To the editor:
An elected governor who wishes to gather all of the political power of the state unto himself backs up his executive powers with control of the legislative and judicial (including appeals process) by whatever means needed, including intimidation of members of his own party. The outstanding historical example of this was the late Huey P. Long known as the “Kingfish” in the state of Louisiana and noted by the president as one of the two most dangerous men in America in the 1930s.
There is surely little doubt now that Sam Brownback has made rapid progress toward gathering all the political power of the state of Kansas unto himself and, like Huey P. Long, has picked a fight with the federal courts. Kansans will now pay millions in legal fees to refight a battle lost long ago in 1865 at the close of our Civil War.
It should shame all Kansans that see it happening and do nothing and say nothing.