The taint of corruption

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Barack Obama seems to be taking quite a few plays out of former president Bill Clinton’s book, not the least of which is the parade of associates charged with or convicted of federal crimes or with dubious histories and associations. The latest example of this trend is the arrest of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on charges he was trying to sell Obama’s vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder.

I understand that the behavior of one’s associates cannot always be used as an indication of one’s own ethics and morality, but when does the trend of one’s associates being criminals, terrorists, and America haters reach the critical mass where it is defining of who someone is?

I was willing to give Obama a certain benefit of the doubt recently, especially given the nature of his own statements on issues important to me and some of his choices for his new government, but the arrest of the governor of the state he represented as a senator trying to sell his seat served only to reignite my skepticism about him, his beliefs, and his morality and ethics.

Barack Obama has a lot to prove to me as president, and he is off to a very shaky start.


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