THE scandal about Barry Bonds, in my opinion, is not whether he lied or told the truth about steroid use. The scandal is: why the hell does the federal government care? Or why do they care THIS much?
Our government has spent YEARS collecting evidence and building a case that Barry Bonds lied under oath and should therefore be sent to prison. Why? We’ve got Americans dying in Iraq, Afghanistan. Hell, we’ve got people being killed on U.S. streets, dying from heroin overdoses, being hit by drunk drivers. Don’t we have greater crimes to prosecute than that of Barry Bonds?
Sure, it’s important whether Barry Bonds lied – to baseball and baseball fans. My two sons regularly debate Barry’s merits, accomplishments and integrity. I understand why they, who love baseball, care.
But why should our government invest so much into prosecuting Barry? Because Major League Baseball didn’t? The government didn’t jump in to help the U.S. Figure Skating Association check out Tonya Harding’s story.
The government has been looking into this since December 2003. Good grief. When those investigators look at the last few years, are they proud of the accomplishment? Is this what they had in mind choosing a career dedicated to ensuring that the laws are upheld and the bad guys are kept off our streets?
If Bill Clinton’s lies under oath about what he did or didn’t do with a White House intern weren’t worth taking him out of the presidency, let alone sending him to prison, then why spend tax dollars prosecuting Barry Bonds?
Mike of Mike's Mets wrote:
Maybe I am in the minority in this opinion, but I would rather focus time and energy on figuring out how to get all of this elaborate cheating out of the game as completely as possible, and for the government to spend our tax dollars in areas like energy and health that will benefit as many Americans as possible.
So clearly, I'm not the ONLY one to think these thoughts, even if Mike seems to think we're in the minority. What's your opinion?
P.S. Yes, this is slightly off-topic for me, but... scandals and scams go hand-in-hand and we are still talking about money and how it's spent. Besides, if you can't chose the topics in your blog, what's the point?