Yet Americans are unwilling to address the "lawyer" problem
openly. Why? The barrier seems to be the presence of one or more
lawyers in most American families. So the furtive lawyer joke has
become the ever present, and unacceptable, response.
The solution lies in staffing law making and governmental policy
making positions with reform minded non-lawyers who are prepared to pass
laws and constitutional amendments that will improve our legal system.
Serious voter education could turn the secret ballot into an unstoppable
force for legal reform. This education process needs to begin today.
There is one anomaly in the American governmental system that needs
special attention. Since Marbury v. Madison was decided by the
Supreme Court in 1803, that court has been accepted as the institution
which "interprets" the U S Constitution. This fact combined with the
fact that lawyers traditionally serve on the Supreme Count means that
lawyers serving on the Court will ultimately decided which reforms will
be "constitutional" and which will not. Either Supreme Court
appointments must be reserved for non-lawyers or the appellate processes
of the courts must change to assure that lawyers serving on the Supreme
Court are not in a position to "nullify" voter effort to reform the