The film “Little Shop of Horrors” had an unforgettable (no matter how hard you might try) Elvis-impersonating, motorcycle driving, be-leathered Steve Martin singing a comically terrifying ditty called “Dentist!”.
It played on our fears of lying in a dentist chair under what seemed to be klieg lights, tender mouth wide open as a muscular and sometimes hairy forearm lowered a shiny, stainless steel, whirring, electric drill towards your face.
Dr. Steve sneered and sang about torturing small animals as a child and his mother telling him “Son, be a dentist!”.
Recent events in the Untied States seem to indicate that the would-be sadists might do well to consider the legal profession.
Lawyers are sworn to follow ethical rules. They describe duties between lawyers and clients, lawyers and other lawyers and lawyers and the judiciary
The rules were important. They kept the ship afloat.
But in the last few years we have seen safeguard after safeguard removed in the practice of law in the United States. We have a Speaker of the House who ripped up the president’s State of the Union speech (it was magnificent, full of energy, optimism) in full view of the world. She led a bogus impeachment against a sitting president. She said she would fumigate the White House when he left, that if he didn’t leave she would pull him out by his hair.
She wasn’t the only one. Elected officials, many lawyers themselves, ignored laws, history, common sense to threaten the president and his supporters. A former bartender from Queens, NY said “We’re making lists”. Her influence would be laughable but her fellow party members are terrified of her. She will probably run for the United States Senate against the senator from her own state.
One could chalk up this up to electioneering and politicking but when it has begun to affect the courts, then people of hope, history and reason no longer have any place to go.
When did the collapse of the American legal system begin?
One may have read the errant opinion once in a while, but judges almost never commented on political matters in their rulings or off-bench behavior.
There is no way to explain what has occurred in Pennsylvania and Minnesota and certain other states. The federal Constitution provides that state legislatures pass rules regarding the conduct of federal elections. For Democrats in states with Republican-controlled assemblies that wasn’t going to work, so they just changed the rules without legislative approval. The appellate courts in those states looked the other way.
The United States Supreme Court is the court of final resort.
This week they hear the final claims of presidential election fraud.
If they fail to address the unconstitutional manipulation of the election, then the wanna-be dentists/sadists might as well turn towards the legal profession. The law and especially, the judiciary, will be the bludgeon of those in power and the Constitution will be a distant memory, losing form and figure in the rear-view mirrors of our carbonless cars (if we are allowed to travel at all). Can internal passports be far behind?