I don't know whether to be angry or laugh at the recent events of Major League Baseball and the United States Senate. The editorial board of the Deseret Morning News told me I don't understand history if I fail to see the government's proper role in getting involved.

In all honesty, this is disturbing. Why does Congress have to step across the chalk line to save the integrity of the game? Has it ever occurred to them that the game has a commissioner, owners and managers? There are coaches, trainers, team doctors and, of course, bat boys. Why do we need Congress to mingle in the affairs of athletics?

If the baseball hierarchy cannot fix the current dilemma, let the game fall. Clear the bases and empty the dugouts. This is a business. If it fails, something else will take its place. Besides, I am sure Wal-Mart is interested in the land that all of these stadiums occupy.

America was not established on the "long ball" or the strikeouts, it was established upon constitutional principles that Congress is either ignoring or corrupting. America's pastime or culture is not hanging by the events in Major League Baseball, but by the disregard of divine principles.

Today's level of governmental intervention is beyond appalling. Utah, do we realize that we are allowing and encouraging local, state, and federal government to become more and more intrusive in our lives? Where does it end? Norman Vincent Peale said it best: "There was a time when American people roared like lions for liberty; now they bleat like sheep for security." We have turned personal duty and responsibility over to the state for the assurance of daily pottage. The sad commentary is that many don't even realize it.

The U.S. Senate is concerned and vocal about steroids in baseball but quiet and passive about sexual promiscuity. I wish politicians were as worried about pornography as they are athletes. We need more men and women to speak out against the profligate plagues disrupting our nation.

An honest evaluation leads many to this conclusion: America is not the way it should be. It is my hope that America as a whole will be rejuvenated in the cause of righteousness. Recent world events could act as a catalyst for such rejuvenation.

America has strayed and needs rejuvenation concerning the proper role of government. Our desire is right but our direction wrong. President Grover Cleveland wisely stated, "Though the people support the government, the government should not support the people." It is our duty and a privilege to shoulder the responsibility.

Therefore, this spring when I call my first team practice, I will discuss with the boys fundamental principles on and off the baseball field. Hopefully, by then, Congress will have learned its proper role, owners and managers of baseball franchises will fire the counterfeit athletes, and citizens of America will refuse to support any team, program or product unbecoming of our heritage and destructive to our future.


Ryan Jenkins is the principal of the Kaysville Junior High Seminary.