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"If you don't have something nice to say, say nothing at all"

Rob Port, the talented and gracious host of Say Anything (as well as former guest poster here at Wizbang) pointed out a rather remarkable example of an organization that normally can't be shut up having absolutely nothing to say about a matter that ought to strike a strong nerve with them.

It's not the first time the fine folks at NOW have been dumbstruck. I recall about a decade ago when a woman from Arkansas named Paula Jones filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill Clinton, using the very laws and policies NOW had argued for so successfully, the silence from NOW headquarters was deafening. Not even when Clinton's defenders attacked Jones, using the same arguments ("a woman scorned," "trailer trash looking for money," and the like) that used to drive NOW into blind fury, did NOW even issue a single comment defending the rights of a woman to seek aid and redress through our legal system, following the very procedures and using the very resources NOW had fought so hard to put in place.

I am also reminded of another similar matter. The ACLU prides itself as the staunch guardian of all Americans' rights, especially those spelled out in the Bill of Rights. In fact, they are often the target of much derision and contempt and attack for their expansive, inclusive definition of "rights," stretching them into areas that the founding fathers quite possibly never envisioned.

But there's one part of the Bill of Rights that stands alone in the ACLU's regard. Of all the rights enshrined in those ten amendments, only one mention of "the people" is viewed not as a guarantee of individual liberties, but a fuzzy, vague "collective" right that should not be accessible to any one person. And that is the Second Amendment.

Both NOW and the ACLU have wonderful, empowering, noble, decent principles and intentions that they put forth as their raison d'etre. What a pity that such things tend to take a back seat when the full implementation of their stated beliefs conflict with their political biases.


Comments (15)

Both NOW and the ACLU... (Below threshold)
Jlawson:

Both NOW and the ACLU have wonderful, empowering, noble, decent principles and intentions that they put forth as their raison d'etre.

Yeah. What you said. That the results they end up with aren't quite in line with their principles and intentions aren't important - what IS important is that they HAVE those intentions.

Seeming, after all, is MUCH more important than substance.

For a principled conservati... (Below threshold)
observer 5:

For a principled conservative civil liberties organization, one which doesn't pick and choose its defense of the Constitution based on political correctness and which supports the right to free exercise of religion, try The Rutherford Institute, at http://www.rutherford.org/

If you remember, the Rutherford Institute represented Paula Jones during her suit against Clinton.

http://www.rutherford.org/

I recall about a d... (Below threshold)
I recall about a decade ago when a woman from Arkansas named Paula Jones filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill Clinton, using the very laws and policies NOW had argued for so successfully, the silence from NOW headquarters was deafening.

Yeah, but the upside to this bit of blatant hypocrisy is that radical feminism (as represented by NOW) so thoroughly discredited itself that it's now basically a laughingstock, taken seriously only by far left moonbats and on college campuses.

Left-feminism is still stuc... (Below threshold)

Left-feminism is still stuck in the 70's (the personal is the political) fighting the 50's

So any female who doesn't submit to their Truth is an inauthentic woman.

Any number of left-feminist sites haven't seen fit to address Babs Boxer chickenmom screed, just as they have let the Duke rape-hoax debacle slide down the old memory hole.

Yawn.... (Below threshold)
bobby:

Yawn.

The point of your article i... (Below threshold)
John:

The point of your article is not really clear, but regarding the ACLU position on the Second Amendment, I agree with them. They state;

The ACLU therefore believes that the Second Amendment does not confer an unlimited right upon individuals to own guns or other weapons nor does it prohibit reasonable regulation of gun ownership, such as licensing and registration.

Two seperate points to this... Does the second amendment confer an UNLIMITED right to own guns or other weapons? Of course not.

Can you own a handgun? Sure.
A hunting rifle? Sure.
A fully automatic machinegun? Ummmmm.... perhaps.
A 40 mm machine gun? Well, probably not.
A tank? Hand grenades? Bunker busting bombs?
How about a nuclear device?

