The overreach of the federal government has hit a new all-time high (or, low, if you’re on the canvas for an eight-count) with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s latest media performance, contesting the outcome of the “PacMan” fight last weekend.
Reid used his personal disappointment to attempt CPR on a federal regulatory measure he and Sen. John McCain have been beating about in Congress for a while without much support from their Washington DC colleagues. The bill mandates (suggests) a National Boxing Commission, complete with oversight of nationally regulated bouts. And, who pays for that oversight? You—the taxpayer. (And, in this corner weighing in at 165, Joe Taxpayer, and in the opposite corner, weighing in at 265, the crusher…Mr. IRS…)
USING THE GENERAL WELFARE CLAUSE…REALLY?!
And, how does BIG government justify federal intervention into a clearly private sector function like Boxing? You guessed it! “Health and Safety” concerns covered by the umbrella of the General Welfare Clause (Article I, Section 8, Clause 1). I’m gonna go out on a limb here, but, my guess is the Founding Fathers never designed the General Welfare Clause to include specific private sector Boxers—just a guess though. They represent such a small factionist population of the U.S. (and non-U.S.) citizenry.
PERSONAL CHOICES THAT INVOLVE EVERY CITIZEN
Boxers make a personal decision to place themselves in harms way–do they really need the protection of government?! (Author’s Note: Having boxed a bit myself, I decided when to start, and, I decided when to stop…it was an easy choice.)
FEDERAL BOXING JUDGES?
Or, is this issue about Boxers at all? Maybe we should ask Sen. Reid, Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission. Is Reid suggesting that a government take-over of private Boxing judges is necessary to ensure fair and equitable judging? If that’s the case, bouts can be called a “tie” before the fight even begins and save everyone the inevitable headaches. Also, this way all Boxers can feel good about themselves without having to win or lose a fight. (Sorry, I know I’m on a tangent…it’s probably because I’ve been punched in the head too many times. If this were the NFL, I’d be looking to litigate some deep-pocket sports organization right now…hey wait…I’ve got an idea…)
UNCLE SAM vs. BOXING
In any case, government needs to stay out of the Boxing business, and every other business for that matter.
One more thought on government regulated Boxing by James Madison…
“I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachment by those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation.”
(Okay, he wasn’t really talking about Boxing.)
Or, how a-bout this one (pun intended)…
“It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.” -Daniel Webster
Daniel Webster WAS speaking about misdirected do-gooders like Senators Reid and McCain.
PROPER ROLE OF GOV’T
No matter how you size-up this unnecessary gov’t encroachment into private sports…it’s a KO for everyone involved when opportunistic politicians feel like they have to keep swinging to stay in the fight. This is really a discussion about the proper role of government and essential and non-essential government services. And, Boxing oversight is not an essential government service. At least not yet.
And, the winner by TKO is…
(The decision is up to you.)