The United States has drifted away from the Founders' concept of "We The People" to a nation gripped by the rule of Law. Nearly everything we do on a daily basis from before we're born until after we die falls under the cloud of The Law. Worse than that, in the past several decades The Law has deputized us into a legion of civil litigants and pseudo-prosecutors who have been conditioned to seek legal retribution for every conceivable wrongdoing of another.
The problem? The Law is a shaky house of cards poorly constructed and self-affirmed by her well-paid practitioners, whose goal is to stir the pot of dispute amongst The People, to feed the greedy monster called "The Law," and to line the pockets of her lawyers. An Elephant In The Living Room is one insider's view—one who’s “been there, done that”—of The Law; how it hurts, how it hinders, and how it subtlely but deftly burdens The People with mind-boggling constraints on Liberty, Life and the Pursuit of Happiness.
An Elephant In The Living Room, through both personal experience anecdotes as well as historically significant legal cases, tells it like it is in layman's language while offering inspiration and encouragement, empowering The People to take Our Nation back!
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A lot of people are complaining about the Government; remember, the Government hasn't any teeth without the Law. The Law--that the Government writes--has little by little neutralized the Bill of Rights and turned The People against one another. In so doing, The People delegated the duty to watch the Government to our Lawyers. Big mistake. Huge. Over time, the Law and her lawyers have decimated much of what the Framers guaranteed, and the People know it. We've internalized it, but we can feel the injustice, the lies, and the oppression. This book explains that, how it happened and "who's to blame" and what we can do to get our rights back.
Table Of Contents
1. A Lifetime of The Law
2. Who Are These Lawyers?
3. Rule 1: Never Take a Stand
4. 31 Flavors of Law
5. Waffling Away Accountability
6. Felix Frankfurter’s Crazy Invention
7. The Right To Life
8. Classical Mechanics and The Law
9. “Leveling The Playing Field”
10. Masticating The First Amendment From The Bench
11. Defending The “Guilty”
12. Manufacturers’ Never-Ending Liability
13. The Second Amendment: The People’s Last Defense
14. Who’s To Blame?
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Who could argue that the automobile is just about the one invention that most people in the United States simply cannot live without? Sure, in your larger cities the mass transit system is really handy and lots of people use subways and buses to get around. But once you get a bit out of these few metropolitan areas, you just about cannot live without your car. Now, go to your telephone book, the yellow one. Take a survey of every business that has anything remotely to do with automobiles, including dealers, repair shops, painters, stereo installers,mufflers, tires, whatever. Use your imagination. Now, add up the pages. Next, do the same thing with attorneys.
Amazing, isn’t it? If your city or town is anything like mine, the number of pages dedicated to lawyers will signifi cantly outnumber the ones having anything at all to do with automobiles, which, we all agree, are just about impossible to do without.
Th is astonishing realization should scare you, but that’s just the beginning of the story.
The exponential bloom of attorneys—and the accompanying law they are sworn to uphold—in the United States in the last 35 years has made life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness darn near impossible. Laughable, in fact. Now that lawyers and their Law have decimated common sense and isolated money as the sole reason for living, the joke is on them. Literally.
There are entire books devoted to nothing more than lawyer jokes. And,
if they weren’t so true, a lot of them would be pretty funny.
Most lawyers really take offense to jokes about lawyers. Some have even twisted Shakespeare’s joke (quoted in the subtitle and front pages of this book), saying Dick the Butcher meant
“let’s not kill all the lawyers.”
But, can you blame them? What, after all, do lawyers have to do with the endless sea of self-procreating law that permeates every fi ber of our being throughout our entire life? I mean, can’t we separate “The Law” from “The Lawyers”? The short answer,
regardless of what the organized bar will tell you, is “No.”
I’m a barber. Have been for a few years. I know what you’re thinking: What’s a barber know about the law? After all, wasn’t it Tony Shaloub, portraying a lawyer in The Man Who Wasn’t There who uttered the ords, “I’m an attorney, you’re a barber;you don’t know anything.”?
Truth is I used to be a lawyer. There were parts of it, lots of parts of it, actually, I really enjoyed. But there were parts of it, perhaps the most important ones, that I really never had the stomach for. I seriously thought about walking away from it after the fi rst year of law school, but was convinced by a classmate—to whom I just happened to be married—to stick it out. So, I did, and I gave it a few of my best years. This book is a little bit about those years, but really more about the years that followed, even up to now.
And, despite what you may think, the critical issues that face each of us in life are often neatly ironed out inside the confines of the local barbershop. You wouldn’t imagine the
clarity and common sense that is uttered in the shop. Barbers and customers alike share in the give and take in this marketplace of ideas, often winnowing out the touchy-feely chaff that mucks up the pronouncements of politicians, educators,the media, sports and other celebrities and, of course, lawyers. What emerges from that process makes sense. What emerges
from that process are solutions that work, if only somebody in charge of making those decisions would ask.
But nobody ever does.
Me? I’m the moderator. I’m the guy with the legal background who listens to it all, off ering guidance when the discussion gets too far away from established legal tenets, and then
smiles. It’s fun. Sometimes I toss a ball in the middle of it and just watch to see how it all plays out. (Okay, truth is that I’m the CEO of my tiny corner of the business world, and I get to say anything I want inside the confi nes of that corner without any potential repercussions from a boss or supervisor, and I often do so). In a world hell-bent on a high-speed exodus from common sense
truth and justice, these discussions keep me grounded, restore my faith in human nature, and give me hope for the future.
So everyday I balance in my mind what I know about the law and what I’m learning about people and I’ve come to the conclusion that there are things I believe in, in the grand scheme
of life on Earth, that the Law does not and can not embrace because
they are simple things. The Law is not a simple thing.
So this is one former lawyer’s derivations of life in the United
States under the thumb of a legal system that day after day ignores the will of the people and their common sense. And it is a message of hope for those who feel hopeless, helpless and
resigned to an unsatisfying life in a country so careless with the truth.