It has become a standard amongst American society that when the individual sees they have been wronged, they are able to take their assumedly powerful foe to court. The proceeding trial is often envisioned as a dramatic battle between good and evil, with the wronged party assuming they will always win, and manage to extract some monetary compensation out of the ordeal. However, this standard amongst society in the United States can often be taken too far, in the eyes of some Republicans.
In an article recently completed by The Gilmer Mirror, the court proceedings of the state of Texas against the federal government of the United States were summarized. The list of items the Lonestar State is suing over included air quality, health care, banking regulations and money for education. In addition to this, school districts across the state are suing their state government. The issue has become so extensive that Texas has been forced to hire “trail lawyers,” which specialize in civil law to defend against criminal indictments.
This conflict has resulted in two separate groups of opinion. One side firmly believes that there should be limits placed on the number of lawsuits filed against businesses; however, this same group often encourages proceedings against the federal government, in the name of the cause they are fighting for. Republicans in the state of Texas believe the court system is being taken advantage of by these very people. Twenty years ago, George W. Bush, who was running for governor at the time, saw this problem, and proposed a possible solution. The result was his four pronged campaign approach, which focused on a reform to civil justice, education, juvenile justice and welfare. Conveniently, this sought to both rectify the “lawyer bashing” that had started to become popular, while also serving as an attack on his Democrat opponent; Democrats were notoriously a favorite in terms of donations from lawyers at the time. Essentially, the reform made it harder to file some civil lawsuits. While civil justice lobbyists have continue to fight the reform, the beliefs started with Bush’s campaign remain cemented into Republican campaigns to this very day.