Saturday, August 19, 2006

even Lieberman thinks Lieberman should hang it up

From, "In praise of Public Life: The Honor And Purpose Of Political Science" by Joseph I. Lieberman and Michael D'orso

Where the concept of careerism truly becomes an issue, it seems to me, is around the question of purpose. It is important, of course, to understand a person's purpose for choosing to enter political life. In almost every case I know of, as a person begins his political career, those intentions are honorable and sincere. But they don't always stay that way. Once people enter this life, they become vulnerable to a host of pressures and forces that can skew their purposes, sometimes without their awareness. It is these forces-Partisanship, special interest groups, the need for money, the demands of campaigning, the power of the media-that can twist a politician's priorities and make keeping one's seat become more important than what one does while sitting in it. That is when the voters should, and usually do, vote the wayward politician out of office, because that's the way the system cleanses and corrects itself.

Time to go Joe.


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