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Posted by: News_Desk on 08/17/2017 08:25 AM Updated by: News_Desk on 08/17/2017 08:36 AM
Expires: 01/01/2022 12:00 AM
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Equality, Justice and the First Amendment ~ Anthony D. Romero, ACLU Executive Director

Washington, DC...For all people of good will — regardless of party affiliation, race, creed, or color — the events that took place this weekend in Charlottesville were sickening and deeply disturbing. Several clear themes emerged for me this weekend. And while they are pretty obvious, I thought I would share them with the broader ACLU community, in an effort to give voice to what many of us are feeling and to spark a further discussion that will allow us to move together with greater hope and resolve through what are likely to be troubling days ahead.





While the events of this weekend — with white supremacists holding lit torches — frightened and outraged many Americans, we can never underestimate the impact of these images on African-Americans. That rally reflected this nation’s history of slavery, racial violence, and terrorism, which has left an indelible mark on our democracy to this day. As employees, members, or supporters of an organization dedicated to racial justice, we are all affected. Many of us are even more directly affected because we and our family members are the direct targets of the white supremacists. I know that speech alone has consequences, hurtful and deep, and that’s why I believe it’s important to place the ACLU’s representation of white supremacist demonstrators in Virginia in the broader context of the values and principles that have guided this organization for nearly a century.

First, the ACLU unequivocally rejects the ideology of white supremacists and we work actively with all our might to oppose that ideology in diverse communities across the country and to defend the right of all Americans to speak out against those views. By budget allocation, the national ACLU’s top issue areas are ending mass incarceration, protecting LGBT rights, and safeguarding immigrants’ rights, demonstrating our commitment to advancing equality and justice with communities that are often the targets of white supremacists' bigotry and hate.

The ACLU has represented or publicly supported Black Lives Matter activists in First Amendment matters at least five times in recent months. Our work against police agencies’ surveillance of activists has been frequently in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and American-Muslim organizations and individuals. We’ve represented and taken public positions in support of anti-Trump protesters more than five times since the election and represented one of the Standing Rock protesters in a free speech case. The ACLU has also defended the free speech rights of African-American environmental activists in Alabama against a defamation lawsuit brought by the toxic waste-generating corporation they opposed. This is all in the past year alone.

We are not newcomers to this work. We’ve defended individuals targeted for their socialist, anarchist, and communist affiliations, for anti-war speech, and for civil rights activism throughout our history. We have repeatedly defended the free speech rights of day laborers against city ordinances — grounded in anti-Latino racism — that would have prohibited their expressing their availability for work. The ACLU was founded in 1920 when the attorney general of the United States carried out his “Palmer raids” to round up immigrants based on their “subversive” views. And we stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the emerging labor movement of the early 20th century. The First Amendment —freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion — has always been foundational for our organization.

Second, and more directly related to the events of this weekend, there are important reasons for our long history of defending freedom of speech — including speech we abhor. We fundamentally believe that our democracy will be better and stronger for engaging and hearing divergent views. Racism and bigotry will not be eradicated if we merely force them underground. Equality and justice will only be achieved if society looks such bigotry squarely in the eyes and renounces it. Not all speech is morally equivalent, but the airing of hateful speech allows people of good will to confront the implications of such speech and reject bigotry, discrimination and hate. This contestation of values can only happen if the exchange of ideas is out in the open.

There is another practical reason that we have defended the free speech rights of Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan. Today, as much as ever, the forces of white supremacy and the forces for equality and justice are locked in fierce battles, not only in Washington but in state houses and city councils around the country. Some government decision-makers are deeply opposed to the speech we support. We simply never want government to be in a position to favor or disfavor particular viewpoints. And the fact is, government officials — from the local to the national — are more apt to suppress the speech of individuals or groups who disagree with government positions. Many of the landmark First Amendment cases, such as NAACP v. Claiborne Hardware and New York Times v. Sullivan, have been fought by African-American civil rights activists. Preventing the government from controlling speech is absolutely necessary to the promotion of equality.

