This came to me by way of my friend George Lowery Thanks George!
Law School Tyranny by Okie Incognito Far too many law school professors today view ordinary Americans as laboratory rats to be improved by social engineering practiced by progressive lawyers and implemented by complicit judges with secure jobs. The professors think they know how to run the lives of the people of the United States far better than the people themselves. This statement, made by a recent graduate of the law school at Howard University, illustrates today’s dominant mindset:
“At Howard, they tell us as soon as we get there, if you’re going to be a lawyer, you’re either a social engineer or a parasite on society. That’s how I think about life, is to be a social engineer.”
In 2012 the government forcibly will take $942 billion earned by the industrious rats and redistribute that money to schools like Howard University, which alone will receive $325 million. The relationship between government at all levels and schools of all kinds has become incestuous. Why?
No legislature in the United States kept in check by periodic elections ever would enact laws promoting many of the social policies advanced by today’s vanguard law school professors and the judges they influence by flattery and campaign donations in judicial elections. But since the New Deal law school professors have rewritten the United States Constitution to force a European ideology on the people of the United States instead of amending the Constitution. After all – so goes the theory – if a learned judge on a court is merely “interpreting” a malleable “living constitution,” the people must obey its judgments if the United States is to maintain the rule of law which makes civilization possible. As the late Professor Irving Younger of Cornell Law School put it, the New Deal transformed the United States from a nation ruled by laws to a nation tyrannized by lawyers and judges.
Liberal law professors urge judges to control the expression of traditional Western ideas by outlawing the bold expression of those ideas as hate speech. Federal judges and not their elected representatives now regulate what the people of the United States eat and drink. They are intent on destroying timeless moral principles, even going so far as to label monogamous heterosexual sex as “patriarchal” and thus “consensual rape” [sic].
Judges impose new taxes on the public without the consent of the governed by ordering the other branches of government to pay for hobbyhorses that elected legislators never would fund. Judges ignore their traditional duty to enforce contracts, protect private property, and enforce the criminal laws that are essential to protect society. Some judges even have challenged the right of parents to educate their own children if they choose to homeschool them. Jean-Jacque Rousseau is dead but his collectivist ideology has taken root in most of the United States of America.
Much of what law professors teach is useless. Law schools routinely exaggerate job prospects. There is no reason to require people to attend any law school before taking the bar examination and receiving a law license. Legal education is a waste because the typical law professor has no experience practicing law and knows nothing about being a lawyer. Most states, influenced by lawyer/legislators, require people to attend an “accredited” law school for three years before taking the bar examination and receiving a license. This blatant and costly barrier to entry has increased the cost of consulting a lawyer to the point that no individual can hire a lawyer. Law schools have increased tuition greatly in the last twenty years.
Earlier generations of American lawyers saw things quite differently. Their primary role was to defend those accused of crimes, to serve private businesses, to encourage the private settlement of disputes whenever possible, and to never to file a lawsuit in court until all possibilities of settlement had been exhausted. The very idea of filing a lawsuit to advance some peculiar social agenda was inconceivable. Like Aristotle, they believed that it is impossible to forcibly change the nature of human beings, the opposite idea preached by Rousseau.
Abraham Lincoln was a great lawyer. He never attended a law school but echoed the wisdom of Solomon when he wrote:
“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser – in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough. Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this. A moral tone ought to be infused into the profession which should drive such men out of it”
The United States of America must return to this traditional approach to ensure “that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”