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Thread #162832 Message #3878440
Posted By: Joe Offer
24-Sep-17 - 03:08 AM
Thread Name: BS: Free speech- as long as you're Liberal.
Subject: RE: BS: Free speech- as long as you're Liberal.
Over the years, The American Civil Liberties Union has been at the forefront of the movement to defend the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution. Most of the time, the issues the ACLU has defended, have been of great interest to us on the Left. Occasionally, the ACLU has defended the rights of the Right, and it has won court decisions that are distasteful to many of us.
But on the whole, I think the ACLU has performed a great service to all Americans. Conservatives tend to condemn the ACLU, but it has won a good number of victories for the conservatives.
If you review legal history of the U.S. over the last century, you will find the imprint of the ACLU on almost every court decision that interprets the Bill of Rights.
Representing two friends of mine, the ACLU overturned a policy that would have required me to donate my urine to the U.S. government regularly over the rest of my career. I am a strong supporter of the ACLU, even when they defend Nazis.