Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Let the Witch Hunt Begin

America has troops fighting and dying in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere abroad. Our economy is in poor shape, and the president is considering sending every citizen a check as a "stimulus" package. American children keep falling behind the rest of the world in education. The infrastructure of the country is in desperate need of attention, as has been evidenced by lax and corrupt policies in regards to the levees in New Orleans and the bridge collapse in Minneapolis. Luckily, we have Congress on our side to concentrate huge amounts of time, money, and energy on figuring out whether one individual did hGH or not.

While Congress would have you believe this is somehow about "children" and protecting "children" that is so far from the truth as to be laughable.

There were a total of 89 players and former players listed in the Mitchell report. Out of those 89, how many did Congress summon for this hearing designed to "protect children"? Three: Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, and Chuck Knoblauch. Clemens is the big name, of course; Pettitte is an All-Star pitcher in the big leagues. Knoblauch hasn't smelled a ball field in over 5 years and has nothing to do with baseball. Why choose these three and only these three? Simple: Congress is simply out to "get" Roger Clemens, so they're picking his teammates who also had contact with McNamee. Their goal as a committee is to be able to say they "got" someone and most likely to attempt to bring him up on perjury charges at one point.

Kirk Radomski, whose name appears more often than any other in the report and who is personally responsible for about 80% of the information and accusations contained therein, was excused from the hearing and allowed to simply give a deposition. Why, if this is truly about "truth" and "protecting the kids" was the guy who has the most information and in exchange for speaking with a baseball investigator was granted freedom from prison, not asked to appear in public?

This is a witch hunt, pure and simple, and Clemens is wearing the pointed hat. Don't be fooled into thinking that this is anything else.

Did Clemens use steroids or hGH? I don't know, I wasn't there. It's certainly possible and there is ample evidence to suggest as such. That, however, is irrelevant to this discussion. Whether or not he used or not, the Mitchell Report was an incomplete study with the majority of the evidence coming from two people facing serious jail time. Congress is simply choosing the "biggest name" from the report in an effort to make a big splash on the front and back pages of newspapers.

Hopefully, it will keep buried reports from Iraq, studies of failing grades in public education, and stories crumbling bridges in the midwest. I mean, we elect people to federal government to focus on retired athletes as priority one, right?

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posted by Mr. Faded Glory @ 9:28 AM   3 comments


At 2/14/2008 10:24 AM, Blogger Rich said...

The advisability of the hearings aside, the idea that Clemens's trainer, who he brought with him from Toronto to New York, would inject Pettitte, Knoblach, and Debbie Clemens (Roger didn't know? As if.), but not Roger, is comical.

btw, Sometimes witchhunts find real witches.

At 2/14/2008 10:48 AM, Blogger Mr. Faded Glory said...

Well the hunt only focused on one witch, but regardless of that, why in the hell is this the focus of our Congress? There are plenty of more important issues to take care of.

At 2/17/2008 4:16 PM, Blogger susan mullen said...

Certain people were fuming that Pettitte wasn't forced to go on tv, given 'a pass' they said. I didn't hear any of them complain that Kirk Radomski was given the same 'pass,' and as you observe, there would be no so-called Mitchell report WITHOUT Radomski. "Chew on" that, Mr. Raissman.


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