Sunday, January 11, 2009

Litigation Nation

by George F. Will - January 11th, 2009 - Washington Post

A volunteer for a Catholic charity in Milwaukee ran a red light and seriously injured another person. Because the volunteer did not have deep pockets, the injured person sued the archdiocese -- successfully, for $17 million.


Time was, rights were defensive. They were to prevent government from doing things to you. Today, rights increasingly are offensive weapons wielded to inflict demands on other people, using state power for private aggrandizement.

Our courts are insane and corrupt. Lawyers have destroyed freedom by turning legal language into a farce that frequently is interpreted to mean the opposite of what the words say. Judges, the most corrupt element in a corrupt comedy, love the power over society they are granted. Unless and until we conservatives and libertarians demand that our nation return to a nation based on the rule of laws, not a nation on the rule of judges, we are as guilty as the liberals in destroying freedom.


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