Aug 24 2012
As if to add emphasis to the need for a Tea Party/Libertarian revolution – the one that began in 2010 and will rise up again in 2012 – we have government running out of control and trampling on US Citizens’ rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Top of the list is the horrible news that Lance Armstrong has decided his legacy as the most amazing bicyclist evah! is not worth fighting an ego-maniacal bureaucrat:
Never one to back away from a fight, Lance Armstrong is finally giving in and the cost of quitting is steep: His seven Tour de France titles could be gone as soon as Friday.
The superstar cyclist, whose stirring victories after his comeback from cancer helped him transcend sports, chose not to pursue arbitration in the drug case brought against him by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
Travis Tygart, USADA’s chief executive, left no doubt that was the next step. He said Armstrong would lose the titles as soon as Friday and be hit with a lifetime ban, even though he is retired and turning 41 next month.
On Friday, the International Cycling Union said not so fast. The UCI, which had backed Armstrong’s legal challenge to USADA’s authority, cited the same World Anti-Doping Code in saying that it wanted the USADA to explain why Armstrong should lose his titles.
The UCI said the code requires this in cases “where no hearing occurs.”
Armstrong clearly knew his legacy would be blemished by his decision. He said he has grown tired of defending himself in a seemingly never-ending fight against charges that he doped while piling up more Tour victories than anyone ever. He has consistently pointed to the hundreds of drug tests that he passed as proof of his innocence during his extraordinary run of Tour titles from 1999 to 2005.
So 100’s of negative drug tests are irrelevant and the mad and unsupported claims of a busy-body bureaucrat can over turn the concept of ‘innocent until proven guilty’. It is sickening that this American hero is hounded by this idiot. I hope and pray that a new administration comes in, reverses this fool, fires him and takes his dumb ass to court!
If you think this is an isolated case of one little-tin-dictator run amok, check out what is going on down the road from me in Fauquier Country:
Martha Boneta isn’t so fortunate, because when she invited her friend to stage a birthday party for her 10-year-old daughter at the farm, a few extra clowns showed up and issued her a citation for it — which could cost thousands of dollars in fines:
The clowns were government agents outlawing the birthday party. More on this mess here. In Fauquier, the county exec has been running around fining people for actions that are clearly legal under Virginia’s constitution and laws.
From the Senate not passing budgets (i.e., not performing their constitutional duty) to citizens being fined and bankrupted by red tape, the signs all point for a house cleaning in DC. We need to tear down the government to its minimal required size, and go back to allowing individuals making choices, not bureaucrats. We need to really take the country back from the mad hatters on both the left and right!
I implore our readers to fill the comments with other examples of bureaucrats run amok, and to point other bloggers to the cause. If we catalog the incidents of abuse of power, we will strengthen the support for downsizing government – which is now so big it can only fail.
Examples that come to mind (and I don’t have time to link to) are Bloomberg the Soda Nazi, Eminent Domain land grabs, California starving its farmers with government induced drought (not CO2), etc.