I'm sorry, but I don't get it. Once an elected official has lost the confidence of the people he serves, morality, ethics and the public trust require an introspective analysis into whether continued service is desirable or appropriate. The people of Illinois deserve a Governor who not only avoids the appearance of impropriety but actively tries to avoid embarrassing himself and his so-called constituency.
Forget the impeachment trial in Springfield for a moment. It is nothing more than a constitutionally permissible recall vote. It is not a criminal trial and the rules pertaining to civil liberties and the rights of the criminally accused just do not apply. Is there a basis to remove this Governor from office? You bet! Has the Governor acted responsibly and appropriate in the face of the charges brought upon the impeachment? No way!
Whether Mr. Blagojevich is criminally guilty of any of the charges in the criminal complaint or in the soon-to-be-filed indictment is for a court of law with all the necessary protections applied including the right to jury trial, due process, the right to confront your accusers, and guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. What is at issue this week has been a reprehensible media circus filed with sound bites and attempts to invoke such honored men as Gandhi, Mandela and King.
When others in elected positions have faced personal or professional embarrassment which impeded their ability to continue to serve in office, the high road was usually selected which involved a mea culpa and a resignation. These matters involve the court of public opinion and not a court of law. There are no issues of due process at play here. Let's stop the charade and do what is right and fair for the people of Illinois, Mr. Governor. Tender your resignation and allow us to move forward from this pitiful chapter.
Charles H. Cole
Schuyler Roche, Chicago IL