In the past months, I have received a couple of requests for articles. These were serious requests. “I wish you would write an article about. . .” Then person unpacked the issue they wished me to address. After they explained their requests I understood. But writing the articles per their requests could be dangerous to my health. Since I have deep admiration and respect for both anonymous women making the requests; here goes.
The first matter deals with the problem of frivolous lawsuits, especially those involving “fender-bender” accidents in parking lots. It seems that the Morris Bart’s and the Gordon McKernan’s of Louisiana are driving the cost of car insurance through the roof, because people are having accidents and are suing. That is their right! But c’mon man! “I got sideswiped and I called Morris.” Insurance exists to restore value, not to create wealth.
The matter could be remedied by tort reform, which will not happen in Louisiana. It could also be solved by placing limits on liability, which will also not happen in Louisiana. It could also be remedied by changing the limits at which a matter can go to court. That one woke up the attorneys, expect comments below!
The problem is not the attorneys. The problem is the system. Don’t get mad at Morris and Gordon, they are playing the hand the legislature dealt. Call ,write or protest to Baton Rouge. There is a problem if you bump a car in a parking lot and the bump costs your insurance company $41,000 for property damage.
Any incident involving an automobile has the potential to be the next Powerball payout.
Lawsuits have become the new lottery. Now you might understand why pointing out the flaws of a legal system was the catalytic dynamic that led to the crucifixion of Jesus. The Jewish religious leaders wanted Jesus silenced because he was advocating tort reform. I remind you that the Pharisees were the lawyers in that culture.
Lawsuits are way too controversial to write about. The second request was no less nettlesome. It involved pet peeves. The nice person’s pet peeves were two-fold. Yoga pants and pedestrians who walk on the wrong side of the road.
A yoga pants article would get me in more trouble with public than the request for tort reform. There is no way I could say anything about that. Instead, I will tell a joke.
There’s an old joke Democrats used to tell about President Coolidge, a man of few words. It seems the president attended church one Sunday, while Mrs. Coolidge remained at the White House.
On his return, anxious that she might have missed something significant, the
First Lady asked her husband about the preacher’s sermon topic.
“He spoke about sin,” the president replied.
What did he say,” Mrs. Coolidge inquired?
“He was against it.”
I gave up wearing yoga pants for Lent. I do walk on the wrong side of the road. I do that so I can jump out of the way of some car which is driven by a person not paying attention to his driving. So here is my theological question.
If a pedestrian is struck by a car and the pedestrian is wearing yoga pants and walking on the wrong side of the road, can they call Morris or Gordon even though they were pedestrians? What if the driver was distracted by the yoga pants, doesn’t that change the liability? What if the driver of the car was also wearing yoga pants?
Jesus said, “You shall know the truth and the truth will make you free.” But until the truth makes you free it is likely to make you miserable.
To my two friends, I told you I would write the article. . .