Guilty on 17 counts...adds up to 300 years in prison. I had to rewind my DVR after hearing that on the ABC News tonight. Of course he won't sit in prison for 300 years for these corruption charges...more like 10-15....maybe. But hearing the words "300 years in prison" sure makes you think! And Blagojevich said the words "It's in God's hands now" into the microphone. Which made me snicker.
But isn't a politician being indicted for all those corruption charges worthy of making the NEWS? Are we getting so cynical that we expect greedy people to NOT get a good dose of justice once in awhile? It made me feel a bit better about the criminal justice system and the jurors in Illinois... they are attempting to cleanup the 'garbage' and make reforms.
I've become a fan of the tv show 'Chicago Code'... I enjoy the 'good cop' hero, his sidekick, and the female chief of police trying to fight the corruption and bad reputation of Chicago politics. I think the show does a good job addressing how difficult it is to tackle the entrenched system of 'the Chicago Machine'.
Newsworthy, that's what I meant...worthy of notice. It got my attention, even though I'm not a citizen of Illinois. I live across the border from Rockford, in Wisconsin. I think that civil servants who don't follow the rules of ethics, for ex, serving themselves instead of serving the public, need to be punished.
Yes, the bucket is pretty empty! ha But it's a move in the right direction.
I don't think of the political system as inherently corrupt because I see it in historical context. It's as corrupt as society allows it to be...sometimes citizens get 'fed up'! The history of American politics is certainly filled with corruption but that's because white collar crime has been viewed as 'business as usual' and somehow 'normal'. Voters can vote people out that are abusing their political power and status...but sometimes the criminal justice system has to step in to speed up the process!
I hope this event will be the start of a new breed of politicians. But, then again, I'm idealistic! I'm a true progressive in the area of human behavior...social justice is possible because the system can change for the better, given the leadership, transparency, and resources necessary. No system is static.