If you watch Fox News, you’ve seen at least a headline about Inspector General Gerald Walpin and the unusual end to his tenure in U.S. government.
Glenn Beck had an important discussion on the subject a few days ago, but oddly enough,General Walpin’s unethical firing is getting less-than-highlighted coverage in other news outlets– so much so, that it’s easy to assume that the majority of Americans either haven’t heard enough about it to care, or simply haven’t noticed that it happened at all.
So why am I writing about this? If it’s only a big deal to Fox News, should it matter to us?
I think it should, and not just because I’m a conservative. This is an issue of honesty and integrity, something all Christians should care about, no matter what our political affiliation may be.
As president, you’d think that Barack Obama can fire whomever he likes for whatever reason, but here’s where the story gets juicy: “. . . last year Congress passed the Inspectors General Reform Act, which requires the President to give Congress 30 days notice, plus a reason, before firing an inspector general. A co-sponsor of that bill was none other than Senator Obama.” according to Wall Street Journal.
So what, you say. Obama is still president, maybe Walpin was really screwing up and we couldn’t afford to wait for bureaucracy. But that doesn’t appear to be the case.
Unfortunately, General Walpin was looking into the shady dealings of one of President Obama’s friends and supporters, Kevin Johnson, so he did not get the courtesy of a legal, open and honest end to his career. He was abruptly called on a Wednesday evening and given one hour to resign or be fired.
He did not resign, and was fired. Now Walpin is in a political maelstrom he did not ask for as he is essentially being punished for doing his job.
As Christians, we should care deeply about the political persecution of an upright man and the appearance of dishonest political favors. We should be alert and on our guard, ready to defend–if only with our words–those who are unfairly treated.
In a recent interview with Glenn Beck, Walpin was asked this question: “Do you think you’re going to win?” to which he replied, “No.” Somewhat surprised, Beck responded, “So why are you doing it?”
Walpin’s response should give all of us pause: “Because I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t.”