Tuesday, January 27, 2009

January 27, 2009

     You read a lot these days about soaring unemployment, about the difficulty middle-aged people have when the jobs they've held for years disappear suddenly. So I'm especially proud this week of Rod Blagojevich, the governor of my home state of Illinois.
    His old job--gov--has just about disappeared--impeached but not yet convicted at this writing, but the impeachment vote was 114--1 which does at least hint at the probable outcome.  That didn't faze lago;  he's already found a new career--teaching poetry.
     He told NBC's Today Show he thought of Mahatma Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, and Dr. Martin Luther King as he was led away in handcuffs by FBI agents.  But it gets better.  At a news conference, the professor of poetry quoted Rudyard Kipling:  "If you can keep your head when those about you/ Are losing theirs and blaming it on you/ If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you/ But make allowance for their doubting too...."  A little later it was Lord Tennyson, "One equal temper of heroic hearts/ Made weak by time and fate but strong in will/ To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."
     Then it was Kipling again:  "If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken/Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools/ Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,/ And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools...." He also compared himself to the "a 21st-century Frank Capra movie....whether it's Jimmy Stewart or Gary Cooper, I do see myself that way," he said.
     Well, talk about a transformation!  But I do have my doubts.  If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, it probably is a duck. Quack, quack, impeached gov.  Bye-bye.

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