Last night Governor Romney told an audience on Univision that his campaign would be about "the 100%." That sounded very familiar to us at ACLU Liberty Watch 2012 so our own Anthony D. Romero sent Governor Romney a letter today. Here it is:
September 20, 2012
Dear Governor Romney,
We were thrilled to hear you declare you are “for the 100 percent” in your interview on Univision yesterday. The phrase is very familiar to us here at the ACLU. Indeed, “The Constitution Is for the 100 Percent” is the theme of our Election 2012 campaign, ACLU Liberty Watch 2012.
“For the 100 Percent” is our theme because, in a time when too many Americans see our nation as divided, we want to remind the candidates that the president must ensure the Constitution is there for everyone.
It's for conservatives and it's for liberals; it's for those who are neither and those who are somewhere in between.
It's for LGBT Americans and straight Americans. The freedom to marry belongs to everyone and our right to love doesn't evolve.
It's for women as well as for men; the right to govern our bodies and our health belongs to us alone.
It’s for families with wealth and families that are struggling.
It's for immigrants and citizens: human beings can't be illegal. Due process and equal protection apply to every person in our country, however they arrived here or wherever they were born.
It protects our liberty as well as our privacy and safety. Being safe and free are not mutually exclusive.
It's for one person, one vote, without restrictions or hurdles and regardless of race or background.
And it's for those of faith and for those who are agnostic or atheist. Freedom of religion applies to all of us and goes hand in hand with the separation of church and state.
Governor Romney, we take you at word that you’re for the 100%. Now that you've declared yourself aligned with the ACLU's message, we hope you will do more to help us carry out our mission of ensuring civil liberties and constitutional protections for everyone in America.
Anthony D. Romero
American Civil Liberties Union