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Republicans don't take too kindly to trial lawyers. Not lawyers, as such....but "trial" lawyers. To hear conservatives and Republicans talk the way they do about them-there "trial" lawyers, you might be led to believe that, whoever they are, trial lawyers are just slightly less dangerous to our nation than al-Qaeda members.
One recent example of this we-hate-trial-lawyers craze has been the dropping of the occasional "tort reform" bomb during health care reform discussions. Though it has been clearly shown by neutral data compilers that medical malpractice lawsuits only account for somewhere between 1% and 3% of our total national health care costs.....Republicans, when they have offered anything at all, have always raised the idea of limiting, capping what those trial lawyers can win for their crippled, butchered or dead clients.
I've always recoiled from the ugliness of this Republican tic. Yes, I understand it.....the Republican constituency, after all, is big business, big money,....that's who the GOP represents. Anything that diminishes the profits of big corporations, like, say, being punitively fined for paralyzing one of your customers, must be controlled, limited or eliminated altogether. Ohio's Republicans, abhorrently, have successfully capped the punitive awards against doctors who might negligently kill one of your children.
That dehumanized and compassionless ugliness ain't nothin' in comparison with the subject of today's post. The F"cking Insane Gang-Rape Posse.
Jamie Leigh Jones was a 19-yr-old employee of defense contractor KBR (formerly a Halliburton subsidiary) stationed in Iraq who was gang raped by her co-workers and imprisoned in a shipping container when she tried to report the crime. Her father and U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Tex.), worked together to secure her safe return to the United States, but once she was home, she learned a fine-print clause in her KBR contract banned her from taking her case to court, instead forcing her into an “arbitration” process that would be run by KBR itself.
Miss Jones was so brutally gang-raped that she required reconstructive surgery....and wasn't the imprisonment in the shipping container a nice touch?
On Tuesday, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) introduced an amendment guaranteeing victims like Miss Jones the right to have their day in court. Franken's amendment would stop funding defense contractors, like KBR, who deny assault victims that day in court.
Naturally, if that amendment passed, trial lawyers would have the right to extract financial punishment in court from companies whose employees, you know, gang-raped, another employee.
Enter the F*cking Insane Clown Posse.
Franken's amendment passed with 68 yes votes. THIRTY Republican senators voted no. 30 Republicans, insanely crazed by their partisan hatred of trial lawyers and Democrats voted for the gang-raping company and against the gang-rape victim.
In a theoretical hell, Lucifer, himself, couldn't turn the thermostat up high enough for these "values voters" politicians.
Often, conservatives and Republicans have said that their current disfavor with American voters is because they just can't get their "message" out properly, whatever-the-hell that "message" is. I categorically disagree. Indeed, the reason that voters are avoiding those R's on their ballots is because Republicans ARE getting their "message" out....and that "message" is ugly, viciously hateful, detached from real human life, intolerant, and defensive of all things Americans detest about cold-blooded corporations.
Tuesday, the Insane Gang-Rape Clown Posse delivered that "message" once again.
Tuesday, Al Franken did the late Paul Wellstone proud. This video is 10 minutes long, but I'm telling you, it's worth every minute. Though not often seen in the wilds of Washington D.C.....this is what a true Democrat looks like.....
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