ACRU Projects

The Election Integrity Defense ProjectThe Election Integrity Defense Project — As Americans, our right to vote and to have it count is our most essential civil right because it gives us — We the People — the power to decide who governs our country. To ensure free and fair elections, the American Civil Rights Union is advocating passage of strong ballot integrity laws in all states. Close elections have awakened us to the vital importance of protecting the integrity of the ballot box. is the most comprehensive, easy-to-use website about voting. With a single click, you can find out what your state laws require, get the latest news on vote fraud and prevention efforts, and find out how you can help protect your vote in November. The stakes couldn't be higher! If we lose faith that our votes actually count, it will spell the end of our 236-year experiment as a self-governing republic. Get informed and get involved at! (Click here for more) — America is awash in near-instant communications technology and 24-7 media. Yet many politicians count on their constituents having short-term memories. These profligate politicians spend tax dollars recklessly and increase the size of government regardless of the public's growing concern over what this unsustainable debt will do the economy and to the next generations. Just before elections, the big-spending incumbents present themselves as budget hawks, with a compliant media fostering amnesia among the plucked taxpayers. Recall can provide more accountability in between elections and put office holders on notice that they are being watched. Recall is now available to constituents in 18 states. Another 13 states have initiative procedures whereby petitioners could put recall measures on the ballot. provides each state's relevant laws, plus updated news and commentary on recall efforts around the nation. (This site is not intended to promote political action with regard to any particular elected official, but to inform Americans about the laws and procedures that exist to protect them.) (Click here for more)

TheseAreTheTimes.usThese Are The Times That Try Men's Souls — Thomas Paine is rightly referred to as the “forgotten” Founder. We remember Washington, Jefferson, and Adams, but too often overlook the first person to write the momentous words: “the United States of America.” With his first two books, Common Sense and The American Crisis, Paine helped a majority of American colonists to think of themselves, for the first time, as citizens of new nation—the United States of America. And it was Paine who, through the power of the pen, encouraged the colonists to declare their independence; to fight their freedom and ultimately win the Revolutionary War. Thomas Paine’s words have not lost their power with the passage of over two centuries. Paine’s writing about dictators who were called kings is just as applicable today, although his “kings” are now replaced by Presidents, Generals, and Prime Ministers. These Are the Times that Try Men’s Souls eloquently connects the life and times of Thomas Paine with the modern crises facing America. We, the American people, once again face threats to our freedom and liberty; political and economic events that threaten the very existence of the United States. (Click here for more)

GovernmentIsTheProblem.usGovernment is the ProblemGovernment Is the Problem is the story of a broken welfare system that needed to be fixed; of a great leader named Ronald Reagan who said that it could be fixed; of doubters who said that it couldn’t be fixed; and of the man—Robert B. Carleson—who fixed it. Carleson pioneered reform measures that reversed a growing dependence on the welfare state and moved America away from the ruinous path of income redistribution. Much has been written about welfare reform over the years—a lot of it by people who had no involvement with the process. But in this book the real story of how welfare was fixed is told. Bob Carleson has left a fascinating memoir of how out–of–control public spending was tamed; of the controversies and obstacles that threatened to derail its success; and of the principles that a decent society must follow to direct scarce resources to those truly in need. (Click here for more)

Robert B. Carleson Eagle Fund: Investing in Tomorrow's LeadersRobert B. Carleson Eagle Fund — Imagine what America would look like without the Boy Scouts. It's not a pleasant picture. And in a growing number of communities, political correctness is hurting our children. So we need responsible, trustworthy citizens like never before. That's why Bob Carleson was committed to defending the Boy Scouts. As the Boy Scouts of America marks its 100th anniversary in 2010, Bob's legacy lives on. Join us as we invest in America's future leaders. (Click here for more) — There is a growing clamor by liberal members of Congress to reinstate the effect of the Fairness Doctrine (rescinded by Ronald Reagan in 1987) by either congressional action or regulation by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The Fairness Doctrine, more aptly described as the Censorship Doctrine, would infringe upon the American people's opportunity to listen to commentary and news of their choice on the radio. The ACRU has responded to this threat by creating the Freedom to Listen Pledge, designed to allow lawmakers to take a clear stand in favor of the First Amendment. Save Radio Free America is designed as a means for talk radio hosts and their supporters to communicate about the pledge and to urge their local, state and federal representatives to sign on. (Click here for more)

AmericasOwnersManual.comAmerica's Owner's Manual — Many citizens, some elected officials, and sadly, some Justices on the Supreme Court, do not understand what it means to have a written Constitution for the United States. The Constitution is, as it calls itself, "the supreme law." That means it should be read, understood and obeyed by all, including Justices on the Court. The purpose of the Owner's Manual is to present in plain English the essential points of the Constitution not just for lawyers, but for laymen, to understand how the Constitution was designed to work, and why it is important, even in the 21st century, for us to understand, respect, and follow, that document. (Click here for more) — Today, with all other major American media dominated by liberal and left–leaning programming, conservative talk radio is the American equivalent of Radio Free Europe. It's no wonder that powerful liberals, from former President Clinton to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have been speaking publicly of using government power to control talk radio. Have no doubt — they are out to silence opposing voices under the guise of "localism" and "diversity." Americans have the freedom to listen — for now. is dedicated to keeping it that way. (Click here for more)

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