I'm for giving maximum grief to the lord and rulers who masquerade as elected servants of the people when they're really servants for themselves.
But I still didn't like the booing given to Gov. Rod Blagojevich during his appearance Tuesday at the celebration for the University of Illinois basketball team at Memorial Stadium. There's a time and a place for everything, and Tuesday's ceremony was supposed to be about saluting a great basketball team that made it to the NCAA national championship game, not commenting on the many inadequacies of Illinois' incumbent governor.
The booing was a display of bad manners.
Obviously, Blago hasn't made much effort to endear himself to the University of Illinois or East Central Illinois residents. He's hardly been here. He's hardly been in Springfield. He obviously prefers Chicago and doesn't care who knows it. But that's what people get when they vote for Chicagoans to hold virtually every statewide elected office.
By the way, Blago carried Champaign County. So people here are getting essentially what they deserve.
As far as jumping on the Illini bandwagon, who shouldn't he? Blago was a little late, but better late than never. If comedian Bill Murray can jump aboard, why not the governor? He really is a sports fan. Maybe becoming a fan of the Illini basketball team will help him become a fan of the University of Illinois.
But even if not, Blago was here to participate in a ceremony honoring the team. Surely, those who booed should have been able to respect that and separate it from whatever feelings they have about his administration.
The tone of politics has been heading downhill for years now. Nasty displays are becoming de rigueur. But it doesn't have to be that way.
Why not celebrate our common interests and shared beliefs when we have them instead of going out of our way to accentuate the differences? There will always be time later to fight.