Impeach Blagojevich

Saturday, December 13, 2008

It was during the middle of this week that people from Illinois awoke to the news that their elected governor has been arrested and handcuffed on multiple charges that he conspired to sell his office in various opportunities - including putting a price on the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. The 52 year old governor was elected twice to the position before, and on both counts vowed to reform the culture in the Springfield office that had a history of corruption with previous governors. His promises looks to be unfulfilled as after years of well-publicized federal corruption investigations, he is now being asked to resign, or threatened with impeachment.

"Impeach Blagojevich" seems to be chanted across the Illinois Senate, state offices and various Internet forums and blogs. A website called "Impeach Blagojevich" has already been set-up and is calling for Illinois citizens to "to commence a Constitutionally-authorized investigation into whether the Executive officer's conduct justifies cause for impeachment". Per the 1970 Illinois Constitution, the House of Representatives of the State of Illinois is the main authority to conduct investigations to determine the existence of cause for impeachment of the Executive and Judicial branches.

In the meantime, Gov. Rod Blagojevich continues on with his tasks capping off the week by attending to duties in his now new role of criminal defendant. He continues to rebuff calls to resign and showed no signs of backing down from his critics. He just signed a bill that extends insurance coverage for autistic kids - a clear sign that he's still the man in charge.

The current governor is just the latest to be charged with corruption in the state that prides itself with being the land of Abraham Lincoln. In the past century, four other Illinois governors have been charged or indicted of corruption charges. US News lists the following:

* George Ryan (Republican, 1999-2003)—currently serving a 6½-year sentence in federal prison for fraud
* Daniel Walker (Democrat, 1973-1977)—convicted of bank fraud after leaving office
* Otto Kerner (Democrat, 1961-1968)—convicted on 17 counts of bribery
* Lennington Small (Republican, 1921-1929)—indicted for embezzlement


Shifting focus to the Philippines, I don't recall any governor in recent years to have been charged with corruption. It doesn't mean though that corruption doesn't exist - it's just that our country still doesn't have the necessary checks and balances like what is in place in western democracies. In provincial campaigns, gubernatorial candidates are reported to spend millions in Philippine pesos to get a job that "officially" has a monthly salary of less than P50,000. The opportunity to serve the public maybe? Somehow, I'm not the only one that will raise an eyebrow on that.

9 comments:

WhatIfWeAllCared? December 13, 2008 at 9:52 PM  

Our state is in such trouble financially~ we really didn't need this! Hopefully, those in power will have the wisdom and strength to check on how each Illinois official attained their seat! A full audit of all government offices in Illinois would not only clear up all questions, but may also restore some faith in our government...
Karen

Chicago-an December 13, 2008 at 9:55 PM  

Impeach Blagojevich! He should never have had a second term. Why did people vote for him anyway?

WhatIfWeAllCared? December 13, 2008 at 10:06 PM  

Who knows? Doesn't it feel good to not be one of them?!?!

I need comments and people to follow my blog~ would you? someone to get it started... I have people who watch it... but, rarely, comments...
I'm gonna try to add you as a blog I follow.
Stay warm,
Karen

TruBlue December 14, 2008 at 2:10 AM  

They voted for this thug same way conservative hillbellies will vote for emptyhead lying moosehead Palin! 70% of republicans still think she can run the country which is downright incomprehensible.

Philippines might as well elect Lito Lapid for president.

WhatIfWeAllCared? December 14, 2008 at 10:04 AM  

Who do you want as president if we can unload obama?

TruBlue December 14, 2008 at 12:20 PM  

Bobby Jindal have ALL the REQUISITES to replace Obama after eight years. That is if the Evangelical Christian Rights can lump the fact Bobby is of Indian descent. These idiots of the south need to get these bigotry behind them once and for all. That said, how can southerners abide when Filipinos riducule each other ethnicity-wise. Residues of racism and prejudism is a culture, it will hover forever.

WhatIfWeAllCared? December 14, 2008 at 12:59 PM  

um... hm... don't know who that is... I am conservative... not a southerner per se... but I am not thrilled with Obama... hoping we can do something about him!

TruBlue December 14, 2008 at 8:16 PM  

Fill me in why the dislike to the President-Elect? Just for being a conservative?

Bobby J is the Governor of Louisiana and former congressman. He declined to be vetted for VP to McCain, so I'm just assuming he is targetting the presidency when the time is right.

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