The following is the final installment of a six-part series focusing on why the ACLJ is needed now more than ever to protect the victories we’ve achieved and beat back the ominous challenges we now face under the Biden Administration.
At the ACLJ, we will always have a clear eyed view of the threats that lie ahead. It has already been made abundantly clear that the Biden Administration poses a clear and present danger to democracy and our Constitutional republic.
Dangers Ahead for the Constitution
Obviously, the most serious danger ahead is that the Biden Administration has already demonstrated its intent to follow in the same footsteps as the Obama Administration, one of the most corrupt in United States history. The Biden Administration has already taken actions to reverse effective and important Trump Administration policies and possibly replace them with policies that are even more dangerous than those followed by the Obama Administration.
As the ACLJ responds to these dangers with eternal vigilance, FOIA requests, working on Capitol Hill, and especially litigation, the mobilization of our ACLJ members will also be required to meet these immense threats.
As the New York Times observed during the early days of the pandemic, leaders around the world have passed emergency decrees and legislation expanding their reach during the pandemic. These moves raise a fraught question: Will they ever relinquish such powers?
“In Hungary, the prime minister can now rule by decree. In Britain, ministers have what a critic called ‘eye-watering’ power to detain people and close borders. . . . Chile has sent the military to public squares once occupied by protesters. Bolivia has postponed elections.”
It can now be argued conclusively that governments are using the public health crisis as cover to seize new powers that have little to do with the outbreak, with few safeguards to ensure that their new authority will not be abused. California, for example, has now banned singing in church while allowing protesters to shout and scream in favor of politically correct policies. In state after state, including New York, New Jersey, California, Michigan, and Oregon, governments have imposed draconian rules, including rules preventing people from planting seeds in their own outdoor gardens.
So-called liberal rulers are now drunk on power, which arguably leads to an epidemic of authoritarian and repressive measures. Consistent with such moves, President Biden has said he would shut the country down if his scientists recommended it. This malevolent idea represents the potential for a threatening power grab by already power-hungry government officials sheltered by claims of science which are highly debatable.
As the New York Times points out, as “new laws broaden state surveillance, allow governments to detain people indefinitely and infringe on freedoms of assembly and expression, they could also shape civic life, politics and economies for decades to come.” Will the United States follow China’s lead in putting millions of its citizens under lockdown notwithstanding the constitutional limit on the Executive Branch’s power?
In addition, the question becomes, will so-called protective Coronavirus measures be used as cover for the Green New Deal, expanding funding for abortions, and providing a springboard for socialism? These are questions that the ACLJ’s policy team will rigorously consider because legislators, unwilling to allow a crisis to go to waste are already suggesting such policies. For instance, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has recently stated that having a Green New Deal would help curb the COVID-19 crises. Other observers are pushing for a global Green New Deal—apparently so we can have the worst of both worlds, bad policies that do not work and never end—as the proper solution to the Coronavirus outbreak. One observer asserts, “If we are to avoid the COVID-19 pandemic deepening inequality and further harming poor countries, then we will need to attack the neocolonial shackles holding them back — and clear the way for a Global Green New Deal.”
The linkage between the pandemic and abortion funding has already been established on an international level as the United Nations has allocated Coronavirus relief funds to promote abortions. Second, the ACLJ has alerted our members that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has attempted to weaponize the pandemic to expand federal funding of abortion on numerous occasions. Senator Ben Sasse has blasted Speaker Pelosi for her duplicitous efforts. These efforts will clearly continue, and the ACLJ will continue to expose and defeat them.
In addition, evidence emerges showing that the pandemic is turning some young radicals into socialists despite the ever-present threat that socialism poses to liberty, the rule of law, and the United States Constitution.
These are just a few of the dangers we face in America. Our Constitution is at a crossroads. The radical Left is seething for power, yearning to tear down America. The ACLJ has helped bring about some of the largest victories we’ve seen in the last four years. We are here to defend them – in court, in Congress, and in the media. We will also vigilantly stand against the challenges that are to come. We stand ready. We are uniquely positioned to engage these issues like no other organization.
We are your voice. We fight for you. And we can win. YOU are the ACLJ, and the ACLJ is needed NOW MORE THAN EVER.
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