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This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

The affirmation by Michael Douglas as President Andrew Shepherd in the 1995 movie "The American President" is memorable: "For the record, yes, I am a card-carrying member of the ACLU. But the more important question is why aren't you?"

Yes, I am a liberal. And despite understanding that politics is the art of the possible, I am an idealist.

I often wonder why anyone — Republican, Democrat or independent — is afraid of an organization committed to the preservation of our personal freedoms defined by the Bill of Rights.

I frequently hear our Constitution referred to by the religious right as "divinely inspired." I also hear that the current Democratic administration violates the Constitution. It is definitely a paradox to believe this and at the same time be offended by a group that works to defend the Constitution's first 10 amendments.

Yes, I am a contributing member of the American Civil Liberties Union. If you're worried about the survival of the Constitution, why aren't you?

Frank Cameron


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