Americans’ most fundamental civil right—the right to elect those who govern them—relies on honest elections and citizen confidence in our election process. Accurate voter registration and ballot counting are essential to maintaining our constitutional republic.
The First Amendment clearly states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
Freedom of Association
The right to associate freely is a cherished American principle. The freedom to join or leave groups who share a common viewpoint was guaranteed by our Founding Fathers. It allows us, under the First Amendment, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.
Freedom to Listen
It is not possible to have Freedom of Speech if the right of people to listen to that speech is censored or abridged. Today, a right which most people take that most take for granted—our freedom to listen (to the radio or TV broadcaster of their choice, or even programs on the Internet)—is in jeopardy.
Freedom of Religious Expression
The First Amendment refers to “freedom of religion”—not “freedom from religion.” For decades, leftist groups, particularly the ACLU, have used lawsuits to distort America’s history, twisting the Constitution into an enemy of any religion, rather than a protector of all. Correcting that error is a primary goal of the ACRU.
The Second Amendment clearly states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Excessive taxation and regulation—too often backed up by disproportionate civil and criminal fines and penalties—limit our choices and erode our most fundamental liberties and rights. Big government, activist liberal judges and federal executive agencies are imposing overly intrusive micro-management in our daily lives that the nation’s Founders fought to prevent.
The Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states simply that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Every 10 years, the Census Bureau and state legislators redraw district boundaries for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as for districts in their own state legislatures. The redistricting process seeks to ensure that each person’s vote counts equally and is not diluted by population shifts.
Right of Recall
The right of the people to recall elected officials is a time-honored tradition that predates the United States itself.