kleptocrats ahoy.

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?

16 thoughts on “kleptocrats ahoy.

  1. Tam says:

    What happens outside of Chicago is statistically insignificant, and what happens inside of Chicago is totally controlled by Daley, at least until someone drops the Ring in the Crack of Doom.

  2. It’s the second option, no honest (or at least dishonest on their own merits) politicians left in IL

  3. John Hardin says:

    Would “enriching others” include welfare and other entitlement programs?

  4. theflatwhite says:

    Apparently, Senate seats are a tradable commodity.
    Who says these neo-Socialists don’t support a free market?

  5. Gregg says:

    Marko,
    It’s tough to effect actual change, as opposed to “hopey-changey” when the dead get to vote.

  6. Wild Deuce says:

    Remember, Obama crawled out of this cesspool … Illinois (aka .. The great State of Chicago).

    You should visit sometime, Marko. You barely get half the story from the media about this place (Illinois/Chicago).

  7. perlhaqr says:

    I just wanna know where they found a cop to arrest him. Did they import someone, or was it a federale?

  8. mtsonline says:

    Choice B is correct. No one is his own man in Chicago politics. You only get ahead by the giving and taking of favors, and discipline is maintained by everyone knowing each others’ crimes. They wouldn’t let an honest man succeed; he’d know their secrets, and have none of his own to keep him quiet. One guy just outside Chicago (in East Chicago, Indiana) was an honest man who was a rising star, and his uppitiness got him his brains shot out at a political rally, where no one there saw a thing. Look that one up here:

    http://www.unsolved.com/murder.html

    Although the murder occurred just a few yards from more than 400 people, no witnesses have ever come forward, and the police have yet to charge a suspect.

    But that’s what you get with one party rule that has no outside competition. When I told people in Germany about it when I was stationed there, they were as mystified on how that could actually happen as if I was explaining the string theory of physics.

  9. emdfl says:

    Federale – but notice that they arrested him before they would have had to follow the trail to the one.

  10. Anon says:

    Illinois behavior I can understand – everyone there, probably even most of the voters, have their hands in someone else’s pocket. But I’d like to know why Massachusetts keeps electing Kennedy and Kerry, Nevada keeps sending Reid to DC, etc. And, I’m still trying to figure out why voters in Minnesota even gave Al Franken the time of day. I’ve met people from Minnesota and they don’t look crazy.

  11. Robert says:

    Anon: I blame Las Vegas for Reid.

  12. Jeff says:

    “It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged.” –G.K. Chesterton

    ‘Nuff said.

  13. Kristopher says:

    emdfl: They had a short window of opportunity to act.

    If they let the investigation go any longer, there would be a danger of Obama shutting it down after inauguration by firing the prosecutor.

  14. Illinois vote says:

    “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.”

    I’m from the Chicagoland area and I endorse Marko’s statement. : )

  15. Jarhead says:

    Illinois elects kleptocrats who are clumsy enough to get caught, unlike some other states.

  16. M.Elston says:

    Marko, I hate to tell you, but this place is even more F’d up than you all know. The people who live downstate have no frigging say in out state – we are out voted by the dead and brainless up in Chi-ca-go. (Blago carried only 36% of Sangamon County in 06 – the county where the supposed CAPITOL of Illinois is situated.) Besides a few local office holders, I can’t think of a single politician from Illinois I’d trust with $5. to run to the store for a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread for me. State workers are prevented from doing their jobs by appointee ‘bosses’ who don’t know crap except how to cash their $130,000.00 yearly paychecks. Bribery is an open secret, and ‘pay to play’ is the way of things for any appointed government position.

    Here’s what gets me: you all voted an Illinois politician into the highest office in the free world! What were you thinking? Obama and Blagojevich were birthed from the same political machine. Wait and see.

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