Any significant legislation passed by the US Congress and signed into law by the President, for example Obamacare, typically consists of hundreds if not thousands of pages of legalese that is difficult for the average American to decipher. This is due to the fact that lawyers infest Washington, DC, whether as congress-critters themselves or their staffs, lobbyists and members of the administrative state who help craft the legislation. Now there are a lot of lawyer jokes that have been told in past years, but as with all jokes, there is an element of truth to them. The complexity that is the administrative state is a feature, not a bug, because the result is a certain opacity to the average American which frustrates our efforts to influence policies as individuals. And lawyers are a big part of that.
Every Democrat presidential 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. Barack Obama was a lawyer. Michelle Obama was a lawyer. Hillary Clinton was a lawyer. Bill Clinton was a lawyer. John Edwards was a lawyer. Elizabeth Edwards was a lawyer.
Who was the last great Democrat President? Harry Truman (a small-town haberdasher) who left Washington with less money than when he arrived (none since have done so, they are all millionaires).
Look at leaders of the Democrat Party in the US Senate. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer is a lawyer. Ex-Senator and Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was a lawyer.
The Republican Party is different:
- President Trump is a businessman.
- President Bush 41 and 43 were businessmen.
- Vice President Cheney was a businessman
- President Eisenhower was a 5-star General Officer.
The leaders of the Republican Revolution back in the 1990s:
- Newt Gingrich was a history professor.
- Tom Delay was an exterminator.
- Dick Armey was an economist.
- Ex-House Speaker John Boehner was formerly the President of a plastic manufacturing company.
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 actor Ronald Reagan in 1976.
The Republican Party is made up of real people doing real work, who are often the targets of lawyers. This is all very interesting, and I never really thought about it this way.
The Democrat Party is made up of lawyers. Democrats mock and scorn men who create wealth, like Trump, 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 a lawyer. 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. 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 world’s population and 66% of the world’s 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 (aka The Lawyers’ 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 products costs being so high. And remember this: “Good fortune is a bus load of lawyers running off a cliff in a bus. Misfortune is an empty seat on that same bus.”
Possibly Americans might be finally figuring it out, as evidenced by this trend reported by Bloomberg News earlier this year:
For what appears to be the first time ever, lawyers are in the minority in the “world’s greatest deliberative body.” In the House of Representatives, where they fell into the minority in the late 1970s, lawyers are now down to just a third of the total. These numbers, part of the Vital Statistics on Congress database updated this week by the Brookings Institution, only go back to 1953.
But Stanford University political scientist Adam Bonica has assembled data back to 1789 indicating that the Senate has until now always had lawyer majorities. In the 1800s, both the House and Senate were often more than 75 percent lawyers.
[Here’s a chart depicting the recent trend:]
Here’s hoping that the trend continues, and that we can start shaving their staffs and the administrative state which are also filled with lawyers, too! Then perhaps legislation can be generated in plain English that all Americans can understand.