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Dave Hickey

Here it is, 3:30 am a few days after the election, and this is the first chance I've gotten to read any of your blog. I'll have to read it more in depth when I'm wide awake. Then maybe I'll have some conherent thoughts to offer.

I'm in Nashville until next Thursday when I return to DC. I'm really looking forward to your visit. Hope we have enough time to talk through lots of things.

I'm thinking a lot about the outcome of the election. My candidate didn't win either (maybe not surprising either) I'm wondering what you think the outcome will be on the courts. You'll probably be pleased with some of the direction the Grover Norquist types want to go. They are actively working to undue the FDR New Deal which they believe was an unconstitutional extension of federal power over the states. It would mean the end of government regulations in all markets as well as the end of most government social spending. That sounds to me like something you might agree with. I, obviously, believe that would be disastrous for the country.

But the same judges are likely to see things like Miranda rights in the same light. They could easily reverse 40 years of federal protections for individuals under the same logic, as unconstitutional use of federal power. Scalia (who will most likely replace Rendquist) sounds to me like he believes the application of the bill of rights to states was in error.

So, what's your take on the direction they are likely to go? There may be differences within the Republicans on how to use their monopoly on power, but I fear they will be able to accomplish more than most people imagine.

There's an speech floating around on the net taht was given by US Vice President Henry Wallace in 1944 about the dangers of fascism in America. It's worth reading. Here's one excerpt:

"The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity, every crack in the common front against fascism. They use every opportunity to impugn democracy. They use isolationism as a slogan to conceal their own selfish imperialism. They cultivate hate and distrust of both Britain and Russia. They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection."

I found it by googling Henry Wallace, fascism.

The blogs a great idea. Even if I'm sure I'll disagree with mostly everything you say. Our political conversations are the most engaging and entertaining discussions I have. See you in DC.

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