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Laws Should Be in Plain Language

Home - by - November 28, 2012 - 09:30 America/New_York - 9 Comments


With the 2012 elections behind us and a new Congress about to be sworn in, it is time to take stock of the way we govern and the consequences thereof.

The American people may have elected the status quo in governing but they do not expect it in governance. Citizens are sick and tired of partisanship and procedures and processes that legislators do not understand and the American people cannot make heads or tails of.

Our founding fathers wrote the documents creating the greatest nation the world has ever known using plain English. Although drafted by highly educated and talented people, they knew that in order to get the public to support their efforts the common as well as the cultured had to understand them.

There is not a doubt in my mind that the average American high school student today can fully understand and appreciate the words and the meaning of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the amendments thereto including the Bill of Rights.

The same cannot be said of the healthcare bill passed by the House. You need a PHD, a degree in economics and a law degree to fully appreciate the convoluted and highly technical legislation that will affect every single American.

There is no way even the average legislator can fully understand a more than 1,900-page highly technical bill, even with the benefit of an extensive staff.

Highly specialized staffers, government lawyers, lobbyists, industry executives and their lawyers write these bills. They are purposely written to obscure the true intent, meaning and effect of the bills they author.




  1. old_oaks

    November 28th, 2012

    THIS is precisely why you NEVER EVER upon ANY circumstances talk to a police officer outside of being friendly.

    Don’t believe me?

    Let a cop and a defense lawyer tell you why…



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  2. bitterclinger

    November 28th, 2012

    Consent of the governed: long gone.

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  3. Unruly Refugee

    November 28th, 2012

    @old_oaks, I talk to one or two every day. But, yes, if you might be in trouble, always keep your mouth shut. Everything you say can and WILL be used against you ….


    Ignorance of the law SHOULD BE a legitimate excuse too. Who the hell has the time to read up on all the zillions of laws?

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  4. Stranded in Sonoma

    November 28th, 2012

    This is why I have always held the belief that since lawyers are part of the judicial department, they should be forbidden from holding any position in the legislative and executive departments. With the exception of attorney general and district attorneys. They should not be able to be counsel to anyone that writes laws nor should they be able to author them for anyone else. All lawyers should be forbidden from any interaction with all legislative departments. If any lawyer is found to have authored or assisted in writing any law, he is guilty of a felony and shall suffer death.

    Problem solved.

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  5. serfer62

    November 28th, 2012

    Whoaa…the House didn’t passObumerCare, it was DEEMED passed by the Senate.

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  6. Unruly Refugee

    November 28th, 2012

    @Stranded in Sonoma

    I second that proposal. Way too many lawyers — that is the core of the problem.

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  7. Whoopie

    November 28th, 2012

    Even the Catholic Church abandoned Latin.

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  8. muddjuice (Absolutist)

    November 28th, 2012

    @ old_oaks

    I have been a cop for 15 years. I interviewed hundreds upon hundreds of people.

    Very few have ever said they did not want to talk. And they always trip themselves up and spill some little detail that incriminates them.

    I do differ with soem of the video. The vast majority of cops out there aren’t trying to railroad innocent people into prison for crimes they did not commit. And, some of those were guilty of far worse crimes they escaped justice from.

    As far as the feds go. Avoid saying anything to them. There are way too many “laws” in this country they can hang around your neck….

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  9. CopTalker

    December 2nd, 2012

    I join with muddjuice below in questioning that generally very good video to some degree. Most police are simply trying to do a very difficult job most of the time and having people reasonably try to help them out with information makes things a LOT easier for them. Imagine if every time they were called to the scene of a problem everyone refused to talk to them: the amount of investigative time would skyrocket and the number of successful conclusions to such calls would plummet and we’d all suffer. In the past 30 years I’ve had two deaths in an abandoned building next door to me, and one death of a housemate in bed in his bedroom at night. In all three cases I spoke freely to and was as helpful as I could be to the officers investigating. I had nothing to hide and had no problems. If on the other hand I had immediately clammed up and said “I won’t talk without a lawyer,” I probably would have suffered a LOT of grief and might very well have ended up under severe suspicion that I might in some way have had something to do with the deaths.

    I think common sense has to come into play. Don’t run off at the mouth under duress, consider asking for a lawyer if it seems to you that you might be reasonably considered a suspect in a crime, but cooperate to the best of your ability if neither of those conditions holds.

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