Greetings From The Land Of Lincoln,

“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.”
———–Karl Marx

The problem with Rod Blagojevich isn’t just that he is corrupt but that he is dumber than retarded dog drool as well, so much so that he gives ordinary, decent crooks a bad nameRepublican Departments of Justice have always taken a bead on the Chicago Machine in hopes of disrupting the Democrat conveyor belt there. The “revelations” of Spitzer in New York (with no charges filed after the resignation, of course) should have made it obvious to anyone with alpha waves that the Bush administration was intent on taking out Democrat governors that had a wisp of a hope of becoming presidential candidates. The template used was the revelation, the investigation followed by the purgery trap first devised in antiquity and revived with relish by Lee Atwater, his handler George W. Bush, and his understudy Karl Rove against then Governor Bill Clinton in the autumn of 1989, long before Gennifer Flowers hit prime time. The karmic tumor that ate Atwater’s brain left nearly all that job to the Arkansas Project’s millionaire banker Scaife , Lucianne Goldberg and Ken Starr thanks to the only woman on the planet that couldn’t get a stain out of a new dress.

The federal prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, has been hammering on Illinois for years. As part of the Alberto Gonzales Department of Justice, Fitzgerald had nailed the former Republican governor, George Ryan, for bribery which occurred during Ryan’s term as Secretary of State of Illinois in the Ninetys but the indictment came safely in 2006 after his term as governor was over. Fitzgerald had obtained additional indictments against 15 people, including the well known Obama fund raiser Rezko, during the past five years. Then, just as the Rezko case was due to spring the prefect October Surprise at his sentencing immediately before the November election, Rezko gets a delay: He is finally talking to the feds.

Would it not be prudent for our lad to step lightly for a while, perhaps run the Statehouse Shredder overtime in the interests of saving the planet through recycling? It is not as if Blagojevich was blind-sided, Sluggiepoos.

“In America Enterprise is free but nothing else is.”
————-Book of Jim, Chapter 1, Verse 1

The wire taps on Blagojevich’s phones started shortly before the November 4 election. When the financial panic became a stampede in October it was a certainty that Obama’s Senate seat had to be refilled. Predictably, this is close to the time that the Rezko sentencing was delayed and when Rezko gave the feds their first installment, Blagojevich fund-raiser Cellini. In naming names, Rezko could easily have given the feds someone they could turn within the Blagojevich organization, someone close enough to know that Blagojevich was looking for a cash cow before the new ethics laws took effect in January. If it works for MI-5, it works for the FBI.

Now we are told by the usual anonymous sources that bachelor number 5 in the tapes is Jessie Jackson’s kid. Not a bad haul for the Republicans, two Democrat governors down and one Democrat representative in the on-deck circle. Holy Constitutional Crisis, Batman!!! Is the President Elect in the batting order? Think of it as justice DeLayed.

“We have the best government money can buy”
————-Sam Clemens

I spent a good part of the 70’s east of the Mississippi, much of the time between New England with Brown & Sharpe, Illinois and the Tristate area. The region was reveling in “The Godfather” as if it was a celebratory anthem, the “Gone With The Wind” for the region. Dealing with businessmen, vendors and other suppliers you were expected to be on the take. It gets worse: Rhode Islanders, for instance, delighted with the string of wise guy murders that occurred when US Senator Pastori pulled strings to have Ray Patriarca transferred from Atlanta to the ACI in Cranston so that the old man “could be nearer his grandchildren” Then there was that wee fracas when bussing came to Southy.

Thus it is no surprise that the last bout that Illinois had with corruption that was spawned centering on that period. Two governors in a row, Otto Kerner and Dan Walker were later convicted. Kerner was convicted in 1973 for a 1969 racetrack bribery which occurred when he was governor. Walker was convicted for bank fraud during the S&L meltdown. It is a stretch to say that Blagojevich’s possible conviction will have sent four of the last eight Illinois governors to the joint. But this is the blogsphere, so have at it Sluggiepoos.

A point can be made that Illinois is a case similar to American Exceptionalism: That this is unique culture of corruption that occurs nowhere in the US of A, perhaps a point borne locally with perverse pride. I hope that the Ted Stevens trial would dissuade folks of that canard. For those who do not wish to take the Bridge To Nowhere to ends of the earth, I suggest that those folks consider Senators Durenburger and Williams. A similar corrupt Senate period occurred at the turn of the Nineteenth century with Senators Burton & Mitchell.

