Round One – Midwest Sectionals 1 v. 16

Its preposterous statement madness as we kick off the first round of the 2009 Preposterous Statement Tournament (not to be confused with the Common Man Dan Cole’s Preposterous Statement Tournament). You can follow the tournament by using the 20 Times Around the Block Preposterous Statement bracket. Make your pick for a winner! A complete list of the statements can be found here.

Today we have blog commenter Joe Carson going up against Washington Post reporter E.J. Dionne Jr. Let’s take a look and see which statement is more preposterous:

1. [Tom] Daschele is a [perpetrator] and victim of the system, which Christian professionals help enable. –Joe Carson commenting on The New Christians.

16. President Obama’s message to the nation Tuesday night was plain and unequivocal: The era of bashing government is over. –E.J. Dionne Jr. commenting on Obama’s speech.

The first comment emerged when Tony Jones linked to a story claiming Daschele was an innocent party in a corrupt system. In other words, he wasn’t really working as a lobbyist but worked and breathed in a lobbyist system even though he took in all the benefits of that system and then avoided the accompanying taxes on those benefits. The claim that Daschele was an innocent is preposterous a enough, but Carson, not wanting to be outdone, took it to another level and essentially reduced Daschele to a cog in a wheel of a system enabled by “Christian professionals” who are the real culprits of the crime. So the moral of the story is when you want to defend a guy appointed to represent the President on an issue of great importance, and it is found out that he has failed to pay his taxes, especially those that specifically fund the mechanisms of his policies, blame it on those darn “Christian professionals” that enabled him to do it!

In the second, E.J. Dionne thinks the era of bashing government is over. What is he crazy? That’s all Americans have ever done! How is he supposed to remain employed? Maybe the era of bashing government is over for him, because Bush isn’t in charge anymore, but let’s not kid ourselves. The time for bashing government is never done. I’ll bash the government all I want, thankyouverymuch. You’ve gotta be kidding me!

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