Friday, January 14, 2005

We don't need no steenkin' Constitution

"All your rights are belong to us."

From an interview of Nadine Strossen, president of the ACLU, by Reason magazine's Cathy Young:
...I don't want to dwell on constitutional analysis, because our view has never been that civil liberties are necessarily coextensive with constitutional rights. Conversely, I guess the fact that something is mentioned in the Constitution doesn't necessarily mean that it is a fundamental civil liberty.

[Emphasis mine]

If you had any doubts about the ACLU's commitment to your rights, they should be confirmed now. The ACLU does do some good (they do have an excellent set of guidelines on how to behave during a traffic stop), but when it comes to freedom of religion and the right to keep and bear arms, they pretty much just ignore the text of the first two Amendments and paraphrase at will.

Also, if it's screwed-up, they'll defend it.