That should be a question like, Is the Pope Catholic? But in fact, it is by no means obvious that the American Civil Liberties Union consistently favors civil liberties. Some years ago the ACLU called me to ask for a contribution. I said that I was particularly interested in Second Amendment rights, and asked what the ACLU had done on that front lately. (This was before I even owned a firearm, but I was curious about how the ACLU defined “liberty.”) My question was met with stony silence.
A few days ago, a member of the Board of Directors of ACLU Colorado caused a stir by threatening to kill those who disagree with his political views:
A board member for the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado has resigned after urging people to kill supporters of presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The controversy began with a Facebook post by Loring Wirbel, which, as the linked article notes, was not the first threat of violence against Colorado Republicans:
The post states, “The thing is, we have to really reach out to those who might consider voting for Trump and say, ‘This is Goebbels. This is the final solution. If you are voting for him I will have to shoot you before Election Day.’ They’re not going to listen to reason, so when justice is gone, there’s always force…”
“I will have to shoot you before Election Day.” Hmm. The funny thing about this story is that Wirbel thinks it is Donald Trump supporters who are Nazis! Let me know when they threaten to kill you, Loring, and maybe I will have some sympathy.
Howie Carr asked me about this story on his radio show today, and I was only dimly aware of it. But it is typical of our time. “I HATE YOU! I WANT TO KILL YOU! WHY? BECAUSE YOU DON’T AGREE WITH ME…SO YOU ARE INTOLERANT!!”
Well, all right then…nice doggie…are liberals crazy, or what? One wonders whether there is a single person in these United States of America who will fall for such a pathetic dodge.