Over the past year, Tort Deform has seen its fair share of blogposts, reports, op eds, and other items surrounding one very important question: what should a Pro-Civil Justice Presidential Platform look like, and which candidate would be most willing and most equipped to advance that platform in the next administration?
Fair-minded Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike will agree that over the past 8 years (and even beyond that) we've seen exactly what an anti-Civil Justice Platform looks like. We've seen an adminsitration bent on protecting corporations from consumer safety laws, complicit in allowing dangerous products and drugs to enter the marketplace through ineffective regulation, and committed to a blanket policy of reducing the effectiveness of lawsuits as a strong deterrent against corporate misconduct. The laundry list of compromises to the detriment of the little guy just goes on and on. We've blogged about it here on tortdeform. We've also highlighted what little tidbits of information we could extract from the campaigns, about where the candidates stand on these issues. And we've encouraged others to chime in about these issues and what they want the next President to do about them.
Today's the day to do something.
This morning I cast my vote. I got up ridiculously early. I could barely sleep. It felt like the night before the first day of school--you're wondering what's going to happen, you're nervous but ready to get started. The excitement is still palpable, everywhere.
I voted for the candidate I felt would be most open to (instrumental in, even?) a movement to restore the power of the courts. I voted because I value democracy, and that's the same reason why my vote was based upon who I thought would advance a Pro Civil Justice agenda. I voted for the candidate who I felt would be most interested in helping breathe life back into, restore substance to the legal rights and protections we're told we can rely upon.
I hope you did too.
In the swell of this election fervor, be sure to take a moment to reflect on why you voted, and why you voted the way you voted.