The Whistleblower is the story of Linda Tripp, who revealed the information that led to Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial for perjury in the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Peschmann includes information about the Clinton scandals that has never been reported before, and which will lead honest historians to completely revise their assessment of the Clinton era. But even more important are the ethical principles that Peschmann draws from the entire episode. She explains that while she uses “the experiences and insights of Linda Tripp to portray the Clintons as they really are,” in fact Tripp “was not a whistleblower. She was an enabler; a woman who acted out of fear and self-preservation rather than a sense of obligation to justice.”
Tripp comes off in the book as a complex and tortured personality who was cravenly destroyed by the Clintons to save themselves, even as she tried to accommodate them. Peschmann sees those acts of accommodation as the causes of Tripp’s ultimate undoing, making The Whistleblower a morality play (complete with New Testament epigraphs beginning every chapter) about how small concessions to falsehood and evil lead to larger ones, and entangle one in an ever-growing and ever more difficult to maintain web of deceit, until finally the corruption has spread far beyond anyone’s ability to control or stop it.
The lessons apply to the whole of American society as well, especially in this age of Obama. In The Whistleblower, Peschmann quotes Tripp’s darkly foreboding words: “If you believe nothing else, believe this: if the Clintons can do this to me, they can do it to you.” We have seen that play out in the headlines again and again since they left the White House. Remember, when Bill Clinton’s second term ended, he left office under a cloud of scandal and corruption. But he and Hillary did the same thing to their accusers and investigators in ongoing cases that they did to Linda Tripp, stopping at nothing to destroy reputations and entire lives.
Then Barack Obama began using the same tactics on a national scale, not just to protect himself from prosecution and career-ending scandal as Clinton had done, but to demonize his political opponents, poison the political discourse, and push on Americans a hard-left socialist agenda that has brought the U.S. economy to the brink of ruin. Obama has shown himself to be an enemy of free speech, a race-baiter, and a high-handed martinet with little interest in the Constitution or the rule of law. And anyone who opposes him is a racist, a bigot, a hatemonger, and worse. Linda Tripp was more correct than she realized when she told Marinka Peschmann that “if the Clintons can do this to me, they can do it to you” – now Obama and the Clintons are doing it to the millions of Americans who oppose their radical agenda.
The Whistleblower is a dark, sobering book, but it is not wholly bleak. Marinka Peschmann writes with all the dramatic power and righteous indignation of great investigative journalists and freedom fighters going back to Tom Paine. In doing so, she reminds us that the spirit of independence is not dead in America. The Obama/Clinton politics of personal destruction will not ultimately succeed in completely quenching the spirit of freedom that made this country great.
But make no mistake: we all need to become whistleblowers now. We all need to do all we can to demand a halt to this corruption and immoral targeting of the American political opposition. The Whistleblower dramatically illustrates what pitfalls we must avoid and what we’re up against – and also shows us what we must do, before it’s too late.
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