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The current Illinois situation is part and parcel of my own dilemma about the new Obama administration's philosophy regarding cooperation and good old simple revenge.
Personally, I have always been a revenge person. When Tricky Dickie gave his final wave from the helicopter leaving the White House in 1974, I was among the cheering masses, naively believing nobody could do a better job of screwing up the Constitution than Old Beetle Brow.
Now that I know better, I've got a new kind of problem: should I just be eager to forget about our latest insult to our Founding Fathers as he leaves office or should I be baying at the moon for accountabiity?

    Governor Rod Blagojevich, by his own words, planned to sell the vacant Senate seat of Barack Obama to the highest bidder. He was working on the simple capitalistic principle of supply and demand. In his own mind and system of ethics, he was just following the rules of the game - if you have something valuable, don't just give it away.
   Governor Blgojevich's problem is simple. While he understood capitalism, he didn't understand democracy. Appointing a new senator wasn't part of his salary; it was a trust that was given to him by the people of Illinois - and which could be taken back.
   This is the same problem that Mr. Cheney had - and has - as evidenced by his response that most Americans opposed the war in Iraq. Said Cheney, "So what?" Some have detected the same thing in Mr. Bush.
   In my heart, I know that Obama is right about not nursing grudges and beginning anew with a determination to bury our hatchets and work for the common good. However, as I see the mentality of the Blagojeviches and the Cheneys, I have this urge to work like mad to see them put behind bars. This is a more complicated problem than the Governor's. What I have to decide goes into religion as well as ethics: Was the Sermon on the Mount a joke or is turning the other cheek one of a Christian's duties?
  Personally, I feel that Blagojevich (and Cheney), by subverting the principles on which our country was founded, have committed treason. Should I turn the other cheek?
  Which is better - to put the past behind us and look to the future or make sure the people who are trying to send us back to an ethical stone age face the music?


Originally posted to boguseconomist on Tue Dec 16, 2008 at 04:57 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Sometimes a cheek is half a butt. (2+ / 0-)
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    publicv, FeloniousMonk

    By this I mean, Americans and the world at large need to see that the motto of engraved on the Supreme Court building is more than just a pretty phrase:


    To allow anyone, including (ostensible) public servants, especially those highly placed, to be held above and unanswerable to the law, only compounds their crimes and makes those who "forgive" complicit.

    "Turning the other cheek" is inappropriate here -- are you, and are we supposed to get smacked by these criminals yet again? Bay, howl, scream, march, write, broadcast, fight for justice.

    Book excerpts: nonlynnear; other writings: mofembot.

    by mofembot on Tue Dec 16, 2008 at 06:05:37 AM PST

  •  Until last week, I too would've said Treason. (2+ / 0-)
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    mofembot, FeloniousMonk

    I now know, however, that the correct charge is "Sedition".

    I am further of the opinion that the President must be impeached and removed from office!

    by UntimelyRippd on Tue Dec 16, 2008 at 06:46:18 AM PST

  •  We Don't Punish High Crimes (1+ / 0-)
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    appropriately. It just never happens.

    Blogo's far enough down the food chain that he may well have to serve some time. But they are going to have to come up with convictable charges. The fact that Fitz has been asking around for contacts and information suggests they may have stopped him before he committed an actual crime (that anyone knows about) yet.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Dec 16, 2008 at 07:03:36 AM PST

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