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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Rod Blagojevich As A Symbol Of America's Indictment Upon Itself

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rod blagojevich symbol of american idealismHere we see an idealized portrait of indicted Illinois governor, Rod Blagojevich, surrounded by baseballs. While Blagojevich has in a way won the heart of the media because he makes for good TV, the general consensus is that he is a crook and probably belongs in jail. What is sad in the story of Blagojevich is that he loves many things that have grown to become symbols of America and yet here we have to witness the fall of such an American at a time when the country is also going through such economic turmoil. Blagojevich was accused of bribing the Tribune Co., owners of Wrigley Field, the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Tribune, into firing journalists at the paper who were critical of him, in exchange for state help in the financing of Wrigley Field. Blagojevich said that the just loved the Cubs and wanted them to remain in their classic stadium, so perhaps he just loved the American past-time of baseball too much. He loved America too much. The ex-Illinois governor has also expressed his love of such quintessentially American things as cowboy westerns and Elvis Presley, the latter of which being the inspiration for his great American hair-do. So it is that Rod Blagojevich loved America too much and that his overzealous affection for his country and its symbols led to his downfall and charges of corruption. It does make you wonder, though, especially in light of all the corporate banks and insurance giants in America being labeled as crooks and being given government hand-outs, that perhaps this CORRUPTION, also, is a symbol of America, is very American in its essence and that the demise of Rod Blagojevich is, in reality, America's indictment upon itself.


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