Simpsons LawyerSomeone sent this to me recently, an article by Bruce Walker asserting that the Democratic Party is full of lawyers (who love laws and litigation) compared to the Republican Party which is full of businesspeople (who love economics and production):

The Democratic Party has become the Lawyers’ Party.  Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are lawyers.  Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama are lawyers.  John Edwards, the other former Democrat candidate for president, is a lawyer and so is his wife Elizabeth.  Every Democrat nominee since 1984 went to law school (although Gore did not graduate.)  Every Democrat vice presidential nominee since 1976, except for Lloyd Benson, went to law school.  Look at the Democrat Party in Congress:  the Majority Leader in each house is a lawyer.  

The Republican Party is different.  President Bush and Vice President Cheney were not lawyers, but businessmen.  The leaders of the Republican Revolution were not lawyers.  Newt Gingrich was a history professor;  Tom Delay was an exterminator; and Dick Armey was an economist. House Minority Leader Boehner was a plastic manufacturer, not a lawyer.  The former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is a heart surgeon.

This doesn’t help me to like the Republicans any more than the Democrats, but there’s something to this proliferation of lawyers in government generally, particularly as it relates to what Walker says about the kind of government lawyers create:

The Lawyers’ Party sees [the sorts of people] who provide goods and services that people want as the enemies of America. …. 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 our nation. 

This is the natural consequence of viewing everything through the eyes of lawyers.  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.

Interesting! I agree. In general, more government equals more laws equals more lawyers. You know what my solution to that little issue is.