Diversions, Smoke & Mirrors
Thursday, March 17, 2005
Posted by J. J. Jackson @ 6:21 PM
Congress is hard at work securing more work for themselves beyond what the Constitution dictates and ignoring more important issues as they begin to meddle with MLB and steroid use.
Time to remind everyone of the role of Congress:
Article I, Section. 8.
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;
To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;
To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;
To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;
To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;
To establish Post Offices and post Roads;
To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;
To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;
To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;
To declare War, grant Letters of Marquee and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;
To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;
To provide and maintain a Navy;
To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;
To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;--And
To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.
I do not see anything in there about MLB and steroids do you? Of course not! Because the Liberals and the Moderates in Congress are more worried about looking busy, grandstanding, and increasing government power than they are about actually doing their job.
Business will do, what business does best and that is self regulate itself. If the players and owners and MLB as a whole committed a crime charge them with it in the courts and deal with it properly. Don't use this as an excuse to bloviate before the American people and perhaps get more Federal money for more unconstitutional programs such as teaching kids about the dangers of steroid use.
With issues like illegal aliens flooding over our borders, Social Security on the verge of collapse and tin horned despots threatening us with nuclear weapons there are PLENTY of constitutional things you should be taking care of! So DO THEM! And stop talking to hear yourself talk!
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