SI.com - More Sports - Bush asks Senate to OK international pact against steroids - Thursday February 7, 2008 2:53PMPresident Bush asked the Senate to swiftly approve an agreement ratified by more than 70 nations to fight the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs in sports.It is okay to move swiftly against something that allows people to move more swiftly.
It is NOT okay for government to move swiftly into a realm where we play and just want to have fun. Getting government involved has a way of sucking the fun out of things.
How can the US be a leader -- or -- "solidify our nation's place as a leader in the worldwide effort to rid athletics of cheating through chemistry" -- when there are already more than 70 other nations that have approved the agreement.
When the US is 71st -- at best -- it isn't at the front of the pack. Well, to be sure, there are plenty in the US of A -- plenty of US citizens that is -- that have been at the cutting-edge in this battle for fairness, education, exposure -- and sadly, cheating too.
I like the fact that the war on drug use in sports has been a private affair so far. It has been beyond the scope of the US Senate and US Government officials -- mostly.
I do worry about the use of performance-enhancing drugs from the sandlots to the scholastic arenas more than at the elite levels.
"The use of performance-enhancing drugs by elite athletes sets a dangerous example for millions of young Americans, encouraging young people to take grave risks with their health and safety," Perino said.