Rod Blagojevich was convicted Monday on 17 of 20 counts relating to accusations of corruption against him. For those of you who live under a rock, here’s the rundown: Blagojevich was caught trying to sell President Obama’s old senate seat, shaking down businessmen for campaign donations, and generally being the most corrupt politician you can think of. Of course, he denied all charges against him (which is illegal in itself, since he lied to the FBI). Unfortunately, the jury was not able to come to a verdict on those charges.
But why do we care? We all know that Chicago is the most corrupt city in the United States, right? The victory here lies in that a politician, a class of people that is usually too well-protected to be convicted, was caught, impeached, and humiliated for his crimes against the people of the United States of America. He represents the ultimate corruption that can exist in republic: the usage of bartering in gaining political office and the usage of those offices to fill one’s own coffers. This is Corporacracy in action: politicians have turned corporate offices into goods to be sold, and have made a business out of endorsing or opposing those individuals who would benefit or hurt them economically. However, we have won a victory over this force; the people have prosecuted and convicted a man who worked to undermine and destroy the values that we hold dear in democracy.
The trial and conviction of Rod Blagojevich must be etched into every politician’s mind as a reminder of what can happen if they attempt to undermine our political system for their own gain. Blagojevich must be made to serve as an example of a corruption boss whose support was snatched from under him and who was made to repay the public for his crimes.