(originally published, March, 2004)
The Left has managed to pass a good deal of Hate Crime legislation which further penalizes evil doers if they have the wrong reason for committing their crime, thereby adding political correctness to the penal code. In addition, a great many colleges have passed policies which can get faculty fired and students expelled if their speech is not politically correct. The rationale behind all this is that somehow we can establish a Mind Police which will insure that peoples thoughts are proper. Where what is proper is defined by a small group of the liberal’s best and the brightest.
The European Union recently passed a law banning Internet hate speech which it defines as “any written material, any image or any other representation of ideas or theories, which advocates, promotes or incites hatred, discrimination or violence, against any individual or group of individuals, based on race, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin, as well as religion if used as pretext for any of these factors.” Interesting bit about religion there at the end, I guess this means that it’s ok to attack a religion, just as long as it’s not a pretext for racism.
The Canadian government has gone a step forward, signing into law a measure that would ban any expression against homosexuality. Opponents believe the courts will determine this law bans the Bible as hate speech.
Proponents of Hate Speech legislation are concerned that hateful speech can incite actual violence. One of the most curious aspects of all this is that the whole “hate speech” gambit is used in only one direction. Liberals are allowed to accuse Conservatives of being Nazis, Hitlers, Warmongers, and so forth and so on while at the very same time, sometimes in the same speech, accusing them of being racist bigots who promote hate and violence.
Check out the “Death to America” theme.
These were just some of a raft of attacks, sometimes violent, on Republican headquarters across the country.
This has been the first time in recent history that we have had such violence, where senior citizens and students acting as campaign workers were literally terrorized in their own headquarters. Just for fun, try to find any equivalent attacks by Republicans (repeatedly called Brown Shirts during the campaign) against Democrats.
Is there any question that our once civil political discussion is being reduced to thugs chanting profanities, propagating lies, and violently attacking Republicans? What caused all of this? Hate speech. Liberal hate speech against Republicans. Television and Internet commercials comparing our President to Adolf Hitler. Repeated lies about disenfranchised voters. The Democrats managed to incite the baser of their base into actual acts of violence. Then, with plausible deniability, the Democratic Party spokespeople could disavow the violence while at the same time getting in jabs about how upset people were with the Republicans.
What do I mean by Hate Speech? Let’s take some examples:
“Never again will a million African Americans be denied the right to exercise their vote in the United States of America,”
John Kerry made this declaration from the pulpit of the largely Black Friendship Missionary Baptist Church of Miami. He repeated it over and over again in different venues in the closing weeks of the campaign, even though he knew there was no basis for it. The Main Stream Media (MSM) that repeated these sound bites over and over also knew there was no basis for them. In fact, many of the studies trying to find a basis for them were conducted by MSM coalitions. Yet the reporters and editors let these inflammatory statements go unchallenged. They knew they were false and they must have known of the effect they would have on the Black community.
“The United States is a land that has raped every area of the world.”
– Susan Sarandon, actress and liberal activist
“There are tens of thousands of people who lived through (the Holocaust), escaped the ovens, and are now living out their final years in South Florida,” “Sixty-two years ago tonight, the. . . German government sent goon squads throughout the country to trash and burn the homes, stores, and temples of its Jewish citizens. Seven years and six million slaughtered lives later, the Jewish people of Europe were virtually extinct. A few survived. I will not allow those who survived to … be abused again.”
– Michael Moore, demanding a new vote in Palm Beach County
“The real terrorist threats are George W. Bush … and his band of brown-shirted thugs.”
– Sandra Bernhard, actress
“Anyone who can blow up the Pentagon would get my vote”
– Richard Berthold, Univ. of New Mexico Professor
Can there be any question that this kind of language inflames the young, the impressionable, and the terminally stupid? America’s strength over the past two hundred years has come from our peaceful transfer of power every four years and our free press. Any student of history knows these are both incredibly rare. This year, we could have easily seen that peaceful transfer marred by rioting and legal wrangles, largely because our free press failed to do its duty and debunk the demagogs. The result would have been disastrous, not only for us, but for the world