You are ignoring the trees for the forest.
Funny. My point was that the ACLU only defends free speech when it is speech with which they agree. I cited two examples supporting my argument. You proceeded to claim (using what I consider flawed logic) that my examples were not free speech issues. No matter. There are many more examples where the ACLU has failed to defend free speech. Proving the negative is of course difficult. Clearly there are many free speech issues that the ACLU does not take on for whatever reason. I submit that reason is oftentimes because they disagree with the speech being censored, but of course I cannot prove it. Somehow I doubt that it is just *coincidence* that when the censored speech is conservative in nature they choose to remain quiet.
Fortunately for my argument, there are also times when the ACLU actively *opposes* free speech. One such case that comes quickly to mind is the ACLU's support of the "moving buffer zones" around abortion clinics. As you no doubt know, people who protest abortions are required to stay a certain distance away from anyone entering or leaving an abortion clinic. This clearly infringes on their free speech, and for some reason (ideology?) the ACLU has filed multiple injunctions aimed at silencing these protesters.
the point is the lady sleeping at the homeless shelter should have the same rights as my (sadly, late) uncle.
And she does. She has the RIGHT to stand on the corner with a sign advocating whatever candidate or legislation that she supports. She has the RIGHT to donate money to any candidate she chooses. Unfortunately she probably doesn't have much money. So, by your "logic", rich people should be constrained on how much they can donate because there are poor people who cannot donate much. Won't you please admit the obvious -- that is censorship. Now, you may feel due to your own ideology that it is justified censorship, but it is clearly an impingement of the rich person's free speech. And for the ACLU to stand by and allow the 2 high profile free speech cases I cited to go unchallenged, it tells me their actions are driven more by ideology than by some unquestioning belief in free speech.
BTW, I am sorry I called you a liberal. You used the phrase I cited that triggered my statement. I have found that most liberals believe that the rich usually get there through means other than hard work or intelligence. This is a core belief, and they use it to justify all manner of abuse, including censorship.
PS I am sorry to hear of your Uncle's demise. He sounds like "my kind of guy".