Steroids

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I
unfortunately stumbled into watching on TV a short portion of the
Congressional hearings on steroids in sports. Such events are painful
to witness, because those being interrogated (harassed) aren’t able
to come up with quick, appropriate, decisive answers – even
to the ridiculous statements made by Congressmen.

For
example, when the head of the baseball players’ union proposed a
testing program in which a player would be banished for life from
baseball if he failed a drug test for the fifth time, a representative
delivered the coup de grâce: "Would you give your child
five chances to use drugs?" When the union man ignored the
question, the representative hammered it home again.

The
obvious answer, of course, was: "Sir, we are not talking about
my children or your children. We’re talking about grown men who
are responsible for their own lives. If you want to transform them
into children, that’s your business. But it isn’t mine."

And
of course no one mentioned the tremendous evil that the Drug War
has inflicted upon society. Why anyone would want to extend that
evil to professional sports is beyond me.

If
you want a perfect example of how far Congress has strayed from
the Constitution of the United States, you need only look at the
ridiculous example of Congressmen threatening to pass laws governing
the rules of professional sports.

June
3, 2005

Harry Browne [send
him mail
], the author of Why
Government Doesn’t Work

and many other books, was the Libertarian presidential candidate
in 1996 and 2000. See his website.

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