When I was getting dressed this morning, I happened to pull out a T-shirt from the ACLU.
It reminded me of when George H.W. Bush ran against Michael Dukakis in 1988. In an attempt to discredit Dukakis, Bush accused him of being a “card-carrying member of the ACLU.”
I remember feeling indignant at that time about the implication that belonging to the ACLU made somebody unAmerican. I did not see why anyone should think defending the basic civil liberties that are the foundation of our Constitution is un-American. I vowed then to never let my membership in the ACLU expire, and I have not done so to this day.
A lot of the public discourse which is ongoing at this time reminds me of those days. Sadly, many people seem to view themselves as better Americans than people who differ from them when our Constitution supports people’s rights to be different in a myriad ways.
Nancy Cantor, Salt Lake City