Thursday, January 8, 2009

Take Your Seat

Governor Blagojevitch and Roland Burris

My mother and grandmother always used to say that you are judged by the company you keep. In Roland Burris's case, he was judged unfairly, I might say, by the company or rather the person that chose to be with him... that would be the controversial and soon to be indicted Illinois Governor Blagojevitch. (Boy, that was a mouthful. I'm happy to say Ed Rendell any day. Phew!!!)

Governor Blagojevitch allegedly attempted to peddle his influence by offering to sell the empty senate seat once held by President Elect Barack Obama to the highest bidder. I guess he figured it is his state and the seat is in his state so, why can't he profit from it? I believe he allegedly said as much.

If you recall (and you would have to be living under a rock not to recall), there was much drama and gnashing of the teeth about this situation. Jesse Jackson, Jr. was thought to be the heir apparent to the seat and despite what he has said, coveted that seat greatly. I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt that he wasn't involved in any wrong doing. But, it doesn't really matter now because the governor, who was just days out of a jail cell, got real gangsta and appointed Roland Burris to the seat. Roland Burris is the former Attorney General of Illinois and from all accounts, a good and decent man with no blood on his hands.

I gotta hand it to Governor Blagojevitch (Man, couldn't you have changed your name to Smith? Jeez!!!)... it took some nerve to do that. Apparently, he has learned nothing from O.J. Simpson. (Hell, O.J. Simpson has learned nothing from O.J. Simpson!) He tapped Burris and up until today, the senate refused to seat him. Not because of anything he had done wrong but, because of who appointed him. This goes back to what my mother and grandmother said about "the company you keep."

I'll remind everyone that Governor Blagojevitch (I'll be glad when I'm finished this post because I won't have to spell his name ever again!!!) has not been convicted of any crime and, therefore, is innocent under the law so, I suppose that he was perfectly within his right as governor for picking Roland Burris to take Obama's vacant seat. After all, he is still the elected governor of the state of Illinois. He's just as gangsta as he wants to be... crooked politician or not. He looked at the U.S. Senate and said, "What?"

Today, Roland Burris, a good and decent man, was seated, as he should have been. Hello Senator Roland Burris... take your seat please!!!


James Perkins said...

Love the way you weave humor in with a serious subject. You need
a column in a major newspaper

Simon Bastion said...

Good Post Keith, I always thought that Burris was getting an unfair shake.

Tate2 said...

I knew that the Senate was eventually going to have to seat him, for the reason you gave...No actual laws were broken in him being nominated.

Sunflower said...

As usual you made very good points and got me to laughing all at the same time.

Jazzy said...

It's good that Burris was getting seated..This could have gotten ugly
and drawn out.

Swaggie said...

I thought that the race card was going to be pulled and this turn into a big mess, but it didn't.
Thank God.

Grover Tha Playboy said...

This aint over yet...I feel that there is still another card waiting to be thrown on the table..
Watch and see.

Toni said...

Keith,you make a good point,but I have to agree with Grover...This isn't the end of this...Obama's enemies are going to try to make it look like he used his influence to get Burris seated.

Angie B. said...

You still over here bangin out the serious over here and the fun and sexy over on "Escapades" -Just love it.

Lisa said...

Great post Keith, I'm glad they seated Burris and didn't give him a hard time..It's not his fault he was chosen by the gangsta Gov of Illinois.

Vanessa said...

I knew that he was going to be seated eventually..I thought that they were going to drag it out and pull the race card...but I knew he'd still be seated..I'm so glad it didn't get drawn out longer than it needed to be.

Halo said...

Good Post Keith,Keep telling it like it is..and making us laugh while you do it.

Anonymous said...

You have deleted two of my comments. I have a right to voice my opinion,even if it is different from you and your Obamanites.

Keith said...

@anonymous aka Tim- You have a right to say whatever you want on your blog, but not on this blog.

Anonymous said...

Good post.

Do you watch Parking Wars? It's about the parking authority in Philly. Yall really hate those people huh? LOL I watch it every week and always get a good laugh.

Opinionated Diva said...

My grandmother said the same thing and the older I get I realize that statement is so true.

In this case I'm actually surprised Burris was allowed to keep his seat...and like Grover the Playboy, I don't think he'll get to keep it. It's not over.

Keith said...

@Southern Gal -I used to love that
show, Unfortunately, it doesn't come on in Philly anymore.

Yes..we hate the PPA (Philadelphia
Parking Authority) They act like they're cops a lot of times. lolol.

@Opinionated Diva- I sure hope it doesn't turn into anything deep like them taking his seat..The man himself has done no wrong.

Moanerplicity said...

Back in the way when someone had a different opinion from that of the norm, some of us would say: Let The Brotha (or Sista) SPEAK!

In this case, I say, let the Brotha SIT!

I feel very bad for this man. His his public record appears to be free of scandal and wrongdoing. He simply wants to do his job and represent the people & the needs of his state.

It's unfortunate that this clown of a governor has tainted him by association. Hopefully the senate will step up and do right by him.


truth said...

Mr. Harry (I don't work for Barrack Obama) Reid could have avoided this whole fiasco and seated Burris when he first showed up. I think Harry has an ego problem or something.

Anonymous said...

Yeah Blago's name is a mouthful...Chicago is my hometown and some of our folks can be rather gansta. That said at the moment, Blago is still the gubnor and can appoint who he wishes for the seat. Since at the moment if I am following the story correctly Blago hasn't even been indicted.

Great post!

Kofi Bofah said...

Interesting how the sentiment towards Roland shifted so dramatically.


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