So Illinois (“Please Don’t Pronounce the ‘S’”) Governor Rod Blagojevich has gotten himself arrested for corruption. A member of the Chicago political machine, one of Daley’s boys, trying to sell government jobs for favors and cash? Why, that’s…par for the course, actually.
Blagojevich caught my eye a few years back when he was still in the Illinois House. He spearheaded a hand-wringing, sweaty-browed legislative effort to ban a whole bunch of guns in Illinois, including the dreaded .50-caliber rifle, which represents such a threat to the public that crime records show no fifty-caliber rifle ever having been used for a crime of violence anywhere in the country. (Gangbangers and petty criminals don’t use thirty-pound, five-foot rifles firing $3-a-round ammunition to hold up liquor stores and mug people. Who knew?)
I still stand by my proposed Constitutional amendment: any public servant convicted of having used his job to attempt to enrich himself or others unlawfully needs to get a blindfold and a prompt date with a firing squad. That goes doubly for “public servants” who spend their time on the job trying to strip their constituents of Constitutional rights.
What the hell is wrong with Illinois? Can people up there not elect anyone who’s not a Daley stooge with both hands in the public till, or are there simply no politicians left to vote for who don’t fall into that category?