February 27, 2008

True or False Statements

Earlier in my school days, I liked the tests that included True or False statements. Although they were often tricky and may have contained a statement that may have made it difficult to discern if the correct answer was true or false, at least you had a fifty-fifty chance of getting the right answer.

As I grew older, it often seemed more and more difficult to discern whether a statement was true or false. It often seems that a statement is conditional rather than absolutely true or false. So it is that Pilate asks Jesus "What is truth?" in response to Jesus' statement, "I came into the world to testify to the truth."

In news from the sports world this month, the question of truth arises anew in the case of whether Roger Clemens did or did not take anabolic steroids or human growth hormones to gain an unfair pitching advantage in major league baseball. Most recently Clemens, his former trainer Brian McNamee, and several others from major league baseball testified before a Congressional committee.

I admit I do not know the truth. However, I tend to give Roger Clemens a bit more credability that I give to Brian McNamee. I find it is easier to make false accusations than it is to consistently stand up for what one believes to be the truth. However, that is not enough evidence (and there is little concrete evidence, just one person's word against another) to determine truth.

So today
Congress asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Roger Clemens "committed perjury and made knowingly false statements" to a House committee.

The irony of it all. Poll after poll indicates that almost nobody in the country has a lower lever of credability than congress. Most were elected by sharing what they knew were false statements to the American voter in order to be elected. So here we find these members of congress asking the Justice Department to investigate whether Roger Clemens made false statements to them.

Where is the Justice in this - that those who make there livelihood by make false statements would ask for an investigation of a baseball pitcher who may or may not have made false statements.

In response to Clemens statement, "I came to testify to the truth," Congress asks, "What is truth?"