Preferred Freedoms

Julian Sanchez points to this case as evidence that the ACLU isn’t necessarily a Left-wing, anti-religion organization. An amusing debate over the relative merits of the ACLU and the NRA and of the 1st and 2nd Amendments ensues in the comments.

Eugene Volokh is happy the ACLU is on the right side. Howard Bashman expresses no opinion whatsoever–not so much as an Indeed.

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  1. Aakash says:

    Interesting case…

    The ACLU has been working with conservatives in some other cases within the past few years, such as with regard to the encroachment on privacy and individual liberties by government expansion and “anti-terror” legislation. This occurred both during the Clinton/Reno and Bush/Ashcroft administrations. Not too long ago, former GOP Congressmen Bob Barr and Dick Armey actually became consultants for the ACLU. More recently, the ACLU sided with Rush Limbaugh on a particular issue.

    Wars, terror attacks, crises situations – Not only are these terrible things, but they also seem to make strange bedfellows.

  2. Hey, even a broken clock is right twice a day. 😉

  3. I had reason to contact the ACLU in Connecticut. I have only voted Republican in the past and it seemed foreign for me to do so.

    I had a business and owned rental property. Connecticut State Police and Stafford, CT police refused to help with the teens drinking and selling drugs all hours off my front yard.

    I got politically active, proposed laws, and complained about police not helping downtown property and business owners, coddling drug dealers.

    Long story short, the police told me to leave the state and keep my mouth shut, I didn’t lost my property, contact with my family, my credit, went to prison with no previous record for resisting a mugger who beat me in my dark driveway (he wasn’t arrested and I was called the victim in police reports, the follow-up) and then was forced to leave the state.

    I went to news reporters from 1998 and in Feb 2003 had some dirt on Gov. Rowland of Connecticut, and reporters went with it.

    My story can be found from the links if you click on my name.
    -Steven G. Erickson
    formerly of Stafford Springs, Connecticut