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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Steroids and our President: Why is George trying to hurt our Children?

In the wake of the news surrounding Rafael Palmeiro's steroid suspension I felt it necessary to examine our President's relationship to steroids in baseball.

Here are Bush's remarks about steroids from his 2004 State of the Union Address:

To help children make right choices, they need good examples. Athletics play such an important role in our society, but, unfortunately, some in professional sports are not setting much of an example. The use of performance-enhancing drugs like steroids in baseball, football, and other sports is dangerous, and it sends the wrong message -- that there are shortcuts to accomplishment, and that performance is more important than character. So tonight I call on team owners, union representatives, coaches, and players to take the lead, to send the right signal, to get tough, and to get rid of steroids now


The interesting thing surrounding the steroid controversy in baseball is that Texas seems to have been a breeding ground for many of the alleged steroid users. The list includes Jose Canseco, Rafael Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa, Ivan Rodriguez, Juan Gonzalez, and the list could continue. Most of these players except for Mr. Canseco, who implicated the president in the steroids scandal, can call Mr. Bush a friend. The president maintains a good relationship with Palmeiro, calling him most recently to congratulate him on his 3000th hit.

What kind of message is the president sending to our children when he maintains a friendship with proven performance enhancing drug users? For our children's sake our president must show resolve and admonish his friends? He must ensure that they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Our we to assume that those words he spoke in his state of the Union address were hollow? Does our president stand for anything other than ensuring the advancement of his friends?


Our president has a chance to set the record straight and set a good example for our children by letting his good friend Raffie know how he feels about drug use.

If George W. Bush cannot stand against the steroid users, then he must be for steroids.

I will close by asking the question:

Why does George W. Bush insist on hurting our children?

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