This is a cynical piece of work. The Dems can use it to campaign on their
tough attitude toward hate crimes — hmm… are there any love crimes? — and the
Republicans can use it to taunt the Dems for trying to blow the federal balloon
just that much bigger.
Hate crimes, as used by the Left, are crimes they hope to be codified in the United States Code as a Title 18 law to obliquely legalize certain groups by making them victims with legal recourse without ever having to openly pass protective legislation. It is political cover to legalize unacceptable legislation to broaden the Left's base through emotional and political bribery.
"are there any love crimes?" asks the insightful Dymphna of Gates of Vienna.
Love crimes are pretty much the same as hate crimes in that they hurt the Republic by enabling the Left's desire to be a governmental nanny that would control what is not theirs.
For government to codify love and hate is ludicrous. For historians to categorize hate is a standardized practice based upon historian's belief of what is acceptable in their present which is only, at best, relative. Love is a myriad of things that artists have captured best, but historians have mostly ignored love as not relevant to the study of movements and their impact.
Will historians accept that hate is a motivating factor in the actions of Islam's most fanatical and deranged practitioners or will the terrorist's pronounced love of the Koran be cited as their motivation? Which is the crime? Love or hate?
Will government judge the crimes of the Irish Republican Army as love of country or hatred of England? Will that government's judgement be based on the 21st century, the 20th, the 19th or ad nauseam back to when nobody remembers the beginning of the conflict except through shaky oral histories of people long dead? Is that remembrance worthy of a law and if so, by which government?
What of environmentalists that plant spikes in trees to wound and discourage loggers from cutting down what environmentalists believe is the future of the earth. Who will codify their love of the earth or their hatred of their perceived anti-mother earth group or government with which they so violently disagree?
Will codified hate crimes make convicted Nazis any deader? Would hate crimes have prevented the Reichstag fire, Kristallnacht, the Kayton Forest, the Rape of Nanking as practiced by the political leaders of the time? No, hate crime legislation will never stop crime. What is the goal of hate crime legislation if not to stop crime? Is the fundamental goal of those behind hate crime legislation a higher court, possibly a world court, that will supercede all our lesser government courts? I think that is a probable goal with individual state legislated hate crime legislation as merely tactical steps to that end.
Will it be judged a hate crime that this world court, as envisioned by the Left, only appoints those of the Left, shutting out all others, to such a praeternatural body? If so, which legal body will judge them? Ad nauseam, as deja vous, all over again.
President Bush is right to veto such legislation as ludicrous and a cynical political grab to further the Left's power and control of government(s).