Fw: Lawyer Party

                             Vito Corleone

 This is very interesting! I never thought about it this way.

The Lawyers' Party by Bruce Walker 

The Democratic Party has become the Lawyers Party.
Barack Obama is a lawyer.   Michelle Obama is a lawyer.
 Hillary Clinton is a lawyer. Bill Clinton is a lawyer.
John Edwards is a lawyer.  Elizabeth Edwards is a lawyer.
 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 leaders of the Democrat Party in Congress:
 Harry Reid is a lawyer.  Nancy Pelosi is a lawyer.

 The Republican Party is different.
 President Bush is a businessman.
 Vice President Cheney is a businessman.
 The leaders of the Republican Revolution:
 Newt Gingrich was a history professor.
 Tom Delay was an exterminator. Dick Armey was an economist.
 House Minority Leader Boehner was a plastic manufacturer.
 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 real work, who are often the targets of lawyers.
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 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.

The United States has 5% of the worlds population and 66% of the worlds lawyers! Tort (Legal) reform legislation has been introduced in congress several times in the last several years to limit punitive damages in ridiculous lawsuits such as spilling hot coffee on yourself and suing the establishment that sold it to you and also to limit punitive damages in huge medical malpractice lawsuits. This legislation has continually been blocked from even being voted on by the Democrat Party. When you see that 97% of the political contributions from the American Trial Lawyers Association go to the Democrat Party, then you realize who is responsible for our medical and product costs being so high!

Please -- DO PASS THIS ON!!!


gruaud said...

This made the rounds a few years ago, since many of the GOOPs it references have faded from the spotlight, but it's better-than-average argued for a RW forward. Remember, I said RW forward, which are typically outrageous lies, OMG!!-hysterical, race-baiting, misogynistic, and generally pander to our dark, selfish sides. Obviously, I'm being relative here.


Congress is a legislative body.

Thus, it just might be a good thing if the people we elect to it happen to understand law.

Anonymous said...

What is the Constitution? A law, written mostly by a lawyer and students of law.

What does Congress do? Makes laws.

What does the President do? Enforces the law.

What does the Judiciary do? Reviews, clarifies, and applies laws.

GOVERNMENTS EXIST BECAUSE OF LAW, YOU DOLTS! It might be a good thing to have a few lawyers around.

You know, like John Adams.

Or Jackson.

Or Lincoln.


Or Nixon (yes, I know, but he was a lawyer).

Anonymous said...

The United States has 5% of the worlds population and 66% of the worlds lawyers

Citation? Its interesting, because a lot of these lawyers (whatever their number) probably work for big businesses. Isn't that supposed to be a good thing, wingnuts? Its also interesting that in this particular case you seem ashamed that the US has a larger share than everyone else.

Where is your outrage when our 5% has over half the world's military spending, or creates more trash and uses more resources than its fair share?

limit punitive damages in ridiculous lawsuits such as spilling hot coffee on yourself and suing the establishment that sold it to you

Again with this fucking coffee thing? If you can't take 2 fucking minutes to educate yourself on some basic facts from a case that's been misrepresented for years, I can't take you seriously.

McDonalds knowingly and willingly broke the law. As a result, and old woman spent a week in the hospital. She wanted her medical bills covered. McDonalds refused, took their chances in court, and the the jury nailed them to the wall. Get over it.

Anonymous said...

Snopes thread

The Republican Party is made up of real people doing real work

Funny that they should cite Dubya, who failed at every business he ever ran, or Cheney, whose business credentials I can't find, but whose go-to military contractor Halliburton survives on the endless generosity of the military, or Gingrich, a professor from the hated ivory tower.

We could also ask about whether these "businessmen" who do the "real work" are better Americans for being draft dodgers.

But the best quote in this article is:
Lawyers solve problems by successfully representing their clients, in this case the American people.

Anonymous said...

What country in the world has the most lawyers per capita?

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ferschitz said...

and probably "Daniel" is a Republican outfit, but hey: who's counting?? I've worked in the legal field since forever, and most of the lawyers I've known have been solidly rightwing Republicans. What about them? Or are they dismissed by the GOPers, too?

GW Bush never did nothing. W is a legacy born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Sent to all private schools & colleges in New England and basically "kicked upstairs" because of his grandad & dad. Then handed business opportunites (never worked a day to create them, that's for sure), ran them into the ground, but made sure HE made $$$ out of the various transactions. Screw the workers who lost their shirts or pensions or whatever. As long as fake "cowboy" W got his, EFF the rest of you.

Cheeeeney's gotten filthy rich (emphasis on filthy) by virtue of all of our tax dollars, including tax dollars of ranting loon t-tardz. Cheney's been in and out of gov't most of his life and is more or less tangentially involved with giant gov't contractor Halliburton, which *oddly enough* (I'm sure it's "mere coincidence") gets loads & loads of dollar$$$ from *no bid* contracts. And the stories about Halliburton's many failures, esp in Iraq, are legion.

But hey: if a few of the serf soldiers got killed by electrocution from crappy Halliburton work??? Dick Cheney has this to say to your family: SO??????

Yeah, and Trent Lott was truly an exterminator who sought to change laws to inure to his financial gain.

Yeah, these are all such admirable people... and, like Carly Fiorina in CA, such "good business people"... at least in the eyes of the very wealthy. Only the top 1% benefits from what these crooks have done.

Anoner said...

Because... when I seek guidance on some issue or another, I look to the Mafia to be my guide???

Of course, since we're talking about T-baggers in this case, they are looking to the *fictional* Mafia as their guide. Figures.

Next they'll be quoting what James Gandolfini said when he *acted* as Tony Soprano...

Snarla said...

I don't think exterminators and teachers and surgeons are the kind of "wealth creators" that the Republicans usually champion. What's the difference between them and the parasitic losers? I get confused.

Anonymous said...

The mafia hates lawyers. Apparently, the political right now shares this sentiment.

Maybe this should tell you something?

(Hint: another term for "mafia" is "organized crime".)

Marc with a C said...

Anon 1: you missed Lincoln. And Patrick Henry, John Jay, John Marshall, Clarence Darrow, and Daniel Webster.

Anonymous said...

Gruaurd had it right. Sure there is a value in having non-lawyers in Congress and it should be encouraged. But I'm a lawyer myself (and the worst kind of lawyer: a liberal-inside the beltway-K Street lawyer) and laws that poorly writtne lead to problems. Politicians with limited grasp of legal nuance often write crappy laws. But these laws often end up in the appeals court, which leads to more work for lawyers...

The whole thing is pretty silly. All the people mentioned have been in and around politics so long (except Michelle, really), they are politicians.

katz said...

We caught a spambot! And I almost couldn't tell it from a troll.

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