Saturday, December 20, 2008

Blago Defiant

Wow. You have to hand to our corrupt governor in the Audacity department: He's not going quietly. Staring a principled U.S. Attorney, the state legislature, and the 11 million citizens of Illinois straight in the face, he says he's fighting to his last breath. Why not throw in the towel? An event that happenned 10 years ago gives us a clue.

Ten years ago today, President Bill Clinton was impeached. Not only did he have recorded telephone conversations working against him, there was the matter of a certain stained blue dress and an video him debating what the word 'is' is. Yet as we all remember, Slick Willie beat the rap. Granted, Der Slickmeister had the full support of his party behind him and was the beneficary of a tech bubble economy that hadn't popped yet. Blago has neither. What he does have is a good lawyer, an ongoing investigation saddled with leaks, and an impeachment process that isn't defined. He already won his case in the State Supreme Court on the incompetence to govern charge, so why not keep fighting? In a state this corrupt, anything can happen. He only needs to hold out for two years. I say he has a 50/50 chance of making it.

Illinois should really be ashamed of itself. We've now had two consecutive governors in a row that have sold out their office. One was a Republican, the other a Democrat. I'll say it before and I'll say it again: There is no difference between the two political parties. None. They love to drum up cultural issues like gay marriage and abortion to make you think there is, but it's political theater. The Republicrats are only interested in more power. There is only one party that will return power to you, the citizen: The Libertarian Party. Remember George Ryan and Blago the next time you go vote.

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