Wednesday, February 27, 2008

From the Ridiculous to the Sublime

Perhaps with so much of the media's attention focused on the presidential primaries, members of Congress were seeking some attention of their own with the congressional hearing on Roger Clemens and his alleged use of steriods.

It wasn't matters of national security that warranted their attention, or considerations of an economic recession, or even global warming that our elected officials chose to focus on; it was a man, a baseball player.

Many of us collectively shook our heads at that hearing, but to move from the merely silly to the ludicrous, two Representatives, Henry Waxman and Tom Davis, have in their wisdom, approached the Attorney General and asked for a judicial hearing on whether Roger Clemens committed perjury in testifying at the congressional hearing.

For some weeks now, the Justice Department has had on its plate a request authored by Representative Dennis Kucinich and backed by additional congress people, for an impeachment hearing on Vice President Cheney and some 150 lies/misstatements he is alleged to be responsible for.

Maybe the icing on the cake is that Representative Waxman is the chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

I am a mere member of the citizenry of the United States. When I weigh Roger Clemen's possible perjury against whether a top member of the administrative branch of our federal government violated the constitution, I am reminded of an old adage which goes: Wish in one hand, hold dung in the other--see which fills more quickly. (Yes, admittedly cleaned up to be politically correct.)

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  1. My concerns of whether or not a baseball player lied about using performance enhancing drugs is little to non-existent. I really don't care. My boyfriend who is a huge baseball fan and used to be a college player...could care less either.

    I do care and worry about people that have the future of this country and the indviduals who inhabit it in their hands and are getting away with lie after lie after llie.

    Priorities people! Don't fall for the glamorous news when there are hidden dangers far more important!...that's what I try to tell myself.

  2. Deb,

    I agree with you. Headline grabbers often make me think I need to look in the opposite direction of where they are pointing. Like the magician who performs slight-of-hand tricks, so often the government manipulates what we pay attention to by doing something eye-catching with the left hand, while the real "magic" is done with the right hand.

    Vice President Cheney ignored and even refused subpoenas from the congress some time ago. Now that would seem to be something worthy of a Justice Department investigation.

    Thank you for coming by and leaving your thoughts.