The ACLU Facebook page makes the following statement regarding the recently disclosed massive information gathering on the part of the NSA: “Our surveillance programs are completely out of balance and Congress needs to fix them.”
This is the same ACLU, mind you, that sees “corporations and unions as legitimate participants in public debate whose views can help educate voters as they form their opinions on candidates and issues” [from the ACLU’s statement of support for the Supreme Court’s decision on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission].
In other words, the “civil liberties” the ACLU is striving to protect could just as well be General Motors’s, or Microsoft’s, or the NRA’s, as yours.
In supporting Citizens United, the ACLU is refusing to acknowledge the soundness of SC Justice Stevens’ concluding remarks in his dissenting opinion:
“At bottom, the Court’s opinion is thus a rejection of the common sense of the American people, who have recognized a need to prevent corporations from undermining self government since the founding, and who have fought against the distinctive corrupting potential of corporate electioneering since the days of Theodore Roosevelt. It is a strange time to repudiate that common sense. While American democracy is imperfect, few outside the majority of this Court would have thought its flaws included a dearth of corporate money in politics.”
Consider this carefully when deciding whether to give your financial support to the ACLU. Turning a certain well-known phrase on its head: “Keep your enemies close, and your friends closer.”