Third, the First Amendment cannot be used as sword or shield to justify or rationalize violence. Violence — even when accompanied by speech — does not garner the protection of the First Amendment. It is also true that the airing of ideas — no matter how repugnant or loathsome — does not necessarily lead to violence. The violence of this weekend was not caused by our defense of the First Amendment. The ACLU of Virginia went to court to insist that the First Amendment be applied neutrally and equally to all protesters. Reasonable members of our community might differ on whether we ought to have brought that case. But I believe that having divergent views within an organization dedicated to freedom of speech is a sign of strength not weakness. I also believe the ACLU of Virginia made the right call here. Some have argued that we should not be putting resources toward anything that could benefit the voices of white supremacy. But we cannot stand by silently as the government repudiates the principles we have fought for — and won — in the courts when it violates clearly established First Amendment rights.

Invoking the threat of violence cannot serve as the government’s carte blanche to shut down protests. If that were the case, governments would almost always be able to shut down protests, even when the protesters themselves are peaceful, because others could exercise a heckler’s veto through violence or the threat of violence. We must not give government officials a free pass to cite public safety as a reason to stifle protest. They have a responsibility to ensure the safety and security of all protesters and may make their case in court for reasonable time, place, or manner restrictions. That is what we sought in our lawsuit in Virginia.

The hard job for us now is to find concrete strategies for healing the divides that were laid bare this weekend. For the broader society, this would require that white supremacy, bigotry, and racism be confronted and rejected. Freedom of speech has to be valued and heralded as the cornerstone of our democratic society. Political leaders must shape the political discourse to underscore what binds us together as people, rather than exploit our differences. And government officials must neutrally apply the First Amendment and ensure the safety of all Americans when they take to the streets to exercise their constitutionally protected rights.

For our organization, we must remain focused and vigorous in our defense of civil liberties and civil rights in every community and in every context. Our 97-year history of defending the constitutional rights of all persons — even those we disagree with — is imbued with a belief that these rights are indeed indivisible, unalienable, and granted to each of us in our democracy. Our job is to turn those promises and aspirations into a reality for all people. And that work has never been more important than now.


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Posted on: 2017-08-17 09:11:55   By: Anonymous
 
Mickey Mouse is black.

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    Re: Beloved POTUS Trump
    Posted on: 2017-08-17 10:46:43   By: Anonymous
     
    Mickey and Minnie both support President Trump.

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      Re: Beloved POTUS Trump
      Posted on: 2017-08-17 13:47:05   By: Anonymous
       
      NPR, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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      No Subject
      Posted on: 2017-08-18 01:35:01   By: Anonymous
       
      Mickey and Minnie both serve Vaal.

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    Re: Making America GREAT Again!
    Posted on: 2017-08-17 13:41:16   By: Anonymous
     
    ALL Patriotic Americans support President Trump. He is Making America Great Again.
    The Main Stream Media and Congress Obstructionists can't stop President Trump.

    Now that the juggernaut president has just passed his 200th day in office, he is still going at warp speed in chalking up significant accomplishments and, at the same time, draining both the national and international swamplands that have contaminated our politics for decades, and the media are still spewing out fake news and fake polls in their desperate but impotent attempts to derail the unstoppable Trump Train.

    Here is an impressive—but not comprehensive—list of President Trump’s accomplishments in his second three (almost four) months in office:

    The President traveled to Saudi Arabia (where he demanded that the Arab world do its share to stop terrorism); Israel (where he was the first U.S. president to visit the Western Wall); and the Vatican. He also traveled to Warsaw, Poland where he spoke proudly and passionately about the virtues of western civilization.

    In the Trump White House, there are 110 fewer employees on staff than under Obama, to the tune of $5.1 million in savings: currently, five staffers for Melania Trump vs. 24 staffers for Michelle Obama.

    The President donated his first-quarter salary of approx. $78,000 to the National Parks Service.

    The President also did the following:

    Created the Office of American Innovation to streamline and improve the Government for future generations.

