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May 18, 2023Liked by Thom Hartmann

Thanks Thom, You have just added valuable info to my database. I knew so little about the history of the supreme court

While at it, could you republish your take down of Ayn Rand, the sociopath. Some time ago I had a correspondence with a contributor to the Bulwark, he is not listed as a writer today. He had published a glowing tribute to Ayn Rand, and I responded by sending him a link to your article (before you started using substack)

His immature and ignorant response was that he doesn't pay attention to bloggers. I informed him that you are more than blogger, have published over 20 books, have your own radio and TV programs.

Then crickets, I also provide Charlie Sykes the same info about Rand's idolization of William Edward Hickman.

Charles doesn't respond to emails, he must get tons.

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Another thoughtful laying-out of how it all came down. With all the phony “originalist” bs we’ve had to listen to over the last 20 years, it’s so good to have you correct the record of the framers and the Warren Court and its successors which did so much to improve our politics and personal freedoms. I was unbelieving as Scalia and his colleagues took our crucial modern cornerstones down one by one--but you’ve

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... but you’ve put it together in a clear and detailed story.

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Did Warren and the other conservatives change into liberals as a result of their independence after their appointments, or were their rational applications of constitutional theory actually conservative? Were Brown v. Board, prohibiting official prayer in schools, Roe v. Wade, and all those other good judgments really liberal, or just good old fashioned protections guaranteed by the Constitution and Bill of Rights, like the founders intended?

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Before I get into comments. Congrats Thom it seems everyone is readiing your newsletter, joining substack was a smart move. Take this offering from the Bulkwark the Brutality Primary. here, Brutality is the point https://morningshots.thebulwark.com/p/the-brutality-is-the-point-really?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email

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"No man treats a motorcar as foolishly as he treats another human being. When the car will not go, he does not attribute its annoying behavior to sin; he does not say, "You are a wicked motorcar, and I shall not give you any more petrol until you go." He attempts to find out what is wrong and to set it right. An analogous way of treating human beings is, however, considered to be contrary to the truths of our holy religion."

- Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (18 May 1872-1970)

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The key question: if Manchin and the Arizona turncoat are still in office even after the hoped-for Democratic victory in ‘24, do you think they will go along with any legislation to expand? I suspect not as they too appear to be creatures bowing to big money.

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Bullseye, as usual. Sad, but too very true. I wonder if we will ever emend the constitution to kill Citizens United and restore representative democracy. Corporations are not people anymore than robots are.

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