“First, we kill all the lawyers…”

June 29, 2009

E-LawyerSharkOK, it’s a paraphrase from the Bard of Avon. And no, I’m not advocating murder, of one or a class of people. Before I explain, I found this on teh interwebs:

“The first thing we do,” said the character in Shakespeare’s Henry VI, is “kill all the lawyers.” Contrary to popular belief, the proposal was not designed to restore sanity to commercial life. Rather, it was intended to eliminate those who might stand in the way of a contemplated revolution — thus underscoring the important role that lawyers can play in society.”


Now let’s look at something like this cap and trade bill, or the Waxman – Markey Bill. 1300 pages at last count. Supposed to protect the environment, force us to “make greener decisions,” stuff like that. Lots ‘o taxes and “incentives,” redistributin’ the wealth. Yours and mine.

I just finished Glenn Beck’s Common Sense. I talked about it in a previous post. Beck’s essential premise is that we need a new revolution, a non-violent, common-sense one in which we turn the bastards out and remake the government in a more reasonable, less controlling image. I found a couple of places where the number 36% was quoted for the number of congresscritters who are lawyers, but those are practicing lawyers, not the number with law degrees. That number, according to this source, is 43%.

To get to the point, one of the ways the Congress makes it more difficult for us to stop them from controlling us is by making bills incredibly complex. The TARP bill, this cap and trade bill – many of the bills passed now by Congress are so long, and so complex, that congresscritters say they can’t read them all the way through. What? It’s your job to read it all the way through!

Maybe this commercial shouldn’t be so far from the truth:

Congressmen were supposed to be representatives of the people. I know the world is a complex place, economics is complex, lots of things are complex. Still, if a bill is too long or too complicated to understand, it’s a bad bill!

My point is that we need to simplify government, and that’s going to take regular people. It will be a new revolution, and lawyers should not stand in the way of it. That’s not “protection,” unless you mean it as in “protection racket.”

Oh, and the cap and trade bill: it’s bad anyway. Go to Heritage.org and find out why.


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