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ACLU's war on American sovereignty
WND ^ | October 20, 2005

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.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aclu; humanrights; icc; transjudicialism

1 posted on 10/20/2005 8:22:35 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Why not discuss Bush, he failed to exempt Americans from World Court action? We alreadyt know the ACLU is a communist front!


2 posted on 10/20/2005 8:28:50 PM PDT by claptrap (optional tag-line under reconsideration)
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To: claptrap
We need a lawyer to come up with an American citizens' lawsuit against the ACLU. That's all there is to it. There is absolutely no way we taxpayers should be funding this organization.

Or if anyone is so inclined, put it to SCOTUS.

3 posted on 10/20/2005 8:38:13 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe; Jay777

ACLU PING

http://www.stoptheaclu.com


4 posted on 10/20/2005 8:41:40 PM PDT by loboinok (Gun Control is hitting what you aim at!)
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To: loboinok

I just signed up, and thank you!


5 posted on 10/20/2005 8:45:06 PM PDT by calrighty ( Terrorists are like cockroaches . Kill em all soon!!)
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To: sageb1

Well, we are funding the ACLU, and PBS, and nothing is ever done about it.


6 posted on 10/20/2005 8:45:59 PM PDT by calrighty ( Terrorists are like cockroaches . Kill em all soon!!)
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To: claptrap

That is a given.


7 posted on 10/20/2005 8:46:35 PM PDT by calrighty ( Terrorists are like cockroaches . Kill em all soon!!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

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.


8 posted on 10/20/2005 8:51:31 PM PDT by jwh_Denver (Get lean and mean, write, fax, call, or email your representatives and pitch a pig.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Thanks for posting this one!


9 posted on 10/20/2005 8:53:53 PM PDT by inkling
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To: jwh_Denver
Joe McCarthy Act Against the ACLU?

Works for me.

10 posted on 10/20/2005 8:54:22 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

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.


11 posted on 10/20/2005 8:55:20 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I want a list of every ACLU lawyer.


12 posted on 10/20/2005 8:55:52 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: RepCath; Liz; IronJack; Grampa Dave; MeekOneGOP; Iris7; wkdaysoff; EdReform; Nick Danger; ...
PING!
13 posted on 10/20/2005 9:01:22 PM PDT by Jay777 (My personal blog: www.stoptheaclu.com)
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To: sageb1

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.


14 posted on 10/20/2005 9:02:02 PM PDT by Free Vulcan
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Anti-american Communist Lawyers Union.


15 posted on 10/20/2005 9:04:15 PM PDT by SmoothTalker
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To: Free Vulcan
http://www.judicialwatch.org/media.shtml

There's another one...can't remember...maybe someone here can help me out?

16 posted on 10/20/2005 9:11:24 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

INTREP


17 posted on 10/20/2005 9:12:50 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America)
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To: sageb1
Judicial Watch
18 posted on 10/20/2005 9:12:57 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: LiteKeeper

what is INTREP?


19 posted on 10/20/2005 9:13:46 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: sageb1

Please check my Profile page for full explanation. Thanks


20 posted on 10/20/2005 9:16:50 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America)
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To: LiteKeeper

I ended up with a commercial website when I looked that up.


21 posted on 10/20/2005 9:16:55 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: LiteKeeper

Gotcha....but that didn't answer my question.


22 posted on 10/20/2005 9:19:35 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: sageb1

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


23 posted on 10/20/2005 9:20:51 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

24 posted on 10/20/2005 9:22:53 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat
That picture was worth several thousand words.
25 posted on 10/20/2005 9:32:10 PM PDT by fallujah-nuker (Open Borders: The RINOcracy waging class warfare against America wage earners)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Oh the ACLU is just going to love me! Probably put me on a hit list LOL!! But I just couldn't help myself.


It's brand new. Just finished it the day before yesterday. Enjoy! "ACLU Christmas"

26 posted on 10/20/2005 9:40:44 PM PDT by GloriaJane (http://music.download.com/gloriajane "Seems Like Our Press Has Turned Against Our Country")
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To: sageb1

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.


27 posted on 10/20/2005 9:58:08 PM PDT by jeremiah (People wake up, the water is getting hot)
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