You effete, intellectual snobs can also take solace that the Executive Branch can also claim Vice President Spiro Agnew as a Famous Felon. For the lowbrows among you, New York and New Jersey are superb hunting grounds, especially at the mayoral level, where it is just as just as common for mayors to leave office after a grand jury vote as an electoral one.

There is a reason we have all those laws against public corruption.

“In God We Trust. All Others Pay Cash”
———Postcard at a rattlesnake farm on Route 66 in the 50’s

  • dewi

    Brilliant read. Keep it coming Jim!

  • Greenflag

    smilin jim ,

    “In God We Trust’

    Are you sure ? Only a matter of time before he/she/it is indicted for gross fraud , malpractice , deliberate genocide of life from the first post Cambrian mass extinction to the removal of the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago .

    ‘New York and New Jersey are superb hunting grounds, especially at the mayoral level, where it is just as common for mayors to leave office after a grand jury vote as an electoral one.’

    Assuming you can get them to leave office . I read that Mayor Bloomberg who may still harbor Presidential ambitions is intent on changing the law so he can serve for a third term as Mayor and thus retain a high political profile ?

    Perhaps the mafia were never really defeated but merely moved their operation into the American banking and political sectors ?

    Politicians are the necessary passage of excrement by which the body politic is kept functioning . Those who expect excrement not to smell are

    a) expecting too much from their politicians
    b) expecting too much from their excrement

    ‘There is a reason we have all those laws against public corruption. ‘

    The USA may need to take a leaf from the former practices of their Communist Chinese ally and have a mandatory death sentence imposed on those who are found guilty of the ‘corruption’ of public funds !

  • Jimmy Sands

    Which no doubt explains the complete absence of corruption in China.

  • Nomad

    Greenflag,

    I read that Mayor Bloomberg who may still harbor Presidential ambitions is intent on changing the law so he can serve for a third term as Mayor and thus retain a high political profile ?

    It’s already been passed. He’s the instant favourite for the 2009 elections.

  • Greenflag

    jimmy sands ,

    ‘Which no doubt explains the complete absence of corruption in China. ‘

    That was in the old the East is Red days js – Nowadays the sons and daughters of the top party officials occupy the top posts of the new capitalist enterprises .Some 90% of the CEO’s are the sons of top party officials . Which could be why the Chinese have eased up on their up against the wall routine for those found guilty of corruption ?

    George Orwell would not have been surprised 😉

  • Greenflag

    Nomad –

    Is Bloomberg a Republican or a Democrat or just out for himself like the rest of the Wall St crowd ?

    Why should the law change for Bloomberg ? Money I suppose as usual 🙁

  • Comrade Stalin

    Greenflag:

    That was in the old the East is Red days js – Nowadays the sons and daughters of the top party officials occupy the top posts of the new capitalist enterprises .

    How dare you have the effrontery to utter this slander ? They’re not capitalist, they’re socialist with Chinese characteristics.

  • Jimmy Sands

    GF,

    My apologies. I was being sarcastic. I’m well aware of what it’s like there now from bitter experience.

  • Rory Carr

    We who live within this blessed IONA (islands of the North Atlantic; which includes the islands of Great Britain, Ireland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, the Shetlands, the Orkneys and a bunch of smaller rocks surrounded by water), who have never been served by other than people of the highest moral opprobrium in positions of public office, except perhaps for King Henry VIII who was not only nasty but also, against best government advice, clinically obese (that’s really fat in American), we really, really feel for you. Your pain is our pain.

    We remind ourselves that the Founding Fathers of the USA left England’s shores to find a new life in your land because of religious persecution in these islands – their neighbours in England were so pissed off being persecuted by their religious zealatory that they were told to “fuck off, or else…!”.

    What might be a good idea is to bring back the standards demanded by George Washington who not only could not tell a lie but was also perfectly content with wooden dentures. That at least would give all us Paddies, Jocks, Taffs, Limeys, Britz, whatever, an opportunity just for once to piss the Yanks off with dazzling displays of our superior dentistry. Sorta like the Rev Paisley could outsmile George Clooney sorta thing. If you know what I mean.

  • William

    Why can’t those long-winded tomes be reducted to state that whilst there are / were corrupt American politicans of all parties, there is no where in the States as politically corrupt as Chicago. And guess who cut his teeth in that that political cesspit in Chicago? Yes, of course, the One, Obama himself.

    Just Google, Obama’s name and corruption and see the raft of articles on his dodgy dealings before and after his election to the Senate.

  • Seven of Nine

    Two guys sit down to a Illinois prison dinner. One takes a mouthful and says to the other “The food was better when you were governor.”