Thoughts on the Spitzer
By 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
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 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
So, why was Governor Spitzer “outed”? I do
not have the answer to that question, but, mark it down, somebody in
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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?
Chuck Baldwin is
a radio talk show host, syndicated columnist, and pastor dedicated
to preserving the historic principles upon which America was
founded. You can visit his web site at
Volume 4, 2008