“Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom.”
—U.S. Supreme Court Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo in Palko v. Connecticut
Visitors to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) website promoting free speech will find former Supreme Court Justice Cardozo’s famous quote at the top of the page. This quote encapsulates the ACLU’s stated stance on freedom of speech and expression.
It’s true that The American Civil Liberties Union once stood as a shining beacon and strident defender of freedom of speech.
It appears, however, that times have changed.
Yesterday, the ACLU launched its “People Power” project at venues across the United States in a direct movement from protection of rights to promotion of anti-Trump activism. An internal memo shared with The Washington Post documents the ACLU plan to attack the Trump administration “lawfully and systematically”.
Beltway Times senior editor Ginger McQueen attended the ACLU “People Power” event held at the Batavia, Illinois Public Library to report and provide commentary on the ACLU-sponsored grassroots movement to fight the Trump administration.
When Ginger stood up to speak in the open forum to voice her opinion, however, her words were not taken well.
They called the 👮 on me for telling them not to believe hyperbole and think for themselves. pic.twitter.com/r0LJv1aw6u
— Ginger McQueen (@GingerMcQueen) March 11, 2017
Shortly after Ginger spoke, the local Illinois police arrived on the scene. They had been called by attendees at the ACLU-sponsored event who were horrified to hear Ginger’s opinions did not support an anti-Trump theme.
Though attendees had requested that Ginger be forcibly removed from the public library, the attending police officer was very understanding of her right to free speech in a public venue, and he acted accordingly.
Before her departure from the event, Ginger was able to obtain pictures of the “ACLU People Power” PowerPoint presentation.
Flyers and graphics promoting the event to thwart the sitting United States president were spotted across the country. The ACLU-sponsored flyers all appear to contain the Soviet-era imagery of an iron fist to represent resistance against the current Presidential administration.
It’s documented that the ACLU receives funding from many foundations, such as the Carnegie Corporation, the Ford Foundation, and George Soros’ Open Society Institute. As such, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the ACLU is no longer primarily focused on protecting specific cases of individual rights abuse. Rather, the organization is beginning to focus on a much more partisan agenda — one that seeks to directly undermine the presidency of Donald Trump.