THOUGHTS ON THE SPITZER SEX SCANDAL
By Pastor Chuck Baldwin
March 14, 2008
By now everyone in the information world knows about the sex scandal that forced New York Governor Eliot Spitzer out of office. For those who have been on Mars the past few days, Governor Spitzer was caught in an FBI wiretap probe involving an expensive prostitution service. Apparently, the governor has been utilizing these prostitution services for some ten years and has spent tens of thousands of dollars for his numerous trysts. The sting that caught him involved a banking institution alerting federal authorities (as they do millions--yes millions--of times every year) to "suspicious" financial transactions between Spitzer and the call girl service, The Emperors Club VIP. At the time of this writing, no criminal charges have been filed against Spitzer. (They seldom are in these cases.) Obviously, the embarrassment of the revelation forced Spitzer to resign.
Should Governor Spitzer have resigned? Of course. Elected officials who practice adultery betray more than their families; they betray the trust of the people who elected them. In the old days, adultery would even have disqualified a person from military or government promotion--perhaps even their very position. Adultery is the cause of countless divorces and the source of many children's and teenagers' societal malfunction. It is a curse on our country. No one abhors adultery more than I do.
That said, there is a nagging question in the back of my mind, Why did the hammer fall on Governor Spitzer now? After all, it is no hyperbole to say that when it comes to big league politics, adultery and fornication are, sadly, par for the course. And readers don't need to write and tell me how judgmental I am, because it is the truth.
Sometimes I wish I had not learned the things I've learned and had not been exposed to the truth as I have been. Sometimes the truth is not very pretty. And the fact is, Washington politics--and by virtue of his very position, the governor of New York is included in Washington politics--is infested with sexual immorality. And "infested" is putting it mildly. The Republican and Democrat parties alike are awash in sexual immorality--both heterosexual and homosexual. And 99% of this debauchery is never reported. The guilty politicos are never "caught," never "outed."
So, why was Governor Spitzer "caught?" Don't forget that Spitzer has been carrying on this way for at least ten years. Suddenly, now, he is found out.
They say that Governor Spitzer was "Client 9" for this particular hooker. So, who are "clients 1-8"? And who are "clients 10-100"? Why do we not know their names? Anyone able to afford this prostitute's price of $1,000 per hour has to be someone of means. Who were they?
Were the other "clients" CEOs of Fortune 500 companies? If so, which ones? Were they congressmen or senators? If so, who? Were they White House executives? Were they Pentagon brass? Were they media celebrities? If so, what are their names? Were they foreign diplomats? If so, who are they, and from which countries did they come? Do you get my point?
How is it that in this elaborate FBI "sting," only Governor Eliot Spitzer was "caught?"
Now, do not get me wrong, I personally never did like Spitzer. For one thing, he is a New York liberal. That, all by itself, is enough for me to dislike the man. Furthermore, he did everything in his power to force the state of New York to decriminalize and legitimize illegal aliens. That, too, would be enough for me to dislike him. Beyond that, he, by all accounts, was a mean-spirited, arrogant, crush-anybody-who-got-in-his-way kind of guy. Let's face it, Eliot Spitzer is an easy man to dislike (at least for me).
However, Spitzer's personality and public policies are not the issue here. Aberrant sexual conduct among the politically powerful is exclusive to no political party or agenda. Adulterers are found among Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, old and young, men and women, northerners and southerners, easterners and westerners, Christians, and Jews, as well as people of no particular faith. I ask again, Why was Governor Spitzer "caught"?
Ladies and gentlemen, if the FBI or the major media wanted to publicize the dirt that they already have on the various "high and mighty" in Washington, D.C., half the city would be resigning tomorrow.
So, why was Governor Spitzer "outed"? I do not have the answer to that question, but, mark it down, somebody in Washington, D.C. has the answer. Somebody--or a group of somebodies--decided that Eliot Spitzer had to go. Of that I am sure. I wish I knew who they were, and I wish I knew the reason why. But, believe me, there was a reason.
There is an old saying inside the Beltway, "When it comes to politics, there are no accidents or coincidences." There is a reason for everything that goes on in Washington, D.C. That is something you can take to the old proverbial bank. It's just that unimportant people such as you and me are not privy to what those reasons are.
Of course there is another saying, "Be sure your sin will find you out." That's from God's playbook, the Bible. But for most of the rich and powerful reprobates who are engaging in this insidious conduct, that discovery will only come when they stand before the final judgment bench in eternity.
