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Tuesday, January 13, 2004
The fascist ACLU. The increasingly insane ironies of right-wing rhetoric from the likes of Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh should become obvious oreillyeven to people who don't immerse themselves in these kinds of issues.

Bill O'Reilly has called the ACLU a "fascist" organization — although it is defending
Rush Limbaugh's right to privacy (TalkLeft). For the ACLU to act as Rush Limbaugh's advocate, it must be guided by a higher calling than his behavior and rhetoric warrant. Unlike the monolithic right, the ACLU doesn't respond to reflexive fits of appearances of "loyalty" whenever the loyalist pecking order starts pecking (e.g., the current defamation and investigation of former Bush Cabinet member Paul O'Neill). The ACLU is acting on principle, not on the particulars of a single case.

If our law enforcement agencies also acted on principle, Limbaugh would be in jail right now. And someday maybe the ACLU will come to O'Reilly's aid when his nonsensical blatherings are no longer in vogue.

But that's one of the essential differences between Bush league conservatism and the left — we have principles; they don't.

P.S. Join the ACLU.

O'Reilly image found at Media Whores Online.

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