Noble McIntyre on June 21, 2011
Americans, be aware. One of our most important constitutional rights is currently being attacked. The 7th Amendment provides Americans with the right to justice through the civil court system. This mechanism provides every citizen an opportunity to fight back against those have violated our life, liberty, and protections of law. However, this right is currently under fire by Corporate America through inaccurate and ridiculous brainwashing propaganda.
Corporate America, through a very expensive publicity campaign, has convinced many Americans that individuals and corporations that injure or even kill people should not be held accountable for their actions because there are too many “frivolous lawsuits” and insurance rates will keep going up. These attacks are eroding the very foundation of the 7th Amendment and taking away a fundamental right Americans need to protect themselves. Unfortunately, America has started to buy into these arguments that have actually been proven to be false.
John Stossel is a prime example of someone who has taken these lies and marketed them to the public, essentially brainwashing people into this unfounded ideology. Stossel, though, is a hypocrite, having sued a professional wrestler for $425,000 for slapping him when he questioned whether wrestling is fake. However, Stossel opposes innocent people who sue because of a serious injury or even death. Stossel thinks he is helping America by informing them about these so-called “frivolous lawsuits”, but the unfortunate thing is that he is helping breakdown the fabric that makes America the land of the free.
To help understand the truth and reality behind these lies, HBO is airing the documentary “Hot Coffee” on June 27th. This must-see movie will inform and educate the public on the true reasons why corporate America has infringed upon the rights of innocent victims. The film highlights the infamous McDonald’s spilled coffee case, where Stella Liebeck, an Albuquerque woman, spilled scalding hot coffee on herself and suffered third-degree burns. The case has been knocked as “frivolous” and taking advantage of the civil court system, but these attitudes and sentiments are likely to change after viewing “Hot Coffee”. The filmmakers’ goal is to educate people and hopefully change the way they think about the civil justice system and access to the courts.
Reviews have called the film “eye-opening”, “stunning”, and “entertaining”. You will definitely learn something about how the US Constitution is being attacked and the true reason why Corporate America is trying to take away your rights.