Four years ago, I made a promise to my oldest daughter. She had
challenged me to tell the American people my side of the Chinagate
“Whether you like it or not, this is a part of American history,” she
told me. “What are you going to do about it?”
I replied, “I will come out, and I will tell the truth. I will set
the record straight.”
I am very proud to say to my kids that I kept that promise, and I’ve
accepted the consequences that came with it. As someone who broke the
law, I am accepting the punishment. I have told the truth when
truth-telling worked against me. I have tried to right a wrong. But I
have done so under tremendous pressure from this White House.
My column, which has been my tool to tell the world the true story
behind the campaign finance scandal of 1996, has upset a lot of people
— not only in this presidential administration, but also in the Chinese
government. Who am I to fight with the two most powerful people on
earth: the president of China and the president of the United States?
Yes, Mr. President, indeed, you showed me you are the most powerful
man on earth. I learned that during your first term when I was a
die-hard Democrat who supported you. But it has become even more clear
to me during your second term. After the Chinagate scandal erupted, you
put incredible burdens on my shoulders to punish me for speaking out.
Well … you win.
As I have often told my readers, it’s never been easy for me to write
this column due to the tremendous pressure from this government. As a
result, I need to tell you, my readers, farewell. This is my last
column. It’s time for me to find a low-profile job so that I can take
care of my wife and my family. As an American citizen, I fulfilled my
responsibility to tell you what I know and to tell my children and their
children that if you make a mistake, you need to have the courage to
come forward to make amends and take the heat. I will never regret
telling the truth, despite the consequences, and I hope that history
will be kind to me.
I would like to say thank you very much to Joseph Farah, editor in
chief and chief executive officer of WorldNetDaily. You, Mr. Farah,
showed me your courage in hiring me at a time when no one dared employ
me. You gave me the opportunity to set the record straight about
Chinagate and to tell my side of the story. By doing so, you helped
provide the basic needs for my family at the most difficult time of our
lives. You are a real gentleman.
And to my colleagues at WorldNetDaily, keep up the good fight. It
has been my privilege to work with you. I was once someone you were so
angry about, but now I am happy to say that we call each other “friend.”
You have given me tremendous support, not only at work but also by your
belief. I thank you. Although I will no longer be working with you
side by side, I will continue to check in with you.
To you, my readers, I echo the words of Robert Frost who wrote, “And
miles to go before I sleep.” Indeed, I have some extra miles to go
before I finish my community service. And if you drive by me cleaning
your community somewhere, give me a honk, or a thumbs up.
To my fellow American citizens, it took everything I had to give you
the truth about this administration. I have felt so much heat, more
than you can imagine, so I hope none of you will say I didn’t do my duty
as a citizen.
Farewell. God bless you and your loved ones.