First, the selective prosecution bothers me. Am I the only one who sees it? Just when my kids find someone who is like them, someone they can use as a role model, someone who has risen above the cries of "sinister," and "gauche" the federal government decides to target him. The fact that he has been singled out is obvious. Sure, the feds would have been willing to ignore him if he wasn't so famous. But let a left-handed man rise above the crowd and he immediately has a target on his back.
The second issue--the serious issue--spotlighted by L'affaire Vick is hubris and the corruption that comes from power and money. Once a man has a taste of power and money, he wants more. He acknowledges no limitations. He is above the law. In fact, he IS the law. That's right, I'm talking about Congress.
Michael Vick is being prosecuted under a federal Dog Fighting statute. My gosh, we have a federal dog fighting statute? Madison and Hamilton are spinning in their graves. Oh sure, Congress only attempts to regulate dog fighting that "affects interstate commerce." Are there no bounds? Is there no modesty? Is there no aspect of life that Congress will not attempt to regulate? We are a country of enumerated powers. If it doesn't show up in Article one Section 8 then Congress isn't allowed to do it. But don't tell them that.
Actually, the Supreme Court has been pointing that fact out. Lopez and especially Morrison make it clear that Congressional attempts to create its own police power by slapping the word "Commerce" on criminal laws won't be tolerated.
Hubris, corruption, power and greed. That's what we can see in the Michael Vick story. And not all of the lessons come from Michael Vick.