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The Tragedy of Tom Daschle

I was really, truly excited about Tom Daschle as HHS Secretary.  I think he is a fundamentally good person.  Larry Lessig agrees, but says that doesn’t excuse him:

Daschle, of course, is the most innocent in this guilty system. His
plan was to serve the public as long as he possibly could. The voters
in South Dakota terminated that plan. His desire is to return to public
service, working on a set of issues that he feels passionate about.
Indeed, issues he actually knows something about. So no doubt, he is a good soul in a bad system.

But his goodness doesn’t inoculate the system. And the system is why
no one should count on real CHANGE till it, the system, gets changed.

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posted February 4, 2009 at 9:55 am

Maybe you wouldn’t have been so excited if you had read the Salon Magazine and Rolling Stone Magazine articles about the Daschles:

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Joe Carson

posted February 4, 2009 at 11:41 am

Christians shun “suffering for righteousness’ sake” in their vocations, enabling institional evil and inhibiting common grace and the kingdom of God on earth. Christian religious professionals enable this by taking no exception to it. Why? “love of money is root of evil,” including the “look the other way” enabling type of (silent evil.”
Until that changes, the “system” will not change. Perhaps “transforming theology” will address the lack of an organized Christian influence in any secular profession. Or perhaps it will be more talk that evades the “suffering for righteousness’ sake” part of Christian presence and witness.
Daschele is a perp and victim of the system, which Christian professionals help enable.

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Scott Holden

posted February 4, 2009 at 12:01 pm

I could not disagree more. What kind of transformation is he hoping for when he stacks the deck with insiders and Clinton retreads? Daschel an innocnent victim is like saying Tom Delay is a good Christian witness? Give me a break.

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posted February 4, 2009 at 1:34 pm

I went from a supporter of Daschle over the years to suspicion after reading a few blog posts. I think the article by NPR’s Ron Elving captures the problem with his nomination in a fair and respectful manner and the good news that he has withdrawn his name. I like to think it was my email to President Obama via that effected the change.
Nearly every politician involved in potential conflicts of interest will have someone defending him or her with something like “no doubt, he is a good soul in a bad system.” Sort of the “trust me, I’m upstanding” defense of former VP Dick Cheney and his closed door energy policy meetings. But potential conflicts of interest are often the cause of the systemic corruption. Indeed, as Professor Lessig notes the system does need to be changed and I think Obama being held to his commitments is important. Part of the change is ensuring someone like Daschle doesn’t oversee the very companies he received millions from and the impact that money seemed to have on his moral compass.

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posted February 4, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Tragedy of Dashcle
Former Senate “rascal”
Trapped by sin
Original or not
Give me a nickel
For everyone who would be in a pickle
Count all those “laxes”
Who don’t pay all dere taxes
If it were me
I’d cut him a break
But my color blue
Might have my neighbor seeing red
And wishing Dems dead
Like somebody said
An eye for an eye
A tooth for a tooth
The whole world’s blind
And gumming Gerbers
As for me
I must stay humbled
Cause I know I’ve stumbled
Don’t want my sin
A media event
I know my soul
Couldn’t take that dent
God bless Tom
God bless America
And God bless this whole d— world
Because not one of us is clean

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posted February 6, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Great bit of verse!!!
Ryan Connor

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