Another one, Guilty!

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Registered: 11-27-2009
Another one, Guilty!
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Mon, 06-27-2011 - 4:24pm

Us Illinoisian's can only hope that our elected officials will begin to realize that it isn't "politics as usual" any more and voters expect more from our officials.

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Registered: 03-03-2009
Mon, 06-27-2011 - 6:05pm
No sympathies for Blago from me!

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 11-27-2009
Mon, 06-27-2011 - 6:18pm
It's hard to believe it but there are people that do have them.

The worst of it is that he didn't do anything that hasn't been done by others and gotten away with. He was just more aggressive and arrogant about it.
Officials that supported him for re-election were happy to distance themselves and throw him under the bus when he was arrested. It's widely claimed that his tactics were in full swing as soon as he took the governorship the first time. However, because it was politics as usual they all turned their heads and worked with him.
That has been his defense also, he didn't do anything that others haven't done, as though that makes illegal activity ok...... the whole thing disgusts me, especially as a resident of Illinois.
The real clicker here...he was doing this while the previous Governor- George Ryan, was on trial for his dealings while Secretary of State. Too many politicians think they are exempt from laws. That include criminal law and simply moral and ethical laws.

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Registered: 03-03-2009
Mon, 06-27-2011 - 11:01pm
I've quoted him repeatedly, to the point of cliche. But the beauty of cliches is that they're so succinct, and so right that they get trotted out ad nauseum.

Oh well. Lord Acton again: Power tends to corrupt. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 11-27-2009
Tue, 06-28-2011 - 8:47am
There's a lot of wisdom in that cliche
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Tue, 06-28-2011 - 9:49am
"Too many politicians think they are exempt from laws. That include criminal law and simply moral and ethical laws."

I agree.

 


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Wed, 06-29-2011 - 11:19am

I agree, too.

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Wed, 06-29-2011 - 4:18pm
You pointed out the problem. Officials turn their heads when it's other officials, their buddies.. But when it's us, it's tow the line.

It's amazing to hear the analysts and experts with the opposing views on what Blago did. What gets me the most is that many are saying "he did what everyone does", as though that makes him innocent. But that is the culture of political corruption in Illinois, and I'm sure in many other states all the way up to our Federal government and the Office of the President. I've always wondered how Geithner was able to get that job with his 'lapse' on income tax law.