October 6, 1997


Image of today's outrage

We keep having these language problems. Civil liberty, liberty, discrimination, preferences, neutrality — what do they all mean?

Perhaps we first better explain what the ACLU is. It’s a little confusing because the acronym stands for American Civil Liberties Union. You know, those sacred American rights of free speech, religious liberty — that kind of stuff.

Civil liberties are important matters, and we’re glad that somebody’s defending them. But, names aside, that somebody is not the ACLU.

So what does the ACLU actually do? As we’ve previously seen, they spend millions of dollars trying to get women admitted to military schools.

But right now the ACLU is working hard to promote racial discrimination, especially in two cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

In one case the ACLU is defending a high school which fired a white teacher solely so that they could retain a black teacher. No one argues that the black teacher is more qualified than the white teacher, or that the white was fired for any reason other than race.

In the other case the “civil liberties” group is leading the Coalition for Economic Equity to have California’s Proposition 209 overturned. You probably know that Proposition 209 was approved by a majority of California voters in order to eliminate race and gender as a factor in awarding contracts, hiring and promotion, and other such matters.

As a service to DO’s foreign readers, we’ll try to explain modern American political terminology. If bias is shown in favor of whites or males, it’s called discrimination — that’s bad. But if bias is shown in favor of women or racial minorities it’s called preferences — that’s good.

Hiring the best person or company, regardless of gender or race, is called NAIVE.

Some supporters of the ACLU may be outraged that the organization is focusing on issues which appear to have little to do with “civil” liberties. Others may be outraged that the ACLU approach flies in the very face of “liberty.”

But the ACLU is also outraged. It appears that the Supreme Court may not rule in favor of the ACLU because the court is showing an annoying tendency towards “neutrality.”

Once again showing our ignorance, we always thought that “neutrality” was a good thing. After all, the court system in the U.S. is not supposed to make the laws. Courts are supposed to enforce laws, based on the fundamental law of the land, the U.S. Constitution.

Of course the ACLU lawyers see it very differently. They’re very afraid that the Court will bury its head in the “constitutional sand of neutrality.”

In case you’re confused we’ll review: the American Civil Liberties Union is really focused on economic egalitarianism, not liberty of any type, civil or otherwise. Discrimination is bad, unless it’s a preference. And neutrality is simply outrageous.

(Source: Washington Times.)


Quote of the Day!

The wording of laws should mean the same thing to all men.

— Montesquieu, “De l’Espirit des lois,” 1748


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