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POLITICS: Baseball sets example for politicians

Letter by Burt L. Talcott, Tacoma on Aug. 6, 2013 at 1:54 pm with No Comments »
August 6, 2013 3:06 pm

Professional baseball is far more honorable and ethical than professional politicians. Baseball has banned betting on games and the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing substances – and is enforcing the banned behaviors by heavy punishments, including career-ending expulsions (examples: Pete Rose and Alex Rodriguez – both the best in their eras).

There will be no more players betting on games or player use of banned substances. Baseball will be more honorable role models for our youth and remain our premier pastime. Hooray for baseball!

Professional politicians have only vapid rules or bans on illegal or immoral behaviors – and few consequences for their misbehavior, no loss of status or enforcement among themselves or their allies (examples: Eliot Spitzer, Anthony Weiner, Mark Sanford, Bill and Hillary Clinton, David Vitter). Why such blatant differences?

Could it be that constituents and media beneficiaries of our politicians are willing to ignore and forgive the political miscreants for the benefits they expect to receive? Baseball rewards skill and merit – not easy to buy – and severely punishes cheaters. Politicians reward those who can vote, pay or favor them – easier for those without honor, ethics or morals – and excuse their cheaters. Is there any other explanation?

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