Originally posted 2010-09-04 23:40:04. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
by Brian Anderson
August 31, 2010
The economy is in the crapper. Unemployment continues to rise. Foreclosures are reaching epic proportions. The trade deficit grows. The dollar is worthless. We are overrun with illegal immigrants that drain what little resources we have. But never mind all that. Congress has finally taken some action to set things right. Earlier this month they stuck it to that steroid-using bastard Roger Clemens. I will sleep better knowing my government is on the job.
In case you haven’t figured it out, the sarcasm is dripping from my words. And in case you have no idea what I’m talking about, I’ll take you back a couple of years. In 2008 our hardworking members of Congress assembled a special committee to determine if there was a problem with performance enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball. They had several expert witnesses as well as professional players testify. Former pitching great Roger Clemens was one of those summoned before the tribunal. He adamantly denied using steroids, human growth hormone (HGH) or any other banned or illegal substance. Fast forward to August 19 of this year and a federal grand jury has passed down an indictment charging that Clemens lied to Congress.
Geez, I don’t even know where to begin with this. Maybe there is someone out their that can tell me what part of the Constitution grants Congress the power to police a privately owned sports/entertainment league. It’s certainly not a matter of national security. Nobody’s civil rights are being violated. Well, that’s if you don’t count Roger Clemens. I looked all over that beautiful document and I couldn’t find anything that would allow for our federal government to hold those hearings.
I remember when the proceedings were going on. I couldn’t help to think what phenomenal waste of time and taxpayer money it all was. Wait, you’re telling me professional athletes use steroids? Next thing you’re going to say that Playboy Playmates have fake breasts. Could you imagine those committee hearings? There would be some bimbo with watermelons on her chest telling Joe Liberman that she has never used performance enhancing silicone and that she has no idea what saline is. Even if baseball was any of Congress’ business, which it is not, the public spectacle they created was ridiculous. I suspect it was all a ploy to show Joe Six-pack that the government cares about the same things as regular slobs.
The funniest thing about last week’s indictment, and this seems to be lost on most who have chimed in, is that Roger Clemens is being charged with lying to Congress. Wow. Congress lies to us all the time. Have you ever heard of a federal grand jury charging Congress with lying? I haven’t. I think Mr. Clemens can use the "monkey see, monkey do" defense in his trial. He can simply state that he thought lying was proper protocol in any and all Congressional proceedings.
I think there probably is rampant abuse of steroids and HGH in professional sports. It’s up to the leagues to address, not Congress. And if the leagues do a poor job, who gives rat’s ass? It doesn’t effect me or you in any way. It doesn’t drag down the economy or start a war. Ultimately, it’s the offending players that will have to deal with the consequences of their actions. They are the ones that will have shriveled up testicles, mutant offsprings, and inoperable brain tumors.
I’m not a huge baseball fan and I’ve always thought Roger Clemens was kind of a dick. This is not written in defense of my favorite sport or player. I would just like to see our elected officials put their time and our money into something meaningful and important. Abuse of performance enhancing drugs in sports is the least of our worries.
Brian Anderson writes for the CryptoAmerican.com blog,
Article published with the author’s permission.