Judge Andrew Napolitano

The same Congress that professes outrage over the GSA and the Secret Service escapades does whatever it can get away with every day. It writes whatever laws it wants; it regulates whatever behavior it chooses; it taxes whatever events it thinks will keep it in power. And it does so with utter disregard to whether its work is permitted by the Constitution.

The president bombs whatever countries he wants and spies on whatever Americans he chooses and kills whatever persons he fears and lends tax dollars to whatever friends he wishes, as if the Constitution didn't exist. And the courts look the other way.

Congressional hearings into these latest scandals will only make the scandals worse, as the holier than thou political class tries to grandstand for network cameras. While they do, they will be wasting more taxpayer dollars. They should know that the witnesses they have summoned will be properly advised not to testify until they are charged and the charges have been resolved, or they have immunity, or they know they are in the clear. In recent memory, only former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine has testified and denied allegations against him before they have been filed, and he may soon be indicted not for what he did in private, but for what he said about it in public.

Meanwhile, a few blocks away, the government is wasting even more of our tax dollars by prosecuting the most intimidating baseball pitcher in a generation for lying to a congressional committee consisting in part of professional liars; all this about the contents of his blood and urine.

Does the government even realize how wasteful and lawless it is?


Judge Andrew Napolitano

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano is the youngest life-tenured Superior Court judge in the history of the State of New Jersey. He sat on the bench from 1987 to 1995, during which time he presided over 150 jury trials and thousands of motions, sentencings and hearings. He taught constitutional law at Seton Hall Law School for 11 years, and he returned to private practice in 1995. Judge Napolitano began television work in the same year.