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Saturday, June 19, 2021

ACLU stopped defending free speech


I had a boss who called herself an ACLU conservative. I considered her to be a fool. She meant a conservative for free speech, which is redundant. But the ACLU, which marketed itself as a champion of free speech, always had an ulterior motive.

In the 21st century, we see the plan reveal itself as the organization increasingly shows its Marxist roots.

The New York Times published, "Once a Bastion of Free Speech, the ACLU Faces an Identity Crisis.

"An organization that has defended the First Amendment rights of Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan is split by an internal debate over whether supporting progressive causes is more important."

I would argue that the argument within the ACLU is to finally come out of the closet and push Marxism directly.

The NYT story said, "A law professor argued that the free speech rights of the far right were not worthy of defense by the ACLU and that Black people experienced offensive speech far more viscerally than white allies. In the hallway outside, an ACLU official argued it was perfectly legitimate for his lawyers to decline to defend hate speech.

"Mr. Goldberger, a Jew who defended the free speech of those whose views he found repugnant, felt profoundly discouraged."

I have news for Goldberger. Jews will be the first group that Marxists get rid of.

Hate speech is the excuse that ACLU staffers use to refuse to defend free speech in the 21st century. Marxists define hate speech as anything that offends them.

Wendy Kaminer reported, "Civil libertarians were shocked but not entirely surprised when ACLU attorney Chase Strangio called for the cancellation of a book that offended him. Strangio, ACLU deputy director for transgender justice, tweeted support for ‘stopping the circulation’ of Abigail Shrier’s critique of ‘the transgender craze’. He later deleted the tweet, calling it a joke, but it clearly reflected his views: Strangio had previously announced his personal hostility to the speech rights of ‘horrible’ people, lamenting the ACLU’s defense of provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos’s right to advertise on a public transit system." 

Strangio pushed the envelope. The envelope pushed back. He brushed it off as a joke.

Kaminer also reported, "The ACLU has a handy, legalistic excuse for ignoring the rise of cancel culture, on and off campus: it doesn’t violate the First Amendment, which only protects us from de jure censorship – state-sponsored interference with speech. As ACLU attorney Chase Strangio tweeted, in defence of his earlier (now deleted) tweet advocating the cancellation of a book he deplored, ‘I can’t violate the First Amendment because I am not the government’."

True, but free speech is not confined to what the government permits.

Strangio called for censorship in his tweet, which he now says was a joke. The ACLU once opposed Hollywood censorship. Now it is ignores Twitter banning conservatives.

In the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, the ACLU defended neo-Nazi and KKK groups to show the organization had no ideology. These groups were tiny and powerless. I remember an overblown argument over whether to allow klansmen to rally in Cleveland on the day the new stadium and the new Cleveland Browns debuted. The black mayor, Michael White, went out of his way to protect them.

All 12 of them.

Two decades later, hundreds protesting the removal of Confederate statues in Charlottesville, Virginia, got a permit to rally at a city park. The ACLU defended them, initially. 

After the police failed to protect the protesters from a larger mob of protesters, a riot ensued.

The ACLU condemned only one side, saying, "We condemn the voices of white supremacy heard in Charlottesville today, and all violence. Our hearts are with those killed and injured.

"Participants like KKK leader David Duke made it clear why white supremacists took to the streets of Charlottesville — they applaud President Trump’s policies and wish to intimidate Americans who are working for equality and liberty in the United States. We, like counter-protesters & others around our country, won't be intimidated. We work daily to fight systems & policies of white supremacy.

"The First Amendment is a critical part of our democracy, and it protects vile, hateful, and ignorant speech. For this reason, the ACLU of Virginia defended the white supremacists’ right to march. But we will not be silent in the face of white supremacy. Those who do stand silent enable it. That includes our president."

Free speech for everyone except those the ACLU labels white supremacists.

By the way, the statement reminded me that the ACLU has been silent about censors at Facebook and Twitter. As the ACLU said, "Those who do stand silent enable it."

And the president was not silent about the riot. He condemned the violence and the white supremacists.

