Friday, August 26, 2005

    The ACLU - Beginning The Demise of America

    Let's see what we can find out about the start of the ACLU, the founder, and thus a better understanding of the mission of the ACLU before jumping into their agenda in later posts.
    The ACLU was founded initially as National Civil Liberties Bureau (NCLB) by several individuals, the most popular three being Roger Nash Baldwin (middle in the pic above), Crystal Eastman, and Norman Thomas. Baldwin was the driving force with the other two (there were actually a few more) just co-founders.
    Roger Nash Baldwin (January 21, 1884-August 26, 1981) was a noted civil libertarian, pacifist, and left-wing social activist. He was one of the founders of the American Civil Liberties Union, and its executive director until 1950; many of the ACLU's original landmark cases took place under his direction.

    Mr. Baldwin had lasting sympathy for the Soviet Union and Communism (but broke off ties when the Soviets aligned with the Nazis). He was a pacifist. He spent a year in jail as a coward for not fighting in WW1. After WWII when Baldwin was about 61 years old General MacArthur invited him to help set up the JCLU in Japan (I guess it was the General's way of sticking it to the Japanese even after their surrender). In 1981 liberal President Carter awarded him the Medal of Freedom.
    Note: The JCLU looks almost dead - their website hasn't been updated for a couple of years.
    Crystal Eastman (June 25, 1881 - July 8, 1928) was a lawyer, antimilitarist (pacifist), feminist, socialist, and journalist. She graduated from Vassar College in 1903, receiving an M.A. in sociology from Columbia University in 1904. She was second in the class of 1907 at New York University Law School.
    Norman Mattoon Thomas (November 20, 1884 - December 19, 1968) was a leading American socialist, pacifist, and six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party. Thomas opposed the United States' entry into the First World War. He founded The World Tomorrow publication in January of 1918. In an April 1918 editorial Thomas wrote:
    • "Only those who have felt something of passion for social justice and industrial democracy can realize how truly revolutionary Russia, with all its faults and excesses, is the promised land, the fatherland of the spirit to multitudes of radical workers throughout the world."
    So in brief the ACLU was founded by some disgruntled left-wing socialists, all pacifists, all anti-war activists, admirers of communist Russia, all willing to start groups and efforts to spread their view of how the world should be - and it wasn't a world that included democracy, capitalism, or the Christian or Jewish faiths. They goal was to remold the USA in their own image by using her courts.
    To be continued...

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