We Americans have a reputation for our willingness to drop a lawsuit at the drop of a pin. And it’s one we’ve earned – as fifteen million lawsuits are filed each year.Given that 80 percent of the world’s lawyers live in the United States, I’m going to go to out on a limb and speculate that many are frivolous. Indeed – so frivolous are America’s lawsuits that you can sue conservatives for disagreeing with you.
The Washington Free Beacon reports on the latest insanity:The attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands is targeting dozens of conservative and libertarian organizations in a racketeering lawsuit against climate change skeptics that has been widely described as an effort to silence political opponents.
In a subpoena issued in March, the office of USVI attorney general Claude Walker demanded from Exxon Mobil copies of communications between the oil company and 90 different political and policy organizations “and any other organizations engaged in research or advocacy concerning Climate Change or policies.”
The subpoena was part of a national, coordinated legal campaign by state attorneys general and left-wing advocacy groups to use the legal system against companies and organizations that disagree with and advocate against Democratic policies to address global climate change.Those organizations include some of the nation’s preeminent conservative and libertarian nonprofit groups. The AG is requesting Exxon Mobil communications with the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, the Federalist Society, the Hoover Institution, the Reason Foundation, and the Mercatus Institute, among other groups.
One target of the subpoena, the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute, has already publicly responded to Walker. Its attorney called the attorney general’s subpoena “a blatant attempt to intimidate and harass an organization for advancing views that you oppose.”
Will this lawsuit actually go anywhere? I certainly hope not – but after what the IRS did to Tea Party and other groups, it does seem like it’s getting dangerous to be “outed” as a conservative in our nation. We’ll keep you posted if we’re next. Gee, maybe we ought to fight for status as a “protected class” in this country. It’s working awfully well for transgenders…[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]