"The First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All the Lawyers"

(Excerpt from The Vigilante's Wraith, mystery novel by the C.F. Navarro.)

To a would-be vigilante who planned to specialize in the execution of lawyers, The Vigilante e-mailed: “Well, one thing is for sure. You won’t have trouble finding lawyers to dispatch. As we speak, there are over 1,500,000 of them plying the trade in this country, 50 to a 100 more per capita than in any developed country. History shows that the eventual ruin of nations is brought about a parasitical class that feeds off the blood of productive citizens—a bloated bureaucracy, a decadent aristocracy, a corrupt priestly caste. Our parasitical class in America is the legal profession. Behind every scam and injustice in this country you are likely to find a lawyer of some sort, professional conmen who claim that their services are needed because the law is much too complicated for the average citizens to comprehend. But who complicated the laws to begin with, if not the lawyers themselves, to justify their existence? Lawyers at one time may have been bound by moral restraints, a sense of right and wrong, good and evil, but over time they have degenerated into a brotherhood of mouths for hire. Nowadays in a typical courtroom trial, it is not the innocent who win or the guilty who loose, but those can afford the cleverest lawyer. So you are morally right in targeting lawyers. Still, I advise you not to be too quick to pass judgment. By the laws of probability, you can’t conclude that all 1,500,000 lawyers in America are ‘glorified crooks,’ as you put it. Some, no doubt are decent folks, though I have yet to meet one that comes close to fitting that description. As to your nom de guerre, ‘Thor the Just’, you might consider changing it to ‘Dick the Butcher’. That's the character in Shakespeare's King Henry VI who famously said. 'The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.' Good hunting.”

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