The past of Cpl Sanchez

If you haven’t heard the story, here’s the gist. Marine Cpl Matt Sanchez, recent winner of the Jeanne Kirkpatrick Academic Freedom Award at CPAC, was once a gay porn, erm, actor and escort. But apparently he isn’t anymore.

The left is making this revelation a Jeff Gannon redux.

What they’re actually showing is that, once again, the left loves the sin but hates the sinner (if the sinner is a Republican). Because you won’t find many if any denunciations of what Sanchez did on its own merits; they’ll just slam him for “hypocrisy” for being a Republican with a past.

But what about his present? Take a minute to read a letter from a Columbia student (that’s where Sanchez has risen to fame as a student taking on the anti-war thugs on campus) posted at Michelle’s blog.

I’m a freshman at Columbia and I enrolled in the USMC PLC officer training program as soon as I got here. After Matt discovered that I was involved with the program he made it his personal mission to ensure that he closed some of the gaps between my (hopefully) future as a Marine officer and the lack of support offered by the fools here in Columbia’s administration. He has been in the gym with me, often three to four times a week, despite taking classes and working full time, offered his advice as a current Marine and opened up considerable opportunities for myself, including two appearance on FOX News. Simply put, he’s a great guy who goes the distance for anyone that asks and never asks for anything in return.

Do yourself a favor and read the whole thing, and the whole post. Sanchez would have done well to inform CPAC of his past and let them decide whether or not to honor him with the award, but he didn’t and it’s not difficult to understand why. Who wants to bring up something like that, once a group of distinguished people have decided that you’re honorable?

For our friends on the left who will tar the entire conservative movement over the past of one man, you’d do well to consider something that GayPatriotWest reminded me of — at the heart of the Christian story is a prostitute, Mary Magdalene. At the heart of the New Testament is a book called Corinthians, in which Paul describes some of the early Christians thus:

Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

“…and such were some of you…” He’s talking to some of the first Christians. Those people had histories. But change is possible. Based on his actions at Columbia and in joining the Marines, I’d say that change has happened.

That’s not to excuse or defend anything, just to put it into perspective.

Update: Sanchez speaks:

Porn reduces the mind and flattens the soul. I don’t like it. That’s not hypocrisy talking; that’s just experience. I sometimes think of myself, ironically, as a progressive: I started off as a liberal but I progressed to conservatism. Part of that transformation is due to my time in the industry. How does a conservative trace his roots to such distasteful beginnings? I didn’t like porn’s liberalism. In porn, everything taboo is trivialized and everything trivial is magnified.

Being in the adult entertainment industry was sort of like being in a cult, and like all followers of a cult, I have a difficult time figuring out when I stopped believing in the party line. I can tell you, though, that by the time I finished my brief tour of the major studios, I was pretty disgusted with myself. It was an emotional low, and the people who surrounded me were like drug dealers interested only in being with the anesthetized in order not to shake off the stupor of being high.

Why did I become a conservative? Just look at what I left, and look at who is attacking me today.

Read the rest. Good can come from awful things. Every human, somewhere in your life, holds proof of that.

Update: There’s more to being human than just scoring political points.

Update: I’ll be on Kevin McCullough’s show, WMCA 570 & 970 AM in NYC, at 2:30 to talk about Matt Sanchez and who the real hypocrites are. Click the link to listen.