Thursday, February 5, 2009

It's been a while.....

since my last post. And in that time, there has been some upheaval in the state of Illinois. Rod Blagojevich was removed from office on January 3o, and Patrick J. Quinn was sworn in as the new governor. Blago pled his case before the impeachment trial in the IL senate on 1-30, but it was nothing more than a stump speech. But you know, he wasn't removed from office because of the federal allegations; that was just the tip of the iceberg. Illinois residents know that Blago tried to run the state by fiat; bypassing the legislature and trying to rule by himself. Yet they elected him twice because 1) the IL GOP could not muster a strong candidate, and 2) negative ads work! People believe negative ads. He used them well. Yet he never cared about IL located south of Interstate 80. He lives in Chicago. His office is in Chicago. He rarely appeared anywhere else in the state, especially in Springfield, the capital.

He says it's not his fault. He has done nothing wrong. He learned that attitude from his political benefactor: his father-in-law, Chicago alderman Dick Mell. Blago had delusions of grandeur; he really believed he could become a Presidental candidate.

I am glad he was removed. Yet all politicians have their problems. Their own personal agendas for one. But that's true of us all to some extent. We would be better off, all of us, if we would just work to do the right thing, in every area. It's tough. But it's worth striving for. What do you think?

Until next time, keep your stick on the ice.

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