Lance Armstrong The Victim Of A Bureaucratic Witch Hunt
August 25, 2012 14 Comments
Let the record reflect that I couldn’t care less about bicycle races. There is nothing more dreadful than watching the Tour de France on television, especially listening to the self indulgent, arrogant windbags who run the race. These people have been after steroid users for the last two decades, seemingly everyone in the sport is using steroids. That is except for one, that being Lance Armstrong. So of course the Tour de France and the bureaucrats at the US Anti-Doping Agency, a tax funded non-profit, have attacked him relentlessly for nearly 15 years.
Armstrong passed 500 tests and there is little to no credible evidence that he actually used steroids. The only evidence out there are urine samples that were tested years after they were taken but there’s no evidence that they were stored properly or that the tests performed can even be properly done on years old urine. Furthermore, there isn’t any evidence the samples were even his. Keep in mind, he passed tests before and after these samples. Armstrong has been fighting this battle since 2005 and decided he had enough yesterday. Rather than continuing his appeal, he’s giving up. He isn’t admitting guilt, he’s only saying enough is enough. He’s tired of fighting bureaucrats and he’s tired of paying lawyers for an appeal in a system stacked against him.
Armstrong isn’t the only person to do this. Countless Americans are attacked by government bureaucrats. They fight unjust charges for awhile then run out of patience or money. The bureaucrats have endless resources and can play games for years, ordinary individuals don’t have these luxuries. Of course when any of us gives up, not out of guilt but out of lack of money or patience, the bureaucrat spikes the ball and does a touchdown dance declaring us guilty as charged. The EPA does this all the time, but it happens at all of these Federal agencies. It happened to Armstrong, who seven years after his last racing victory and years since his retirement has lost patience in a system stacked against him.
What’s incredible here is that they’re going to strip him of every title he ever won. The evidence is flimsy but that’s never stopped bureaucrats with endless resources and a desire to destroy someone. The fact is that he’s passed 500 tests over the last decade plus. There has never been a sample taken and immediately tested that came back positive. That some people allege that Armstrong took drugs doesn’t prove that he did, especially so in light of the scientific evidence that he didn’t. Yet the bureaucrats persist because they can, because they want to make an example of someone even if he isn’t guilty. I’m here to tell you this is a regular occurrence, this nonsense happens all the time. Armstrong happens to be famous but it happens to regular folks time and again.
Absent an actual positive test, there is no reason not to believe Lance Armstrong. There are those in the media who desperately want to believe Armstrong used drugs but wanting to believe something doesn’t make it so. The fact is that Armstrong is an incredible athlete who overcame unbelievable odds to win the Tour de France. The French don’t like him because he’s an American, in fact the French are content destroying anyone who wins that race. Nothing excites French bureaucrats more than destroying a Tour de France champion. Unfortunately there isn’t a positive test and there are 500 negative tests. At the end of the day we need to ask ourselves why bureaucrats and the media feel the need to destroy everyone who is successful.