Totalitarianism is Alive
Posted on November 10, 2016
Movement conservatives in power usually avoid open or visible lawbreaking, but they have no respect for the traditions and conventions that make democracy possible. Instead they seek to systematically disempower and destroy all actual or potential opposition. In Kansas you can see this in the vote suppression movement, the defunding of Planned Parenthood, the subversion of the open records act, the firing of legislative committee chairs who don’t follow orders, the removal of academic freedom rights, the constant lying about simple budgetary facts, the effort to eliminate the independent judiciary, and much else.
As a recent example, Monday, October 31st a debate was scheduled on the Kansas Senate floor on SB 440, a bill that would expand the reasons to impeach Kansas Supreme Court justices (including attempting to usurp the power of the legislative and executive branch). This proposal was introduced a day before the state Supreme Court ruled against the Legislature in the school finance zovirax generic. Contrary to standard democracy-respecting procedure, there was never a committee hearing on it before hand. The sponsors of SB 440 did not provide anyone the chance to testify –not even to as to why to support it– about it. Three days ago, the Senate Judiciary Committee took SB 439 (impeachment) and added it to SB 440 (judicial administration) without having a hearing on the contents of SB 439. While not technically illegal, this kind of behavior is totalitarian.