The main reason that the US has such a litigious society - one that imposes a burden equivalent to a tax on the economy of about 8% - is that it does not have a loser pays law such as we have in Australia and other countries like the UK have. This allows motivated organisations with deep pockets to undertake frivolous action against individuals and small companies in order to intimidate and/or financially destroy them with no fear of being sued for damages.
The largest contributor to the Democratic Party is the union movement followed by trial lawyers. The Republicans favour a move to user pays. Unsurprisingly, the Democrats favour the status quo.
You may recall US Senator Larry Craig who was caught soliciting sex in a men's toilet at the Minneapolis Airport. His hilarious defence for his right foot touching the foot of the man in the cubicle next to him - who turned out, inconveniently, to be an undercover federal agent - was that he had a "wide stance" when sitting on the can.
If you've ever been in a public facility at the same time as people are having sex then you know it's quite confronting. To the ACLU, though, sex in public toilets is apparently quite OK. These guys must have run out of things to sue people for.
Extremism: The latest in the endless series of outrages from the ACLU is its claim that anonymous sex in public bathrooms enjoys constitutional protection. What we need protection from are cunning ACLU lawyers.(Nothing Follows)
Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig has an unlikely new friend in his fight against charges of lewd conduct in a Minneapolis Airport men's room last summer. The American Civil Liberties Union came to his defense this week, arguing that "the Minnesota law under which he was arrested is unconstitutionally broad."
The organization characterizes solicitation for sex as "constitutionally protected free speech" and cites court rulings concluding that "a closed bathroom stall is a private location."
At the same time, the ACLU claims it "is in no way advocating sex in public bathrooms." But "sex in public restrooms" is what ends up being protected in the world according to the ACLU.
The ACLU may also be "in no way advocating" terrorist attacks, but it is fighting the U.S. government's terrorist surveillance program and the CIA's terrorist interrogation program in the federal courts, both of which have prevented terrorist attacks. Those lawsuits, in fact, aid and abet terrorists.
If you're a parent taking your child into a public restroom, the ACLU says tough luck: You just have to put up with the "free speech" taking place in the "private location" of "a closed bathroom stall" because "the police have no business spying on people in places where there is an expectation of privacy."
Even the federal government's advance planning in the case of a bird flu pandemic, an attempt to save as many lives as possible, is now subject to ACLU attack.
Its extremist lawyers are alarmed by an executive order in October directing the Department of Health and Human Services to set up a task force to plan for terrorism, disease outbreaks or natural disasters, utilizing Pentagon medical research resources.
"Pandemic planning today tends to emphasize mandatory vaccination and forced treatment," the ACLU complained at a press conference on Monday.
The ACLU is so wrapped up in its crazed, false notions about the Constitution that lifesaving common sense gets lost — and its lawyers will stop at nothing to impose their radical views on the American people.