Democratic Party Has Become the Lawyer's Party-
Summary of the eRumor:
A forwarded email that says the Democratic
party has become a party of lawyers. It lists President Barack and
Michelle Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and several other
elected Democratic leaders who hold law degrees.
|The Truth: |
This is a commentary written
by Bruce Walker that was published in The American Thinker on March 17,
Click for article.
biographies posted on the Congressional website showing several
Republican elected leaders with legal backgrounds or holding law degrees
Turner of Ohio,
Leonard Lance of New Jersey,
Timothy V. Johnson of Illinois,
Forbes of Virginia,
Jim Sensenbrenner of
Wisconsin, Thomas E.
Petri of Wisconsin , and
Mike Castle of Delaware.
GOP Senate biographies with legal
backgrounds or law degrees include
Kit Bond of Missouri,
Brownback of Kansas ,
Chambliss of Georgia,
Thad Chochran of
Cornyn of Texas , and
Mike Crapo of Idaho.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
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
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’
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
This is the natural consequence of viewing everything through the eyes
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
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
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. When you see that 97% of the political contributions from the
American Trial Lawyers Association goes to the Democrat Party, then you
realize who is responsible for our medical and product costs being so