So the Rod Blagojevich trial has ended with him pretty much getting off on all the charges. Good for the jury. As I said when this whole thing started (here and here), this whole case was a total farce. This was just politics as usual in America, only difference being that Blago didn’t seem to be playing with a full deck. But to prosecute him on these various sundry charges was ridiculous. You would be hard-pressed to find any politician these days that isn’t guilty of doing exactly what he did — most of them are just a bit more clever in how they go about it so they don’t get caught.
Now this is not saying this type behavior is OK — far from it. But the problem is the American political system. It pretty much guarantees that politicians are always going to be for sale. It’s the nature of the beast. If you don’t like it, then don’t be going after people like Blagojevich — they are just the symptom. What you really want is 100% public financing of all elections. Make it illegal to give even a dime to a politician. And particularly make it illegal for corporations to be involved in the political process in any form or fashion — no donations, no entertaining, no letter writing campaigns, no helping a politician in any way. You take the money and the corporations (the two biggest sources of all evil!) out of the process and you solve the problem permanently.
Of course in The Banana Republic of America, the chances of that happening are nil.