- Paperback: 191 pages
- Publisher: Prometheus Books; First Edition edition (June 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1573921432
- ISBN-13: 978-1573921435
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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What's a Nice Republican Girl Like Me Doing in the Aclu? Paperback – June 1, 1997
Top Customer Reviews
Apart from Kennedy's main thesis, the book is a good primer for the issues facing the ACLU and the dangers of supporting the majority rule over minority rights. She explains the ACLU's position on free speech, privacy rights, separation of church and state, sexual and reproductive freedom, and support of public schools. Most importantly, she reminds us that the road to tyranny and oppression is paved with good intentions.
Kennedy holds that one of the main problems with current politics is the loss of civility; where cruel sound bytes have replaced meaningful debate and dialogue. She advocates tolerance for other people's beliefs and expresses hope that the traditional Republican Party will return from the control of the "Religious Right". All in all, a good introduction to civil liberties, the ACLU, and a good insight into what the Republican Party used to stand for.
--William L. Gembala
It is a shame that Ms Kennedy does not spend more time discussing her experiences in the ACLU, but those events that she does relate show how there is no shortage of politicians and bureaucrats who are willing to restrict the rights of the citizen. While sworn to uphold the US Constitution, elected officials often quickly cater to special interest groups who want their agendas advanced even though they violate the bill of rights.
I'm a fairly liberal Democrat, and found myself agreeing with everything Ms. Kennedy said. Is one of us in the wrong political party?