Illinois Governor Rob Blagojevich was impeached by a 114 to 1 vote today. AP news reports that he is the first governor to be impeached in Illinois and only the eighth in United States history. The impeachment does not mean that a court of law found him guilty of trying to sell President-Elect Barack Obama’s empty senate seat.
Blagojevich was impeached on the basis that he was no longer suit to rule.
How many times have you joked with a friend over the phone about getting revenge on someone? How many times have you in anger said you wanted to hurt someone?
Blagojevich was impeached because he alluded to his ability to sell Obama’s Senate Seat.
I agree with the Illinois legislators that selling government positions is not a moral practice, nor should it be legal. I do not agree that it is a crime to discuss doing something illegal. Words and actions are two distinctive things that in this case are being confused. Some may say he “threatened” to sell the senate seat.
When is a threat punishable by law? Are threats only punishable by law when the endanger lives?
Do not confuse me to be taking Blagojevich’s side or declaring him innocent. I in no means have the desire to do such. Blagojevich’s upcoming trial will find him guilty or innocent, not me. I, however, will question the fairness of this situation.
Blagojevich’s impeachment is accompanied by a multitude of questions, most unanswerable. Our country now has to decide if speech is punishable by law.