    Signed Executive Orders:
    to “Buy American and Hire American” and to make it easier for businesses to start and expand apprenticeship programs;
    to mandate that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated, which can potentially reduce costs by $70 billion, according to The American Action Forum.
    to control regulatory costs that will dramatically reduce permit approvals for projects from 10 years to 2 years, spurring investment and job creation.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average has increased 17 percent since Election Day, hitting new highs 25 times this year already.
    Since January, the economy added almost a million new jobs, including in the private sector.

    The President signed 14 Congressional Review Act resolutions into law, ending burdensome Obama-era rules and regulations, more than all other Presidents combined.
    By withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, President Trump protected America from a bad deal that would have harmed our economy, cost the U.S. nearly $3 trillion, and lost 6.5 million industrial-sector jobs and 3.1 million manufacturing-sector jobs.

    The President increased exports of our energy resources to a global market, updated guidance from the Treasury Department to allow the United States to export coal, and expedited the permitting and approval processes of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals and exports, including the approval of the Lake Charles LNG terminal in Louisiana.

    More domestic energy development
    He unleashed oil and gas development in the United States by expanding access to resources and the infrastructure needed to get them to market; he approved the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, creating over 42,000 jobs and $2 billion in earnings.

    He signed Executive Orders mandating (1) future pipeline work to be done by American workers and with American steel, and he expedited new pipeline approval and production, such as the New Burgos Pipeline to Mexico, and (2) the extension of offshore oil and gas drilling and he reissued a leasing program to develop offshore resources.

    The President also boosted oil and gas development on Federal lands.
    Now, President Trump is reconsidering the Obama-era Environmental Protection Agency rule on greenhouse gas emissions that is estimated to cost oil and natural gas operators as much as $530 million annually.

    President Trump rolled back Obama’s “Stream Protection Rule,” which targeted the beleaguered coal industry with estimated costs of at least $81 million a year.

    On trade: Trump will do better
    He also withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which failed to protect American workers, and he promised to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to better reflect our modern economy while benefitting all parties involved.

    The President began the process of renegotiating the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement. In addition, negotiations started with China on economic cooperation have already produced results for American businesses. For the first time in 14 years, American beef imports have returned to China and China is now welcome to negotiate contracts to import American liquefied natural gas.

    The President rolled back the Obama Administration’s bad deal with Cuba that benefited the Cuban regime at the expense of the Cuban people.

    Immigration
    The President instituted tough immigration policies that have reduced illegal border crossings by 53 percent compared to the same time last year.
    President Trump ordered the hiring of 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, including 5,000 additional border patrol agents. Within the first 100 days, ICE conducted nearly 40 percent more Enforcement and Removal Operations compared to the same time last year, and arrests of convicted criminal aliens climbed by nearly 20 percent in this time compared to the same time last year. In fiscal year 2017, ICE has removed over 2,700 criminal gang members, compared to 2,057 criminal gang members in all of fiscal year 2016. ICE has specifically targeted MS-13 criminal gang members for removal on immigration violations. Since January, 66,000 illegal immigrants have been arrested, more than 70% of them having criminal records.

    According to journalist and former NY City Police Chief Jim Kouri, in July, two major law enforcement operations led by the FBI, DEA and the Dutch National Police, shut down the infrastructure of an underground criminal economy and two huge crime outfits, AlphaBay and Hansa, responsible for the trading of over 350 000 illicit commodities including drugs, firearms and cybercrime malware.

    The President ordered the Department of Homeland Security to use $100 million of unspent appropriations in its account for border security, fencing and infrastructure.
    He ordered the creation of the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) office at DHS, ensuring that our Government can no longer ignore the victims of criminal acts by illegal aliens.

    Cleanup at the VA
    Under President Trump, Department of Veterans Affairs fired over 500 employees, suspended 200, demoted 33, and disciplined 22 senior leaders as part of the effort to restore integrity and accountability to a department charged with supporting our nation’s heroes.

    President Trump signed the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, enabling senior Veterans Affairs officials to fire failing employees while establishing important safeguards to protect whistleblowers.

