The Joke Known as Congress

This morning Roger Clemens arrived in Washington for his arraignment on three counts of making false statements, two counts of perjury, and count obstruction of Congress.  This morning, our elected officials gathered to bring charges forth on a superstar athlete for lying under oath.  This morning, Congress did what it does best, waste taxpayers money.

Does anyone truly care that Roger Clemens perjured himself during the steroid scandal of 2007?  Our own President committed the very same act in 1997 about a sex scandal and he was simply impeached. Nothing notable in terms of punishment happened to Bill Clinton, and he was the leader of our country! Why are we wasting our time with a has been?  Aren’t there more pressing matters in our country than whether or not someone lied about taking performance enhancing drugs?  Isn’t handing out indictments on lying to Congress much like giving out speeding tickets at the Indy 500?

It’s funny.  I thought that there were pressing matters going on in our country.  I am pretty sure there is around a 9% unemployment rate across the country.  Isn’t there an oil spill in the Gulf that should require some attention?  What about our soldiers over seas fighting in yet another senseless war?  Or how about how about the treatment of our soldiers (or lack thereof)  when they come home after serving our country?

No, none of these issues can hold a candle to Roger Clemens lying under oath.  What is an oath anyways?  It is defined as a promise calling upon calling upon something or someone that the oath maker considers sacred usually God, as a witness to the binding nature of the promise or the truth of the statement of fact.  In today’s liberal world is anything scared anymore?  Is there a God? What makes Clemens lying so significant?  People lie everyday.  An oath in today’s world is as valuable as dirt.

This morning Roger Clemens was arraigned in Washington.  This is only the start of the process in which millions of dollars will be wasted.  Congress is going to have to waste time and resources researching the alleged charges, preparing their prosecution, and then wasting even more time with procedure.  This morning, American’s from Maine to Hawaii saw just why the country is deep in the proverbial hole.  American’s are great at wasting resources.  The only people better than us?  Our leaders.

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4 Responses

  1. Well, couple of things here:

    1) He is not meeting with congress, they are on recess at the moment and not in Washington. He is meeting with a judge who’s job it is to persecute criminals.
    2) Congress did not decide to persecute Clemens for perjury, rather federal prosecutors did.
    3) “Nothing notable in terms of punishment happened to Bill Clinton, and he was the leader of our country!” Saying that nothing notable happened to Clinton is ignoring history. Clinton is one of two presidents in history to be impeached. It is certainly notable.
    4) If you want to make the argument that they should not have brought him to congress in the first place that is one thing but once again congress has literally nothing to do with what is going on now.

  2. 1) There was no need for there to be a congressional hearing on the matter in the first place, but that is another argument for another time.

    2) I will accept your point.

    3) Clinton was actually acquitted of the perjury. The impeachment was a joke as nothing truly happened to him. He finished his term and is actually regarded as one of the better president’s in history even though he was the commander in chief and failed to uphold the constitution.

    4) I believe the main point of my article was clear that it is insanely ridiculous for their to be any congressional involvement in such a trivial matter.
    Lastly, I sure hope that it is no judge’s job to persecute anyone in front of them, in fact, nobody should be persecuted in this case. Prosecution and persecution are two entirely different things. None of which are a judges’ job.

    Thank you for your feedback and well thought out arguments. I hope you come back to visit the blog!

  3. Scottie,
    I think the overall point of your argument is well stated and mostly true. However, I would still like one of the greatest pitchers to ever play the game be made an example of by being thrown behind bars for the rest of his life or at least a substantial amount of time. Until someone is steriods will continue to scar on of America’s greatest games. Players have nothing to fear but a slap on the wrist, so why not continue to break the rules and the law, I can afford a small fine. Until they can fear the worst, there is no incentive to stop. It’s about time we stopped treating athletes as above the law and started punishing them under it. Only then will America’s past time be able to move past this tainted part of its history.

    But you are right, there are bigger more important matters facing our country right now, much bigger. And this should not be the most important thing on anyone’s mind.

  4. I am not advocating for Clemens here at all. I have absolutely zero respect for the guy. However I dont think this warrants the time and effort to throw someone in jail for the rest of their life.

    I will agree that I am sick of athletes being above the law, (See Donte Stallworth among others.) But this is something related to baseball and doesnt truly affect society. To get up in arms about it is a waste of time and energy.

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