From The Pastor At St. Paul's UCC, Freeburg, IL

Rod Blagojevich Gets 14 Years

When I read Bloomberg’s article I was a little surprised to see that Blago got 14 years. At the sentencing he’s all apologetic and humble, of course. Gone is the bluster and protestations of innocence that have become de rigeur (sp?) for politicians these days. He blames himself. He made mistakes. It’s all his fault.This is on advice of his lawyers, of course, as a last ditch effort to get some clemency from a judge. But in my eyes it makes him look live an even greater jackass. To get all humble and honest just before the sentencing only serves to make him seem just as conniving and insincere as he’s always been. You messed with my vote, Blago; the fact that you’re repentant, only now, means absolutely nothing to me. Less than nothing. So go take your 14 years like the politician you are.

BUT…how easy it is to blame an individual for something that clearly seems a societal problem. Four of the last nine Illinois governors have gone to jail. Why? Just dumb bad luck? Is it that hard to connect the dots to Chicago? I’m not sure what the solution is, but I know if we keep doing what we’ve been doing, we’ll keep getting what we’ve been getting. Really, I can understand the frustration with the “system” of both the Tea Party and the Occupy movement.

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