Monday, October 27, 2008

Ted Stevens: a man of convictions

All 7 counts, in fact. Stevens keeps exclaiming that he did nothing wrong. But, apparently, he did, and still doesn't recognize that what he did was in fact, wrong, illegal, and, um, corrupt.

Alaskans have voted a dead man in office before, and a barbie doll into the governor's mansion, so it wouldn't surprise me if they voted a felon back into the Senate. But I sure hope not. We don't need any more Corrupt Bastards running around, and I don't care what party they are from. It was internal corruption that brought Soviet Russia down, and it'll bring us down too if we don't clean up.

Interestingly, one Alaskan can no longer vote for him: Stevens himself. I used to think this policy was a good one, of removing the right to vote from felons, but I no longer do. I started to change my mind on this when I began to learn more about prison conditions and the skewed rates of conviction in the US.

1 comment:

jay in uk said...

Good comment. I once walked a low-income election district in Anchorage for a candidate and found so many people who couldn't vote due to unspent conditions on felony convictions.

This was Anchorage's 50% non-white neighborhood. The effect of unintentional consequences seems to this observer, almost intentional.