Wednesday, November 07, 2007

The First Thing We Do, Let's Save All The Lawyers

Since the (relatively few) people who read my blog tend to be a fairly well-educated bunch, I really don't need to point out that I'm misquoting Shakespeare with my title. But the fact that most readers will get the joke is rather the point.

It's fashionable to make fun of lawyers. We have a whole category of "lawyer jokes," and even friends who are themselves lawyers (or who used to be) seem to enjoy them. We enjoy thinking of lawyers as people that it's "okay" to despise.

And then something like the recent events in Pakistan comes along. The President of Pakistan has suspended his country's constitution and fired the Chief Justice of his country's Supreme Court. This short-circuiting of the democratic process by one of the United States' closest allies in the "war against terrorism" has been a deep embarrassment, frustrating Democrats and Republicans alike. Indeed, it's uncommon in these increasingly-divided days to find a political event so capable of bringing both sides together.

And who is it that everyone, conservative and liberal, is rooting for? Who is it that everyone wants to make sure is saved, so that justice may ultimately prevail? The lawyers! The irony is wonderful! For once, I think I can speak for most of us in hoping that the lawyers win.

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