He said, "To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend's racist violence: You will be held fully accountable. Justice will be delivered."

He also said, "Those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans."

By the way, Donald Trump publicly rebuked David Duke in 2000. He cited Duke's influence as one of the reasons he left the Reform Party. 

But what are facts to Marxists?

By promoting itself as a champion of free speech in the 20th century, the ACLU fancies itself as the sole arbiter of free speech in the 21st century. 

NYT wrote, "In 2015, University of Missouri students protested racism and established an encampment in a campus quad. When a student journalist tried to take photos and talk to protesters, students and a communications professor physically blocked the reporter from doing so. The ACLU of Missouri applauded the 'courageous' leadership of student activists and faculty members, and two national ACLU officials wrote columns about the protests. They did not mention First Amendment rights."

The Times failed to detail what happened. Professor Melissa Click, who was part of the journalism school, tried to stop a campus reporter. Click turned to some black students and said, "I could use a little muscle." 

There was some justice. Enrollment plummeted. And the university fired Click.

NYT reported, "Four years later at the University of Connecticut, two white students walking home late at night loudly repeated a racial slur. In the ensuing uproar, the university police arrested and charged the students with ridicule on account of race."

The arrest was outrageous. The students' behavior was bad but not criminal. The ACLU failed to defend their free speech rights.

Instead, NYT said, "The ACLU of Connecticut demanded that the university hire 10 Black faculty and staff members and require a freshman course on ending racism on campus. It made no mention of the arrests, other than to opine that the police force is 'an inherently white supremacist institution.'"

Only in the Candyland of leftist politics does "an inherently white supremacist institution" arrest white people for hurling racial epithets.

But that is where is the ACLU lives. Candyland. Anyone who disagrees is a white supremacist.

32 comments:

  1. "In the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, the ACLU defended neo-Nazi and KKK groups to show the organization had no ideology."

    No ideology? Both the Nazis (National Socialists) and the KKK (Demnocrats) were Leftist organizations. And anti-Semitic.

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    1. He's talking about the ACLU having no ideology. Could've been written a bit clearer but it's within the limits.

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    2. Wasn’t the aclu started by communists?

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  2. The ACLU will only defend speech if they think it advances their left wing agenda.

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  3. Robert Conquest 2nd law of politics:
    Any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing.

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    1. Keep in mind that a lot of this is like a lot of things with the left - it's really all about money. That's why the left infests "foundations" - foundations start out neutral or right-leaning, but end up trending left because they get taken over by greedy leftists who want control of all that endowment money that the foundation has.

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  4. Robert Conquest's 2nd law of politics is everywhere these days. I never would have believed it, but sooner or later organizations become left wing. It's shocking and disappointing.

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    1. That rule might apply to Supreme Court Justices as well.

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  5. “This is The Captain. All personnel: Set your phasers to Ridicule. We are now entering LibCommie quadrant. If the Ridicule setting fails to stop the enemy, all personnel are authorized to change their phasers to Davy Jones’ Locker setting. May the Trump be with you.”

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  6. The ACLU has been for a long time schizophrenic. That is due to it’s political bent and it’s supposed reason for being.

    At times, today, it will truly take up the mantle of civil liberties, but mostly, at least from my view, is just a Democrat support organization.

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  7. They may have actually believed in Free Speech once upon a time, but its been bred out of them. Thanks, Obama.

    All Commies stop pretending once they have power.

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  8. jews run the left (including the ACLU) and much of the right (israel). deepstate and cabal are mostly jewish. everything they pull out to do is from jews who were running things in other dictatorships. there were also jewish nazis and the soviets were mostly jewish. they have been running things here for the most part for over 100 years. the current antiwhitey bs is from an old playbook and they do a version of it everywhere they get an iron grip.

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    1. When I was growing up in the Head of the Holler, I never saw a Jew - or a black, for that matter, but as my education progressed I came to admire many Jews for their intellect and accomplishments. This is a serious question, and no offense meant: what is it that REALLY lies behind anti-Semitism? I don't get it, and you seem like a good source for at least some of the answer.