    The President is now starting the process of shifting veterans’ electronic medical records to the same system used by the Defense Department, ending a decades-old rift in sharing information between the two agencies.
    President Trump signed into law a bill providing over $2 billion to open new Veterans Affairs department medical facilities and fund care for veterans seeking medical care outside the government system.

    In the Middle East
    President Trump brokered a ceasefire in southwest Syria as part of the U.S. commitment to end the conflict, reduce human suffering, and defeat ISIS.
    He supported the opening of a new “Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology” in Saudi Arabia, created to empower Muslim-majority countries to more effectively combat radicalization.

    The President increased pressure on Iran to end its destructive and destabilizing actions in the Middle East, including its continued ballistic missile research.
    The Department of the Treasury sanctioned over 25 entities and individuals involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program, ensuring our ability to monitor potentially malicious actors while preventing future acts of terrorism.
    This week, the United States sanctioned sixteen entities and individuals that have supported Iran’s military and Revolutionary Guard Corps in the development of drones, fast attack boats, and other military equipment.
    In his first six months, President Trump worked with our partners and allies in the Middle East to defeat ISIS, leading to Iraqi forces recapturing Mosul.
    After the Syrian regime used chemical weapons against civilians, President Trump authorized strikes against the airbase that launched the chemical attacks, demonstrating our national commitment to preventing further atrocities.

    President Trump has lifted restrictions that had prevented the Secretary of Defense and our commanders in the field from fully using their judgement and expertise.

    President Trump cut $600 million from United Nations’ laughable peacekeeping budget.

    President Trump signed two resolutions, one encouraging women at NASA and another promoting women in entrepreneurship.

    The economy
    Further, according to both The Gateway Pundit and Joel B. Pollak, Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News:

    In President Trump’s first six months, the U.S. Stock Markets are at record highs and millions of Americans are benefitting in their retirement savings accounts.
    The DOW daily closing stock market average has risen 18% since the election on November 8th. (On November 9th the DOW closed at 18,332 – the other day it closed at over 22,000).
    The S&P 500 and the NASDAQ have both set new all-time highs during this period: the U.S. Stock Market gained $4 trillion in wealth since Trump was elected and the S&P 500 also broke $20 Trillion for the first time in its history.

    According to Bloomberg News, U.S. corporate profits in the second quarter “have beaten estimates at more than three-quarters of the Standard & Poor’s 500 member companies. In every sector, at least half of the companies have surpassed or met expectations, with many also getting a boost from a sinking U.S. dollar.”

    U.S. Debt has decreased under President Trump since his inauguration by (-$103) Billion. (President Obama increased the US debt in his first 6 months more than $974 Billion or nearly $1 Trillion.)
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, President Trump added a projected 1,027,000 jobs in his first six months (January through June 2017.) President Obama on the other hand lost more than 3,826,000 million jobs in his first six months.

    Also according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the unemployment rate since President Trump’s inauguration decreased from 4.8% to 4.4% (January through June 2017). Unemployment under President Obama’s first six months in office, the unemployment rate increased each month from 7.8% in January 2009 to 9.5% by June of 2009.
    Inflation down; homes sell fast

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. inflation rate decreased to an eight month low in June to 1.6%.
    In 2011, houses for sale were on the market an average 84 days. This year, it’s just 45 days.

    The U.S. Manufacturing Index soared to a 33-year high in President Trump’s first six months, which was the best number since 1983 under President Reagan.
    The Federal Reserve has increased interest rates three times since President Trump was elected into office in November. The Fed increased interest rates only once in Obama’s 8 Years prior to the increase after President Trump’s winning the election in November.

    Illegal immigration is down almost 70% under President Trump.
    Since President Trump took office in January 2017, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistics on food stamp enrollment, more than 1.1 million Americans dropped off the food stamp rolls.
    NATO announced Allied spending is up $10 billion because of President Trump.

    After being nominated by President Trump, Constitutionalist Judge Neil Gorsuch was confirmed and sworn in as Supreme Court Justice in early April.
    The President has signed around 150 executive orders, memoranda and proclamations as of July 19th, including (to name but a few): dismantling Obama’s climate change initiatives; travel bans for individuals from a select number of countries embroiled in terrorist atrocities; enforcing regulatory reform; protecting law enforcement; rebuilding the military; cutting funding for sanctuary cities.

