I’m traveling this week, and have barely been able to watch or listen to news. But something struck me as, well, hypocritical.
I heard that Roger "The Rocket" Clemens was being indicted for, among other things, lying to Congress. Henry Waxman, the chief questioner in Congress’s inquiry into steroids in baseball, said this concerning the indictments:
"When a witness, such as Roger Clemens, lies, as I think he did, he should be held accountable."
Now, let’s put aside any questions as to why Congress should have been involved in this subject to begin with. Let’s focus on the accountability aspect, as Representative Waxman seems to be focusing on.
If Roger Clemens lies to Congress and is to be prosecuted, then shouldn’t members of Congress & the Administration be prosecuted for lying to the American People? After all, which is the greater crime, and who suffers greater damage from such falsehoods?
So following this logic, any time that a Congressperson or member of the Administration knowingly makes a false statement to the American people about the intent of legislation in order to garner public support to pass it, then they should be prosecuted. That, my friends, would clean out the government far more efficiently than any election.
That would be the day…and pigs would fly to the moon and back under their own power…