Thoughts on Kingdom, Church, and Grace from an American living in Hong Kong

Thursday, December 11, 2008


Republicans have been the latest whipping boy lately. When corruption or scandal erupts in America, the first reaction is usually to blame George Bush, the Religious Right, or Big Oil in that order. So I must admit to relief that the latest scandal to hit us comes from the Democratic side of the aisle.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich of Illinois was arrested two days ago in a wiretap sting that saw the governor attempting to "sell" the senate seat vacated by President-Elect Obama for money and favors. Reportedly he was caught saying, among other statements, "The Senate seat "is a f---ing valuable thing, you just don't give it away for nothing." and "If ... they're not going to offer anything of value, then I might just take it,"


He goes on to muse about what he can possible "get" out of an Obama administration.

HUH?...Has this guy not been listening to President-Elect Obama for the last few months?

As someone who travels alot Internationally. I have always been proud of the relative lack of corruption in the United States when compared to other countries. I groaned inside when I first heard about this arrest. This level of corruption, the sale of a U.S. Senate seat, happens other places, not in America. But it does. Supposedly the reason for the wiretaps were because there had been previous suspicions directed at Gov. Blagojevich including pressure on the Chicago Tribune to have critics of the Governor fired.

Yes, its a sad day in American politics...

...and George Bush, the Republicans, the Religious Right, and Big Oil had nothing to do with it. Whew!


Andrew said...

Yeah... this is so over the top corrupt and old school Chicago... it sounds like something Elliot Ness would have been dealing with...

Not that Republicans are responsible for Hannity, but it was hilarious how he spent 2 hours yesterday trying to tie all this to Obama... I think for every one use of the Governor's name, he brought up Obama 5 times. :)

Bruce said...

Yeah this was a political low point for our country. It looks like Obama is in the clear but that doesn't mean there will not be continued attempts to tie him to it.

I found it ironic to listen to the current mayor of Chicago,Richard Daley try and sound like he was appalled at the Governor's behavior. Daley is a name that equals corruption. When I hear "Daley" I think union/mob/corruption.

I wonder what it is about Illinois and Chicago that seems to attract such people? The ghost of Al Capone? The curse of the Cubs?

Probably just a lust for power and greed.


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