    Fighting voter fraud
    President Trump launched his Voter Fraud Commission, officially the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.
    President Trump announced on Twitter on July 26: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”

    President Trump continued to shut Democrats out in special elections, which the media expected them to win on a supposed wave of anti-Trump sentiment. In Montana, Republican Greg Gianforte won even after being arrested for assaulting a Guardian reporter, and in Georgia, Karen Handel won the most expensive congressional race in history after her Democratic challenger, Jon Ossoff, had looked like a heavy favorite just days before.
    Last week, President Trump joined Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) to announce legislation about changes to our immigration laws for the first time in more than half a century. The RAISE Act (Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment), instead of admitting immigrants on the basis of often specious “family” ties, would choose the immigrants based on merit, with points granted for skills, English proficiency, advanced degrees, actual job offers, et al.

    About 30 percent of the territory the American-led coalition has retaken from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq and Syria since 2014 has been liberated under U.S. President Donald Trump’s watch, according to a senior State Department official. In total, the U.S.-led coalition has re-conquered 27,000 square miles (about 78 percent) of the 35,000 square miles ISIS is believed to have controlled at its peak in Iraq and Syria in early 2015.

    Making America great again
    According to writer Larry Schweikart, President Trump “is advancing his Greatness Agenda through court appointments like wildfire.” To date, he “has outpaced Barack Obama and Bill Clinton with his judicial appointees.”
    According to political operative Roger Stone:

    President Trump signed a bill into law to reduce the backlog of families of fallen police officers waiting to receive benefits due to their status.
    Under President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama Administration memo that directed the Bureau of Prisons to begin phasing out private prisons.

    Again under President Trump, the Justice Department prosecuted two doctors and one other for the subhuman practice of female genital mutilation–the first such prosecutions under a federal law passed by Congress in 1996 prohibiting the practice.

    Despite historic Democrat obstructionism, President Trump has worked with Congress to pass more legislation in his first 100 days than any President since Truman!

    In June, the Trump Administration sent 20 ATF agents to Chicago to help the city fight gun violence. The local U.S. Attorney said the same day that his office had already prosecuted more Chicago gun cases in 2017 than it had done throughout the entire 2016.

    President Trump, in “another critical step to restoring local control,” signed an Executive Order for Secretary of Education Betsy De Vos to review Dept. of Education regulations, with the intention of returning power to the states and local governments and to review, modify and possibly repeal any regulations and guidelines that are not consistent with federal law.

    Thank you President Trump for keeping your promises.
    Making America Great Again!

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      Re: Making America GREAT Again!
      Posted on: 2017-08-17 15:23:37   By: Anonymous
       
      Oh please! Which Russian website did you copy that off of? Really, tell us.

      Or was it posted by one of the Russian bots that tried to help Trump during the campaign by spraying pro-Trump propaganda all over the internet?

      The points made are too laughable to bother refuting. (And the bot won't read the response anyway).

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        Re: Making America GREAT Again!
        Posted on: 2017-08-17 16:40:44   By: Anonymous
         
        A+++

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      Re: Making America GREAT Again!
      Posted on: 2017-08-17 16:46:50   By: Anonymous
       
      hmm, seems like 70% of the country doesn't agree with you. Also seems like there a good bunch of Senators and Representatives who don't agree with you. And a whole bunch of select business CEOs don't agree with you. And most people in other countries, including world leaders and our allies don't agree with you. Oh, and don't forget that our ilitary, homeland security, FBI, and intelligence community don't agree with you. That doesn't leave a whole lot of people who agree with you.

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        Re: Making America GREAT Again!
        Posted on: 2017-08-17 19:57:54   By: Anonymous
         
        Truth is not determined by consensus.
        You can agree or disagree, that would be your opinion and everybody is entitled to an opinion.
        But Truth is Truth. And most people agree with President Trump.
        **=**====**


        NPR Poll: 62% Say Confederate Statues Honoring Leaders Should Remain
        by KRISTINA WONG 17 Aug 2017

        A new poll by NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist says 62 percent of those polled said Confederate statues honoring leaders should remain.
        Only 27 percent said they should be removed, and 11 percent said they were unsure.

