On whistleblowers…they’re better people than the rest of us.

Too many times – particularly over the past 20 years – I have been haunted by “knowing” that there was a great hustle going on that I really needed to be concerned about — and needed to protest…but I just didn’t have proof that what I thought was going on, was right.

Sometimes, ‘time’ and reveal articles written by “after-the-fact truth sayers” — who actually knew something because they were part of the hustle in the first place, proved me right…that we were indeed being hustled.  And sometimes, when I thought we were being hustled big time — what I thought was going on, while plausible, was either wrong or wasn’t completely right — or, was revealed to be a hustle sure enough — but was different than what I thought it was. But, overall and mostly, my ability to recognize when I’m having smoke blown up my ass has been pretty reliable.

I have a pretty good sense of smell for these kinds of things it seems. For bullshit, that is. When, despite piles of assurances, and reams of apparent supporting evidence, and groundswells of public embracement of the facts being offered — I just kind of know when things just don’t add up or make sense. When the answers and evidence offered to justify and explain something untoward, creepy or just plain hinky…simply defies plausibility. When people are lying their asses off.

All of which leaves me in an uncomfortable position of knowing/sensing/intuiting a lie has just been offered to explain an action that is, to at least some degree – bullshit…and frustrated beyond belief, because there are no real and solid facts to show that what has been offered — has been contrived to make me (read here ‘us’) believe that something bad — is something good and righteous.

The point here is that there is nothing more frustrating than an undelivered “reveal” of a missing truth.  At least for me. Particularly on the big lies. And certainly, I’m sure the frustration is even more true for many whose job it is to ferret out what’s really is going on versus what we are being lead to believe is going on — like investigative reporters.  At least back when telling the truth — no matter what — was part of the job description.

Then there are those who know the truth about something — where those who are involved in the deception are trying to keep it secret (i.e. the “real” reason for the development of a massive surveillance program) — or to justify their actions with lies (i.e. the bullshit WMD rationale offered as justification of the invasion of Iraq)…who may even be compelled to tell the truth…who weigh the personal trade-offs of doing so…and decide the risk is too great and the reward not worth it.

And then there are those few who are compelled to tell the truth about what’s going on — and reach the conclusion that speaking the truth is so absolute critical for the greater good — that they “have to tell the truth” because the trade-offs are so profoundly tilted towards the greater good that they trump the personal concerns that accrue as the consequence of doing so. And they do the selfless thing…and throw caution to the wind, and blow it out there. Personal risk considered and traded off for the greater good.

And each time I see it done by completely sane and sensible people, I am blown away by their bravery and willingness to believe, so completely — that what they are doing is right and completely necessary — and that they are ‘moved’ out of the shear intensity to do right for the world — and that they have the personal integrity and commitment to act out of their beliefs.  Wow.  Just fucking wow!  You just don’t see that much any more.

Tragically, whistle blowers are an endangered species these days…such is the commitment to lying and creating cover-ups and cloaks of secrecy to justify doing things that are inherently wrong…for personal gain…or, because of the belief the actions considered and taken are the right ones…when they are wrong ones.

And in relief…there are all those who also knew the truth — and knew that what they knew was justified by lies…and were clearly not supportive of the greater good — who may or may not have actually been involved in the actions and deceptions in the first place — and who were fully aware of the scope of consequence that the deception inherently contained…who maybe even felt badly about what was being done — and what was being lied about — and who said nothing.

Who said nothing, because perhaps, their conscience wasn’t developed quite enough…or their instincts toward survival of the species wasn’t acute enough…or their sense of altruism towards mankind and others in community, wasn’t strong enough — or because “honor and integrity” were foreign concepts to them — or because their “fear of personal consequence” of ratting out the perpetrators, overwhelmed the need to preserve the greater good. Or, perhaps and more likely, because they just didn’t give a shit.

And then there are all those…including me, too frequently…who intuitively know that something of grave importance with massive consequence is being done — that is really wrong…that just doesn’t make sense with everything else we know — who hold back — or worse, who “swallow whole” the lies offered as deception and as a cover-up.  And don’t say shit…even through they have a mouthful.

So, I’m thinking, God bless the whistleblowers — because they force us to know what we don’t know — and, entirely too frequently, what we don’t want to know — to deal with the truth.  And because they are better people than the rest of us are. They just are.

Liars and deceivers hate whistle blowers because they reveal their duplicity — and their malicious, misguided and ocassionally evil intent.

Whistle blowers embarrass those who know the truth and the deception — and the dimension of consequence — but can’t find the courage to speak the truth.

They stand in stark relief against those who have no concern or interest.

And they make most of us arm chair opinion jockeys — who ride the fence and never take positions…because we’ve never been challenged to do so…and because we don’t have to — look precisely the way we should look. Pathetic. Because we never demanded the truth when it was absolutely critical to do so.  We let it slide.


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