By now most Americans of voting age realize that much of what happens
in Washington, D.C., is “all show, no go.” In other words congressmen,
bureaucrats and the president all seem more interested in
appearing to give a darn about key issues, but we all know that
the bluster, hype and propaganda is largely a show for the cameras and
the lapdog mainstream press.
But occasionally some good legislation actually does come out D.C. A
case in point is the so-called Whistleblower’s Act that ostensibly
provides added protection to government employees who “blow the whistle”
on illegal or corrupt practices within the various bureaus, agencies and
It’s a shame that Congress even needed to pass such a law; everyone
ought to have “equal protection under the law” regardless of who they
are or where they work. But because some government officials in the
past abused those who squealed on them for violations of the law, such a
provision became necessary.
Unfortunately in order to make this law — and all other laws —
effective, the people “at the gate” need to be capable of enforcing the
provisions, rules and laws passed by the people’s representatives.
Since the Age of Clinton, however, perhaps the most ignored of all
“checks and balances” on corruption has been the letter of the law.
Despite repeated attempts to call attention to illegality within
their agencies, honest government employees have been demonized,
threatened, fired, and otherwise had their professional lives ruined
during Clinton’s reign of terror. This, all because the very Congress
that sucked in our tax money to propose, debate, then pass the
Whistleblower’s law doesn’t have the guts or wherewithal to see that
it’s enforced. That’s not only blatant cowardice but it’s a damned
shame as well. An act of omission is as bad as an act of commission.
The most recent
example of the abuse of a whistleblower comes at the hands of the U.S.
Customs Service. As WND reporter David Bresnahan reported on Friday,
“The good guys get forced out, so the bad guys can run drugs, take
bribes, and cover up their illegal activities,” according to 15-year
former Customs official John Carman. He decided to go public after he
had exhausted every imaginable avenue for redress: The
department’s chain of command as well as its own internal affairs
division, the Justice Department, and even the courts.
Why — after all the time, effort and money lawmakers spent to pass
this law — is it still not being enforced? The answer to this
failure — as well as why voluminous other attempts by government
employees to highlight and help root out corruption for the past seven
years have failed — ought to be obvious to most people by now.
The system of checks and balances that allegedly protects Americans
from this kind of ignorance and abuse has been completely, utterly, and
— until Clinton leaves — irretrievably subjugated too corrupt to
function. It was in that spirit that the Whistleblower’s Act was first
passed to begin with. Now that spirit — as well as the intent — of the
law is gone.
What can be done about it?
Well, we could write, fax, call or e-mail our congressmen, but a fat
load of good that will do. Even if your congressman is honest,
what will a few voices in the wilderness accomplish? The Clinton
administration has routinely ignored demands from Congress for
testimony, documents relating to investigations, and a full accounting
of various scandal-related events. And Congress has regularly let the
administration and the courts slide for their insolence.
I guess we Americans could demand that Attorney General Janet
Reno do her job and prosecute these known elements of deceit and
corruption. But how — she has even refused to appoint
investigators to look into the known, provable and documented abuses of
power by the president and his plethora of white-collar thugs? Do you
really think she’ll take serious the claims of a “lowly” Customs
Well, you say, the courts can handle this. Sure — but before
you believe that, go back and read Bresnahan’s accounts of Mr. Carman’s
ordeal. Despite reams of proof, Carman’s claims have been rejected by
most of the courts. Of the one case so far decided in his favor,
Customs has simply refused to make amends — and nobody is
pressuring them to abide by that lawful court ruling.
That reminds me of the various times the IRS has been ordered by the
courts to make amends to taxpayers the agency has wronged. In most of
those cases they too have simply and utterly refused to do it. Worse,
nobody forces the issue with them; wronged taxpayers — like wronged
government employees — are left to rot on the vine by irresponsible
lawmakers who love to pass laws but hate to see that they’re enforced.
Never mind that the former government employee or the taxpayer has had
his life ruined forever.
If Congress is refusing to do their duty, as they obviously are, then
there is no point in having them in Washington, D.C., and continuing to
pay their salaries. They’re wasting our time and our money. If there
are too many corrupt legislators on Capitol Hill to be able to
effectively enforce the laws equally for government agents, officials,
bureaucrats and private citizens alike then there is no “system of
checks and balances” anymore. And, I might add, there is also no point
in re-electing these impotent clowns when their terms are up. The “Age
of Excuses” — like the Age of Clinton — ought to be over.
My thanks to Bresnahan and Carman for having more guts, integrity and
honor than 535 members of Congress combined.