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    2. Antisemitism is in the same category as death and taxes.

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    3. Jim;

      It is Satanic, a futile effort to stop this:

      "It’s news I’m most proud to proclaim, this extraordinary Message of God’s powerful plan to rescue everyone who trusts him, starting with Jews and then right on to everyone else!--Romans 1:16.

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    4. "Antisemitism is a marriage of antisemitic policies and antisemitics ideas that produces and normalizes antisemitic inequities."

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  9. I am a graduate of the U. of Missouri, LO! those many years ago. I get requests for money, but the 2015 foofuraw had convinced me to trash them. This just makes it worse...and hardens my wallet. Which is now in a secret underground fortress...

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  10. Don, in regard to the University of Missouri and Professor Melissa Click, that is not the entire story.

    Professor Click landed on her feet and was quickly hired by Gonzaga University, see:

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/fired-mizzou-professor-melissa-click-hired-at-gonzaga-university

    and

    https://www.gonzaga.edu/academics/faculty-listing/detail/click

    American universities are irredeemable at this point. Burn them down and start over from the ground up.

    “Some justice.” Yeah, some justice alright.

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  11. The ACLU can’t stop me from sighing Don and the other fathers that contribute to this great site a happy Father’s Day.

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  12. Enjoy Juneteenth.

    The day the Republicans forced the Democrats to give up their slaves!

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  13. Don - a Libertarian long before I'd even heard of libertarians, I used to donate to the ACLU. I figured any organization with numerous Jewish lawyers that was willing to defend the Skokie Nazis' right to free speech in 1977 must really have its moral head screwed on straight. It's surely different now - like the Southern Poverty Law Center, it's a cesspool of left-wing anti-American "activism." The organization whose only raison d'ĂȘtre is the defense of the Bill of Rights is now thoroughly corrupt. I don't trust them as far as I could throw my Angus bull.

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    1. No, the day the Demos chucked it in.

      For a dozen years.

      When Jeffery has nothing to say, he usually says it.

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  14. They were always that way. Read about Roger Baldwin.

    They were busy trying to destroy the culture and worth of this country back in the 50s.

    Christmas trees on the village green, prayer in school, Miranda, flag burning, Skokie - all helped give us the mess we have today.

    At least now your eyes are open.

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  15. We no longer have the civil liberties organizations as we once had protecting the constitution. Putin was right, we have 450 political prisoners still in jail because of the Jan 6 demonstration. The vast majority with no bail for trespassing. Meanwhile ANTIFA/BLM rioters go free.
    Somewhat off topic:
    We now know per some media a 17 yo athlete and his father had numerous blood clots.  I argued with my doctor about being vaccinated since I have kidney disease and our kidneys control our bone marrow blood production.  My blood count varies a lot and some, like me, may wonder if blood clots may be a result of it after a vaccination for Covid.  I also believe I have had the virus and will be getting a test to determine that since I trust hardly anything that the medical and government establishment says about it.  


    Some good news from this old fart. We are at our Atlantic City NJ downtown timeshare condo.  We went to our favorite downtown breakfast restaurant which was extremely busy with about 90% minorities/blacks at or waiting for seating.  I remarked to my wife, with all this divisive BS from the Left/Democrats, everyone was so polite including the overworked staff.  Father's Day may have contributed, but what the climate was this morning was no different that what we have seen there since 2006.  We had a long, excellent conversation while waiting in line with a black couple.  I noticed 3 booths were blocked off even though the place was packed with many waiting for seating/service.  I asked the manager why they had booths blocked off.  He said that they did not have enough staff to support the extra seating.  He complained to city officials about the $300 a week federal money on top of unemployment causing a hiring problem and was told no that was not the problem, all he had to do was raise wages.

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  16. I'm more is the school of thought that the ACLU probably started out as a noble cause but like most of institutions today, veered strongly to the left. Many folks believe the Democrats also evolved and is not the same Democrat Party of our grandparents although we more learned ones know their evil dates back to slavery. One thing I think most of us can agree on is the ACLU of today has merged with the Marxist that are trying to take over our country.

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