First let me note the quite remarkable fact that in his Inaugural, Pine addressed in no way, even from the Right-Wing Reactionary perspective he personifies, the real problems facing the country: the declining standard of living for most Americans; the increasing economic and personal insecurity, both present and future, and the declining standard of health care and education for most Americans; deindustrialization and the gradual crumbling of the public infrastructure; the ever-growing cancer of racism; the ever-growing intolerance for "difference." But then again, how could he, really- It is the policies of his party that either cause, abet, or exploit to the full for its own political purposes, all of them.
Turning to the side, thoroughly distractive, subject Pine did address, I know that you know my private fears about Pine's "Real War on Drugs," and I think, I hope, that you share many, if not most of them. I also know that you know that given complete Republican control of the three branches of the American Federal government (capped off by a "filibuster proof" majority in the US Senate) there is little hope of stopping the Right-Wing onslaught, on drugs and everything else.
As you know only too well, I cannot write about any of my true views and feelings on these matters in my column and hope to keep my job. Thus, as we have discussed, I have decided to commit some of my true thoughts to paper from time to time, in private to you, to have them on the written, if unpublished, record, at least.
It is strange but I suppose highly appropriate that Pine should choose to start off what is bound to be the most Right-Wing Presidency ever in the US with a renewed "War on Drugs." Of course, his "War" will be no more successful in reducing the use of those drugs against which it is aimed, marijuana, heroin, and cocaine, than the Bush-Bennett, Reagan, Rockefeller, or Nixon versions were over the previous 30 years. And of course like its predecessors, it fails to address those two "legal" drugs, tobacco and alcohol, which not only cause the vast majority of drug-use-related illness and death in the U.S., but also, through their use by kids, lead to almost all use of the "illegals" in the first place.
(But heaven help the Right-Wing Reactionaries if they were ever to go after the real drug demons in the United States, the tobacco and alcohol industries. The Republicans actually go out of their way to protect those devils incarnate. They have to. They get too much in the way of campaign contributions and other goodies not to.)
But, again like its predecessors, the "Real Drug War" is in any case not designed to deal with the real drug problem. Like that of its predecessors, its primary purpose will be to reinforce political racism by framing the "drug problem" as a black one, when in reality 75% of illegal drug use is among non-blacks. And it will be useful for continuing to maintain a high level of drug trade, not drug-use-related, violence in the black communities. Among other things at this time, this violence will sap the strength from a black community which might otherwise be prepared to offer real resistance to the on-coming fascist regime which as you know I see getting ever closer.
It amazes me, although I suppose it shouldn't, that Pine is turning back to programs that failed and failed badly the last time around: "massive interdiction" and "supply-side strategies." Of course, it is the new ones he has added that have me the most worried. First, the wild Gingrichian proposal for dealing "drug smugglers." Then, the open suspension of civil liberties for drug dealers/users on the "drug exception" developed over the years by the Supreme Court. Remember that fine paper by our mutual friend Steve Wisotsky (1992)- Steve pointed out that over the years Supreme Court justices from left (William O. Douglas) to right (Antonin Scalia) have been prepared to abrogate the Fourth Amendment when it came to drugs. Well, this now has become national policy. Mark my word, as they say, it ain't going to end here.
Then, the building of that string of camps advocated so many times over the years by so many "Drug Warriors." Now, added to all of this is the new emphasis on (forced) "moral rehabilitation" under which the Right will finally get its chain of camps, on those abandoned Army bases, just like Phil Gramm proposed back in the '96 campaign (Berke).
Among other things this program will revive local employment which had been eliminated by the "liberal campaign against the military," and further build support for the "Real War on Drugs." In this way it will be very similar to the role played by prison construction in rural and semi-rural areas in the 1980s and 1990s, creating that which what is left of the opposition now calls the "prison-industrial complex" (Davis). Of course, you know what I think those camps (and all that wonderful local employment) are really going to be ultimately used for. 
I know, I know, I'm nothing but an alarmist. As so many say, "the genius of America is that somehow it always rights itself at the last moment." Well, my friend, not this time, I'm afraid.
By the way, where are those so-called "libertarians" of the Cato Institute now that we need them- I'll tell you where. As in 1995, after the Republicans first took control of Congress, so caught up are they in the "free-market capitalism/anti-government/anti-government regulation (of business)" act that Pine is going through, that just as the Milton Friedmans have always done, they are willing to overlook "a few limitations on civil liberties" in exchange for the enshrinement of the myth of the "free market."
"Few limitations," my foot. Civil liberties in the US are going, going, soon-to-be-gone, my friend, the soon-to-be-gone American Civil Liberties Union to the contrary notwithstanding. But the "libertarians" will have their "free market," which failed to work when Reagan gave it to them, and their "freedom from government red tape," which will just lead to evermore degradation of the environment, more white collar crime, more bankruptcy, and so on and so forth. But once again, as is my wont as you know, I digress.
Thanks for bearing with me. I hope, hope, hope, that I'm wrong about where this country is headed, but sadly I don't think I am.
All the best sincerely,