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February 1, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Impeached Illinois governor

Not so clever

It’s a tragedy to see the blatant corruption of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich [“Blagojevich’s emotions do the talking, but Illinois Senate has the final say,” page one, Jan. 30] and then to witness his summary impeachment, conviction and removal from office when it was so openly revealed.

Blagojevich was too blindly ambitious and foolish to realize that he couldn’t hide his corruption behind the impenetrable cloak of national security as George W. Bush and Dick Cheney did so successfully for eight years.

Let’s all tip our hats to our former vice president for being far more clever than the former governor.

— Bruce Barnbaum, Granite Falls

Outright abuse of power

There is a truism in President Abraham Lincoln’s prophetic remark that “one way to know a man’s true character is by giving him power.”

Lincoln was right. Rod Blagojevich’s real character, as a man and public official, was revealed after he was deposed as governor, on the grounds of graft and corruption, by majority of Illinois state legislators through formal impeachment proceedings.

He was thrown out of office not because the lawmakers didn’t like him as a person, but because of his debauched character and abuse of the power granted him by the U.S. Constitution to appoint a senator to the seat vacated by President Obama.

He tried to put the Senate office up for public auction in exchange for money. To me, that’s an outright abuse of power. He deserved the verdict.

— Warlie Villasencio, Kent

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