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Baseball and Steroids: Not an Issue for the Feds

When I questioned aloud why, with all that's going on in the U.S. and the world, Congress felt it was necessary to devote so much time to the steroid scandal in Major League Baseball, I was informed that it's because this is a national issue. Congress needs to be involved because kids look up to these athletes and, well, we can't have them thinking that taking anabolic steroids is OK.

That's fine, but why in the world do we have to rely on the federal government to fix the problem? Where in the Constitution does Congress derive its authority to hold investigations and hearings into such matters? Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't keeping kids off of drugs what we used to call "parenting"?



Blogger Ryan S. said...

Every crime is a federal crime: notwithstanding the truism of Federalist #17, which states "the ordinary administration of civil and criminal justice" is "a province of the state governments." Some of my neocon good Republican friends might think me a tad too eccentric for insisting that local/state law enforcement hold the reigns over 9/10 investigations, but only a handful of crimes are enunciated in the Constitution.

One of the problems with overlapping criminal statutes, where the federal statutes (of no constitutional authority,) is that it allows for double jeopardy. If the federal statutes were constrained within their legitimate scope of authority, this would not occur. Those acquitted of criminal charges at state level, for example, have been brought up on federal civil rights charges and federal criminal charges for the same alleged act.

2/14/08, 8:30 PM  
Blogger A True American Patriot said...

I recently read an item about Arlen Specter's intervention in the NFL Spygate scandal, and an interesting point was made. Since the football games are played in federally subsidized venues (subsidized more indirectly than directly, but sibsidized nonetheless) and are televised on federally regulated airwaves, Congress not only has the right but even the obligation to get involved. Obviously, Congress does not have that authorization from the Constitution, but neither is the federal government authorized to subsidize public venues or regulate the airwaves. But because they violate the Constitution by doing those, they're also "authorized" to intervene in the affairs of sports leagues.

2/15/08, 7:06 PM  

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