by Kung Fu Zu
It is ironic that the secular left which does everything in its power to repudiate religion in general, and Christianity in particular, is trying to impose its own cult on society. The State is their God and law their creed with lawyers acting as the new clergy. The federal circuit courts serve as their diocese and the Supreme Court acts as a Curia proclaiming orthodoxy by fiat. All sectors of government and the public are subject to the pronouncements of nine robed grandees who are not answerable to anyone. They have usurped power from the people and bestowed upon themselves the holy right to regulate all facets of our lives. They brook no questioning of their pronouncements. Only they know the will of God.
This gang of nine is supported by hundreds of thousands of acolytes who have been turned out by today’s seminaries, the law schools. They minister to the public reminding us of the sanctity of their scripture, which is so voluminous and arcane that only they can traffic in its use. They, like scholastics of old, have a knack for parsing every word until meanings become incomprehensible to the laity. They are needed to help us navigate the maze of ever-proliferating laws, which define their secular religion and intrude on our daily existence. We are like peasants during the Middle Ages who could not read the Latin Vulgate, thus had to rely on the priesthood for guidance to salvation. In the minds of these elites, only they hold the secret to salvation. And our persons, as we have no souls, are in peril if we don’t follow their counsel. This of course is to their advantage as it provides them with profit, as well as power.
No other association in America has the immunity from scrutiny that these people have. Every other group is, in the end, answerable to lawyers in one fashion or another. Lawyers are answerable only to themselves and the Byzantine system they have concocted. This lack of outside accountability leads to arrogance and corruption. They have used their religion to expand the reach of the State into every aspect of our lives. For example, what parent will have clear responsibility for and authority over their children if a recent decision by the ninth circuit court of appeals is left unchallenged? Whose property is safe after the recent dictate of the Supreme Court, which would allow local governments, in cahoots with wealthy developers, to virtually steal people’s property for reasons other than imminent domain?
Both decisions are invented from whole cloth to suit the statist zealotry of some on the bench. There is no historical precedent for either and, in fact, both go against previous law and tradition. Additionally, how many of us can challenge a state attorney general who misuses his office for political gain? What man or woman can fight a federal prosecutor run amok within the judicial system for personal aggrandizement? These “representatives” of the law claim the sanctity of their office. More importantly, they have the power of the contemporary inquisition behind them, i.e. government sanction. As with the inquisition, the scrutiny of these people or that of our modern day Torquemada, the ACLU, is ruinous. Even if one is not guilty of any crime, it is often safer and always less costly in time, money and emotion to admit one has gone astray and agree to do penance than to fight on principle.
What can be done to strip power from this modern day priesthood? In truth, very little. For decades, “We the People” have allowed zealots on various courts to re-write and misinterpret the constitution, according to their own heretical views. They have invented oxymoronic phrases such as “the constitution is a living document” in the attempt to foist their agenda on a dozing public. By allowing this to go on for decades, we have let them usurp power which was never meant to be theirs.
Ironically, the best and possibly only way to strip them of this control is to appoint justices who are not enthralled with this juristic belief and will voluntarily divest themselves of their illicitly gained power. This can only be done by selecting judicial candidates who believe that the judiciary has over-reached itself for far too long. They must be committed to reining in an institution that has run amok and to give back power to those who should rightfully hold it, i.e. “the people” through their elected representatives. President Bush’s appointment of justices Roberts and Alito seems to be a step in this direction.
We must also do our best to make clear that the legal profession is temporal and not spiritual in nature. We need to find a way to make these advocates accountable to others. That something is wrong in the legal community can be seen in the low regard in which it is held by the public at large. While many may agree, at least in theory, with Shakespeare’s character in Henry VI who said “the first thing we do is kill all the lawyers,” this sentiment is foolish, at best and anarchic, at worst.
The rule of law has given the world the best framework upon which to build peace and prosperity. But neither peace nor prosperity would be threatened, and would probably be enhanced, if we stopped producing so many of these legal practitioners. One practical way to reduce their importance would be to curb the out-of-control tort system in this country and to stop rewarding, but rather, punish miscreants for bringing frivolous and fraudulent cases. This can only be done by the people who appear to have been in a seventy year daze thus allowing the secular left to impose policies which would not have been approved by the electorate.
Political pressure must be brought to bear to rid our system of these parasitic prophets of perfidy. We must take back control of our rights and put lawyers and the judiciary in their proper place. If we don’t, our rights will continue to be eroded by this most special of all “special interest” groups and the time may come when we will have no legal way to retrieve them. • (1467 views)