Ah, today was yet another horrible and embarrassing black eye in the history of the Alabama government. Ever since the state of Alabama became a state in 1819, and especially since the adoption of the constitution of 1901, the longest and most corrupt constitution in the world, Alabama has seen it’s share of politicians of both parties and from all branches of government get charged and convicted of corruption charges, or resign before they go to jail, the easy way out.
Today, Robert Bentley took the easy way out and resigned his governor post. Before he resigned, he pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges. Sure, he will have to pay back his campaign funds, pay some fines, forgive his retirement money which is a HUGE blow, and serve some community service, but Robert Bentley took the easy way out. He should have spent some time in our beautiful and well run state prison system. I’m being sarcastic there, our state prisons are horrible!
He even had the guts to “thank” the people for being their leader of the state. Glad you are outta here Bentley!
In the past year, the leaders of all three branches of state government have been removed from office. It’s the hat trick of government corruption! Some legislators were saying states like New York and New Jersey have had corruption governors removed before. Yes, most states have had to remove a corrupt leader before, not every person is clean as they say when they were running for office. But never before the speaker of the state house, the chief justice of the state supreme court, and the governor have all been removed because of corruption, in the same term, and all within a one year period. It has never happened before in any state!
I’m sitting here watching the local news and I hear state leaders say things like “the future is bright in Alabama”, or “the worst is behind us.” And I think to myself, what a horrible thing to say! We continue to have leaders in our state government be corrupt or do things based on how much money they receive. It was a big problem when the Democrats were in power in Montgomery, and now it’s a big problem with the Republicans in power now. But hey, quit blaming the legislators, judges, and government officials for the problems in Montgomery, we need to start blaming ourselves.
Most people in Alabama will either vote via party lines or vote for the person who says they are for “family values”, or say they are a good “Christian person”, or say they will keep “government small” and “keep taxes low.” You know what I mean, we see these people in every election cycle. And these people who say these things are mostly the ones who always gets in trouble with the law and become corrupt inside state government. Until we QUIT voting for these idiots, the cycle of corruption and wrongdoing will continue! We can’t continue to keep voting for Darth Vader, right?
We can’t keep saying “thank God for Mississippi” anymore! Alabama has the third highest unemployment rate in America. We have a state prison system that is in shambles. We have a Medicaid crisis where people can’t afford to see a doctor. We have infrastructure that is crumbling with no funds to fix it. We have schools that are rapidly declining with horrible math and reading scores. We have hardly any mental health services or a good court system. I can go on and on with the problems Alabama is facing, it’s not good!
Every year something stupid comes into the news from Montgomery, from the Luv Gov, to HB 56 which scared many people, to a current bill that would install “ransomware” onto all phones and computers to stop porn (who comes up with these things?) The people in Montgomery continue to propose and pass stupid things that causes Alabama to be embarrassed in the worldwide media yet again, or yet another government official becomes corrupt, or we have to spend taxpayer money defending bills that are unconstitutional, it’s a neverending cycle that seems like it never wants to end! It’s like our leaders in Montgomery has money to burn baby!
How about doing something different for a change? How about reforming our archaic 1901 tax structure? How about maybe raising the property taxes from being dead last in America so we can properly fund education? Yes, that means quit listening to those so called lobbyists from ALFA Insurance and Alabama Power. How about allowing us to vote on a statewide lottery so we can quit seeing millions leave the state? Yes, that means quit listening to the Business Council of Alabama for a change. How about requiring insurance companies to pay for Autism therapy like 46 other states already do? Yes, that means kicking the bums from Blue Cross / Blue Shield out of the state house. I can go on and on about things to improve Alabama!
And how about something radical, like making marijuana legal? Yet, you clowns in Montgomery will continue to listen to those churches who those attending have to listen to politics instead of preaching from the Bible. Alabama will continue this cycle of being dead last in everything, having multiple government officials being corrupt, and being embarrassed almost every day in the national and worldwide media. This has to stop, and soon! We are now in a worldwide economy, and everyday this continues, Alabama loses! It’s like Willy Wonka telling us “You Lose” every single day!
If you people living in Alabama wants to change this, there is only one thing to do, vote for someone else! Vote for the person in the other party you don’t like, vote against the person who praises “family values”, or is a so-called “True Christian.” Don’t believe the person who says they are for “small government” and “lower taxes.” Those sayings means people are harmed and we have to rely on the federal government for funding. I wonder how long that lasts with Trump in the White House?
Until we do that, we will continue to see self-centered, racist, greedy, corrupt, selfish, and bigot government leaders. And in our world today, having people like that serving in our government means we lose! I want to win! We can’t keep welcoming people to Sweet Home Alabama for much longer if we stay corrupt and stupid!