The peaceful mountain views from my window are an amazing contrast to the television window on the U.S. Senate with the liberals’ nasty personal attacks on Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.
Some senators look like puppets on strings pulled by the American Civil Liberties Union, National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, Planned Parenthood and other far-left groups. Too few people recognize the dangerous influence these activist groups have on our courts and how that movement threatens the traditional rule of and by the people as laid out by the Founding Fathers.
The ACLU and Planned Parenthood have been quite successful with their long-term efforts to change our culture through the courts. What they could not accomplish through the ballot box has been done through 80 years of sustained attacks using the courts.
If Americans really understood the roots of these liberal groups and the stated goals that motivate them, the liberal senators that depend on their money could not win elections.
ACLU founder Roger Baldwin said, “I am for socialism, disarmament, and ultimately, for abolishing the state itself as an instrument of violence and compulsion. I seek social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class and sole control by those who produce wealth. Communism is the goal.”
Baldwin, an agnostic socialist, described himself as an “affluent, Harvard-educated Bostonian.”
That mindset feeds the elitist view that only a small group of educated liberal intellectuals are capable of understanding and dictating what everyone else should believe.
Reminds me of two current senators from Boston.
Emma Goldman, called “Red Emma,” was a close friend to Baldwin. He said she was a source of many of his ideas and beliefs. She was deported to Russia in 1919.
Magaret Sanger, another close friend during the beginnings of the ACLU, founded Planned Parenthood, establishing the early link between that group and the ACLU. Sanger promoted ways of improving the human race through selective breeding.
Baldwin served time in jail rather than report to the Army when he was drafted in WW I.
Later, Baldwin realized that the ACLU and its partners could not be successful if its socialist and anti-defense motivations were well known.
“ ... We want to look like patriots in every thing we do. We want to get a good lot of flags, talk a good bit about the Constitution and what our forefathers wanted to make of this country ...,” Baldwin wrote in a letter to his followers.
One of the first targets of the ACLU was organized religion, especially those Christians who read and believed the Bible.
The first case that brought a semblance of credibility to the ACLU was the 1920’s Scopes Monkey Trial. They actually lost the case, but the continuing fight to teach only evolution in our schools was launched and continues to divide Americans 80 years later. The pattern of attacking religion in the name of the Constitution using emotional arguments and ignoring both the law and the words of the Constitution was set and continues today.
Abortion is another issue that divides our nation through the long-term attack by the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.
The first building block of “precedent” came in the 1965 Griswold case that challenged a Connecticut law that banned the use of contraceptives by a married couple. The ACLU filed a brief supporting the ban that included the now famous phrase “right of privacy.” The phrase was included in the Court’s majority opinion that declared the ban unconstitutional.
The ACLU quoted the phrase from the opinion in the 1972 Eisenstadt case that held that states could not ban the distribution of condoms and other birth control items.
Roe v. Wade was brought to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973 based on the “right of privacy” first introduced to the court in an ACLU brief in the Griswold case. Roe rested on the extension of a right of privacy in the use of condoms to abortion. Roe approved abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy with a heavier burden in the second trimester.
In 1991, the court used Casey to extend the right of an abortion to full term. States were not allowed to place “undue burdens” on a woman’s right to abort a fetus, a Greek word for baby.
The same step-by-step, brick-by-brick method has been artfully used by the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and NARAL to divide Americans on religious issues, abortion, “free” speech, same-sex marriage and affirmative action. You witnessed the immense power and monetary resources of these groups during partisan committee hearings and on the floor of the Senate during attacks on Alito.
Every Democrat senator with aspirations to run for president in 2008 joined the bandwagon.
Most Democratic senators up for re-election in 2006, including Robert Byrd, from red states that voted for President Bush in 2004 voted for Alito and against a Senate filibuster.
I think it is time for Americans to investigate the history and motives of these groups that have so much influence in the politics of the left. Look behind that flag-draped facade.
President Jimmy Carter awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest civilian honor of this country, to Roger Baldwin in 1981. Carter also nominated Justice Ginsberg straight from the ACLU board to the U.S. Appeals Court from which Clinton chose Ginsberg for the Supreme Court.