        The poll sample included 36 percent Democrats, 26 percent Republicans and 37 Independents.

        Asked, “Do you think statues honoring leaders of the Confederacy should remain as a historical symbol,” 62 percent of those polled said yes, including 44 percent of Democrats, 82 percent of Republicans, and 61 percent of Independents.

        Asked if they should “be removed because they are offensive to some people,” only slightly more of the Democrats agreed, at 47 percent. Only six percent of Republicans agreed, and 27 percent of Independents.

        The poll showed that the issue was divisive among African American respondents — 44 percent believed the statues should remain and 40 percent believed they should be removed.
        ____________________

        President Trump, Making America Great Again by Leading The People.

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          Re: Making America GREAT Again!
          Posted on: 2017-08-18 07:50:12   By: Anonymous
           
          Try analyzing your own post. The stats offered by one poll are truthful only to the extent represented by that poll. It does not disprove anything else.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-08-18 07:46:08   By: Anonymous
     


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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-08-17 09:15:51   By: Anonymous
 
John don't quit you're night job!

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    ACLU Fights Ignorance
    Posted on: 2017-08-17 09:34:11   By: Anonymous
     
    The ACLU fights ignorance, hatred.
    Sadly Dump praises hatred, ignorance, because he has this in his heart.
    He is unfit to lead America.
    Pray the end to this nightmare is near.

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      Re: ACLU Fights Ignorance
      Posted on: 2017-08-17 10:46:11   By: Anonymous
       
      ACLU, Destroying America one brick at a time.

      F' Commies

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        Re: ACLU Fights Ignorance
        Posted on: 2017-08-17 12:38:20   By: Anonymous
         
        You might say different if you knew more about the ACLU. It has defended conservative and liberal clients. It is not "commie", the don't make the laws, the ACLU exists to protect civil liberties regard of race, creed, or color.

        I read that they represented the altright demonstrators in Chatlottsville when their permit was denied, and got it back. Check it out if I am wrong.

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        Re: ACLU Fights Ignorance
        Posted on: 2017-08-17 12:41:19   By: Anonymous
         
        Read their statement carefully. The ACLU represents people and organizations whose civil rights are being infringed.

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          Re: ACLU Fights Ignorance
          Posted on: 2017-08-17 14:05:45   By: Anonymous
           
          Why aren't black lives matter thugs called black supremecy antagonizers??

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            Re: ACLU Fights Ignorance
            Posted on: 2017-08-17 15:21:10   By: Anonymous
             
            BLM and Antifa Fascists are anti-American thugs.
            They are Terrorists just like ISIS and the Taliban.
            ***************
            American Left Adopts Taliban Tactics in Destruction of Historical Icons
            by AWR HAWKINS 17 Aug 2017

            As the American left targets historical icons for removal and/or destruction, one is reminded of the way the Taliban destroyed centuries-old Buddhist statues and the Islamic State’s ongoing violence against Christian churches and landmarks.

            In short, the American left, the Taliban, and the Islamic State (ISIS) hold two things in common. First, an inability to appreciate the whole of history as it happened, which includes good times and bad. And secondly, a tendency to express this lack of appreciation via violence and destruction.

            For example, on March 12, 2001, the Telegraph reported that “the world’s two largest standing Buddhas – one of them 165ft high – were blown up by the Taliban in Afghanistan.” The statues were 1,700 years old, yet the Taliban “drilled holes into the torsos of the two statues and then placed dynamite charges inside the holes to blow them up.”

            In a similar vein, following the toppling of the Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina, Workers World Party member Qasima Wideman said, “If the people decide they want to remove such a statue, that should be their right,” according to CNN.

