Should Lawyers Be Allowed to Become Politicians? Conflict of Interest?

Hmm... maybe he was on to something.
Hmm… maybe he was on to something.

Regardless of how you feel about the myriad conspiracy theories about how the government is systematically removing freedoms from citizens and pushing the world to the brink of a New World Order, sometimes just good old-fashioned common sense prevails.  Have you ever stopped for a second to think about just what a high percentage of politicians both nationally and internationally are previous lawyers?

73fa30b3439e6430eba76090e085bf93It makes a lot of sense if you think about it.  The average citizen regards lawyers with the same contempt as a drug dealer or mass murderer.  Yet, becoming a lawyer is almost a prerequisite for entering the realm of politics.  Interestingly enough, a whole lot of people regard politicians with the same disdain as lawyers.  Is that because so many politicians are lawyers?  Or is it because so many politicians lie and cheat their constituents?

At first glance, it might seem sensible that being a lawyer kind of prepares you for becoming a politician later.  After all, theoretically, politicians create laws from the ground up, so having a background in law would seem to be a good feature for the old resume.  Then again, we are allowing lawyers to make laws.  In any other industry, that would be a big, fat, blinking light of a conflict of interest.  Lawyers making laws.  It’s kind of inevitable that the politician’s personal interests are going to intersect with that of the common good at some point.  Are we as a society simply overlooking a glaring problem in our political system?  Is it time to kick the lawyers out of politics?