There are consequences to your actions. We are saying do not use marijuana if you want to lift for the United States. That is your choice. Use it, accept the risk that comes with that, or not.
QuoteThere are consequences to your actions. We are saying do not use marijuana if you want to lift for the United States. That is your choice. Use it, accept the risk that comes with that, or not.What if the fine were $100,000? Would that change anything? A million? Ten million? What if it were a year in private jail? Death penalty?What if the sacred rule were against homosexuals competing for fear of blood borne pathogen transmission via the bar? Or that Jews aren't allowed to lift? Is the justness of the rule truly irrelevant, or is it just irrelevant for this rule?Just following your principle through different situations....
Mike,I'm afraid we are not understanding each other. I am abstracting from this situation and speaking of the policy and the principles behind it. I thought you believe the policy will be consistent regardless of the substance used or the business situation (ie., paying it getting a lifter active who helps earns Olympic slots). You say, "No need to go as high as a $1 million," but you have ceded that choice to the arbitrary whim of an external power, for a rule you agree is stupid so I just don't understand your meaning. So I ask you, is the justness of the rule irrelevant to the USAW policy? Is not an arbitrary fine not known in advance of its violation unjust? Is the business interest of the USAW secondary to the moral lessen it is trying to teach or is this purely the right financial choice to further long term performance in your opinion? Obviously, I believe the justness is relevant, post de fact fines are unjust and that business, medals, should be the long-term priority. I also believe that is best accomplished by the USAW standing with and supporting its best talent as long as they are producing and even potentially farther if it served as incentive for recruitment and retention.Peace
The lesson is, "don't smoke dope, if you get caught, you will be suspended and it will cost you money."
Unjust rules require non-compliance and non-cooperation from the just. There are always choices. I've been offering one in particular for many years now.
Impossible. The ends do not justify the means. The means are the ends. You can not accomplish good (reforming drug testing) by doing evil (applying immoral, non-objective, post de facto rules.) Only more problems can result from this policy.
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