I was over at one of the right-wing blogs, one that has advertisements. And over on the sidebar is an ad for some company that sells what it calls “conservative” t-shirts and that promises the largest selection of “liberal-baiting” merchandise. (I am deliberately providing no links because I do not want to increase the search ratings of either of these sites.)
The ad shows someone wearing a shirt that says ACLU, only with the “C” replaced with a hammer and sickel. Anyone who would design, sell, buy, or above all wear such a shirt just is displaying rank political ignorance. Communists–or even social democrats, for that matter–are not extreme liberals. In fact, communists (though not social democrats) are about as illiberal as they come.
Ironically, the subtext of the shirt says “enemy of the state.” I suppose that means that ACLU members are enemies of the state. The irony is that any true civil libertarian would be proud of that tag, because the state, according to a genuine ultra-liberal, is the truest threat to our liberties.
And, yes, the bumper stickers that I see now and then with the name Bush, only with the “s” replaced with a swastika are just as ignorant and offensive.