Wednesday, February 08, 2006


Is there such a thing as a good lawyer?

One point of Alan Keyes' speech Monday night at UT with which I took umbrage was his constant blame of the problems of society on lawyers. Now I am down on my profession as most in society, but I believe Dr. Keyes paints with too broad a brush. For every lawyer out to harm traditional American values and the fabric of our society, there is another one opposing him. That is the way our adversarial system works.

To prove my point, I would like to present this article from Legal Affairs that details efforts to assist international lawyers so that their cases won't provide ammunition for those in this country that believe international law to be on equal footing with domestic law (in particular, the Federal Constitution). For full disclosure, I know Benjamin Bull, and he is quite the litigator. I am also a Blackstone Fellow, a legal program rooted in the natural law and sponsored by the Alliance Defense Fund, which also employs Mr. Bull.

Of course, there are those J.D.'s that are working against our republic. One prime example is Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the 9th Circuit, who is profiled in this insightful expose by Citizen Magazine. But, as shown in the latter parts of the article, for every Reinhardt, there is a Kozinski, fighting him along the way.

Just something to remember when speaking in generalities.

Dear Rob,

Hey! I just noticed that you'd stopped by my lonely Mitt blog.

But first of all, I know there are good lawyers -- my husband does Constituional law and keeps the censorship of political correctness at bay.

Second of all, I think Keyes is the prime example of why I think the evangelical south could be persuaded to vote for Romney. If we voted for the most "Christian" candidate, Keyes would be President. :)

The reason why I'm for Mitt:
1. He's socially conservative, with a proven track record of standing up for unpopular causes in his state...

2. He's financially a whizkid, with an aversion to taxes

3. And he's a hawk.

Not to mention the fact that he's straightlaced, yet charismatic, hopeful and demonstrates the kind of leadership I think we're ready for.

What do you think? Who do you like?

Are you going to the Southern Leadership Conference in Memphis in March?
I think the problem is that for every lawyer trying to uphold traditional values and the Constitution, there are two or three seeking to undermine it.

I wish the numbers were more even, but unfortunately...
Voting for Keyes: I think that we've come quite a long way in society, to be honest, when we might think the South would vote for a black Catholic for President.

If Keyes ran again, he would have my vote...but then again, I am Catholic. I am unashamed to admit that traditionalist Catholics stick together. I supported Pat Buchanan in 1996 for much the same reason.

I will vote for a fellow Catholic, I will vote for a Baptist, I will vote for Presbyterian, a Methodist, a Pentecostal, or a Jew (provided he or she is a political clone of Ben Stein)

But Romney...I'd vote for Romney in a General Election, but a lot of people might have a problem with a Mormon being President of the United States. I especially don't think THAT would play well in the evangelical South. I may be wrong and Romney may run through the South like a Southern Pacific train...but I somehow don't suspect I am.
Dear Dave,

I see what you're saying. It's amazing really that Romney won in Boston -- it doesn't strike me as a pro-mormon strong hold. :)

We'll see. I think evangelicals vote for the person who can win. And if Mitt could win the nom, I think he could win the election...

I like Keyes too, though. You gotta love Catholic conservatives!
Actually, Romney didn't win in Boston...he did very well in all the outlying areas...but it is worth noting that he has has little if any success as Governor implementing truly conservative a result, we don't really know WHAT he would do as President.
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