A reader writes:

Another excellent piece you've penned, Andrew. Scares the bejabbers out of me. They've got the full authorized power of laws set in place, which our weak, rightist Supreme Court will not undoauthorizations to do these horrible things. They have the Republicans and half the Dems backing them, making legislative mandated changes nearly impossible; and the media Right has thrown in some 25-40 of the populace into the support for this Century of Fear they are conjuring, which will thwart any real change in the legislatures.

And we thought history was ending? The US is turning into the right-of-center state the right has been claiming. And Obama is at the steering wheel? No one to the left of him or to the principled right of him is electable. We are in deep doo-doo Unless some new brand of genuine Conservative and Middle Ground Liberal coalition, of the older principled forms, pull together with some new candidates and perspectives.

But for now, it seems to be going in the opposite direction from this needed corrective. Sigh.

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