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A Rush Job by the ACLU

Recently Team Red was discussing the ACLU, and it’s clear that there is a widespread belief that it is a liberal organization. If you think of it as nothing more than an tool of Democratic secular-humanist antireligious hippie freak college-going pacifist tree-hugging America-hating Blue-Teamers like myself, you might be surprised by the following Fox News story titled “ACLU Comes to Rush Limbaugh’s Defense”.

Some choice extracts:

... the privacy rights group ... filed a "friend-of-court" motion on behalf of Limbaugh arguing state officials were wrong in seizing his medical records for their drug probe...

"For many people, it may seem odd that the ACLU has come to the defense of Rush Limbaugh," ACLU of Florida Executive Director Howard Simon said in a released statement.

"But we have always said that the ACLU's real client is the Bill of Rights...While this case involves the right of Rush Limbaugh to maintain the privacy of his medical records, the precedent set in this case will impact the security of medical records and the privacy of the doctor-patient relationship of every person in Florida."

I've said this before, and I'm saying it again: the ACLU is not about liberalism, or secularism, or communism. It's about defending the Bill of Rights, from any attacks, involving anyone---even people that some of us find repugnant, like gays, Nazis, and even (ugh) far-right drugged-out radio announcers.

And no, the ACLU doesn't do the Second Amendment---I think they've subcontracted that out to the NRA. But to anyone that's keeping firearms handy: hey, I'm glad you're ready with a final line of defense to keep US goverment from turning totalitarian. But remember that the first line of defense is vigorous defense of our constitutional rights, and for that, the weapons are lawyers, vigilance, and a strong, independent judiciary.

Posted by William Cohen at April 28, 2005 12:56 PM