“Tort Reform Panic on the Right?”
Here's an excellent blogpost, entitled "Tort reform panic on the right?" that demonstrates, once again, that the fight for civil justice is by no means a partisan issue. Mark Wahlstrom of Legal Broadcast Network criticizes the tort "reform" agenda and laments the general buy-in of the Republican party, pointing out that many people have been duped into voting against their interest in a strong civil justice system.
Here's a highlight from his post, which responds to another author's article about the presidential candidates and their potential to embrace tort "reform" policies:
As a Republican who often refers to himself as to the right of Reagan who thought Goldwater was a lefty, I have been sickened by the wholesale sell out of the Republican party to the tort reform lobby. The huge piles of cash thrown at them by The Chamber of Commerce, Manufacturers associations, drug companies, casualty insurance companies and others has causeed a collective sell out that is only matched by the influence railroads and robber baron's had in the US prior to Teddy Roosevelt ascending to the Presidency. As I often say, any true conservative, or any true American knows, that our fathers, uncles and brothers didn't die in foreign lands so that we could surrender our right to access the courts and obtain compensation for injury just to save $4 on my auto insurance bill. Tort reform has been one of the most intellectually dishonest and massive campaigns to rob American's of their rights and freedoms since the founding of this country. Keep Reading
Wahlstrom observes that, thankfully, more people are wising up to the harmful effects of tort "reform" on the lives and legal rights of ordinary Americans. On the Hill, this means more reluctance to embrace new pushes for tort "reform." It also means that more stealth tactics, such as preemption efforts, have become necessary to advance the corporate lobby's agenda.
But I remain skeptical as to whether political leaders will ever go so far as to affirmatively embrace an agenda to restore our rights and strengthen the civil justice system, and I think the FISA capitulation is the most recent peice of evidence that supports my skepticism. But as we begin to circle back to the issue of a Pro Civil Justice Presidential platform I hope more voices like Wahlstrom's will weigh in on that.