By James Fite
There’s just something about spring that fills people with a festive spirit. Perhaps it’s in response to nature itself seemingly celebrating life; maybe it’s just the fact that warmer weather brings an end to the winter blues and cabin fever. Whatever the cause, even the most callous and smug of the progressive left are not immune to the jubilant mood that comes with the warming of the weather. Perhaps that’s the real reason for the season of human and civil rights awards ironically granted to abortion activists – or at least the reason that so many of them seem to be handed out in such a short period of time on the cusp of spring and summer.
In mid-May, Planned Parenthood’s top abortionist, Cecile Richards, accepted the 42nd annual Herbert H. Humphry Civil and Human Rights Award. Just two weeks later, Planned Parenthood threw an award gala of their own and named Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) their “Pro-Choice Champion.”
Not to be outdone or left out, the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, honors their own pro-choice hero with a Friday night gala June 15. According to their website, the ACLU of Nevada will hold their 15th annual Celebration of Civil Liberties at the Wheel House at The LINQ Hotel and Casino, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Eastern. They honor their chosen Silver State Democrat, former Senator Richard Bryan, with the Liberty in Government Award.
Rather than continue to flog the horse already brutally slain while examining the previous two awards, let us move beyond the irony in the names of both the award and the group itself and move directly to the service that ACLU of Nevada Executive Director Tod Story calls a “dedication to civil rights and liberties” that “served Nevadans well for over 30 years.”
The Declaration of Independence proclaims that man holds certain God given rights, and even names what we must assume are chief among them: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. There are a number of ways to interpret how those interact, but our society and the nation itself seems to be framed upon the idea that the fundamental human rights are to live, to live free from tyranny, and to seek out one’s own happiness, and that an individual should only have to forfeit these rights should he violate those of another.
As previously explained on Liberty Nation, abortion is not a constitutionally protected right – nor is it a God-given, fundamental human right. To say that it is required that either the right to life can be trumped by mere convenience or that unborn children are not alive; the first argument is a clear contradiction to the aforementioned Creator-endowed right and the second is readily debunked by elementary science. Yet the ACLU and their special honoree certainly do support the violation of this most basic of rights. Sen. Bryan voted not to stop overseas military abortions in 1999, not to ban partial-birth abortions in the same year, then not to maintain the ban on Military Base Abortions in 2000.
He also attacked the constitutionally protected right to free speech by voting in 1995 to prohibit flag burning. This isn’t an act likely to garner much respect in the eyes of patriotic Americans, but that doesn’t justify criminalizing political expression. Such is the domain of the Socialist and Communist regimes already too common around the globe.
He also supported the racist, sexist affirmative action hiring requirements that same year. He also supported the LGBTQ community by backing the expansion of hate crime legislation to include them as covered victims, but oddly voted to prohibit same-sex marriage. The one civil liberty issue those on the left often have right, and he runs in the opposite direction.
So to summarize, the ACLU’s top pick for a lifetime liberty in government award supported measures that grew the government and its infringement of the citizens to make their own decisions free from interference and believes in the right to kill others as a matter of convenience. My, what a champion of liberty!
A killer of infants and two would-be tyrants who spent their careers voting our rights away: can the left pick any worse recipients to receive awards ostensibly for human and civil rights and liberties? Oh, just hide and watch; they call themselves progressive, after all.
Read More – ACLU Honors Pro-Abortion Democrat with Liberty Award at Liberty Nation.