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I hear nothing but crickets

 

Before the election, it seemed that every other post on my friend-list was about Obama. How he was going to save the country, etc. etc. etc. And now that Illinois governor Rod Blagoevich is In The News because of corruption, I find the lack of "what did Obama know?" posts ... interesting. Are people afraid to speak out against him? Or is it that they don't care/don't want to know/would rather focus on his cabinet posts?

I understand that most people don't care about Illinois politics, and the only reason it's been in the national news for this long is because of the alleged wankery with the President-Elect's vacated senate seat. I get it. I would like to make a few observations. Those of us who live in Illinois know that political corruption is nothing new. (For fun, you can do a little research into President Kennedy's election and missing voting booths in Chicago.) Four of our last eight Governors have gone to jail. Blago's corruption goes waaaaay back. The feds started investigating him in 2003. I know -- I know -- that nothing right now points to Obama being involved. I ask you this: how much can you trust a politician that built his career in what is arguably the most politically corrupt state in the nation? He wasn't from here originally. He moved here to get into the political game. Why Chicago? Why Illinois?

I hope I'm wrong. Seriously, I hope Obama's clean and he can lead our nation back to greatness. And, let's face it, it'll be nice to have a President that can speak intelligently. But I just. Don't. Trust. Him.

Oh, and one other thing. Cabinet posts. Appointing the Superintendent of the Chicago public schools as Secretary of Education? Um. No. The public schools up there are a mess. (An aside: correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure Obama's kids went to private school when they lived in Chicago, so that should tell you something.) Chicago's tax rate is 10.25% for a reason. Students get paid to get good grades.

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(Anonymous)
Dec. 21st, 2008 06:50 am (UTC)
The media has its own agenda. It has nothing to do with guilt or innocence. Having been part of the media's attention many times while a prosecutor, I can assure you that is the case. Just because the media is not attempting to connect Blogo and Obama means absolutely nothing about his guilt or innocence. Blogo and Obama go way back. There are plenty of skeletons in every Chicago politicians closet.

That being said, I personally don't want the media to hunt for an Obama connection. It would not be good for our country and would accomplish nothing. We are the cusp of dangerous times and we cannot have a president that has anything but complete respect from the rest of the world. I suspect that that the "powers-that-be" in our nation's media outlets are of a similiar mind.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 21st, 2008 06:51 am (UTC)
Sorry, that post was by me - Ken.
kelly_swails
Dec. 21st, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
You're right on that count. Obama's going to be tested on the international front as it is--a smear campaign now would hurt us way more than it would help.

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