There is something terribly wrong with the criminal justice system. Especially when it comes to the sentences that corrupt politicians get versus the average citizen. But rather than me try to say what I'd really like to say right now about the Greased Jackson Prison Sentences in the most coarsest of street slang possible, I will defer to a more eloquent and tempered response by Chicago Tribune Columnist and Political Commentator John Kass in a videotaped interview entitled "Are You Kidding Me?"
Mr. Kass Thank You For Saying It Better Than I Ever Could!
Let me explain myself here for those unfamiliar with my blog - my readers know that I am not generally predisposed or afraid to deviate from the world of political correctness, but I have had somewhat of an uptick in readership and have begun to be picked up by various websites and outlets who have found my blog interesting and I am most grateful for that. Besides, this is just not another happy day for those of us living among the muck of Illinois Political Corruption.
And while I have attempted to remain true to the objectives of trying to keep my site as voice of non-partisanship anger towards political corruption and silly government policy it has been impossible to come across that way due to the overwhelming reach of a corrupt Illinois Democratic Party and its iron-grip over our daily lives.
And despite the fact that I have been accused of being everything and anything under the political spectrum my true beliefs lie in democratic principles. Except of course here in Illinois where they are simply empty and meaningless. Why? Because in Illinois we have a one-party political combine whose puppet master has been the Infamous Democratic Machine.
And the Jackson's, are a product and beneficiary of it. Somehow, though, former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. and absentee former Chicago Alderwoman Sandi Jackson decided that they were going to take advantage (as so many do) of the privileges bestowed upon them by the people who relied on them for fair and honest representation.
Now even though I have been critical of the Jackson's; Reverend Jesse Jackson, Jesse Jackson Jr and Sandi Jackson it was never about hate or malice. It was about a firm belief that "We the People," regardless of ethnicity, race or religious belief were entitled to that fair and honest representation because that is the cornerstone of a Constitutional Democracy.
As a naturalized first generation immigrant American - I have been becoming more and more despondent by the actions of a corrupt political culture that includes politicians, judges, activists and charlatan preachers. What ever happened to the holding dear of those higher ideals that were the basis used by our Founding Fathers when they established our great democratic experiment anyway? I just don't know anymore folks and it saddens me because what we have today is nothing more than a mockery!
Where does it say that public servants must be treated differently under the law than the millions of taxpayers who have placed their trust in them? Well evidently there has to be a second set of rules and laws because time and time again we see politicians convicted of breaking the law and the public trust only to receive sentences that are nowhere near what they should be except for the rare occasion a judge will actually throw the book at someone as Judge Zagel did to former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.
But where was the same for Jesse Jackson Jr.when he got away with a measly 30 months in an Alabama Boot Camp (if the Federal Bureau of Prisons agrees with the recommendation)? Heck, Sandi Jackson at least got a stiffer sentence in comparison for her role with a full 12 months in jail. That 12 months, by the way, must be served in its entirety because I believe the 85% time served rule only applies to sentences of a year and a day or longer. So Jesse Jackson Jr. caught one hell of a break Wednesday when he didn't even get the minimum 47-56 months under Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
Looks like Kass had it right when he said - are you kidding me?
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