Mark Matis, my most singularly, prolifically and consistently negative commenter on this blog, said in the very first response to that very first post:
This country's "legal" system will make sure that Border Agent's family NEVER gets access to info on what REALLY happened. They are VERY good at that.
Well, six months on, I'd like to think that we're at least closer to what Mark predicted would never happen. In fact, Mark is turning out to be a pretty good reverse barometer. If Mark says it's "never" going to happen, it just might.
Not that Mark hasn't had plenty of company. Jimmy the Saint commented to the same post the next day:
"Write your congresscritter and ask when it is that the oversight hearings will begin?" Twelfth of Never.
Defender was more prescient:
This is like Watergate. The implications for the entire gun regulation mechanism... It's also like ... treason.
Jay Stang was even more prescient, saying sarcastically:
Hey, you know if you want to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs.
No one knew then that these were the exact words of an ATF supervisor to one of the whistleblower agents.
Of course, the forward progress toward the truth of the Gunwalker Scandal (and I'm happy as can be that the term, invented by David Codrea's sardonic wit, is catching on) has not been easy, nor in a straight line. Yet, the fact that it has progressed is due in no small measure to the readers of David's and my blogs and emails, to those who got off their asses and tried to make the system work, and moved it to where we are today. For that alone, gentle readers, I thank you and hope God blesses you and yours.
The cover-up continues to break down. That is a fact.
Here is Clarice Feldman, a former federal prosecutor, writing in today's American Thinker:
I believe there were a lot of people involved at the Department of Justice and I doubt there'd be so much stonewalling and mudslinging were Holder in the clear.
Besides wanting Melson's testimony and a more forthright response to the Committee's document requests from the Department of Justice, Issa wants those agents who did come forward and speak to the Committee to be granted the federal whistleblowers protections they are entitled to by law. CleanUpATF.org. which asserts it is run by ATF agents, claims abuse of agents and mismanagement in the agency is common.
In the meantime, here's Holder's dilemma in a nutshell: If he doesn't fire Melson, the issue will continue to boil on the front burner. If he does, Melson is free to talk to the Committee, and if my suspicions are correct, Melson's testimony will lead to Holder's long deserved downfall as Attorney General.
Downfall. Here's the dictionary definition:
Down·fall (dounfôl), noun
a. A sudden loss of wealth, rank, reputation, or happiness; ruin.
b. A cause of sudden ruin.
The Gunwalker Scandal, if pushed to the complete outing of the truth will lead not only to the downfall of Holder's career (and his conceivable indictment), but to the downfall of the Obama administration and of the entire gun control agenda for a generation. Gunwalker was the commission of the ultimate deadly lie. Its exposure will destroy the legitimacy of this federal leviathan that has accrued power for a century at the cost of liberty, property and the God-given, natural and inalienable rights codified in the Constitution.
Gunwalker can be the tipping point for many downfalls.
It can be the downfall of the lie that yielding your liberty and property to an all-powerful federal government can bring you safety.
It can be the downfall of the lie that you can be made safer by unilateral disarmament.
It can be the downfall of the lie that the people who push those first two lies are interested in anything else besides power and money at the American people's expense.
I say "can be" and "if" because there is nothing certain about how far this will go. That, dear readers, is still up to you. You have brought this ugliness out into the open by putting pressure on your congresscritters, the NRA and the media. Are you going to rest now, or keep on pushing?
As for me, I'm going to keep on pushing.
"Downfall." I like the sound of that word.