Sunday, August 13, 2017

The ACLU And The "Free Speech" Industry Had A Hand In Permitting The Nazi Violence That Happened In Charlottesville.

I would like a list of ACLU lawyers who were out there protesting Nazism yesterday.

The city had also objected to the demonstrators' hoped-for gathering spot — the formerly named Lee Park, where the city has ordered the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The city sought to block the rally at the park now called Emancipation Park.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Rutherford Institute, a civil liberties and human rights group based in Charlottesville, filed a lawsuit Thursday against the city on behalf of the rally organizers. The suit said that the city was unconstitutionally infringing on the demonstrators' First Amendment rights by directing them to go to a different park.

That's from RawStory.  I would like to ask them if they really want to describe the Rutherford Institute as, " a civil liberties and human rights group."  For anyone who doesn't know what the Rutherford Institute is, here's what seems to me to be a pretty accurate description of them from the Wikipedia page on it

While once primarily concerned with the defense of religious liberties,[3] the organization later expanded its mission to encompass other constitutional issues such as search and seizure, free speech, and zero tolerance policy.[4] The institute has been described as "a more conservative American Civil Liberties Union." (ACLU)[5] Some of the Institute's legal actions were widely reported, including helping Paula Jones pursue a sexual harassment lawsuit in 1997 against President Bill Clinton,[6] and its defense of airline pilots and passengers affected by the Transportation Security Administration's security procedures,[7] middle and high school students suspended and expelled under inflexible zero tolerance policies,[8][9] and the free speech rights of preachers and political protestors.[10][11] The Rutherford Institute has worked with a number of similar groups across the political spectrum, including the ACLU, the Cato Institute,[12] the Constitution Project, and the Liberty Coalition.[13] Whitehead was described by jazz historian and civil libertarian Nat Hentoff as "this nation's Paul Revere of protecting civil liberties.

Not to mention things like opposing the rights of LGBT People, general right-wing advocacy and promoting privilege.  I hope Nat is deep in purgatory for being such a hypocritical douchebag.  You can find out more about them from Sourcewatch, here.

he kind of thing that happened yesterday always reminds me of of what the far too-little known novelist Ruth Moore wrote in 1960 near the end of The Walk Down Main Street.  The former small town basketball star gone wrong, ex-con, killer, Arthur Grindel,  came to see the old trophy his team won at the high school and meets up with the principal.

... He grinned, not nicely, rocking back and forth on his heels, his chest out  "You was always crowding my tail to read,"  he went on.  "Read, you said.  Read, read, read."

"And you remember it."

"I remember it.  I read, all right  Everything I could get my hands on.  About the War.  About Hitler.  Some damned old do-gooder stuck a copy of his book in the jail library."

"And what did you make of Mein Kampf?"  James asked.

"You can ask me.  I never got through it, it was too tough, I still don't read good,  I only read more.  But I got enough to know.  That guy, he had it made.   Guys like me, kids, anybody didn't have any place, he give them something to do, made them feel they was somebody.  I wish I'd been there.  I'd have been his topkick.  I'd sure like to hit into this town some dark night, with a bunch of them Black Shirts.  I'd make it fit to live in. It's the only way you could."

Well, I think America is going to learn the hard way that the idiot "do-gooders" who figure it's nice and fair and some kind of twisted inverse virtue to allow Nazis to have their "fair" chance to advocate their ideas are idiots who, generally white, affluent and in no immediate or even proximate danger of being the ones killed and attacked, safe in their law offices and courtrooms and TV and radio studio appearances, are enabling Nazis and their allies to kill people, people who are in immediate and proximate danger from them.

Fuck the ACLU just as much as the Rutherford Institute.  Fuck the do-gooders who are such idiots playing a game of competitive scruples with other peoples' lives.   They're getting people killed, now.

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