Lance Armstrong has been humiliated, stripped of all of his titles and will probably face criminal action for perjury. Yes, his results were tainted through the use of performance assistance drugs. He didn’t cheat by putting batteries in his bicycle; he used these drugs to get an edge, probably taking a number of years off his life.
When I reflect on the damage to the world’s economy caused by various politicians, public servants, international organisations, and some businesses, I think Armstrong’s crime is by far the lesser. His punishment seems out of proportion in this context.
What of the politicians that have cheated by, for example, accepting a tainted vote? Or tried to suppress the course of justice for political ends? Or who couldn’t resist using taxpayers’ money, or union money, to line their own pockets?
We need some panel, perhaps run by Catallaxy regulars, to strip away all the honours from those politicians, public servants, union leaders and business leaders who have crossed the line and cheated.
My initial nominations for those to have their honours stripped:
- Kevin Rudd, for assuring the people that he would be responsible with their money
- Wayne Swan for stealing the wealth of Australia
- Craig Thomson and Peter Slipper for perversions
- Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor for cheating their electorates
- Julia Gillard for cheating to obtain the prime ministership in an unfair fight
- Nicola Roxon for using the office of the Attorney-General for political purposes