Posted by: thescoundrel | August 27, 2014

The Joke is on the Voters or More likely the Joke is the Voters

In what medias Bards expose as shocking unfolding dramas –> it seems that the local  Rock Island Co. Democrat Party leadership along with State Level leadership has long been up to unsavory Good-Old-Boy  hiring practices. The article suggests 255 State of Illinois hirings had the stench of government nepotism. Of course if it is really all that shocking them it just goes to prove what many of us in the blogging world have stated for years – the media basically has their heads up their political advertisement receipts a$$es. The article on QCOnline points the  Flying Fickle Finger of Fate local wrath at the late Rock Island County Chairman/ Lane Evans Mentor John Gianulis and former Congressman/ Lane Evans Aide Philobluster Hare. (As can be expected the Lane Evans worshiping press neglected to mention the Gianulis/Philobluster ties to Evans.) Perhaps the most glaring naming names nepotistic event QCOnline mentioned was  :

In 2013, the OEIG investigated the 2011 hiring of Mr. Hare’s son, Lou, as assistant warden of programs at the East Moline Correctional Center. The OEIG said Lou Hare did not meet all of the Illinois Department of Correction’s written employment requirements. Lou Hare remains at the center.

Wonder who might have been singing that song back during that hiring? Oh yeah local bloggers harped on that hiring event more than once.

And while I have no love for any of the Politicians named in the scandal – they are just doing what voters have allowed them to do – fix the system through One Party Rule. I have no doubt that had the other boot been Republican One Party Rule- we could very well be talking about a statewide Republican scandal. One Party Rule creates the means by which Nepotism can go uncontrolled. When a Democratic candidate in the 17th district of Illinois gets elected they understand it will take a total disaster to remove them from office. First, the local political hierarchy are going to go into damage control to cover up stuff that embarrasses their candidate. Secondly, and perhaps damning of the local voters, Democratic candidates realize that once their name is on a ballot hordes of mindless local voters are going to step into that voting booth and punch a straight Democrat Ballot. The best an opponent can hope for is that the Democrat in question develops foot in mouth  disease as did Philobluster when he ran for reelection. You need multiple party candidates trying to dig up dirt that can be damaging to their opponent in order to reduce the dirty deeds politicians are going to pull once in office. It is just history. Both parties are just as guilty as the other one. You can hope the press will actually do the job it was given by the founding fathers as watchdog. But I would not hold my breath on that happening. Candidate plunk way too much money in advertising to media bases for them to be much of a watchdog. As long as the burglars are tossing the watchdog bits of steak the crooks can get away with their trespasses.

You could say it was all a sick joke being played on Joe and Jane USVoters but that isn’t really true. The truth is Joe and Jane USVoters are the joke because they  keep voting in the same politicians that cover themselves in political sludge at State and Federal levels.


  1. Phil Hare is now lobbying local Rock Island County leaders to give his son a supervisory position at court services before he gets fired from the prison by the new republican governor. And the good ol boys club is alive and well…

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