ACLU, Live and Uncut on TV
Arianna Huffington’s blog, in conjunction with The Nation magazine, has created a series of five “conversation” videos entitled “This Brave Nation.” The third in the series pairs the Executive Director of the ACLU with a “video peace activist.” It is more revealing than it intended to be about why the ACLU is a clear and present danger to the survival of the United States Constitution.
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The facts for this story, but not the legal conclusions, come from the third of a five-part video series entitled “This Brave Nation,” on Arianna Huffington’s website. Each in the series is a “conversation” between two people whose stories are somehow illustrative of the American experience. Episode three pairs Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU, with Ava Lowery, who is a “peace activist” from Alabama. The Nation magazine is also a partner in this venture.
The website blurb on this program says of these two, “Together they discuss the legal quagmire the country has become since 9/11, among other quagmires created by George W. Bush and his Administration.”
Why listen to this conversation involving these two people? Because there are hundreds of thousands of people in the US who take these people, and their comments, seriously. And such people vote, and give money and time to their causes. They may be factually clueless about what is happening in America, but they do have an impact on our future.
Lowery is (apparently) famous for being a peace activist, coming to public attention when she conducted her 16th birthday party at the state capitol in Montgomery. Hundreds of students joined her for this party. There were candles in paper bags, and a rock band of course. As she says, “we chanted for peace.”
Apparently she is totally unaware of Arlo Guthrie’s satirical comment in “Alice’s Restaurant,” when he sings, “If you want to end war and things, you gotta sing loud.” One of her claims to fame was a video clip in which she used the photographs of the first 1,000 US soldiers to die in Iraq to form the word “LIE.”
Although a good part of the conversation between her and Romero was about personal rights, she did not notice that she was using the faces of these young men without the permission of their families for a message they would never have approved.
She referred to the total number Americans killed in this war. She evinced no knowledge whatsoever of any of the individual battles, much less wars, in which American sacrifices were thousands of times of the Iraq War losses. Normandy, Iwo Jima, Antietam, Gettysburg and Chancellorsville should come to mind, for those who are educated. Miss Lowery is uneducated in such matters.
The program also offers insights into the driving forces in Anthony Romero’s life. The first clue is that his first description of himself is that he is a “gay Puerto Rican.” He begins by reciting the discrimination against his father as a Puerto Rican. Later in the program he recites the “discrimination” against gays.
The program includes clips of the burning World Trade Center buildings while Romero talks about civil rights. There is no hint of self-awareness that the efforts of the ACLU, allegedly for the “civil rights” of Americans, will necessarily lead to more deaths of Americans, either overseas, at home, or both.
When he is talking about actions taken in wartime by the Bush Administration, Romero displays a lack of knowledge of how American presidents have conducted wars in the past. He refers to President Bush as “suspending the right of habeas corpus.” A competent lawyer would have recognized that no President can suspend habeas corpus. Only Congress can do that – a power which the Supreme Court stole from Congress just last week in the Boumediene case.
A section of the program is entitled “Heroes.” It is quite telling that both Romero and Lowery name Michael Moore as their leading hero. Both spoke of him as if he were presenting simple truth on the screen, rather than using the tricks of the cinematic trade to present lies to be accepted as truth.
At the end of the program, Romero spoke glowingly of Roger Baldwin, founder of the ACLU and supporter of the Communist Party. He included a clip of Baldwin speaking, and calling for “peace, order and justice.” That was, of course, what the Soviet Union provided for its people, though millions suffered the peace of the grave and all non-party members enjoyed the justice of equal deprivation.
It is important to dip into sources like this Huffington series, from time. There are people who actually think this way. There are others who take them seriously. And when such people create organizations backed by real money, the consequences are generally harmful to the United States.
Source for original story on the Net (the first is the video series, the second is Huffington’s web site):