I found this to be an interesting article, not because I agree with it all,
but because it makes an interesting case.
My father was a lawyer (and a good one!), and I have two brothers-in-law who
are reputable lawyers. But in my current job serving Veterans, I have found
we are thwarted in serving Veterans because lawyers have convinced other
bureaucrats like me that a Veteran's privacy is more important than his/her
longtime health, which we could assist if we only knew how to contact all
the Veterans in our State.
See what I mean? /s/ LeRoy Collins, Jr.
This is very interesting! I never thought about it this way.perhaps this is
why so many physicians are conservatives or republicans.
The Democrat Party has become the Lawyers' Party. Barack Obama and Hillary
Clinton are lawyers. Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama Are lawyers. John
Edwards, the other former Democrat candidate for president,is a lawyer,and
so is his wife Elizabeth. Every Democrat nominee since 1984 went to law
school(although Gore did not graduate). Every Democrat vice presidential
nominee since 1976, except for Lloyd Bentsen, went to law school. Look at
the Democrat Party in Congress: the Majority Leader in each house is a
The Republican Party is different. President Bush and Vice President Cheney
were not lawyers, but businessmen. The leaders of the Republican Revolution
were not lawyers. Newt Gingrich was a history professor; Tom Delay was an
exterminator; and, Dick Armey was an economist.
House Minority Leader Boehner was a plastic manufacturer, not a lawyer. The
former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is a heart surgeon.
Who was the last Republican president who was a lawyer? Gerald Ford, who
left office 31 years ago and who barely won the Republican nomination as a
sitting president, running against Ronald Reagan in 1976.
The Republican Party is made up of real people doing realwork. The Democrat
Party is made up of lawyers. Democrats mock and scorn men who create
wealth, like Bush and Cheney, or who heal the sick, like Frist, or who immerse
themselves in history, like Gingrich.
The Lawyers' Party sees these sorts of people, who provide goods and
services that people want, as the enemies of America. And,so we have seen
the procession of official enemies, in the eyes of the lawyers' Party, grow.
Against whom do Hillary and Obama rail? Pharmaceutical companies, oil
companies, hospitals, manufacturers, fast food restaurant chains, large
retail businesses, bankers, and anyone producing anything of value in our
nation. This is the natural consequence of viewing everything through the
eyes of lawyers. Lawyers solve problems by successfully representing their
clients, in this case the American people. Lawyers seek to have new laws
passed, they seek to win lawsuits, they press appellate courts to overturn
precedent, and lawyers always parse language to favor their side.
Confined to the narrow practice of law, that is fine. But it is an awful way
to govern a great nation. When politicians as lawyers begin to view some
Americans as clients and other Americans as opposing parties, then the role
of the legal system in our life becomes all-consuming. Some Americans become
"adverse parties" of our very government.
We are not all litigants in some vast social class-action suit. We are
citizens of a republic that promises us a great deal of freedom from laws,
from courts, and from lawyers. Today, we are drowning in laws; we are
contorted by judicial decisions; we are driven to distraction by omnipresent
lawyers in all parts of our once private lives.
America has a place for laws and lawyers, but that place is modest and
reasonable, not vast and unchecked. When the most important decision for our
next president is whom he will appoint to the Supreme Court, the role of
lawyers and the law in America is too big. When lawyers use criminal
prosecution as a continuation of politics by other means, as happened in
the lynching of Scooter Libby and Tom Delay, then the power of lawyers in
America is too great.
When House Democrats sue America in order to hamstring our efforts to learn
what our enemies are planning to do to us, then the role of litigation in
America has become crushing. We cannot expect the Lawyers' Party to provide
real change, real reform, or real hope in America.
Most Americans know that a republic in which every major government action
must be blessed by nine unelected judges is not what Washington intended in
1789. Most Americans grasp that we cannot fight a war when ACLU lawsuits
snap at the heels of our defenders. Most Americans intuit that more
lawyers and judges will not restore declining moral values or spark the
spirit of enterprise in our economy.
Perhaps Americans will understand that change cannot be brought to our
nation by those lawyers who already largely dictate American society and
business. Perhaps Americans will see that hope does not come from the
mouths of lawyers but from personal dreams nourished by hard work. Perhaps
Americans will embrace the truth that more lawyers with more power will only
make our problems worse.
/s/ LeRoy Collins, Jr.