I'm sure by now everyone has heard the latest on what hopefully the soon to be ex- Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, tried to do while searching for a candidate to fill out the the remainder of President-elect Barack Obama current term as an United States Senator.
It is bad enough to try obtaining personal advantage(s) from a public position, and Blagojevich is far from the first politician to do so. But as the Federal investigation continues, with the possibility of even more charges to be filed pending the inquiry results, let us take a brief look at the damage thus far, starting at the bottom of the scale and working our way up.
Jesse Jackson, Junior and who knows how many more legitimate/viable candidates have been completely ignored because they did not want to "play ball" and enter the potential bidding war for the vacant Senate position.
The people of the fine state of Illinois are shaking their heads in disbelief, no longer knowing who to trust, let alone what will happen to them now.
The financially troubled Chicago Tribune is making their own accusations against Blagojevich, claiming that although some of the Tribune's dealings are international in scope, he would not help them on the state level unless they honored his "requests".
But perhaps the biggest potential damage might be to the fledgling Obama Presidency.
While the President-elect is innocent of any wrong doing in the matters currently before the courts, the Republican party is having a field day wondering about what skeletons might still be hiding in the closets of the past as investigators continue to look into Blagojevich's entire public service history.
In June 1858, then Illinois Senator Abraham Lincoln said:
"A house divided against itself cannot stand."
PEOPLE: If this country, let alone the world, is to get better, WE ALL NEED TO WORK TOGETHER!
Don't let the Blagojeviches of the world cast out whatever hope remains.
"We shall not fail -- if we stand firm, we shall not fail."