In the New York Times bestseller, Empire of the Summer Moon, author S.C. Gynne writes in great detail about the last days of the Comanche Indians, who roamed the great plains from Mexico to North Dakota and who were the last holdouts against the white man’s overwhelming non-stop push for Indian land. The final death blow was the destruction of thirty-three million buffalo between 1868 and 1881. General Phil Sheridan said buffalo hunters in the last few years did “more to settle the vexed Indian question than the entire regular army had done in the last thirty years.” Gynne explained that killing the buffalo was more than an accident of commerce. “It was a deliberate political act.”
What to do? Educate the public. Build coalitions. Utilize social media to explain what can happen if, God forbid, a nice person (like someone reading this blog) should be seriously injured at work and need workers’ compensation benefits to keep afloat and pay medical bills.
As legislatures all over the country constantly erode the rights and benefits of injured workers, the all consuming nature of the quest reminds me of the push for more land and the destruction of those Indians who stood in the way. Advocates for injured people also stand
in the way and at every turn attempts are made to steamroll them. Texas is a prime example. It is hard to find a workers’ compensation lawyer in that state who has been practicing for twenty years or more. That institutional knowledge has been blown away like tumbleweed in a storm. As Shakespeare so famously stated on behalf of a dictator who was about to seize power, “The first thing we do is kill all the lawyers.” Removing access to lawyers is a simple but effective formula for insurance companies and big employers who want to Continue reading