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So, Roger Clemens, possibly the best baseball pitcher of all time, may have used steroids. The New England Patriots were caught cheating in what is being referred to as “spygate.” And while I personally do not condone athletes’ use of performance enhancing drugs OR cheating, I also do not condone our government’s interference in matters which are none of its business. Major League Baseball is more than capable of handling its steroid problem on its own. Just as the National Football League is more than capable of dealing with the snooping tactics of the Patriots. And speaking of snooping, it seems that many members of our government have no problem with it as long as THEY are the ones doing the snooping…on us, of course.

But I digress.

One would think that a sports “scandal” would be dealt with by the respective sports’ governing bodies. Ah, but not when the U.S. of A has anything to say about it. For our government believes these “scandals” can best be dealt with on Capitol Hill. Actually, this should hardly be a surprise. We already know that the U.S. government considers itself the final arbiter in EVERY conflict, scandal, and political struggle that may be going on in ANY part of the world. So why should MLB and the NFL be exempt from government intervention? It almost seems like an addiction. The government just CANNOT stop sticking its repugnant honker into EVERYONE’S business! What, exactly does a baseball player using steroids, or a football team cheating have to do with the government?

To make matters worse, Roger Clemens’ hearing was a joke. AND, if Clemens is found guilty of lying to Congress, he could be sentenced to five years in jail. Yes, for a matter that has absolutely NOTHING to do with our government, this man could lose his freedom for five years. And where does it stop? In the future, if I break the rules set by my employer, will I receive a summons to appear before a Congressional committee and explain my actions? Will I face the prospect of spending time in a Federal penitentiary if I’m found guilty of lying under oath? You may think I’m overreacting, but just think about it. Notice how many casual observers just can’t get enough of these government show trials. Many people just LOVE to see alleged perpetrators receive their comeuppance at the hands of the authorities. Of course, they only like it when the government is interfering in OTHER people’s affairs. They never imagine it could happen to them.

As for “spygate,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell met with Senator Arlen Specter, who wants, you got it, Congressional hearings if he’s not completely satisfied with Goodell’s assessment of the situation.

But let’s look at the issue of lying. If a member of the private sector lies to a member of the government, he or she will most likely be imprisoned. If a member of government, let’s say president, lies to all of the private sector in order to launch a war that has resulted in an enormous loss of life and priceless property destruction, that man walks free. He doesn’t even face impeachment.

Quite a lesson we’ve learned here. Governments destroy lives and wealth with impunity. It seems so obvious. And yet some people still can’t understand why drastically LESS government is the ONLY solution to ALL of our problems. As the great Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises said about government, ” It is in the nature of the men handling the apparatus of compulsion and coercion to overrate its power to work, and to strive at subduing all spheres of human life to its immediate influence.”

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One Comment

  1. Well, I have to say using steroids is a crime, but I agree, why does Capitol Hill need to be involved.
    This is why I watch UK soccer, where FIFA is in charge of the players, not the government.


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