Most people who commit a crime in Alaska plead to have the trial moved out of state because they know that the local jury will be biased. After all, jurors live here, and they have felt the crime firsthand through the media, by knowing people who were affected, by water cooler gossip,…by osmosis. It’s simply impossible, they claim, for potential jurors to be impartial and give the suspect a fair trial.
And yet Stevens wants his case moved TO Alaska. He wants it close to home. Why? Because in this case, not having fairness works to his advantage. Because he knows that Alaskans have been bought. If you’ve been elected to office, the majority of Alaskans don’t care what you do as long as you bring home the pork. We will throw the law, the constitution, our integrity and anything else under the bus if we feel like we’ve gotten free money out of it. Money we deserve, money we don’t deserve….whatever. If it’s green, our integrity is up for sale.
It’s ironic, isn’t it? For a state that claims so many ‘conservatives’, how is it that they are so eager to take Federal money, take the permanent fund check, take all the pork that can be heaped on a plate and ask for seconds. Isn’t that what conservatives say about liberals? That all they want is free stuff from the government? Someone explain this to me.
If we give Ted Stevens a pass on 7 felony counts, and re-elect him we advertise loud and clear the fact that we prostitute ourselves for pork. We don’t care if Stevens got bought by Veco, because we’ve been bought by Stevens. We walk through the shiny granite-covered Ted Stevens International Airport and we feel so darned important. Probably just like Ted feels when he hangs out on the wraparound deck, and fires up that Viking barbeque grill he got from Veco. Here we stand with our collective hand out like Vic Kohring sniveling and groveling to the Federal Government. We’re all so busy scratching each others backs, we simply don’t care about ethics….which is exactly why this state is in the condition it’s in, and why we need the FBI to shovel us out of our own dung heap.
Stevens knows he’s got a winning strategy if he can move the trial to Alaska. If you doubt me, check out some of the responses on today’s ADN blog:
“Guilty or not, Uncle Ted has done too much for us to be dragged through the mud. Alaska wouldn’t be what it is without him!”
“Go Stevens! Three votes in my household will be for the senior Senator. He’s going to fight this just like he’s fought for Alaskans for the past 40 years in the Senate.”
“Without his dedication to serve Alaskans and help protect a lot of bill of rights, Our state would not be in the position its in receiving a record high dividend we all love getting so much.”
There are dozens more but I don’t have the stomach to go on…
It has been said that in life, any situation, whatever form it takes, exists only because the circumstances were perfect for bringing that situation about. What does that say about the political system in Alaska? That it is structured perfectly to bring about corruption, so it has. That is why voting for Clean Elections (Ballot Measure 3, now renamed Bill Providing for Public Funding in Campaigns) is a vote equal to or greater in importance than a vote for any one candidate. The system needs to be voted out, or we are doomed to repeat this cycle until we learn the lesson.
We have no right to be disgusted or disappointed when we see the string of felons streaming out of our state government and into federal prison, because we have gotten exactly the government we deserve. We have been bought off to look the other way. Sound familiar?
We’ll find out whether the trial moves to Alaska on August 19th. I maintain enough faith in the system to think that there’s no way it will be allowed to happen. I hope I’m right.