The words in the above audio are those of former Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich. Our great American justice system did something right yesterday in convicting Rod on 17 charges. This comes nearly a year after the original trial in which that jury (whom he probably paid off) only convicted him of one charge (lying to the FBI).

He did more than lie to the FBI and try to sell Obama’s empty Senate seat though. He also blackmailed a children’s hospital for a campaign donation, threatening to hold back Medicaid reimbursements, among many other backdoor deals. If there was ever a man who deserved prison, it is Rod Blagojevich. His conviction is a testament to fairness in a country that is tipped to the side of politicians and their chummy, rich friends.

The general consensus is that he will receive around 10 years, which I’m fine with. Anything less would be a total joke, but more would be nice. Though things are already looking like it’ll be appeal after appeal due to the pathetic nature of the system, if he eventually gets put behind bars that is the thing that matters. But I’m not really sure he’s actually going to learn anything from all this, because according to Rod, “Well, among the many lessons I’ve learned from this whole experience is to try to speak a little bit less, so I’m going to keep my remarks kind of short.”

Yes Rod, talking a little less is exactly what the point of being convicted for this whole corruption deal is. Not that you can’t sell a Senate seat, shake down a children’s hospital, or lie to the FBI on the witness stand. When (and hopefully if) you go to prison Rod, you can do all those things on the inside, and see how well it works out for you. You do that and you’ll be fucking golden.

 

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