Congress exceeds authority over Clemens

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Whether you like him or not and whether he used steroids or not we need more individuals like Roger Clemens -- who faces charges of perjury and obstruction. stemming from testimony before Congress in which he denied using steroids.

As a major-league baseball player he was one of the best, and as an individual fighting for your rights he will be one of the best.

Our U.S. congressmen and congresswomen have chosen to question a U.S. citizen about his personal life using Joseph McCarthy tactics, yet they have no authority provided to them by Article 1, Section 8 of the U. S. Constitution. Their job is to legislate, not to hold hearings concerning U.S. citizens and their personal lives.

Even that black hole known as the Commerce Clause, which our Congress is using to suck the life out of America, does not apply. Major League Baseball is exempt from the clause via the 1922 Supreme Court decision Federal Baseball Club v. National League .

So Mr. Clemens has chosen to stand up to the out-of-control Congress, and for that he should receive our support. I have contacted several members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform asking for their specific authority to question individual citizens about their personal lives. To date, no reply has been received.

Roger Clemens threw fast balls past major-league batters for years, and now he is doing the same protecting his rights and our rights at the highest level of government. For that, he is a hero.

Henry Jones

Hephzibah

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NewHere
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NewHere 09/17/10 - 11:07 pm
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Really!

Really!

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 09/17/10 - 11:34 pm
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Sorry Mr. Jones, but your

Sorry Mr. Jones, but your letter is utter hogwash, with all due respect. Mr. Clemens volunteered, with the consent of his legal representation, to testify before congress. He was not subpeoned. He testified of his own free will, and he lied. That is it in a nutshell.
Was he a great pitcher? Yes. Did he use steroids? Yes. Did he lie to Congress? Yes. Should he be responsible for his own actions, and take the consequenses for making poor choices. Yes.

How about feeling some remorse for yet another sports hero, that like Tiger Woods, has betrayed his hero status, and instead of inspiring respect and being a role model for our children, has now got to be explained to those same kids, as a lesson in very bad behavior or cheating and what it means to betray your sport and your legacy?

Clemson Engr in GA
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Clemson Engr in GA 09/18/10 - 12:09 am
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Sorry to disagree, but the

Sorry to disagree, but the Government Reform Committee is charged as the "principal investigative committee of the House," which gives it the authority to conduct hearings on any subject falling under the jurisdiction of Congress. The Federally Controlled Substances Act, regulates the use of performance enhancing drugs, including steroids, which falls under the jurisdiction of Congress. (Ref. Usgovinfo.about.com)

Unfortunately they do have the authority. But I think they really only used it to get some "face time in the news", just as I think Clemens' accuser is doing the same. I believe that when the evidence is weighed, there will be sufficient "reasonable doubt" for an acquittal.

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chasboy 09/18/10 - 12:19 am
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Congress needs to quit

Congress needs to quit wasting precious time and money on baseball and try to fix this dang country.

If the opposite of pro is con then the opposite of progress would be...

Rainbow Johnson
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Rainbow Johnson 09/18/10 - 05:13 am
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Biggest hunk of bull

Biggest hunk of bull published in this paper in a while. Clemens is not standing up for my rights nor anyone else's. If he is, then I demand he sit down and shut his arrogant piehole. He's a cheater, a liar and a pathetic excuse for a so called sports hero. Clemens got caught in his own web of lies and now has to pay the price. If he'd just done the right thing when this thing first surfaced, it'd be over now. As a matter of fact in true Clemens style, the more evidence that surfaced the more vehmently he denied any culpability.
Mr. Chasboy if you want to point some blame elsewhere away from clemens you can start with major league baseball which has thus far shown no backbone in instilling truth, honesty and fairplay in the crop of spoiled atheletes they keep parading in front of us as heroes.
In addition, chasboy, perhaps you might want to write a request to one of your liberal senators who have controlled everything in washington for over a year and a half to take your advice, they sure as heck aren't doing you any good anywhere else. It's a crying shame Congress had to get involved at all, but absent authoritive movement by sports authorities, someone had to run with it, might as well be a do-nothing congress.
Now, if they'd just wipe the smug smirk off Barry Bonds twisted face. I'd love to see clemens and Bonds share bunks in the big house.

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johnston.cliff 09/18/10 - 05:53 am
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Congress doesn't have enough

Congress doesn't have enough to do. They need to take a closer look at elementary school athletics.

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dichotomy 09/18/10 - 07:48 am
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Who cares if Clemens lied to

Who cares if Clemens lied to congress? Those hypocrites in congress have been lying to us about everything they have done lately. They lied about the cost of Obamacare, the effects of the stimulus, and they are still lying to us about Cap and Trade. Everyone knew that many baseball, football, and "wrestling" athletes were using steroids and we still pay them $millions to entertain our couch potato butts while we eat wings and drink beer. Nobody really cares about Clemens. If lying were a punishable crime then Bill Clinton would be in jail. They travesty of this is that it is supposedly a crime to lie to congress but it is not a crime for them to lie to us. Bunch of hypocrites.

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chascush 09/18/10 - 07:53 am
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I thought lying and congress

I thought lying and congress were synonymous.

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55 F-100 09/18/10 - 08:05 am
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Why isn't Barry Bonds in

Why isn't Barry Bonds in prison?

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apex24 09/18/10 - 10:12 am
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If I stood in front of Barney

If I stood in front of Barney Frank or Charles Shumer or any of them and was told to tell the truth I would laugh in their face. How can those buttwipes sit in judgement of anyone. ALL Congress people have lost ALL credibility.

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maggiemae 09/18/10 - 09:48 am
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Clemens evidentally thinks

Clemens evidentally thinks rules and regulations aren't meant for him, that he is bigger and better than the average bear. Not so.

YEs Apex---Can you imagine having to face accusations from those in Congress who have done even worse. I would up-chuck, I'm sure.

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BCG 09/18/10 - 11:24 am
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I don't agree with Clemens

I don't agree with Clemens but I do think Congress has not right and should stop entaining themselves with kind of thing. Congress is wasting valuable time and money on things that don't matter. Do the job the system has set up for them to do and keep thier nose out of private citizenery business. If Clemens needs to be judged then let it be by the judical system not Congress. Congress go back to representing the citizens of the USA and help guide us back to financial health.

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orb 09/18/10 - 01:33 pm
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I am not a fan of any sports.

I am not a fan of any sports. That being said Mr. Jones is correct; Congress has no business wasting time questioning Clemens other than preen before the cameras. If Clemens has broken any laws or rules of the sport then the law or the baseball owners/commissioner should deal with it.

Hopefully the public is waking up and on the move to kick all these elitists out of Government; and take away their very lucrative pensions while they are at it.

Tigger__The_Tiger
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Tigger__The_Tiger 09/18/10 - 06:27 pm
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So Clemons lied while in

So Clemons lied while in front of Congress..........I guess he figured "When in Rome.................."

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Pu239 09/18/10 - 06:48 pm
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I did not take HGH with that
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I did not take HGH with that woman......

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/19/10 - 06:33 am
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We have bigger problems than

We have bigger problems than worry about what Clemons put in is BUTT...pplllleeeze congress get on with job loss-taxes up our ying-ying.

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corgimom 09/19/10 - 09:01 am
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There's a Federal perjury

There's a Federal perjury law, folks. He was sworn in, agreed to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

If he didn't want to answer the question, he could've pled his 5th Amendment rights.

Although personally I don't care what athlete takes what. If they want to kill themselves taking steroids, let them.

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