Skip to comments.ACLU's war on American sovereignty
Posted on 10/20/2005 8:22:33 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Throughout our history, the United States has been a unique nation. We are the only modern nation founded not on a common heritage, ethnicity, outside intervention or mandated religion, but rather a shared set of ideals. These powerful beliefs were outlined in the Declaration of Independence and codified in the U.S. Constitution.
From the minutemen at Lexington and Concord to the Marines currently in Afghanistan and Iraq, our armed forces have fought, bled and all too often died to protect these foundational documents and the ideals they contain. The unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Free exercise of religion. Freedom of speech. And the right to shape a government and laws that are of the people, by the people and for the people.
However, there are some who seek to undermine America's ideals and the sovereignty with which we preserve them. Increasingly, leading jurists, law professors and other legal experts are turning to foreign courts and international bodies to subvert the Constitution. And helping to lead this charge against American sovereignty and its unique form of liberty is the American Civil Liberties Union.
In 2003, the ACLU sponsored a major conference titled "Human Rights at Home: International Law in U.S. Courts" at the Carter Center in Atlanta. A declared purpose of the conference was to "[use] international law and human rights norms to advance justice in U.S. courts." Far from featuring a collection of obscure leftists, invited panelists included Federal Judge Myron Thompson (of Justice Roy Moore fame) and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer among many other leading jurists from around the country.
The organizers did not view the conference as simply an academic exercise. ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero stated, "Our goal is no less than to forge a new era of social justice where the principles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights are recognized and enforced in the United States."
And even more remarkably, the ACLU and their its have convinced many state and federal level justices to weave these international laws into domestic court decisions.
In Lawrence v. Texas, the ACLU filed a brief with the Supreme Court to promote the overturning of a state sodomy prohibition. In a 6-3 ruling, the court arbitrarily struck down the law along with hundreds of years of American and common law precedent on the issue. But more upsetting was the reasoning behind it. Justice Anthony Kennedy revealed that the decision was based in part on an Irish case and a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights. In another case, our Supreme Court justices referenced Jamaica and Zimbabwe.
No offense intended to those august foreign bodies, but none have jurisdiction in our country or courts. None is representative of votes by the American people or our political leaders. Their decisions have no relation whatsoever to the Constitution of the United States, and in fact, many international legal concepts now in favor were rejected by the authors of America's Constitution.
With this rudderless jurisprudence in Lawrence, Kennedy and colleagues could have just as easily cited nations that severely punish sodomy and ruled the opposite way. Basing domestic decisions on foreign laws is completely arbitrary, allowing courts to search the horizon for faraway lands with rulings that conform to their whim. The ACLU sees this as one more way to further dismantle what the framers of the Constitution envisioned.
This past March, Kennedy and the Supreme Court again cited international law in Roper v. Simmons, involving capital punishment for juvenile murderers. An ACLU press release trumpeted the development, stating, "[I]t is worth noting that six members of the United States Supreme Court expressly upheld the relevance of international law and practice in determining which punishments are cruel and unusual under our own Constitution."
Opinions differ strongly, even within conservative faith communities, on the merits of the death penalty, but this case shows the growing danger of international bodies impacting our domestic law. Justice Kennedy stated, "It is proper that we acknowledge the overwhelming weight of international opinion."
In his scathing dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote, "[This] court thus proclaims itself sole arbiter of our nation's moral standards and in the course of discharging that awesome responsibility purports to take guidance from the views of foreign courts and legislatures."
Scalia is all too accurate in his assessment. By selectively citing international law, our courts can become an unelected oligarchy. It is the Constitution of the United States these justices swore an oath to uphold. And the ACLU, frustrated by their inability to advance their radical agenda fast enough, far enough, via the Constitution or the ballot box, is working hard to turn this anti-American and foreign vision into an unpleasant reality.
Why not discuss Bush, he failed to exempt Americans from World Court action? We alreadyt know the ACLU is a communist front!
Or if anyone is so inclined, put it to SCOTUS.
I just signed up, and thank you!
Well, we are funding the ACLU, and PBS, and nothing is ever done about it.
That is a given.
It is the Constitution of the United States these justices swore an oath to uphold.
And if they don't why don't they get thrown off the bench? The judicial system is Constitutionally supposed to be in the loop of checks and balances.
Thanks for posting this one!
Works for me.
The dangers are so grave. So many Manchurian candidates trained in our liberal colleges, with no balance, patriotism, sense of balance, and background in what America represents, continue to undermine the very existence of our Republic. Their ideological drive puts them at least on the same order of some communist worker willing to kill back in the days of the communist revolution. And many of these folks have advanced degrees, law etc.. Quite frightning to say the least. And much of America look on without a clue.
I want a list of every ACLU lawyer.
Yup. We can bitch all we want about the ACLU, but bitching ain't going to stop their advances. We need alot of money and a top team of lawyers to go after them full bore.
Anti-american Communist Lawyers Union.
There's another one...can't remember...maybe someone here can help me out?
what is INTREP?
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I ended up with a commercial website when I looked that up.
Gotcha....but that didn't answer my question.
You should be able to just click on my name to get to profile. But name has to be the first one, or at the bottom of the entry
It's brand new. Just finished it the day before yesterday. Enjoy! "ACLU Christmas"
The ACLU gets most of its funding from the federal govt, Bush or any other President could change that with a stroke of the pen. When the ACLU weighs in with opinions and hours of lawyerly work, let it be pro bono like they claim it is. If it is for the good of the country, they should be willing to work for free.