Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Laying Down the Law!

With all the excesses in today's world, nothing is more blatant than our laws.  We have thousands of laws, and there are millions of words spent defining them.  What ever happened to a simple "NO, don't do that"?  Imagine if our parents had to read us our rights before they gave us a spanking for breaking the neighbor's window.  On the other hand, suppose we children could have gotten legal council before the the first smack of the belt?  Our parents would have been so tied up in cases, we'd be in our 30's before our parents could have punished us.  Do laws have to be written so complicated that there are gray areas?
I suppose it's how lawyers make their money.  If you charge by the hour, getting through all the documents and precedents before even going before a judge will earn you a ton of cash.

Why does our system have to be like that?  Can't we just say "NO" and be done with it?  You wouldn't need a lawyer at all.  If caught doing something wrong, you go before a judge immediately, and get the prescribed punishment.  Simple, isn't it?

Another thing that confuses me is how a person can plead "not guilty" when caught red-handed while breaking the law.  How can you be not guilty when you did it?  Take your punishment, and let's get to the next case!  And better yet, how can a person plead not guilty because of insanity?  Do only sane people commit crimes?  Lawyer:  "My client is not guilty because he's nuckin' futs."  Judge:  "OK you're free, crazy, but free."  Lovely, isn't it?
It's time we change the laws, simplify them, even for the simple minded.  No means no, don't means do not.  Defy this and your in trouble!  We would simplify the legal system, speed up justice, and save millions of dollars a year!

And another thing;  let's drop all this liability crap!  If you buy a pencil and poke your eye out, you can sue the maker because there wasn't a warning label on it saying "Don't poke yourself in the eye, dummy".  This is beyond stupid.  If people can't be trusted, misuse products, or fail to see the obvious, then they shouldn't be able to sue over it.  It becomes a cash cow for the lawyers, as they get a piece of the action, as well as the litigants.  I know one person, who used to brag about new cars, or fun vacations, made possible by suing someone.  Is this right?  I would hate to think the world is this corrupt, but I know better. 

Some day, someone will finally say "enough is enough", and make some changes to simplify things, and immediately be sued because there wasn't a Spanish translation.   Face it, we're all screwed!

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