Monday, August 31, 2020



You may not remember their names by now but you remember the incident. Mark and Patricia McCloskey, St. Louis trial lawyers, standing in front of their Italianate mansion, brandishing a handgun and semi-automatic rifle at peaceful protesters on their private street. (The marchers were actually heading for the mayor's house a bit further down.) They appeared by video last week at The Republican National Convention, loudly defending the right to defend their property with lethal force from people who were not interested in them. They predicted that if Biden were elected, marauding bands of criminals would sweep through the beloved suburbs, destroying everything in sight.

Two problems. One. they don't live in the suburbs. They live in the central city on a street full of mansions built by STL's industrial and financial barons of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Two, when we say trial lawyers, we usually mean plaintiff's personal injury attorneys who get about a third of any recovery. Skilled ones, like the McCloskeys, can become so rich they can afford palazzi and AK-15s. The Republicans hate them because they aggressively suck the money out of corporations and insurance companies. Don't feed the hand that bites you.

The real threat may be illustrated above, found on a back street in the suburb where we live. Imagine a herd of these bounding through your subdivision, lusting for your electronics and Lexus? As the song had it, who needs TV when you have T. Rex?                  


susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

It seemed to me, at one point when they were speaking, they were attempting to imply that they lived in some part of the suburbs in St. Louis area. It made me a bit sad that they were probably seen by many people as a representation of the white people who live in St. Louis.

I live in one of the older suburbs of St Louis, where most of the homes are small and were built in the 1930's through 1960's. No gates in our neighborhood, except to enter the backyards.

Barbara Rogers said...

Wow, that's some fierce-some creature. I'd sure shy away from him, just as I would those gun toting people. Not friendly at all.

Sharon said...

Oh yes, I know exactly where they live and where it sits in the heart of the city. I watched their little speech at the convention. I was actually interested in what they had to say for themselves giving them the benefit of the doubt. No doubt any longer. They served themselves up as every bit as deplorable as first impressions gave me.

William Kendall said...

Too bad they can't be sent back to the Jurassic era and have a t-rex go after them.