Liars Lawyers and Democrats
Now before you get your shorts all up in a bunch I must let you know that I have friends who are liars, lawyers or Democrats so peace out dudes and dudettes!
How does this cycle begin? Is it when we are born? Do we learn to lie at an early age? Take a little kid caught making a mess always say, “It wasn’t me”? It’s more of a plea not an admission of guilt. In the workplace when caught clocking in late (again) there’s always an excuse.
There are times when we either had a lawyer or wish we did. We get into trouble speeding and get issued a citation (ticket) and when standing before the judge we try to barter our way out of it. It wasn’t my fault! The officer didn’t do it right.
Now take politics – the art of the compromise. Lawyers and attorneys go to law school to learn basic law and how the Constitution is the basis of law in the United States. Not everyone can become a good lawyer without practice. A huge part of that practice is lying. Not really lying but finding a loophole that allows their client to get off or a reduced sentence. Not saying that’s good or bad in itself. That depends on whether the lawyer represents you or someone else.
All too often an attorney becomes really good at it and after a while sets his or her sights on politics, the attorney general’s office or higher. Because of their success rate (putting people away or getting them off) they begin to see themselves as invincible. Over time their sights go even higher, city council, state legislator or governor maybe?
A select few set their sights even higher for the US House of Representatives or the US Senate. Their goals can be lofty and patriotic or maybe they have ulterior motives. The saying absolute power corrupts absolutely. Greed or the need for power becomes all-consuming and there is never enough.
I believe it was a Clint Eastwood movie where he said, “A man’s got to know his limitations”. Someone all caught up in politics may soon lose sight of his or her “limitations”. They look in the mirror and see themselves as Clark Kent who turns into Superman and nothing can stop them.
What we’ve seen over the past 4 years are a number of politicians who have risen to the level of US Legislators in Congress. Many have been in office (elected by the people) for more than one term. They have campaigned to represent the people of their district and citizens of the United States. Promises were made, yet failed to be kept.
There are doctors, judges, lawyers and business professionals who make up the Legislative Branch of the US Government. They have gotten “in the groove” or learned how the game is played and have fallen in line – the party line. It matters not which party but for the sake of argument let’s call it the Democratic Party.
The 116th Congress is not the same composition nor does it have the same goal of the 1st Congress. The Democratic Party is no longer the party of the people. Congress is made up of various factions within and there are rules which one must adhere to without becoming disillusioned and throwing in the towel.
Congress has become a sink or swim institution. There are individual clicks called Caucuses. Certain members are groomed to be accepted into or rejected from each one. Each Caucus acts as a lobbying group for specific causes. Each Caucus has a chair person and every member must accept the decision of that Caucus Chair. Failure to follow the lead will get you removed. Following the lead earns you a place in what may be considered the most prestigious Caucus. The 116th Congress has more than 242 Caucuses and there are a total of 535 members of Congress. In my opinion there must be some necessary changes as to how Congress operates and how these Causes are allowed to operate, at taxpayer expense.
The Constitution has set the qualifications for legislators and the number of years for their terms in office. What has not been set is term limits, without them members of Congress can be reelected an unlimited number of times. We have current members of Congress who have been in office since the 1960s and here we are in 2020. They have become powerful and are seen as invincible in the eyes of many.
Another “issue” that I see is a conflict of interest when a legislator decides to run for office of the President of the United States. While in office they spend at least a full year campaigning and when all is said and done, they either advance to the White House or return to their safety net in Congress. There must be a Constitutional Amendment or at least a modification of the terms of office to require an elected official to resign his elected office once throwing their hat in the ring for the highest office. Eliminate that safety net.
Let me clarify something.
Not every liar is a lawyer or a Democrat.
Not every Lawyer is a liar or a Democrat.
Not every Democrat is a liar or a Lawyer either.
However everybody lies at one time or another, it’s in our nature to lie.
Yes Republicans lie and some are lawyers and for the record I have friends who are Republican. In fact I’m a Republican and yes I lie but I would never stoop so low as to be a lawyer, but I would hire one if I was in a situation that I felt I needed one.
If you think I’ve unfairly categorized liars, lawyers, Democrats or Republicans let me loosely paraphrase Jesus – You who have not lied cast the first stone! And for you Democrats – Nobody is above the law! – I am the Real Truckmaster!