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.