The spectacle of Roger Clemens on trial for lying to Congress reveals once again the overreach of our federal government, and why we need wholesale budget cuts to salvage our freedom. Of course, the Clemens trial would not have existed at all had Congress, led by the insufferable Henry Waxman, just stifled their obsession with sanctimony and not held the hearing in the first place.
Mr. Waxman staged his investigation into steroid use “for the children.” That is rather ironic, because he has for decades been a stalwart opponent of reform in a public education system that condemns millions of children to illiteracy, welfare, and third-rate jobs, and has never expressed a hint of regret for rolling up trillions of dollars in Federal for which these same “children” will ultimately pay. (Author’s note – Mr. Waxman has no children of his own.) As much a waste of money the Clemens trial may be, it gets even worse.
I just finished reading Three Felonies a Day by Harvey Silverglate. The book was right up there on my list of all-time most infuriating reads, and would make any American totally disgusted with the state of our current federal government.
I sought out the opportunity to interview Mr. Silverglate, who lives among the hornet’s nest in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and – believe me – he is one fascinating man. Based on where he lives, his Jewish background, and the fact that the foreword to the book is written by Alan Dershowitz, I figured that Silverglate might be a liberal – a suspicion he confirmed, albeit describing himself as a “classic liberal.” He has the same disdain for Progressives as I do, and loved my comment that the only thing progressive about them is how they wish to progressively raise your taxes and progressively restrict your life. We both agreed that an out-of-control Justice Department is neither a liberal nor conservative issue, but that Americans of all political leanings should be disgusted with the direction that the Department has taken over the past couple of decades.
The essence of Silverglate’s book is that any honest American sitting at home (including everyone reading this column) can be charged with three felonies every day by the federal government, and that they can destroy your life. He states “the criminal statutes are so impossibly vague that no lawyer can predict when a particular action might be subject to an indictment.” The book illustrates these premises using a series of cases that Silverglate subsequently dissects.