When it is convenient, or necessary, however, some scoundrels such as Governor Eliot Spitzer will be found out by the FBI and mainstream media. I sure would like to know the reason why. Wouldn't you?
The other element of this story that is being vastly underreported is the fact that federal police agencies are secretly looking at the financial transactions of the American people all the time. According to the USA Today, "Banks and credit unions as well as currency dealers and stores that cash checks reported a record 17.6 million transactions to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network in 2006, according to a report from the network, a bureau of the U.S. Treasury Department."
The Today story goes on to say, "The Treasury Department's database now contains records of more than 100 million financial transactions going back to at least 1996, said network spokesman Steve Hudak."
Today also reported, "Financial institutions have long been required to report cash transactions over $10,000. Those reports--simple notices of a deposit or withdrawal--account for more than 90% of the records the enforcement network gets each year.
"Far more controversial are secret 'suspicious activity reports' filed by financial institutions and reviewed by teams of agents spread around the country. . . .
"The number of suspicious activity reports soared from 413,000 in 2003 to 1 million in 2006, according to the enforcement network."
The American people are largely unaware that they are now living in a universal surveillance society. Virtually every major financial transaction--as well as much of their travel--is reported and monitored by the federal government. This total surveillance system, that began in earnest under Bill Clinton's administration, has mushroomed into a ubiquitous and finely tuned science under George W. Bush. Dare I say that Dubya's neurotic fixation with spying on ordinary citizens rivals Comrade Stalin's paranoiac obsession with a total surveillance society?
I can tell readers first-hand what living in this Brave New World is like. Back in the late '90's, I bought a used 1995 GMC half-ton, four wheel drive pick-up truck (which I still own). Over the course of a few years, I had saved around $5,000 in cash. I then sold my well-worn Ford Ranger pick-up truck for $5,000 cash. I was hoping I could pay cash for a bigger and better truck. Over the years growing up, I had watched my dad pay cash for most all of his purchases, including his vehicles. I thought it was one of the ultimate marks of freedom and enterprise in these United States to be able to work, save, and buy something of value with cash. I quickly discovered that the Federales in power these days do not share that same vision of freedom.
When I finally found the truck I mentioned, it cost a few thousand more than what I had saved, so I had to write a check for the difference. So, with $10,000 in cash and a check on borrowed funds, I drove off the car lot with my new (used) truck. It happens every day, right? Nothing unusual, right? Wrong!
To my shock and chagrin, a few days following the purchase of my truck, a criminal investigator from the IRS came to my front door and demanded to know where I got the cash to pay for my truck. I am not making this up, folks. After a lengthy interrogation, the IRS man left, but not before issuing me a subpoena to appear before a federal grand jury. Remember, this was in the late '90's, before Jorge Bush and Alberto Gonzales got their dictatorial hands on the helm of the myriad federal police agencies.
Mark it down, folks: you and I are constantly being watched, listened to, monitored, taped, and stalked by our own government. So, do any of us really believe that we still live in a free country? All this talk about a war on terrorism is a bunch of hooey. What is really happening is a war on freedom. The so-called "War on Terror" is only a smokescreen to hide the real agenda, which is to develop a federal police state where individual liberty is completely vanquished. And the really sad part of all of this is the manner in which the American people--especially our pastors and churches--seem to be willing to embrace and accept this burgeoning police state.
But since when did patriotism come to mean the acceptance of a total surveillance society? When did patriotism come to mean the love of Big Government or infatuation with Big Brother? When did patriotism come to mean the sacrifice of liberty in the name of security? When did patriotism come to mean the surrender of constitutional government and personal freedoms? When did patriotism come to mean submission to tyrannical bureaucracies?
Am I saddened that Eliot Spitzer got "caught?" Not a bit. He was just another rich reprobate who got what was coming to him. But, I still want to know why he was exposed, while all the others who are just as guilty, continue to enjoy the protection of anonymity.
What does sadden me is the manner in which our once-great land of independence and freedom is being turned into a globalist-dominated oligarchy, ruled by the iron fist of corrupt elitists. Plus, I am still waiting for the American people to awaken to what is going on and put a stop to it all. We had an opportunity to do just that by supporting the Presidential candidacy of Congressman Ron Paul. How many more opportunities will we have?
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