Society IS in agreement that individuals do NOT have an UNLIMITED right to own guns and other weapons. The ACLU position is in fact correct in this regard.

Now regulation and registration... You have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You DO however still have to register to vote, license your dog, apply for vehicle registration, and not marry your sister. To apply for a gun license, or to register a gun does not imply that you are in any way being restricted from owning said gun, unless society deems you are a danger to other people. You get to vote in this country, unless you are a felon. Are you suggesting that society does not have the ability to take away, suspend or restrict individual rights in certain circumstances for the benefit of it's members? If so, open the prison gates and let the incarcerated go.

If you are a law abiding citizen, a background check is as much of an infringement on your rights, as as a speedbump in a residential neighborhood is on your god given right to drive like a bat out of hell.

National Association of Gal... (Below threshold)
woody:

National Association of Gals has never had any real balls.

If the speed limit is 45, why (& where & then why again) put speedbumps in that slow cars to 25? Just extending the metaphor.

And the above two orginzati... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

And the above two orginzations are forever damned by their silence on the subjects mentioned in the post.

"To apply for a gun license, or to register a gun does not imply that you are in any way being restricted from owning said gun, unless society deems you are a danger to other people."

Bullshit, the very act of having to register is a restriction on my rights and having to pay to have my firearms registered is in itself a tax.
Why don't you tell me what other rights spelled out in the BoR are subject to 'registration'...
Fuck society, MY rights are not subject to what some asshat thinks they should be as they are clearly spelled out by the BoR and are not subject to the public's whims.

Totally agree with Gmac. Yo... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Totally agree with Gmac. You do not have to register your vehicle if you keep it on your own land. The second amendment has as much passion and validity as the other nine Bill of Rights. Lefties just have a hard time justifying restrictions of our freedoms. ww

Perhaps the fact that gun s... (Below threshold)
John:

Perhaps the fact that gun shops are not open 24 hours a day also restricts your rights to obtain firearms. Or the fact that you have to pay for them.

Perhaps you would be less restricted if we gave them away for free, and delivered in 20 minuites or less, 24 x 7? And you should also be able to bring them to any place of business, school, or on airplanes, because not only do you have a right to keep arms, you can't have your ability to bear arms infringed on.

Of course that's really not the way it works. And liberals didn't make all those rules. Society as a whole has for it's own protection.

Been in a Walmart lately? E... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Been in a Walmart lately? Especially the 24 hour ones... Oopps, I forgot, liberals don't shop there because Wallyworld oppresses its workers because they're not in unions.

Maybe if firearms were allowed in schools and elsewhere the criminals that commit mass murder because they know there not there might have a harder time if they were confronted by somebody shooting back.

"An armed society is a polite society."

Ya know, its idiots like you that make cheap shots like these so easy to take...

Like trying to give away merchandise they have no right to dictate prices on and seizing property from one group to give it to another.
Ya know that sounds suspiciosly like that gomer Marx's statement...

"Are you now or have you ever been a member of the communist party?"

Do us all a favor and STFU before you embarass yourself any further.

Calm down before you piss o... (Below threshold)
John:

Calm down before you piss on yourself again, Gmac.

Yawwwwwn, NOW is still oper... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Yawwwwwn, NOW is still operating? I thought they'd gone out of business or something. What have they done of any consequence in, say, the last 25 years?

They've managed to keep the... (Below threshold)

They've managed to keep the lights on, drawn contributions, and paid themselves - what more could you want? Actual results?

Any more I'm convinced the most vocal groups do the least good. When they DO get active, they're like the drunk who looks for his keys underneath the streetlight because the light's better there than back in the dark where he lost them. They can be visible, look to be doing something constructive, and if nobody notices they never get anything accomplished - hey, at least they got some face time with the press to continue pulling in donations from the true-believer suckers who haven't noticed they're being ineffective on real-world problems.

That would also describe co... (Below threshold)
John:

That would also describe congress over the last few years.




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