"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
While the ACLU has some good causes that I agree with, its focus on stupid things like nativity scenes on public property and pot legalization (I support the latter, but I don't see where it is in the Constitution), and practically ignores things like gun rights. If it was honest, i wouldn't mind, but it is very selective
Then they throw in defending Neo Nazis just to prove they're 'neutral'. I find that incredibly transparent.
I think like any thing else the media has worked to sensationalize certain high profile cases of the ACLU while failing to underscore its general purpose, causing public perceptions to shift. That sort of agenda has been going on for a while now, I've noticed. Neo-Conservative think tanks have spent a lot of effort going after what they deem to be "liberal" organizations in the past 10-15 years because, generally, these "liberal" organizations represent obstacles to the neo-liberalization agenda.
This agency fights for the rights of those who can't afford it and it's a keen watchdog of infringements upon the U.S. constitution. I find it disturbing and very telling of the way things are shaping up in American society that there are those who would celebrate the diminishment of an organization that has dedicated its existence to fighting for the rights of American citizens. It may not be perfect in all cases but you have no idea how lucky you are to have such agency, when many places in the world do not.
Just because a rights organization does not holistically represent your opinions on things does not mean it's worthless and should be tossed out. That kind of partisan blindfold is what is eroding your rights day by day.
Here ya go.
The haggardness of poverty is everywhere seen contrasted with the sleekness of wealth, the exhorted labor of some compensating for the idleness of others, wretched hovels by the side of stately colonnades, the rags of indigence blended with the ensigns of opulence; in a word, the most useless profusion in the midst of the most urgent wants.Jean-Baptiste Say
The ACLU is one of the only checks upon government and corporate abuse. It would be foolish to dismiss them simply because they sometimes defend silly causes. Its obnoxious how easily our government can lead people by the nose with partisanship.
The Constitution outlines the legitimate power that Government has. You have the right to support the government doing a number of unconstitutional things. That doesn't give the Government sanction to do it.Second the ACLU is way too light on religion in my opinion (they've defending Muslim's "right" to wear a veil on an ID photo shoot). I think that religion should have no protected status whatsoever - churches should be treated just like any other business, nonprofit org, etc. Any "religious right" that goes against our secular laws should not be a "right". And even if the constitution doesn't require a "separation of church and state" as you define it, the constitution doesn't prohibit it either, and I fully support it.