Tinsley Grey Sammons

Prior to the founding of the ABA in 1878 lawyers were generally sole practitioners who had trained as apprentices.

Today in America, a dangerous Brotherhood of Juris Doctors is America’s most powerful faction.

By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.

–James Madison, FEDERALIST #10

Liberty and justice in America have been ill-served by the Brotherhood of Juris Doctors.

But there is also another tendency that is common among people. When they can, they wish to live and prosper at the expense of others. . . . This fatal desire has its origin in the very nature of man – in that primitive, universal, and insuppressible instinct that impels him to satisfy his desires with the least possible pain.

Frederic’ Bastiat, THE LAW

Today, like a pernicious blight that ruins a good crop of oats, the power of money invades every cell of the justice system and destroys its promise.


Lawyers are everywhere. They abound in our hamlets and swarm in our cities. They overcrowd our legislatures, flourish as the heads of state and, like dead fish too long in the water, rise to the top of our great corporations.


The law is the weapon, the courtroom the battlefield, the judge your enemy and your lawyer is an enemy spy. —Michael H. Brown

When the American Bar Association was founded on August 21, 1878 the seeds for the destruction of constitutional American liberty may very well have been planted and human nature merely took over from there.


Permission to reprint in whole or in part is granted, provided full credit is given.

Tinsley Grey Sammons, 1936 —   is a self-educated Geezer with an abiding passion for liberty and justice. He served as an enlisted man during the Cold War and retired from his automobile service and repair business in 1998. He describes himself as a very angry, blue-collar-to-the-marrow curmudgeon. He and his wife settled in Gonzales, Louisiana after their home in St. Bernard Parish was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.


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