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Friday, February 18, 2005
 
CPAC 2005: ACLU Makes a Showing
by Bonjo
This struck me as interesting. I'm walking around the exhibits at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, sponsored by the American Conservative Union. One of the booths I came across was that of the ACLU.

The bow-tie sporting fellow behind the desk was defending the ACLU to a conservative conference goer. I leaned in to listen, and he addressed both of us. "We support defending the First Amendment rights of everyone, Democratic or Republican."

Sure, there's a token ACLU lawsuit here and there for the conservative side of the spectrum, but that's also like saying that Ted Kennedy is conservative because he ate hot dogs with George W. Bush. Some things you do because you have to, not because you want to, and that applies to Uncle Teddy and hot dogs at the White House just as it does to a few token pro-conservative ACLU lawsuits.

The other conservative wandered off, I stayed and listened to the ACLU rep tell me how they defend Republicans when necessary. He had no statistics as to the percentage of lawsuits filed on behalf of "conservative" groups, since the ACLU is a strictly "non-partisan organization."

I couldn't resist. I asked the bow-tie what the ACLU's position was on private property rights. Given that the left defends anything insidious under the umbrella of "First Amendment rights," I figured this was a fair question.

He shifted and hesitated, then I informed him of the ACLU's actions in suing the pants off of my church. I interpreted his sheepish smile as a silent surrender (he knew exactly to which church and to which property rights I referred). I did tell him, however, that despite the ACLU's actions in dividing an entire community over a ridiculous argument that long-haired, maggot-infested, dope-smoking, half-drunken "preachers" should be allowed to protest on privately owned land, that I appreciated them suing a school district that forced a girl to hide her Bible when sitting in class.
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I think you will agree (of course) that the true foundation of the polarization in this country between conservatives vs. progressives, right vs. left is the differences in their value system. And, the issue at hand is the seemingly intent of the Christian Right on incorporating more of a union of church & state in this country. Differences on the environment, civil liberties, foreign policy, tort reform, social security, health care ...basically all public policy issue polarization is based on the value system differences of the conservatives and liberals. This is not a "new" topic but I think how you position it on your Blog "Sons of the Republic" could stimulate interesting responses. Thanks for your consideration.

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Minneapolis, MN

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I would like to introduce you to a new Blog site I started on Christmas Day entitled "The Christian Wrong - How The Christian Right is Attempting to Transform Public Policy" - the link is http://christianwrong.blogspot.com/ The objective of this Blog is to stimulate discussion of the conservative Christian political movement and its affect on public policy. Its goal is not to attack the Christian Right, or Christians in general, but rather to open discussion of the Christian Right and how our current regime in Washington D.C., and the Republican party on a whole, has reframed political language, rhetoric, media promotion, judicial appointments and economic influence to transform public policy.

I think you will agree (of course) that the true foundation of the polarization in this country between conservatives vs. progressives, right vs. left is the differences in their value system. And, the issue at hand is the seemingly intent of the Christian Right on incorporating more of a union of church & state in this country. Differences on the environment, civil liberties, foreign policy, tort reform, social security, health care ...basically all public policy issue polarization is based on the value system differences of the conservatives and liberals. This is not a "new" topic but I think how you position it on your Blog "Sons of the Republic" could stimulate interesting responses. Thanks for your consideration.

PWB,

Minneapolis, MN

http://christianwrong.blogspot.com/
 

Posted by PWB
I would like to introduce you to a new Blog site I started on Christmas Day entitled "The Christian Wrong - How The Christian Right is Attempting to Transform Public Policy" - the link is http://christianwrong.blogspot.com/ The objective of this Blog is to stimulate discussion of the conservative Christian political movement and its affect on public policy. Its goal is not to attack the Christian Right, or Christians in general, but rather to open discussion of the Christian Right and how our current regime in Washington D.C., and the Republican party on a whole, has reframed political language, rhetoric, media promotion, judicial appointments and economic influence to transform public policy.

I think you will agree (of course) that the true foundation of the polarization in this country between conservatives vs. progressives, right vs. left is the differences in their value system. And, the issue at hand is the seemingly intent of the Christian Right on incorporating more of a union of church & state in this country. Differences on the environment, civil liberties, foreign policy, tort reform, social security, health care ...basically all public policy issue polarization is based on the value system differences of the conservatives and liberals. This is not a "new" topic but I think how you position it on your Blog "Sons of the Republic" could stimulate interesting responses. Thanks for your consideration.

PWB

Minneapolis, MN

http://christianwrong.blogspot.com/
 

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