            And National Geographic shows that the tactic of destroying history has been a big part of the Islamic State’s method of operation. The Islamic state destroyed the ancient ruins of Palmyra–consisting of “colonnaded avenues and impressive temples.” This included one temple which had endured for 1,900 years, only to be blown to bits in August 2015.

            The similar motivations between all these various destructive tendencies–especially the targeting of libraries–begs a question that radio talk host Laura Ingraham has already asked. Real Clear Politics quoted Ingraham saying, “What else will be subjected to [the American left’s] eradication and enunciation? … What about books? Are they going to start burning books too?”
            ***==============

            Occupy, NAZIS, Antifa, Democrats, BLM, Fascists, Leftists, Taliban, ISIS......Can YOU Tell The Difference?
            Me Neither.

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              Re: ACLU Fights Ignorance
              Posted on: 2017-08-17 15:25:15   By: Anonymous
               
              The above post is copied from....?? Where or where? Please tell us little Trump bot.

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              Re: ACLU Fights Ignorance
              Posted on: 2017-08-17 16:49:07   By: Anonymous
               
              You failed to add Trump and his suppoters to that list.

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            Re: ACLU Fights Ignorance
            Posted on: 2017-08-18 19:30:43   By: Anonymous
             
            that was a troll comment. Unless you simply can't figure that out.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-08-17 09:53:45   By: Anonymous
 
Who cares what the ALCU wants, or what their opinion is? Their a proven Communist front group, and think they should be an arm of our government, Millions of us don't need them, want them or respect them! Go away Commie dogooders!

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    Ignorance
    Posted on: 2017-08-17 10:12:48   By: Anonymous
     
    The cry of the Nazis is Communists!
    It can be no further from the truth.
    Equal justice is not Communism, it is equal justice.
    This is another example of the ignorance, hatred for America.
    Justice in America is not only for Whites.
    This burns a few racists, but the majority of Americans applaud equal justice.
    Majority rules, racists will not win.


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      Re: Ignorance and Truth
      Posted on: 2017-08-17 10:55:39   By: Anonymous
       
      Justice..... a good concept and a better practice.

      During eight years of Obama's reign, anything bad that happened was GW Bush's fault.
      Now, anything good that Trump does is claimed as the result of Obama policies.
      So syllogistic logic and justice would tell us that the Charlottesville riots were the fault of Obama's reign.

      Simple that.
      Obama started the fire and fanned the flames on his cauldron of divisiveness and hate.

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        Re: Ignorance and Truth
        Posted on: 2017-08-17 12:42:27   By: Anonymous
         
        Obviously the flames of hate were a product of your mind and the minds of others like you.

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      Re: Ignorance
      Posted on: 2017-08-17 11:44:37   By: Anonymous
       
      ACLU are all racists.

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        Re: Ignorance
        Posted on: 2017-08-18 20:35:08   By: Anonymous
         
        You don't even know what a "communist "is, do you? Aren't you just parroting something you heard

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          Re: Ignorance
          Posted on: 2017-08-19 16:15:01   By: Anonymous
           
          I think it's a strapless evening gown, or an industrial solvent.

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            Re: Ignorance
            Posted on: 2017-08-19 16:40:41   By: Anonymous
             
            I know, they're one of the chrome box-like thingies with the plug that comes off of it, and the two slots on top. and everyone says it's bad to throw a plugged-in one into a hot tub, for some reason.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-08-17 10:25:46   By: Anonymous
     
    LOL. The the poster saying the ACLU is a bunch of commies: Ironic it was the ACLU that prevented charlettsville authorities from canceling/moving the neo-nazi demonstration. Not saying that was a good thing, by I am saying they fight for EVERYONE.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-08-18 19:31:53   By: Anonymous
     
    Who cares what you think. It is far off as to be completely ludicrous.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-08-19 20:27:16   By: Anonymous
     
    horse crap. Where is your proof loudmouth? State the source that the ACLU is proven communist, or forever know you lie .

