Blago's Saga

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Punishing politicians
for corruption is like scolding the Black Death for killing folks.

So we can empathize
with the fury, despair and "why-me?" shock that must have
roiled Illinois' former Congresscriminal and governor, Rod Blagojevich,
at his arrest, trial, and conviction, let alone his sentencing last
week on nebulous charges that boil down to … governing. Show me
the politician who doesn't swap favors and peddle influence as tirelessly
as normal people breathe.

Despite the
preening of Blago's smug prosecutor, self-righteous judge and the
State's cheerleaders in the media, condemning the poor slob to 14
years' imprisonment is equivalent to exterminating one rat out of
the millions spreading plague in medieval Europe: it's the teeniest,
tiniest start on curing what ails us. Judge James Zagel should round
up the rest of the elected or appointed leeches and herd them off
to the pokey, too, then follow and lock the door behind himself.

Fascinating
questions have shadowed this circus from the start, primarily whom
Blago angered. And what does he know about Obummer ("The
White House declined
comment on Blagojevich’s sentence."
You bet it did!)? Or the vile Rahm Emmanuel? Blago's info is obviously
explosive since it requires disgrace so profound the corporate media
will continue to ridicule him rather than report whatever he sings.
On top of that, Leviathan has forcibly silenced Blago ("In
prison, Blagojevich will largely
be cut off from the outside
world"), perhaps permanently: look for him to die there, probably
by "suicide."

Not that we
should feel sorry for him. Indeed, let us rejoice whenever the insatiable
State devours its own — and let us pray it does so more often. Better
them than us, first of all. Second, there's a lot to commend Soviet-style
purges: politicians who are free of decency and morality but slaves
to the almighty Self might think twice about a career in plunder
if the odds favored their winding up in stir or six feet under rather
than on a monument somewhere.

Meanwhile,
Leviathan's acolytes unwittingly revealed the beast's jaw-dropping
vanity, perversion, and utter wickedness in their comments at Blago's
sentencing. Consider Judge
James Zagel's pontification
: “When it is the governor who goes
bad, the fabric of Illinois is torn and disfigured and not easily
repaired."

Balderdash!
And what staggering megalomania, to presume the State looms so large
that a "bad" sponge tears the "fabric" for 12,830,632
Illinoisans (OK, I can see where the cloth's rent for Blago's family:
his wife — a
political critter herself
as well as the
daughter of one
— and his two kids, but not the other 12,830,628
residents). No doubt the good folk of Illinois who continue trying
to eke out a living despite their official predators hardly noticed
Blago's sideshow and would've shrugged if they had.

I speak from
experience. Three years ago, when the Feds caught New York's Chief
Thief, Eliot Spitzer, dallying with unelected prostitutes, his fellow
bloodsuckers and their enablers in the media fretted about the impact
on us serfs. The New York Times feared we were "in
limbo
." And "State
Senator Joseph L. Bruno, the state's top Republican
" —
who would resign from office after his
own indictment on eight counts
of corruption — babbled, "The
important thing for the people of New York State is that people
in office do the right thing." What a laugh! As if politicians
even recognize the right thing or would do it if they did.

Far from agonizing
over Spitz's peccadilloes, I suspect most of the state's victims
turned the same jaundiced eye on them as “Elmira
Shirkhin
, 27, who works in sales," did. She "said
she wasn’t surprised. u2018It’s what you would think politicians would
do,’ she said … . u2018It’s men and power. They think they can do anything
and get away with it’…” Bingo. I wager Illinois' peons boast as
much savvy when it comes to sociopaths as New York's do.

That didn't
keep Zagel from moaning that "The
harm [Blago caused] is the erosion
of public trust in government."
Touching, the concern Our Rulers profess for our alleged faith in
them.

Also bewailing
Blago's betrayal of our belief were Illinois'
Attorney General
, its current
governor
, and the Assistant
U.S. Attorney
; as the last put it, “The
defendant’s … criminal activity
has further eroded the public’s
confidence in government and government officials."

Oh, get over
yourselves. Only morons trust government. For pity's sake, we're
mature and intelligent enough that you depend entirely on us to
pay your bills: give us some credit, you twits.

Others as guilty
as Blago but as sanctimonious as the twits rushed to toss us their
two cents. Senator
Mark Kirk [R-Il] intoned,
"Judge Zagel's sentence is a
clear warning to all elected officials that public corruption of
any form will not be tolerated." Boy, you better hope not,
buddy, or you and your accomplices are out of business.

Zagel also
confirmed Leviathan's inverted "morals." He opined that
the defendant had done "good
things … for people as governor
…" Blago was a run-of-the-mill
Demopublican, which is to say a socialist and fascist: he tried
numerous times to further nationalize Illinois' medical insurers.
That would have netted him another couple centuries in the slammer
were I on the bench, but Zagel
lauded his theft
: "I do also believe what he did for children's
health was motivated by a true concern for the welfare of children."
Or, as
the New York Times noted
, "his policies for the
state — health care insurance for children from poor families and
free train and bus rides for older people — had been efforts to
help citizens." Robbing all to buy goodies for some ever afflicts
statists with warm fuzzies.

Meanwhile,
the whole sordid fiasco seems to be nauseating and possibly converting
observers. "Connie
Wilson, the forewoman
from Mr. Blagojevich's most recent trial
[recall that it required two before the Feds nailed their man],
said … "We just don't want this [corruption] anymore."

Hmmm: no corruption
means no government. Welcome to anarchy, ma'am!

December
12, 2011

Becky
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primarily about the American Revolution.

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