". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Illinois Gub

Evidently he really is a scumbag, and it isn't another Spiegelman Rove playbook to take out a strong Dem official. Though with our own state's governor sting with the 'escorts' it was very much that, even if the facts were true. Spitzer opened the door to let the rovian rethugz who hated Spitzer for going after some very big corporate fatsos and their corruption to get him. Just like this Blagojevich.

The difference is that Blagojevich's take down isn't politically motivated, that Fitzgerald is considered a straight shooter, and that every person I know who lives in Illinois think Blagojevich is a dirty sob scumball and are glad he's been taken out.

How do these really bad apples keep getting elected? In this case it isn't even him paying 'Them" -- but him shaking down Everybody!


K. said...

Bad apples have sought and attained power since the dawn of politics. The type of political system -- whether monarchy, dictatorship, or democracy -- seems irrelevant. It's something that comes with the territory and that unfortunately has the effect of tarring all politicians with the same brush. There are many honorable ones -- heck, my Congressman (Dave Reichert) is not the brightest bulb in the box, but I'd be flabbergasted to find out that he had taken a bribe or shaken anyone down. Jay Inslee -- my rep until I was redistricted -- is a great guy, exactly the kind of person you want to represent you.

But overall, there's just too much money and influence at stake to not attract corruption. All you can do is stay vigilant and throw the bums out. Democracies are better at that than any other form of government.

Frank Partisan said...

Some of the legal above board compromises done by the likes of such as Pelosi and Reid, is more damaging.