One Reporter's Opinion The ACLU vs. the Minuteman Project

By George Putnam, Newsmax.com, July 2, 2005

It is this reporter's opinion that the Minuteman Project is not a call to arms, but rather a call to patriotic American voices seeking a peaceful, respectable solution to the chaotic neglect by members of our local, state and federal governments who have taken an oath to apply U.S. immigration law and protect the sovereignty of the United States of America.

The Minuteman Project is a call to bring national awareness to the decades-long careless disregard of effective U.S. immigration law enforcement. It is a reminder to Americans that our nation was founded and governed by the rule of law, not by the whims of mobs of illegal aliens who stream across U.S. borders. The Minutemen and women are willing to sacrifice their time and comforts to do what their government has refused to do: Stop the illegal invasion the tens of millions of invading illegals.

Imagine our amazement to discover that the ACLU chapter in New Mexico has suspended an entire chapter of the local organization because a member of the board of directors is reported to be leading the state's Minuteman group! The state organization has suspended its Las Cruces chapter after learning that a member of the group's board, Clifford Alford, is heading the formation of a Minuteman group in New Mexico.

The ACLU actually mobilized nationally against the Minuteman Project. The organization stationed its own volunteers on the border in order to watch the border monitors watch the illegal aliens, reporting any civil liberties violations to authorities.

This reporter has had a lifelong battle with the ACLU, which maintains that it is wholly nonpartisan, advertising itself as an objective organization neither liberal nor conservative, Republican nor Democrat that is devoted exclusively to protecting the civil liberties of all Americans.

But the facts indicate otherwise.

Roger Baldwin, founder and leading force in the ACLU until his death in 1981, asserted the partisan nature of the ACLU agenda. Said Baldwin, "I am for socialism, disarmament, and ultimately for abolishing the state itself as an instrument of violence and compulsion. I seek social ownership of property." And he concluded with "COMMUNISM IS THE GOAL."...

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