Be a Constitution Voter

Today is Constitution Day. The ACLU launched a new campaign today encouraging voters to consider the Constitution in deciding whom to vote for.

Take the pledge (pdf):


  • I believe that no one—including the President—is above the law.
  • I oppose all forms of torture, and I support both closing the Guantánamo Bay prison and ending indefinite detention.
  • I oppose warrantless spying.
  • I believe that government officials, no matter how high-ranking, should be held accountable for breaking the law and violating the Constitution.
  • I believe that the Constitution protects every person's rights equally—no matter what they believe, how they live, where or if they worship, and whom they love.
  • I reject the notion that we have to tolerate violations of our most fundamental rights in the name of fighting terrorism.
  • I am deeply committed to the Constitution and expect our country's leaders to share and act on that commitment—every day, without fail.

Please join the ACLU campaign:

Our goal is to sign up 300,000 Constitution Voters by October 15th to demonstrate our power.

We will deliver your messages to candidates at all levels of government, all across the country. We must let our leaders know that when we step into the ballot box, the Constitution will be the first thing on our minds.

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    I Hate... (5.00 / 0) (#1)
    by Brillo on Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 04:15:50 PM EST
    That the Constituion party has marred my first impressions when seeing this slogan and sign.  :(

    Please correct me if I'm wrong (5.00 / 0) (#2)
    by talesoftwokitties on Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 04:21:32 PM EST
    But If I were to take this pledge, then I couldn't vote for president.  Both candidates have done things that have gone against the constitution.

    Not the issue (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Jeralyn on Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 04:32:53 PM EST
    whose policies better support it? Who will be worse for the Constitutional rights and values? It's not even close.

    Perhaps, but Obama's FISA vote (5.00 / 0) (#4)
    by talesoftwokitties on Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 04:43:44 PM EST
    was a deal breaker for me.  Sure, I agree that Obama's policies would most likely support the constitution, but then again - I really don't know for sure, given how he handled the FISA vote.  But it makes me think I have to vote for the lesser of two evils.  It shouldn't be like that.

    I took that pledge before it was a pledge (none / 0) (#5)
    by scribe on Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 05:17:02 PM EST
    back when it was a given that the things we are fighting for, were respected.

    iPhone users might appreciate this today (none / 0) (#6)
    by s5 on Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 06:04:51 PM EST
    It's a free pocket Constitution app for the iPhone. I think they just released it today.

    How can we stop it? (none / 0) (#7)
    by mmc9431 on Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 07:29:42 PM EST
    It's pathetic that we have to chose between which party will do the least damage to the Constitution. Every elected official in Washington swears an oath to uphold the Constitution, not their party.

    For eight years the Bush administration has trampled on the Constitution and the Democrat's have enabled them. I'm not convinced that an Obama administration will reverse this trend but I am sure that McCain would continue to expand it.

    Does ACLU help? (none / 0) (#8)
    by diogenes on Thu Sep 18, 2008 at 09:45:21 PM EST
    Is the endorsement of the ACLU really going to help Obama among working class soccer moms?  Much better for the ACLU to endorse JOHN MCCAIN.