Well, they’ve done it. According to this Washington Times report, the US Senate passed the hate crime legislation that was attached to the DOD appropriations bill. The Senate is supposed to be the more deliberative, more cerebral, more intellectual of the two congressional bodies. HAH! What a joke! As I wrote in a letter to Senator Carl Levin; “Hate is an emotion, it is insane to try and outlaw emotions. To do so is to open wider the door to censorship.”
There can be no doubt about it. Our Senate is dominated be thugs who can see physical force as the only way to solve social problems. These people are too dumb to understand simple concepts like individual rights and the fact that rights can only be violated by means of force; that the reasons for the force are irrelevant; that if a man robs you of a thousand dollars to load up on DVDs, or to give that money to his favorite charity, it simply does not matter. His reasons for the robbery are totally meaningless. This is what it means to be a nation of laws and not of men. But not to our Senate.
The bill was passed by voice vote so I don’t think there is going to be a record of who voted for and against it. The Times reports that all the no votes were Republican so we know all the Dems voted for it. But so did 5 Republicans according to the article. The bill now has to go to a joint committee to be reconciled with a house version. Obviously my own Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabinow voted for it.
At his website Levin proudly admits indending to for it but tries to assuage fears that this could lead to something more ominous by saying that: (my comments in brackets)
“There have been some statements made about restraints on speech. The language is very clear it only applies to violent acts, and it emphasizes explicitly in this amendment that it puts no limits or restraints on constitutionally protected speech, expressive conduct, or activities, including but not limited to the exercise of religion, which is protected by the first amendment,[‘protected’ speech is shrinking every year. Its already been taken away from businessmen] or peaceful activities such as picketing or demonstrations. The law we are proposing will continue to punish violent acts only, not beliefs. It is crucial that we understand this legislation only applies to violent, bias-motivated crimes and does not infringe on any conduct protected by the first amendment.
The First Amendment right to organize, to preach against, or speak against any way of life, or any person, is left intact with this legislation.”
If a ‘bias-motivation’ can be included as part of a crime then it is only a matter of time before someone decides that government should be punishing the cause of the crime-bias-itself even in the absence of violent acts. Remember, the title of the bill is “Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009” The concept ‘prevention’ here is key. The table is being set for further expansion of hate crime legislation with that word. The next step will be a bill that “only outlaws hateful speech” and all other peaceful speech will still be legal. But what constitutes hate speech? Well, our Senate or some czar will decide that. The push is already on.
According to this article in the Charleston City Paper reporter Jack Hunter reports:
“According to a recent Department of Homeland Security report released to law enforcement officials titled “Right Wing Extremism in the United States,” virtually everyone at the Charleston Tea Party, and at other tea parties across the country, may have fit the profile of a “right-wing extremist.” The DHS report notes that members of extremist groups include those who oppose illegal immigration, fear the loss of gun rights, criticize free-trade agreements, harbor general anti-government sentiment, or — my favorite — belong to “groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority.””
It will be attempted to classify all tea parties as right wing terrorism. You know, terrorizing motorists with protest signs. That sort of biased behavior. It’s coming, unless Americans wake up soon.
This just proves once again the principle that once a principle is adopted even in part, it will grow by virtue of its own merit to the point where it will have to be adopted in its entirety or be repudiated completely. But, unable to think in terms of principles, Americans are preparing their descendants to willingly walk into the ovens of their own destruction.
Now would be a good time to pummel the House with letters, calls and emails against this hate crime legislation, before it’s too late.