weren’t part of the system that was built off something he seems to despise. Regardless, it’s nice to see someone not blinded by the paycheck, who has the courage to speak the truth.