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What does the Defense Authorization Bill Say About the American Left?

Today President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 which includes language making it illegal for a person basically to think the wrong things while committing a crime.

Yes, the Defense Authorization includes the pearl of Leftists, Hate Crimes (sic) language.

Before I get too far into what will necessarily be a mischaracterization of what I want to say here, let me be perfectly clear: I think those who support this legislation more or less have the best intentions in mind. I, too, am disgusted by the crimes against Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. I am glad that those who perpetrated these vilinous acts against Shepard are currently each serving two consecutive life sentences. They will never again see the light of day. Meanwhile, two of the three murderers of Byrd are awaiting their executions while the third is currently serving life in prison.

What must be realized, however, is that the fates of these five men are symbols of how the justice system in America worked without the need for a hate crimes act.

Plain and simple, this is a law that criminalizes what someone is thinking.

All instances of its execution necessarily have contingent upon them the breaking of a law that already exists, and the justice that certainly follows thereafter. All that will happen is that an accused person will be held criminally liable for thinking things.

This law is brought forth with all the best of intentions and I don’t think those who support it realize how insidious and counter to our system of liberty it really is. It’s truly the stuff of Orwell

It is an abomination of liberty, and hopefully the Supreme Court will knock down its clearly unconstitutional basis.

That said, it is incredibly poetic that in July, anti-gun activists celebrated the defeat of a rider to the same bill that would have made it easier for law-abiding citizens to travel among the states with concealed weapons.

Tell you what: If you want to stop hate crimes, here’s a first step: Allow people to defend themselves!

It seems to me that these two riders tell the story of the Left in America today: Trust us. We’ll take care of things for you. Leave your liberties aside and put your faith in the government to take care of you.

It troubles me.

– Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)



  1. Sean, sorry, that wasn’t my intent. In fact, I’m sure you have good reasons to oppose hate crimes legislation. On the other hand, this is a debate, and I’m not sure why we can’t question each others’ reasoning.

    Comment by Pat — November 1, 2009 @ 6:34 pm - November 1, 2009

  2. sorry CP, and with all due respect, but i think you’re the one who is wrong about the bipartisan nature of this vote. i’m not asserting that support for hate crimes is a majority view amongst conservatives, but you’re wrong to suggest that this wasn’t a bipartisan bill. several GOP-aye votes are on the record as supporting hate crimes legislation (eg ros-lehtinen). and the supposed “must-pass” nature of this bill didn’t prevent the rest of the GOP delegation (along with several democrats) from voting nay.

    Comment by Chad — November 2, 2009 @ 4:58 pm - November 2, 2009

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