I hate to tell you, KROC, that if the ACLU weren't around, despite all our prostestations of them notwithstanding, the government, be it under Democrat or Republican, would run over personal liberties. Such is the nature of government.
Agree - But why is it that the ACLU only likes to defend certain amendments? Ignoring the whole right to bear arms debate (before you start, I don't agree with an unrestricted right to bear arms), why does the ACLU believe that federal judiciary action is the panacea to all its grievances? It seems to me that many of the ACLU's positions run directly in conflict with the ninth and tenth amendments.
I really believe that we are witnessing federalism growing out of control.