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-08-19 23:04:41   By: Anonymous
     
    You lie. No one "proved " commie anything about the ACLU.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-08-17 10:26:07   By: Anonymous
 
Ignorance, you miss the whole point, racism is a problem, a big problem and it becomes increasingly worse when we spent the last 8 yrs. listening to Barry lecture us on what we should allow the radical element of the black community do, and took one opportunity after another, praising black thugs that don't think they are bound by the laws that we are to honor! So when I'm told I'm a racist by people like you, who I'm sure loves everyone as long as they agree with you, I have too laugh, your ridiculous, and when both sides of this issue we're called out for what they are, you jump all over yourself, and anyone that believe's in civility, we are called racists! You don't know us or the millions of American's that want laws followed and respected! Have a good day, and in the meantime exam yourself, you might find that calling everyone racist that doesn't agree with you view after all might be good, and nice people!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-08-17 10:47:32   By: Anonymous
     
    It's only a problem for the left. They foster and fan it for gain.

    The rest of us, white and otherwise moved on long ago.

    Screw the race baiters.

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      Con Fake News
      Posted on: 2017-08-17 11:18:41   By: Anonymous
       
      The Fox, hate radio fake news is seen in this thread.
      Misinformed morons spouting fake news and lies fed to them by Fox and their hate radio ditto heads.

      What a sad sorry bunch of misinformed morons.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-08-17 15:27:34   By: Anonymous
       
      Trump spent 5 years repeating the lie that our first black president was not born in the US. His racism is proven.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2017-08-17 20:01:11   By: Anonymous
         
        How can exposing somebody for lying about being a born American be racist?
        Fraud is Fraud, you gotta call it out.

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2017-08-18 00:30:06   By: Anonymous
           
          The Out-worlder is quite easy to identify with the deformed pinky-finger.

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2017-08-18 13:23:20   By: Anonymous
           
          It's not fraud if its not true. And its not true, even Trump says that now.

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            Re:
            Posted on: 2017-08-18 20:38:43   By: Anonymous
             
            Goofy!!! Fraud is fraud. Once done there are no take-backs.

            If Trump resigned then he would give back what he defrauded for.






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        Re: He's only half-black.
        Posted on: 2017-08-19 16:17:47   By: Anonymous
         
        ^ remember..?

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-08-19 22:00:24   By: Anonymous
       
      Well, that is the silliest bunch of crap ever posted. You are blind to the fact that racism is a problem for everyone, but especially for minorities, many of whom suffer from it daily and throughout their lifetimes.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-08-17 11:42:57   By: Anonymous
 
Trump be so good he tell them that everyone at falt! Not just one side! Now we now just why trump gonna make America again great baby!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-08-17 11:58:33   By: Anonymous
     
    All you be goood fur is yusz louzy lipps- Ta onlzy thang sir ten in lif if ya be a work'n- unkee samz taxin - six foots under a damn tree, if you be lucky. Quit ya al-za complaining. Get a life.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-08-17 12:06:44   By: Anonymous
       
      Learn English please.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2017-08-17 14:23:50   By: Anonymous
         
        That be English not liberal talk followed by tears and hand me out.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-08-17 13:41:27   By: Anonymous
 
I'm in the mood to shave my head & put on my tall Doc Martens, & flight jacket.
OI!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-08-17 18:06:46   By: Anonymous
     


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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-08-18 13:46:17   By: Anonymous
       
      We need more skinheads in this County.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2017-08-18 19:35:45   By: Anonymous
         
        Yep, we got too many smart people here. Makin it hard for skinnies to join in the 4th of July parades.

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2017-08-18 20:42:06   By: Anonymous
           
          Yeah, can't you just see those silly SOBs marching along like they were boyscouts, waving their nasty Nazi flags, and chanting their mindless bs. It would be funny if it wasn't so sad.

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            Re:
            Posted on: 2017-08-18 23:16:03   By: Anonymous
             
            I don't really mind them, but some of the skinhead chicks are kinda hot.

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              Re:
              Posted on: 2017-08-19 20:29:35   By: Anonymous
               
              Don't touch those chicks, you could get a disease.

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This County needs:
Posted on: 2017-08-18 23:21:31   By: Anonymous
 
More hot Skinhead chicks.

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