BY RAINBOWCHAIR; Editor
I don’t often watch the news, which to me is quite ironic given the line of work that I have chosen to devote much of my time to, but last night – for about five minutes – I did. And I cannot express to you enough how thoroughly disappointed with it I was. It wasn’t the news so much as the content that irked me, and it had to do with one of our most infamous politicians in recent history: Rob Blagojevich.
You remember Blogo right, if not from his run trying to be this year’s celebrity apprentice than from his 17 guilty counts of corruption during his service to the state of Illinois as their mighty leader.
“Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is enrolling in a substance-abuse treatment program at a low-security federal prison in Colorado that is expected to shave a year off of his 14-year prison sentence,” came the voice from my television.
Keep in mind my parents were watching the news, and I had just gotten home from work, and all I wanted to do was get downstairs and lay on my couch for the next hour without talking to anyone. It’s funny how something as absurd as your ex-governor using a fabricated drug problem to get him out of prison for corruption to force you into a room with your parents and not only have a discussion but quite the heated debate.
It is just absurd to me that this is even an option for the man. He was charged with corruption: not possession or consumption, but corruption.
I have very high doubts that had Mr. Blagojevich had a little less celebrity attached to his namesake, a low-security Denver penitentiary would be out of the question let a lone drug rehab. Talk about a man who has mastered the art of corruption – well, almost mastered… He did get caught.
But come on how corrupt must one be to exploit the system that you already exploited to get yourself into the position that you needed to exploit it yet again to shave time off some of the sentence from your last exploitation. (I promise you that makes sense; I think)
So the real question for me is not whether Blagojevich is suffering from a real substance abuse problem; that problem should be irrelevant. Sure, if he actually had one, he should be offered the proper rehab to make him less dependent on those substances he once abused, but drug rehab should lessen sentences for charges on corruption!
Now if you remember Blago-boy, I sure hope you remember his predecessor, ex-governor George Ryan, who paved the corrupted way, so to speak, for the buffoons this fine state always seems so keen to have lead us.
An article in the Chicago Tribune said that two former associates of ex-governor Ryan said that “they remember it didn’t take much to get into the Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program — as little as regularly consuming five alcoholic drinks a week before they had been incarcerated.”
Five drinks a week and you’re an alcoholic? If that’s the case then sometimes I’m an alcoholic three or four times a week, hell, sometimes even more than once a day!
“Any defense lawyer in town that’s worth their salt all know about this and they all try to get their clients in,” Scott Fawell, Ryan’s former chief of staff who cut his sentence by about 8 months by completing the drug program at a federal prison in Yankton, S.D., told the Trib. “(A lot) of the people who go through the system now ask for it or attempt to get in. How many actually need it, I couldn’t tell you.”
Chris Burke, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, told the Tribune that “[a]s inmates become more aware of the program and what it offers, I think it has been more challenging for us to weed out those inmates who are just trying to game the system,” he said.
Really?! How Earth shattering!!