Opinion Journal has a great editorial criticizing the recent inaction of the ACLU in defending unpopular speech by conservatives. (HT: Jeff the Baptist.) It wasn't that long ago that the ACLU was defending the right of the Aryan Nations to march in north Idaho. It seems that if you are a nutcase who thinks homosexuals should be burned at the stake, the ACLU thinks you have a right to your opinion, but if you thinks homosexual behavior is immoral it doesn't. It does seem to me to be true that the ACLU has been moving in a more and more partisan leftist direction, and has been selectively failing to notice violations of the speech rights of conservatives.
I used to say that I agreed with the ACLU about as often as I agreed with George Bush, and on opposite issues. This shouldn't be surprising, since I'm a right-libertarian, the ACLU is left-libertarian, and Bush is right-authoritarian. So, in theory, the ACLU and I ought to agree on how much power government ought to have over the lives of individuals, and George Bush and I ought to agree on what the government should do with the power it does have. Unfortunately, both Bush and the ACLU have been getting worse, and I would say that Bush has been getting worse faster.
Well, perhaps there will be a miracle and Ron Paul will win the presidential election... I suspect that would solve a lot of problems.Posted by Kenny at June 5, 2007 12:10 PM
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