Monday, December 12, 2005

What do these people imagine the ACLU to be?

I literally cannot pick up a copy of the GDP without the American Civil Liberties Union being angrily denounced or, at minimum, demonized at least in passing.

Yesterday, Dick Yarbrough couldn't manage to complete his upbeat, rah-rah column without taking a passing shot:

Whoa! Ask and you will receive. A few weeks ago, I suggested you might want to write the men and women of Georgia’s 48th Brigade Combat Team in Iraq during the holiday season and thank them for their sacrifices. Your response has been overwhelming. The troops are going to get a lot of mail because of you.

I have heard from individuals, civic clubs, churches, schools, hospitals, business groups and even a group of jail inmates, all pledging to send as many cards and letters as possible to let their fellow Georgians know that they are appreciated and offering prayers for their safe return.
More individuals have written than I have the space to list, although one of my favorites came from Allan Hytowitz, a self-styled “Jewish kid” from Alpharetta. He has sent members of Charlie Company, 1/121st Infantry out of Gainesville, a six-and-a-half-foot Christmas tree, complete with decorations. Allan says now he is no longer a “Christmas tree virgin.” Don’t let the ACLU know, Allan. That kind of stuff just confuses them.

Yes, I know Dick is "just kidding." I especially liked how he felt compelled to describe Mr. Hytowitz; them's funnies too, Dick!

But seriously, just how much juice does your typical GDP reader imagine the ACLU has, anyway?