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Book Review: WHORES: Why and How I Came to Fight the Establishment by Larry Klayman

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In his book WHORES: Why and How I Came to Fight the Establishment Larry Klayman dishes all on his long career of battling Washington DC and trying to instill ethics, morality, and religion to the Capital. Klayman, a conservative lawyer, is dedicated in his pursuit of justice and is quite notable for being the only lawyer to ever obtain a court ruling that a U.S. President committed a crime. He likes to see himself as a non-partisan freedom fighter and has founded two organizations Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch to be independent Justice Departments.

The book starts off during his days in Philly where he was bullied and learned to stand up for himself, a lesson he took to heart. It then briefly follows his career arc in Washington until he founds Judicial Watch. Then came the 18 different lawsuits against the Clinton Administration, including “Trustgate,” “Chinagate,” and “Filegate.” While labeled a Republican zealot going after a democratic president he would later boast having sued Dick Cheney over his Energy Task Force over not disclosing their records, with the courts later siding with the Task Force. The driving force throughout these years in Larry’s life was the pursuit of government honesty, transparency, and largely causing one large ruckus for those in power with something to hide.

In 2003, Larry would run for Senate in Florida as a Republican. Things were looking fine for him until the Bushes put out their own candidate Mel Martinez. His battle for the Senate seat is one of the more interesting aspects of the book since it shows first hand the corruption inherent in elections — how having the right friends means more than anything else. As your recent memory should tell you, Martinez ended up winning the election and Larry decided to go back to his law career.

The book’s a great read. It’s very entertaining and Larry Klayman’s public life leads to some great stories as he takes on the government, mafia, big corporations, and everyone in-between. He fights against the system that defends itself and is sustained by political jabs, in-fighting, and grandstanding but not by solving problems. In this effort the book details a bit of a wear down in Klayman, who starts off idealistic and taking on the president to a guy to runs a broken election against a de facto leader. Throughout you can’t help but root for the guy as he battles forces so larger than he and so complacent in the way things are. Even in corruption charges against the Clintons the Republicans decided to drop the investigation because they themselves were guilty of the same charges and could not face that in the press. So corruption runs rampant and no one cares … well, other than Larry.

However, that doesn’t mean Larry’s a saint. In fact there are a few bones in this book worth picking one of which is his description of the Terri Schiavo case; specifically, his assertion that many doctors said that she was not in a persistent vegetative state and the lack of effort by Governor Jeb Bush to save her life. First off, there were few doctors who would have said such after her CAT scans, which showed severe cerebral atrophy and her EEG which showed no measurable brain activity. Against that evidence you’re hard pressed to find someone who’d think she could make a recovery. But even then any remaining question would have been put to rest after her autopsy which showed her brain had extensive irreversible brain damage in every region of the brain. In fact, the only reason there was ever any large media whoopee-doo about this was because of Pro-Choice and Pro-Life activists entering and mucking up the place, taking a private sad affair to the national level where both parties were slandered and had their whole lives thrown in front of the media train.

The second bit is that Jeb Bush actually overstepped his boundaries when the rashly passed Terri’s Law gave him the power to intervene and he did. He ordered the feeding tube reinserted until Terri’s Law was suspended because it was deemed unconstitutional for the State Government to have a say in who lives or dies, after which it was removed again. I respect your work, Larry, but you’re entitled to your own opinions, not your own facts.

Overall WHORES: Why and How I Came to Fight the Establishment is a fun read about slogging through the Clinton era scandals and a first-hand perspective about running for the Senate — with occasional derailing moments such as a conspiracy theory dealing with the death of U.S. Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown in 1996. But his Five Part Plan to Reform the Judicial System near the end of the book is wonderfully thought out and I wholeheartedly support it. I’d recommend this book rather quickly to a conservative reader but not so easily to a liberal one. Larry insists he has no political bias, but when it comes to justice he does gloss over the numerous Bush era scandals and abuses of power while focusing on many of the Clinton era. This’ll likely put off liberal readers as will its aggressive condemnation of the “liberal elite media” and the “bankrupting socialist Obama administration.” So while Larry thinks of himself as a non-partisan freedom fighter, the book leans unmistakably right — which is not a bad thing at all as long as the prospective reader is aware of this beforehand.

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