Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was given 14 years in Federal Prison by Judge Zagel. And considering what Hot Rod could have gotten, I suppose the Blagojevich's should still keep the Judge on their Christmas Card List. It really, really could have been worse in spite of what some think. Of course the Blagojevich family, as well as his supporters, will not agree with my comments - but hey - oh well!
The fact remains that Rod Blagojevich did the people of Illinois wrong and by the time he ran for re-election most people could see that something was amiss in his administration. Yet they re-elected him! Similarly, the people also re-elected former Governor George Ryan even though he had had a history of corruption before his run for Governor of Illinois. Surprisingly, both these men won the highest office in the state by landslides.
So what does that tell you folks?
You know, Judge Zagel had it spot on when he said -
"the people get precisely the government they deserve."
So, hey, do us all a favor okay?
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE NEXT TIME YOU VOTE!
There is another thought to ponder too. Perhaps Rod Blagojevich was giving us all a little insight into Illinois Politics when he chose to quote Rudyard Kipling's "IF."
"If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two imposters just the same......"
You see, Rod Blagojevich understood where the line in the sand was between right and wrong. As such, he also knew of the consequences. But, like so many of our other corrupt politicians they bank on their political triumphs to offset the impending disaster when caught. I guess the only problem with that sort of thinking is that politicians forget that there is also a breaking point! And the people have not only reached it - but, they now realize that their elected leaders are nothing but the imposters they are.
Rod Blagojevich was, and is, a product of the business as usual culture that has gone on in Illinois (Chicago) since the very beginning. You know, I often wonder how much he learned from his father-in-law, Dick Mell? After all - he is no lightweight in our politics. Still, you not only have to know how to play the game but you can't alienate yourself from the corruption club either. Clearly, Rod Blagojevich chose to abandon the way things were done around here because he was greedier than most.
When Patrick Fitzgerald said that "Lincoln was turning in his grave" I really believe that he meant that the political predecessors who had devised the perfect scam were the ones who were turning in their graves. But hey, maybe now even Michael Madigan, John Cullerton, Joseph Berrios and Oh so many more will think twice before "making the next deal" at the taxpayers expense.
Yes, Mathias "Paddy" Bauler knew precisely what he was saying when he said the "people aren't ready for reform - yet."
Well, Maybe, Just Maybe The People Are Ready Thanks To Rod Blagojevich!