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Answer the following question in 2 pages with a reference page. You must used the upload items in the paper. Also i will upload a example. The question below

Is Stimulus the Best Way to Get American Economy Back on its Feet?

The weekly Question from the textbook, starting with the textbook then at least other two sources from any legitimate mainstream book, journal article, periodical, or newspaper (in that order of importance; email me if you are unsure of a source’s legitimacy). No dictionaries or encyclopedias, especially Wikipedia, are allowed. You must properly cite a source for anything that is not common knowledge, let alone if you quote from it (and if you do, you need to also have a page number). This means in English and properly formatted and not just a URL (web address).The more sources and citations, the better your grade will be (opinions need facts to back them up for proper social science).

#59. Should the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) protect everyone’s rights, even the KKK and the Nazis, and attack the state if it abuses them? Two of our fundamental rights as citizens of the United States of America is written and declared within the 1st Amendment of the Constitution: freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Upon its origin in the 1920’s, the American Civil Liberties Union was founded; it placed a primary emphasis on the importance of preserving one’s right to freedom of speech and expression. In their own words, the ACLU describes their organization as “… our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country,” (ACLU). Not a stranger to controversy, the ACLU has stepped in many times since its founding to represent those found under heavy public scrutiny; at times, the ACLU has even come to the aid of some of its most vocal opponents. After public knowledge of Rush Limbaugh’s prescriptiondrug abuse became widespread, the ACLU stood by the outspoken conservative pundit when addressing his rights to privacy regarding the matter (Fox News); the stance made by the ACLU was in regards to Limbaugh’s right to privacy regarding his personal medical records. The ACLU has even represented the North American Man Boy Love Association, an organization which promotes the cultivation of sexual relationships between male adults and young boys (Washington Post). In response to public outcry over the representation of NAMBLA, the ACLU published an open release regarding their stance. Rather directly, the organization states outright that they do not condone nor advocate the actions headlined by NAMBLA; the ACLU defends that their advocacy “…is robust freedom of speech for everyone,” (“…Organizations”; ACLU). The release continues by stating the following: “It is easy to defend freedom of speech when the message is something many people find at least reasonable. But the defense of freedom of speech is most critical when the message is one most people find repulsive. That was true when the Nazis marched in Skokie. It remains true today.” The press release issued by the ACLU regarding their representation of NAMBLA sums it up rather poignantly: freedom of speech is most crucial to fight for, regardless of the source and context of said speech In more direct reference to the discussion topic, the ACLU has even stood in defense of two particularly infamous groups: the Ku Klux Klan and the Nazis. In 1993, the State of Texas made an attempt to subdue the Texas Knights of the Ku Klux Klan; in reference to an immigration law trying to be upheld in Vidor, TX, the State of Texas wanted to confiscate documents relating to members of the Texan KKK group, “…in order to better monitor and restrict the organization,” (Grigsby 91). The ACLU came to the defense of the Texan KKK group because of the ACLU’s belief that government should be kept out of questions related on one’s personal morals and ethics. Prior to the defense of the KKK in 1993, the ACLU was also involved in helping members of a neo-Nazi group in the State of Illinois; members of the group wanted to march through the Chicago suburb of Skokie, which had a dense population of Holocaust survivors (“…Skokie” ;ACLU). Due to public outrage and backlash, the ACLU lost a significant number of donors to their organization and even convincing active members of the ACLU to resign. Even with the direct hit that the organization took for its defending the neo-Nazi group, the ACLU succeeded in defending the group’s right to assemble and march; however, even with the successful court victory, the neoNazi group decided not to march through Skokie, but instead hold a rally outside of Federal Plaza in Chicago. With this in mind (and with acknowledgement of the controversy that the organization has withstood, and will likely continue to weather), it solidifies the notion that the ACLU would be in the right to challenge states for any and all attempts to hinder the rights guaranteed by the 1 st and 2nd Amendments, in addition to all rights guaranteed by the Unites States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Works Cited: Key Issues. The American Civil Liberties Union. < http://www.aclu.org/key-issues> Taking a Stand for Free Speech in Skokie. The American Civil Liberties Union. 1 September 2010. ACLU Statement on Protecting Free Speech of Unpopular Organizations. The American Civil Liberties Union. 31 Aug. 2000. ACLU Comes to Rush Limbaugh’s Defense. Donaldson-Evans, Catherine. 12 Jan. 2004. Fox News. ACLU to Represent NAMBLA. Finucane, Martin. 31 Aug. 2000. Washington Post. Analyzing Politics:An Introduction to Political Science. Grigsby, Ellen. 2012. Wadsworth: Belmont, CA. Why Fred Phelps's Free Speech Rights Should Matter to Us All. Hampton, Chris. The American Civil Liberties Union. 7 October 2010.

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