Thursday, January 29, 2009

Illinois Intimidated by US Congress to Convict Blago

Illinois Gov. Blagojevich was thrown out of office today and barred from ever again holding public office in the state. The State legislators voted 59-0 to oust Blago on corruption charges stemming from a Federal investigation involving alleged attempts to sell President Obama's former Senate seat. The State charges involved influence peddling and abuse of power rather than the seat sale attempt.

Possibly no one but Blagojevich believes he is innocent of all charges. I wonder, however, how much the Illinois legislators were influenced by the $850 billion Economic Stimulus Package making its way through the US Congress and the threats written into the bill.

During the current economic crisis, every state is hurting for money. Illinois expected to get some $50 billion from the Feds. But, only if they removed Blagojevich from the governor's office. No conviction, no money.

The U.S. House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee voted on Wednesday to bar Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, charged in a corruption scandal, from touching any money the state would receive from an economic stimulus package.

The panel approved by voice vote an amendment to the spending portion of the stimulus legislation to put the Illinois legislature in charge of the money unless Blagojevich has been removed from office.

"It strips him of any authority to allocate federal stimulus funds," [Rep. Mark Kirk, an Illinois Republican] told Reuters. "I've already talked to the state legislative leaders. ... They're ready for this."
The provision potentially amounts to a bill of attainder. Bills of attainder are prohibited under the US Constitution. Such bills are legislative acts pronouncing a person guilty of a crime without trial and subjecting that person to capital punishment, loss of property, and civil rights.

When the Appropriations Committee passed the language, Blago had yet to be impeached and removed. He was under indictment from the Federal Prosecutor, but that case is far from trial phase. Under US jurisprudence, Blagojevich is innocent until proven guilty. He has yet to be tried in a court of law and the US Congress has, in effect, already convicted and sentenced him.

The people of Illinois were threatened by Congress with loss of stimulus package funds until and unless their governor was found guilty at the impeachment trial and removed from office. The action by the Democrat Congress amounts to group punishment before the fact and intimidation, both prohibited by the Constitution and by statute.

Gird your loins, folks. The Democrats are just warming up. Threats, intimidation, illegal laws, and questionable acts are what we can expect from the Chicago machine presidential usurper and the criminal Democrat Congress. And no free press as the watchdog.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


Always On Watch said...

Bills of attainder are prohibited under the US Constitution.

Good point.

My American Government class just went over the powers not given to Congress.

My question: Do most Americans even know about that particular clause in our Constitution?

Indigo Red said...

Most Americans don't know any clause of the Constitution and they are not likely to spare the 30 minutes it takes to read it, either.

The negative power outlined by the Founders is a near impossibility for most folks to understand and it's far less likely Americans will understand the Constitution tells government what it can't do and everything else is left to the people and the States.

With the increased immigration of people from countries with constitutions that enumerate the powers of government over the people and the willingness to scrap current constitutions for new and improved documents thousands of pages long, it is not surprising the American Constitution is thought just an old piece of paper with antiquated ideas.

Just to give an idea of what those other Constitution are try reading the Mexican Constitution.